The Schwalbe Magic Mary is our number one pick for aggressive riding
As an intermediate tyre, the Schwalbe Magic Mary’s credentials are beyond question — take one look at the start line of a top enduro race and it’s easily one of the most popular choices. The ultimate endorsement being that some riders even run Magic Marys with the logos blacked out, despite being sponsored by other brands.
With simple, huge square blocks jutting out at all angles, the tread pattern looks a lot like a classic motocross tyre, and, sure enough, chuck it at some gloop and it’ll take everything in its stride — only a pure downhill spike has more bite.
The tread pattern, and sheer size of the tyre (the 2.35 looks more like a 2.5in) inspires aggressive, cocky riding and the Magic’s grip levels back up your ambitions in almost all conditions. Thanks to its huge air volume, it’s also extremely comfortable.
The Snakeskin casing version is perfect on the front, with less weight to drag around than any other tyre with equivalent grip, but can be a little fragile on the rear if you ride in a rocky area. A tougher, dual-ply, Super Gravity carcass is available, but it is significantly slower rolling.
The bottom line is this German tyre is tough to beat as a year-round front tyre in UK conditions, and is therefore our number one choice for aggressive riding.