Top Five: Trail Mud Tyres - Schwalbe Dirty Dan

The Schwalbe Dirty Dan trail tyres manage to strike a great balance for riding mud strewn tracks.

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These kind of sit in a happy middle ground between a load of our other favourite tyres. They’re not quite up to the standards of the Conti Mud King for out and out grip in really bad mud, but they’ve perhaps got a slight edge on the Bontrager and Maxxis Beaver. On the other hand though they lose out a little to the Bonty and the Maxxis when you hit roots and rocks. For a tyre that’s so good in the mud though these roll surprisingly fast. The triple compound ‘PaceStar’ might not give the best traction on harder surfaces, but on the other hand it definitely doesn’t slow you down.

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Only you can decide what qualities are most important to you, but basically if you’re prepared to up the focus a little when you’re dealing with rocks and roots then you can be rewarded with great mud performance and impressive speed. Apart from the compound, some of that speed definitely also comes from the low weight of these tyres. At 465g these tyres are never going to have the most bombproof casing, but despite feeling pretty thin we’ve been impressed at how well they’ve held up. The fact that they’re tubeless ready just adds to their appeal. Definitely a top contender for your money.

Price: £45.99
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www.schwalbe.co.uk

Top Five Trail Mud Tyres

  1. Top Five: Trail Mud Tyres - Bontrager 29 Mud
  2. Top Five: Trail Mud Tyres - Maxxis Beaver
  3. Top Five: Trail Mud Tyres - Continental Mud King
  4. Top Five: Trail Mud Tyres - Schwalbe Dirty Dan
  5. Top Five: Trail Mud Tyres - Specialized Storm

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  1. SX 2

    Dirty Dans are the best loam tires on this little blue planet! Hats off to Schwalbe!

  2. Machete

    £45.99 each? the distributors must be on drugs.

  3. Munzy
  4. Mark

    That’s the DH version Munzy, however you can get the trail/xc one above for £32 in the UK

    http://www.nextdaytyres.co.uk/details.aspx/SCHWALBE-DIRTY-DAN-2011-MTB-26/171

  5. Dude-on-Edge

    yeap! Dirty Dan DH version is the best!

  6. hunter

    Cut down a Dirty Dan DH a little and you have the best loam tire possible. Leave the knobs full length for the wet , and it’s mindblowing

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