Nobby Nics better than Hans Dampfs?
I currently have some Hans Dampf 2.35 Evo’s, Super Gravity, Tubeless Ready and Vert 3 star compound. I find them grippy as anything but draggy and heavy. Ill happily loose some grip for something less draggy!
Am I right in thinking Nobby Nics would be the good alternative? Im doing a mix of basic woodland and gravelly and rocky fireroads. I dont really want to lose the puncture protection these have offered so far but it would be nice to drop a little bit of weight and rolling resistance. Question is, which model Nobby Nic to go for?!Posted 3 years agomaxtorqueMember
I run SG dampfs on my “heavy” wheels for rocky stuff in the UK (N/wales, Peaks, BPW etc) and trailstar Nics onmy “light” wheels for everywhere else. No, the Nics aren’t as grippy as the dampfs, but they roll much better and are a heap lighter.
Mind you, i’m not that fussy about tyres, i’m quick on anything…… 😉Posted 3 years agozero coolMember
Ann’s are my least favourite tyre for MTB. Tubed or tubeless they roll around and fold over unless pumped up rock hard when pushing them through turns. They’re light and roll quick so great if you only want to ride in a straight line. I rode mine for a solid fortnight (13 out of 14 days) and gave them away in the car park to a random punter before going home.
Try some of the Specialized tyres or keep a HD on the front. Maxxis Aspen seems to work well as a rearPosted 3 years agochiefgrooveguruMember
I can’t imagine how slow rolling a Vertstar SG Hans Dampf must be – it’s a very sticky tyre! Trailstar front, Pacestar rear is the norm for trail/enduro riding, overkill for XC. Even downhillers would be unlikely to run Vertstar at the back because they’re so slow and sticky and wear out really fast.Posted 3 years agomadjakMember
Had NNs on various bikes mainly because I had them. Found them fine, generally on the rear. Would recommend Nextivators, a little heavy but puncture resistant and grippy. Just Done Afan with one on the front and felt good and climbed well.
Edit: Just checked, NN on rear:-)Posted 3 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
I tried Nobby Nics on an XC bike, they were alright for a short time til the blocks started losing their shape, then they lost half their grip despite being only a few rides old. And the punctures, my word, I don’t think anyone’s ever cut a tyre on zoom or bust in the history of the trail except I managed it twice on these bollockses.
I don’t have anything very productive to add though, just Nobby Nic slagging. Wasn’t overwhelmed by the Hans Dampfs either, mud magnets. Usually I’d say Specialized Butcher but they’re not that tough (I get on fine with them but I can see why others don’)Posted 3 years agoSuperficialMember
Mountain Kings are my choice for hans dampfs with a bit less drag. Basically because they come in something other than size:huge. Tread pattern and grip pretty similar, nice and resistant to punctures.
Nobby Nics are terrible tyres IME. No grip, no width, no pinch protection. I’m sure they’re ok for some people but if you’re accustomed to Hans Dampfs you’ll struggle.Posted 3 years ago
Hmmmm, interesting. I love the puncture protection and tread pattern is great, confident and hold their own on most terrain. Seems like I shall be paying a visit to Dartmoor Cycles (bit of shameless plugging) to find a combo.
Im happy staying with Hans Dampfs if they arnt so sticky. I find going downhill they fling up the tiniest of stones and pebbles because the tacky tread catchs them as they are going round. Maybe thats just me. I dont fancy shelling out on Nobby Nics if they are going to be pants.
Thanks for all the opinions!Posted 3 years agoFlaperonSubscriber
Found the Hans Dampfs really draggy but unpredictable – even running low pressures they washed out really unpredictably when riding across slopes. Twice I found myself catapulted from the bike to land painfully some distance away.
Swapped them to Specialized “The Captain”s and never looked back. Still in the garage, only had two weeks riding. Looking forward to binning them.Posted 3 years agoskinnyboyMember
Rode HDs for over 18 months in all conditions and absolutely hated them. Run NN’s now and adore them. Mud loose dirt, loamy scrub, great tyre. I found the HDs so slow it was painful. Dropping in on a berm and I was always wary of being spat out sideways on fire.
So yeah, totally subjective and personal preference. My advice is try a few combos beg borrow or steal until you find a match that’s on the money.Posted 3 years agoFlaperonSubscriber
dooge – these ones.
Trailstar compound if the page doesn’t say.Posted 3 years ago
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