The Aggressor is a relatively new addition to Maxxis' lineup, one that's billed as a jack-of-all-trades, suited for everything from XC to all-mountain riding. Enduro superhero Richie Rude even took home a number of victories on the Enduro World Series circuit running the Aggressor on the rear of his bike, although unfortunately there's no guarantee that you'll experience similar results if you decide to mount one up.
Maxxis Aggressor Details
• 26", 27.5" and 29" options
• Folding bead, dual compound
• Double Down casing available
• Weight: 890 grams (actual, 27.5", EXO casing)
• MSRP: $62.00 USD
Available in a 2.3” width for 27.5”, 29”, and yes, even 26” wheels, the Aggressor uses a dual compound construction, with a softer rubber used for the side knobs and a harder compound used for the center knobs in order to increase the tire's lifespan. The tread itself is fairly low profile, especially compared to Maxxis' classic DHF or DHR II patterns, but even though the lugs may not be especially tall, the squared off leading edges are intended to give the tire plenty of bite.
In addition to the reinforced single-ply EXO casing version tested here, Maxxis also offers the Aggressor with their Double Down casing. Double Down adds another casing layer as well as a butyl insert, creating a tire that's almost as robust as a DH tire, but with a smaller weight penalty. As tested, the 27.5” Aggressor weighed 890 grams; the Double Down version weighs a claimed 1050 grams. On the Trail
I used the Aggressor as a rear tire on several different wheels whose inner rim widths ranged from 23 – 30mm. The tire measured true to size (2.3”), and although the tread profile does get a little more square on wider rims the performance remained consistent throughout that range of rim widths. Setting it up tubeless wasn't any trouble, and once everything was seated and sealed I usually ran around 25 psi.
Conditions during testing covered the full spectrum, everything from slippery and greasy to completely dry, dusty, and blown out, but it was in those drier conditions that the Aggressor felt most at home, with plenty of cornering traction and predictable grip for steeper sections of trail. It's a tire that's almost forgettable, and I mean that in a good way – you can mount it up and ride just about anywhere without worrying that it's not going to be up to the task, especially when paired with a meatier tire up front. The shorter tread height means that there's no folding or squirming even when pushing into a tall berm at full speed, and the overall shape of the tire provides a smooth transition onto the side knobs during those moments of hard cornering.
As far as overall grip goes, I'd place the Aggressor in between the Minion SS and the DHF. It'll hook up in places where the semi-slick Minion would have trouble, but in wetter or really loose conditions the shorter lugs aren't able to dig in as well as a tire with a more aggressive tread. The compound is soft enough that there's still traction on wet rocks, but there's not as much room between the lugs to shed thicker mud. If I were planning on visiting an area like Colorado or Utah, places where 'loamy' isn't an adjective that's commonly used to describe the trails, the Aggressor would be one of my first choices for a rear tire.Pinkbike's Take
|Similar to the way that backpacking tents are rated, I'd categorize the Aggressor as a three seasons tire, at least in my neck of the woods, where winter rains make mud a constant companion out on the trails. Up until then, the Aggressor is a good option for riders looking for a faster rolling tire that doesn't sacrifice much in the way of grip or cornering performance. - Mike Kazimer |
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