A Date with Schwalbe’s Magic Mary

July 22, 2014 at 5:55 am

This week begins a new feature on the website – gear reviews!  The first of the series is brought to you by local multi-discipline cyclist and bike-nerd, Dan Benowitz. Dan loves nothing more than turning knobs – or tearing them off  for that matter –  to get to the bottom of what works and what doesn’t in bike technology. Here he reviews the Magic Mary Tire from Schwalbe.


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- Rider Weight:170 lbs
- Experience level: Expert
- Test Bike: Specialized Demo 8
- Tire Pressure (tubeless):Wet F/R: 20/23,  Dry F/R: 25/28




Tire Overview
(Tires used for review were 26×3.35 Vert Start compound with super gravity casing)

Schwalbe Tire Company has been making bicycle tires for over 40 years. In the last few years, they have stepped up their game by introducing the new super gravity line of mountain tires. The much-awaited Hans Dampf, Magic Mary, Dirty Dan and Rock Razor tires for 2014 were at the top of my list to ride and put to the test. In this review, I will be focusing on specifically the Magic Mary. As a rider I primarily enjoy riding trail and downhill terrain with an emphasis on the descending aspect. I am an expert level rider with a knack for speed on descents. I ride everything from steep tech to super-fast flow trails.

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