Good all round tyre, better in dry conditions though, I've used trailstar version for years without any issues, paired with a magic mary upfront is a good combo.
Great tyre for the rear. I live in the Peaks and have been looking for a decent rear shoe for a while. Got one of these in Pacestar compound, fitted tubeless (effortless!) and took it out. In soaking wet leaf covered loam, it found grip for control and braking. Rolls well (at least as well as my Tomahawk it replaced), I think I have found my permanent fixture on the back end!
They stretch onto the rim easily, go tubeless with ease, hold pressure from get-go and no sealant leaks through the sidewalls.
Tough nobbies down the centre and soft on the edges equals low rolling resistance on the way up and grippy on the way down.
A perfect rear tyre for all year / all conditions in Britain in the Pacestar compound.
My last one was great, so I just went for the same again.
Great rear tyre for my full suspension rig! Tubeless setup was a breeze. Superb cornering and braking.
Good tyre, offers loads more grip. Looks like a pumped up version of the racing ralph's which I was running previous. Can't comment on longevity at this stage but so far so good.
One of my favorite rear tires, super grippy and soft.
Excellent traction, side protection is great, I used it for rear wheel. Good tire for the money
More traction in the New Zealand muddy trails, running tubeless, excellent tyre
Excellent fast rolling tyre, now on two of my bikes as a front tyre in the 2.35 size and very happy with the way it performs. Bit slippy on wet chalk but everything else it seems to cope with ...fantastic price too
Seems like a decent tire. Rolling resistance website site has a pretty good review on it. These are the older Pacestar model and there is a newer replacement model and compound but over all seems like a great tire. Very large and tall gripping lugs compared to most other tires.
Very pleased with this tyre, the discount from Merlin is excellent . I ordered the 2.35 which is a good wide looking tyre on my full suss. Its quite fast rolling on the road and when the psi is dropped for trail riding it is very stable , no problems with slipping on roots or loose surfaces. Very happy to find the older type still in stock at such a good price .
Already bought one of these for the front and was impressed, now I have one on the rear and the grip is amazing. I can bank on corners with much more confidence. (previously on Trail Kings).
Very stable and grippy tires. I installed it on the back of my hardtail, and the improvement was very noticeable.
Really good tyre. Run these in summer on the rear in the mud and dust of fort William
Excellent tyre, the weight v's grip for me are spot on, so confidence giving, delighted
Repleced a summer Racing Ralph on the back for extra grip and traction both of which it delivers well. Some use this on the front as well but I prefer to keep them for rear wheel use only as a personal preference. Asymmetric tread so no rotation arrows on the tyre. Great rear tyre and good value.
Nice all rounder
I needed a new tubeless front tyre so decided to go for another Hans Dampf. I've never had one of these on the front before (I normally use Maxxis Ardents). So far very impressed with the grip. No noticeable difference in drag or noise. Great price from Merlin and quick delivery as always.
I fitted and rode 80miles of the south downs with the new tyres, they gripped the dry flint and chalk well on the climbs and handled well on the descents. I need to see how they handle in the wet. No problems so far.
A good all-round tyre. Grips rock well, OK in mud and rolling resistance is not too bad. I have used Minions and Rubber Queens as well, but prefer the Hans Dampf.
Great tires. I run a Magic Mary up front and have traditionally ran MM in the rear as well, but decided to run a Hans Damph in the back this time around. Awesome grip, low rolling resistance, all in a lightweight and tubeless ready package. Price is unbeatable from Merlin as well, and I live in the USA.
This is a great tyre. I replaced a nobby nic on the front with this, and I think I have more control and seems to brake a lot better.
Great tires for my dry, AZ conditions. Hooks up just about over anything, and wears pretty good, too.
Oh man...where do I begin about all the wonderful things about this tire and the fact that Merlin is selling it for only $37!?!?
1. This is far and away the best deal on a quality tire anywhere.
2. The Hans Dampf dramatically improved my climbing because of its low weight and tread pattern. Great tire for the rear.
3. It is amazing in all conditions. In the last month, it has gone from dry and dusty loose conditions to wet and slippery. The Hans performed like a champ in both.
4. Its downhill abilities are ridiculous. The braking traction is great. I hit 2-3 foot jumps and it handles them with ease. It is also great in technical single track in the Angeles National Forest where I ride Black Diamond trails.
5. Paired with a 29mm internal diameter rim, it has an amazing wide profile that adds extra traction and confidence to your bike.
