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Mountain Bike Rider magazine put winter mountain bike tyres under the spotlight in the latest issue – and they reckon Schwalbe’s Magic Mary is the best bet for getting a grip on riding in the slop.

Perennial fave, the Maxxis Beaver, scored highly in the group test, with riders impressed by its climbing ability.

But it was outshone by its newer stablemate, the Shorty, with the testers bowled over by its versatility and declaring the tyre ‘the perfect blend for most UK winter trail riding.’

Both tyres were put in the shade by the Magic Mary, though, which scored a perfect 10/10.

MBR said: ‘It’s tough to beat as a year-round front tyre in UK conditions…our number one choice for aggressive riding.’

Check out the full review.

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