You don't use a sharp, serrated steak knife to spread warm butter on your morning toast, do you? So why do you need a square-profile tire with giant aggressive side knobs to blast down a loose and dusty descent during a summer enduro event? If you've been on the type of tire we're describing above and you're still not getting the most performance possible out of your bike, we suggest you try the Hans Dampf. As our rock climber buddies would say, "Maybe it just isn't your style and that's why you're struggling."
Instead of trying to rail through corners, the consistent tread pattern and progressive knob sizing eased the bike over into turns with an even, slightly drifty feel. The tire breaks traction more than you might be used to, but it does so in a predictable manner that is quick to accommodate to. Soft TrailStar rubber slithers over rock faces and slippery roots and the 67 TPI casing provides three layers of protection under the tread and two along the sidewall. Snakeskin laminate gives these tire a rock n' roll look, which is awesome because you're probably not cool enough to pull off snakeskin cowboy boots. Keep reading below to see how this tire slithered past the competition and won our Top Pick Award.