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Schwalbe Magic Mary 2.35 SG Addix Soft Review

Rating: Featured Member Review
The Good:

-Excellent grip in nearly all conditions
-Addix Soft wears exceptionally well
-Super Gravity casing helps prevent flats and prevents sidewall roll

The Bad:

-Heavy and slow rolling (aka builds character)
-Good, but not the best on hardpack.

Overall Review:

In terms of outright grip, the old compound magic mary was hard to beat, but its durability left a lot to be desired. Enter the new Addix Soft Compound. Schwalbe claims that this new compound will offer slightly better grip and considerably better wear characteristics than the old Vertstar compound. This past summer and fall (Aug-Dec), I ran a Vertstar 2.35 SG MM, and this winter (Jan-April) I rode the Addix Soft 2.35 SG MM, both as a front tire. So, how do the new compound and the old compound compare?

I rode these tires in and around Squamish, BC on an 160 mm bike. I sit and spin uphill, and spend my timedescending on a mix of slabs, roots, rocks, jumps, and flow trails. 

On soft soils, these tires dig in hard and offer really good grip, both braking and cornering. On hardpack, the tire does a good enough job, but the tall, soft knobs squirm during hard cornering. When new, the grip between the old vertstar and new addix soft compound is nearly identical, but the addix soft compound wears much, much slower than the vertstar. After 3.5 months on my bike, riding 2-5 days per week, the Addix soft Magic Mary is just starting to show signs of wear on the side knobs, and the center knobs still look new. After 3.5 months, the old Vertstar compound was missing knobs and in need of replacement. I expect to get about 2.5 more months our of this tire, which makes the high MSRP easier to swallow. 

On wet wood, the tire has shit grip. But every tire sucks on wet wood, so this isn't a significant drawback. On slabs, dry wood, and dry roots this tire hooks up well and provides loads of confidence to the rider. 

Compared to another great all-around tire, the Minion DHF 2.3 DD Maxxgrip, the Magic Mary has more volume, brakes a bit better, and is better in soft, loose, or wet conditions. The DHF gets the nod on hardpack conditions and rolls a bit faster. The compounds of both tires have similar grip, however the schwalbe compound wears much slower than the 3C Maxxgrip. 

4.5 star rating due to the versatility and impressive wear characteristics, minus half a point for being heavy and slow rolling. 

Not my first choice.

The Good:

Good on soil

The Bad:

Poor wear life (as per usual schwable)
Poor rolling speed.
Poor grip on rock.
Poor grip on roots.
Skittish on flat corners.
Usual side knobble direction leaves uninspiring feeling.

Overall Review:

Ended up with one not through choice on a new bike. Found it to be very uninspiring on the downs, and felt like trying to pedal a tractor tyre on the ups. The unforgiving sidewall leaving a harsh ride despite lower pressures, and inspite of trying higher pressures still easy to burp tubeless, although easy to set up so, but then all the sealant seeps through the sidewall despite being a tubeless version. As not made of money will run these into the ground (to be fair only about 20k to go......) and will replace with conti der kiaser projekt. 

Magic mary super gravity (front) 27.5 and 26

The Good:

Very predictable, reliable and will never hold you back.
Excellent pinch or puncture resistance with super gravity casing.
Great grip in loose, soft, roots, rocky, muddy etc. Bites in corners and rowdy off camber transitions.

The Bad:

Rolls slower then other options if you're not pointed down. If you have a long pedal, the descent hopefully is worth it but not the tire for longer rides if your buddies have faster rolling rigs. You'll be working for it.

Overall Review:

It's my favorite tire, I don't always run it upfront due to pedally nature of surrounding trails but I always regret not having it in rowdy areas.

Comparing last couple Colorado road trips and moab, I've ridden the same stuff with a hans dampf upfront vs a magic Mary and the difference was very rewarding.

Whole enchilada... greens creek (monarch), Dr's Park, Steamboat etc.... don't leave home without it.

A sure steerer

The Good:

I run the snakeskin on the front. I have found it to be sure footed in most situations. I'm not one to take a number tyres with me for different surfaces during a race season so this one is my choice.

The Bad:

Quick wearing on Rocky trails. I guess thats the pay off for fantastic grip

Overall Review:

I won't use any thing else

Grip For Days

The Good:

Possibly the most confidence inspiring front tire I've ever used. Tons of grip that I can just push into and trust it's going to hold me through the turn.

