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