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
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Bought this as a replacement for a Schwalbe Hans Dampf I ran on the front of my old Yeti SB95 on Nobl wheels. I only got the tire out for a handful of rides (all on the same trail behind my house), but they were all hairy and one ended with a torn thumb UCL. I started out with about 24psi and noticed that front felt squirrelly and uncertain. On sharp turns, I could feel the sidewall deform and push me out of my line. On subsequent outings, I compensated with 3-4 more psi and the front still felt unpredictable, tending to deflect rather than roll over the rocks in the trail. I backed off the pressure a little and then, coming down a fairly tame soft-over-hard descent that I've safety negotiated at least 40 times, all of a sudden, I lost traction (maybe a deflection, maybe a wash-out, it happened to fast to know), the bike went right, I went left and the result was thumb surgery and months of PT. Once I healed, I tried another experiment with the pressure and, no surprise, the front just deflected all over the place on the ascent up the same hill that threw me. I was starting to wonder if it was me and not Mary that was the problem.
Today, I mounted up a Maxxis DHF (25 psi) and took that sucker on the same trail and it was like a revelation. It tracked straight and true, rolled over rocks with no noticeable deflection and gave me the confidence I'd lost to the Magic Mary.
I'm sure some of this is user error; maybe I never quite got it dialed in right, but after five rides that always left me feeling uneasy - or broken - I just couldn't face more experimentation. Your mileage may vary, but I found the Magic Mary on my current setup to be a dangerous proposition. I may eventually go back to the Hans Dampf but I couldn't, in good conscience, recommend the Magic Mary to anyone who doesn't have excellent health insurance.
Addix Snakes/Soft 29er 2.35"
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Wow, where do I start? I can't begin to explain how impressed I am with this tire.
I run the MM tubeless up front at about 22psi. I'm about 165lbs, and ride pretty aggressively. One thing that has blown me away is the longevity of the tire: I've clocked over 850-miles on it so far, and everything still looks great. I'm getting some visual wear on the side knobs, but nothing has been torn off. I expect to be on the same tire well into next season.
I ride on everything from snow, hardpack, loose over hardpack, rock gardens (granite, basalt, sandstone), loam...this thing takes it all, and takes it very well. I used to run a 2.5" Maxxis DHF up front, but since switching over to the MM, I don't think I'll ever go back. The 2.35" MM seems to have about the same width profile as a 2.5" DHF on a 30mm internal rim. I moved the DHF to the rear and the combo has been working really well. Cornering is always very predictable and breaking traction is awesome. Rolling resistance is on par with the DHF, maybe even a little better; it's very hard to tell a difference.
With my front tire choice sorted, now it's a matter of deciding what to run in the back. Like I mentioned, the DHF has been working well, but I'll be trying an Assegai or DHRII as soon as the DHF is dead.
Needless to say, I highly recommend running this tire up front; not sure how well the knobs would hold up to rear tire skidding.
Big, Bad, Burly, Rubber
- 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.