The Bad:

I can't say much bad about this tire other than it is a bit slow as a rear tire and when run out back the side knobs like to rip off.

Overall Review:

I've tried many tires and keep coming back to this one. I won't run anything else on the front and I will probably put another one on the back when the current Hans Dampf is toast. We have a mix of granite, roots, and a little dirt where I ride my trail bike and this tire just works.

Jack of all trades, master of some

The Good:

It's at least "quite good" at literally all conditions in terms of grip. Best suited to intermediate-wettish.
It's best strength is simply that you'll never be uncertain about tyre choice for racing multi stage Enduros.

The Bad:

Schwalbes side wall choices are all or nothing.
The SnakeSkin ones are a bit on the thin side, whereas the Super Gravity ones are a bit overkill.

Also Schwalbe don't make all the compound/tread patterns that I'd want. For example they don't make a Magic Mary in a hard or even medium compound, which would be great for a winter rear use tyre.
Oh and they do drag slightly more than average on the rear (because they're only available in Soft or Ultra Soft compounds)

Overall Review:

Apart from the Dirty Dan mud spike, this is the only serious gravity aimed tread pattern tyre that Schwalbe make. And that isn't because they can't be bothered (god knows, they make about a million other tread pattern tyres), it's simply because they don't need to - Mary's cover pretty much everything, which for me is their biggest strength.

I'm 30+ and have 2 kids these days, so my racing days are kind of over, but through my 20's I raced nearly every weekend. My biggest hang up was always tyre choice. It did my head in. I even had 3 complete wheelsets with different tyres on just to make changes as quickly as possible, but I never satisfied - always fretting that I'd made the wrong choice for race runs.

All that was until I discovered Schwalbe Magic Mary's. Fit and forget. 

They corner well in everything, they clear well, don't wear particularly quickly and the rear drag is slowish, but acceptable. 

My only gripe is mentioned above - the sidewall choices. The SnakeSkin ones are about 750g and the Super Gravity about 1150g. I really wish there was something in between, around 950g 


Product Schwalbe Magic Mary Addix Tires
Riding Type Downhill, Enduro / All-Mountain, Freeride / Bike Park, Trail
Wheel Size 26", 27.5" (650b), 29", 27.5+
Tire Width
  • 2.25 inches
  • 2.35 inches
  • 2.60 inches
  • 2.80 inches
Tubeless Compatible Yes, Tubeless Easy (TL Easy) versions available
Bead Folding or wired

Addix Speedgrip (blue identifier) – the universal compound. Good for XC, AM and Trail. Replaces the previous PaceStar compound.

Addix Soft (orange identifier) – The compound is used just as often in demanding all-mountain and trail riding as in the enduro and downhill world. It has good rolling characteristics and at the same time outstanding damping, both of which are also evident at low temperatures. It’s also ideal for e-MTBs.

Addix Ultra Soft (purple identifier) – The compound with maximum damping, perfect for hardcore use in enduro and downhill. Seriously improved low-temperature properties in terms of grip and damping, compared to the previous VertStar compound make it suitable for year-round use.

Sidewall 67 TPI casing with additional protection options:

SnakeSkin Tubeless Easy (TLE) – monofile SnakeSkin fabric for cut resistant sidewalls and easy tubeless conversion, folding bead cores

SnakeSkin TLE with Apex – reinforced sidewalls (2 layers of carcass) special construction for lightweight tires in Plus sizes offering more stability at low pressure, folding bead cores

Super Gravity – quadruple ply casing makes the sidewall stable and safe, tread remains flexible and grippy with a two ply casing, all around SnakeSkin provides protection against cuts

Downhill – durable with double casing, snake-bite protection, and SnakeSkin side wall (wired bead)

  • 1 lb 15.2 oz (885 g)
  • 2 lb 9.1 oz (1,165 g)
  • 2 lb 6.8 oz (1,100 g)
  • 1 lb 13.5 oz (835 g)
Miscellaneous 2017 product year release
Intended conditions: Mixed to soft terrain
Evolution Folding version tires come in either SnakeSkin or Super Gravity casings
Evolution Wired version tires come in a Downhill casing
Performance version tire provides extended tread-wear and durability for bike park use
SnakeSkin and Apex reinforcement provide sidewall protection against punctures
Super Gravity casing provides sidewall and tread protection with additional sidewall layers to prevent punctures
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