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There's just something about her.
A favorite among enduro and downhill riders, the Schwalbe Magic Mary Addix 29in Tire is far lighter than a classic downhill tire, yet still offers extreme lateral stability and reliable Snakebite protection. Its intermediate tread serves up maximum brake traction and corner grip, even on extremely muddy terrain, thanks to the robust shoulder studs and aggressive, open tread design. The innovative Addix Soft compound has impressively good rolling characteristics, and at the same time, outstanding damping, both of which are also evident at low temps.
- Downhill and enduro-oriented tire with grip and stability
- Addix Soft compound rolls fast and has exceptional damping
- Snakeskin protection extends life of tire
- Intermediate tread grips and rips muddy terrain
- Item #SCH002S
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- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I mounted the Magic Mary up front and the Nobby Nic rear on an Industry Nine Trail 245 wheelset on Niner's Sir 9. I'll be honest, I've had negative experiences with the durability of Schwalbe tires in the past, but wanted to give them another chance in trying out their Addix compound. I tested them in the Salt Lake City foothill trails and Park City trails that had mostly flow trails with a bit of chundery descents. Mostly dry or tacky conditions. I've put in just under 100 miles so not exactly a long term test but at least gave me a good sense of how they performed.
The Super Gravity casing is definitely pretty stiff of a casing so I was somewhat surprised that setting them up tubeless had tried to no avail with a high volume pump. It was a cinch with a compressor though. They held air off the get go and didn't burp air at all.
My typical go to and gold standard for a front tire on both my hardtail and full suspension is typically the Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5". The Magic Mary is definitely a comparable tire, though both excel in certain conditions. Being that Utah typically ends up being fairly dry, I spent more time on loose over hardpack. Fast rolling is not a quality I would give the Magic Mary, no surprise there on a meaty tire like this, but honestly did feel that it was a bit faster rolling than the DHF. I ran them at 24 psi and found that to be the sweet spot for trail riding. No hesitation smashing into turns and having the tire hook up without any fear of washing out or loosing traction. The big square knobs did the trick. I did not get a chance to ride this in wet conditions, but I would imagine that would be where it would really shine.
I was pleased to see that I had no issues with durability with the Magic Mary in terms of punctures or tread wear. The Super Gravity casing did its job apparently - at the weight of 1165g that I weighed it in at, it's a tire that should do its job and not puncture easily. It'll be interesting to get a couple hundred more miles and time in the desert to see if it continues to hold up well.