Tyres can be one of the best upgrades you can make to your bike, but it can be hard finding which one to choose. Thankfully our tech writer extraordinaire Seb Stott has spent countless hours testing ten of the burliest offerings from different brands to find out which is the best. There can only be one winner, but who is it?

The tyres –

Schwalbe Magic Mary SuperGravity TrailStar 29×2.35
e*thirteen TRSr / TRS+ 29×2.35
Specialized Hillbilly Grid 29×2.3
Maxxis Shorty 3C EXO 29×2.3
Maxxis Minion DHF 3C EXO 29×2.5
Continental Der Kaiser Projekt 29×2.4
Continental Der Baron Projekt 29×2.4
Mavic Charge Pro XL 29×2.35
WTB Vigilante TCS Tough Fast Rolling 29×2.3
Bontrager SE5 Team Issue TLR 29×2.3

38 COMMENTS

  1. In the south of Italy the trails are never muddy or wet,neither in Winter but are full of rocks and gravel.
    What tyres do You think are the best for me?

  2. I wish Panaracer Fire FR's were available in 27.5 size, they were probably the best tires I ever used in terms of grip on any surface. 8mm deep main blocks and MASSIVE side treads for cornering and all in a true 2.4" (just over actually) case, they were so big they actually made my bike look like a motocross bike they were insane.

  3. Great vid', I have a Hans Dampf on the front of all my MTB's, but I am going to try the Majic Mary next time. The front tire is definitely worth the investment, as I have had a blow out on the front with a cheaper tire and crashed down hill. Cheers!

  4. Hi thanx for the great review!! I've just ordered the Nobby Nic addix in 3.0. But realized that Magic Mary is available in 2.60. Do You know if it's lot shorter in height? 😃

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  6. "Winter" tyres mega test without a single spiked tyre? Have you ever heard about existence of ice during winter?
    If this weather is called "winter" in the UK, so could you, please, tell me what is the difference between it and common rainy (including summer time) weather concerning road condition?

  7. All those nice grippy and soft compounds that you like so much will be 100% useless in the winter. You'll be better off riding solid wooden wheels.

  8. Ok good tests but very speed or DH focus. Another important test is how a tyre climbs through the wet, slippy or muddy stuff.

  9. In regards to this test, I would like to know your thoughts on if your number 1 pick is one you would choose for a Cross Country hardtail used in a XC race, wet, some mud for sure and plenty of wet roots and rocks. (Western PA. in the Fall). I am looking for a tire for my son who is racing in the High School MTB league, and one of the races this season was exactly that condition. We left his stock tires on his Specialized Epic Hardtail and he washed out 5 times. Combination of narrow tires, probably too much air pressure, not great tread for the mud and of course experience.

    Thanks in advance.

  10. Thanks a lot for this comprehensive review… I’ve noticed that bike radar, particularly with this with presenter, Are coming up on leaps and bounds

  11. This is an excellent review. Not sure why some are complaining. Try saying thanks for the time and expense they put into it.

  12. why did not you test the schwalbe fat albert? I drive the tires on the 26 "and the 29". I think it is the best tire on asphalt and on the trail. in wet and dry terrain. give him a chance. 😉

  13. Can the schalbe magic mary jump easy? I am a freerider and like to ride big jumps on a downhill bike, I like grip to go faster but I dont know if it jumps as well, im running maxxis high roller 2's right now

  14. Good test, but Magic Mary durability compromises it's value. As it last half of time as a DHF for example, so you will need two MM to last as one DHF

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