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The top 2 best 26 inch mountain bike tires for mud for 2023

In this article I’m going to give you my top picks for the best 26 inch mountain bike tires for mud.

26 inch wheels are no longer mounted on any of the latest bikes from popular brands. And for the first time I can see tire brands dropping 26 inch from their roster.

Since 26 inch mountain bike tires for mud is a niche category, they are more easily dropped than, let’s say, cross country tires. But even though the brand may no longer show the 26 inch size listed, it doesn’t mean these tires can not be found out there. It does mean that which each year passing, these tires are becoming more of a rarity.

You don’t necessarily need a dual setup of these tires. But if you go for a single mud tire, make sure to put it on the front tire where grip is most important.

Enough said, without further ado, here’s my list of the best 26 inch mountain bike tires for mud.

Continental Der Baron Projekt ProTection Apex

The Continental Der Baron Projekt is a very aggressive mountain bike tire. Massive blocks sufficiently spaced ensure you have both maximum grip and maximum mud clearance, making this tire a solid enduro allrounder in both wet and dry conditions.

Even in the 2.4 inch width version, this tire weighs 890, which makes this tire a great option if you want to ride all year round, but you stay away from the trail in the worst of conditions.

The BlackChili compound from Continental is known for its great durability. So if you’re also looking for a tire that’ll last you a very long time, and save on cash that way, the Der Baron Projekt is a solid choice as well.

Continental Der Baron Projekt ProTection Apex Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Extremely lightweight gravity tire, durable
Reasons to avoid
Meant for downhill or enduro

Schwalbe Magic Mary

The Magic Mary is Schwalbe’s grippiest tire from their entire lineup. It performs both brilliantly as a downhill tire, but is just as effective for allround trail riding in brutal conditions.

It has top-of-the-line traction combined with super fast rolling characteristic and a good feel for the trail at high speeds. If you want to be in the moment and experience flow going down sloppy slopes the Magic Mary delivers big time, with virtually zero cons.

Good braking power, allround riding characteristics in dry and wet conditions, this is Schwalbe’s top tire for all-mountain, enduro and downhill, no matter what the conditions are.

Schwalbe Magic Mary Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Very grippy, go-to gravity tire, solid braking power, 4-season downhill tire
Reasons to avoid
Meant for downhill

Specifications 26 inch mountain bike tires for mud

Name
Size
ETRTO
Weight (gr)
Tread color
Sidewall color
Compound
Puncture protection
Tire bead
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Schwalbe Magic Mary
26×2.35
60-559
1210
Black
Black
ADDIX Ultra Soft
Super Downhill
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Schwalbe Magic Mary
26×2.60
65-559
1320
Black
Black
ADDIX Ultra Soft
Super Downhill
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Johan van Seijen

FoundeR Restoration.bike

Johan van Seijen is the founder of restoration.bike. His passion for cycling in general, and restoring older bikes turned into a website to share his knowledge with a broader audience. Starting out on his father’s road bike and riding classics as the Amstel Gold Race and Liege Bastogne Liege he has shifted his attention to trail, XC, and gravel riding since. No matter how much he loves writing about everything related to cycling, nothing beats actually using his ever-expanding bicycle collection.

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