Do not hesitate to try this tire! I'm gonna stock up hoping that these prices are a mistake!
Feels very secure on the front paired with a Maxxis High Roller on the back. Clears mud well and doesn't produce excessive drag. Really pleased with the handling, turn in seems neutral. Uni-directional so you can't fit it the wrong way round!
Best tire on the market for unsurpassed grip. Use the pacestar version in the rear as they wear quickly otherwise.
Switching from a worn out magic mary to this has been a delight. Still very grippy through the turns (even if you're not tipping the bike too far over) great braking, and the rolling resistance isn't terrible. Great all around tire for the summer here in northern California. Matched up with a rock razor in the back = perfect for me.
Great value tyre, predictable grip with good cornering capability. Paired with a Magic Mary front, this combination excels in gravity style riding but is also a breeze at uphills.
Excellent grip, soft knobs, not super long lasting and have had my last set side knobs tear off within a few weeks but were replaced by Merlin under warranty. Current replacement set seem to be a lot better. Great tire if you rate grip over longevity.
500g lighter than my Vigilantes. Super grip but a little soft. So far, all good.
Super do all tire, I run them both front and back on my Haibike All Mt. Pro. Excellent traction and cornering on rocky, loose or hard pack surfaces.
Very good tires, nice grip, feel more confident on loose dirt and turning on switchbacks. Worth buying.
Hans Dampf is one of those tires you hear about. And then, you get to ride one. It really tracks well and seems to be predictable in its grabbiness. I don't know how close I am to its edge, after being trained to be cautious with previous tires. I hit a soft patch, and it grabbed post slide. I actually ordered two at once, and am glad to have the extra for when I eventually wear through this one. So far, it has done well on hard pack and loose sand, as well as scree. I had my fastest time ever down a scree stretch on the new tire. It seems to be a dramatic improvement.
Turned up the grip on my carbon 27.5 straight away going over varied rocky & muddy terrain I think I did notice a slight increase in rolling resistance but hey it's worth it for the confidence you gain. It was a doddle to fit and looks the business
Great tyre, easy tubeless set up, rolls suprisingly well and awesome grip, coming from trail King and this is a better tyre, especially for winter. Currently running on the front
27.5 by 2.35 has a big volume with reasonable weight. I'm using it on the front of my hardtail because although the snake skin side walls are thicker than some tyres, I still prefer to have something a little thicker in order to protect my rims on very rocky trails.
Tyres fitted onto the rims without any problems and running them around 28 psi they've got fantastic grip so giving you confidence and trust in the bike. Unless I hear about some wonder tyre that runs on rails I'll be sticking with this tyre in the future.
Riding these tires in sunny San Diego, California. Conditions here are loose rocky over hard packed with some technical single track, technical up and downs, and lots of switchbacks. Depending on the trails you ride. I had these tires in my 29er and now 27.5. My personal favorite. Best all around tire I've had. Hooks up great and predictable in the turns. Love the soft, sticky rubber. Never had any knobs tear off but I don't do aggressive downhill or big jumps.
Hans Dampfs - if Carlsberg made All Mountain Trail Tyres, they'd make Hans Dampfs!
I've ridden these for the last two seasons up here in the Highlands. I ride them when biking in the Lakes too. Without doubt, I can honestly say, these are probably the best tyres I've run ALL YEAR ROUND - without changing to mud tyres etc.
Most confidence inspiring tyres I've used in years, bar none!
As a stubborn 26" die-hard, I built-up a Spitfire trail bike in 650beez, but had to wait 5 months until Merlin managed to get some H.D.'s in Trail Star Compound, 2.35 that I could run out front to take care of business, & Pace Star out back for better roll & wear.
I'll be back to get another set before Summer trips to Fort Bill, Kinlochleven & the Lakes come round.
I prefer these over the Super Gravitys purely from a weight POV.
Tried a set of SG's HD's but they were way heavy imo, scales reckoned another 4lb on the bike!
These are no where near as heavy, but also, don't have the same level of protection as a set of SG's.
I ride knarly wild rides mostly, but even hitting up Glentress or Inners, HD's are just soooo good, I personally don't go anywhere else for my tyre needs.
The WTB Vigilantes I ran for the last 5 months are good tyres, but these HD's beat them hands down for grip in all MTB trail conditions.
I love them!
Great tyre at a great price, suberb grip