Maxxis Aggressor Tire - Review

Oct 25, 2016
by Mike Kazimer  
Maxxis Aggressor



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
www.maxxis.com / @Maxxis
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.


Maxxis Aggressor review
The lugs aren't overly tall, but the squared off pattern helps provide traction.
Maxxis Aggressor review
Well supported side knobs keep the Aggressor from squirming during cornering.


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

bigquotesSimilar 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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202 Comments

  • + 235
 'The tire measured true to size'. Are you sure it's a Maxxis?
  • + 16
 Underrated comment
  • + 2
 They have to say it else no popcorn tonight.
  • + 2
 maybe thats a older thing. iv recently tried some swalbe stuff after constantly being maxxis and the tire sizes and tires looked the same to me. need a ruler to spot the difference
  • + 5
 I think Maxxis is changing their game. I just got the ForeKaster which is claimed to be 735g. I measured it at 743, just 8g or 1% off. I'd claim that is perfectly acceptable.
  • - 3
 Was expecting "tire measure to be 2.12 inches"
  • + 0
 I was so used to the 'Maxxis sizing' (I.e. 2.4 = 2.2) that when I bought my HRIIs I went up a size. But when I fitted them they were bigger than I expected (i.e. true to size) so I had to go back to the LBS and get a size down - which was really F*$king annoying. I wish Maxxis would just be consistent in their own sizing so at least we know which size to get.
  • + 3
 Did not measure 2.3 for me. It's width is a joke. C'mon Maxxis make a freakin tire with some volume!
  • + 3
 Yeah I always thought it was weird when my 2.1 and 2.35 tires were labeled as the same casing size (52-559).
  • + 5
 @stevovo: underrated? it's the top comment.
  • + 1
 A Maxxis 2.3" tire is essentially a road tire.
  • + 1
 Maxxis is measured acoss the innner diameter of the tire. Schwalbe is measured across the inflated distance between side knobs. Ie. schwables are a true width of the tire measurement, minimums measure the material used...
  • + 133
 I never get tired of all these reviews.
  • + 71
 I find them gripping.
  • + 56
 Tread lightly with these puns...
  • + 63
 @smike: with a good rubber i'll stick my puns wherever I damn well please
  • + 23
 I personally find the review, over-inflated...
  • + 45
 @hodakaracer96: Being such an Aggressor makes you sound like a knob.
  • + 24
 You are all so tiresome
  • - 11
flag tehllama (Oct 25, 2016 at 21:41) (Below Threshold)
 If these puns keep up, you knobs will just get a cold shoulder
  • - 14
flag metaam (Oct 25, 2016 at 21:46) (Below Threshold)
 I'm keeping my beady little eyes on this pun thread, as per the count so far deciding the winner could go down to the wire.
  • + 3
 I swear I'm plying to stop. None of my efforts are gaining traction...
  • - 6
flag ecly13 (Oct 25, 2016 at 22:28) (Below Threshold)
 They need to double down on the reviews.
  • + 75
 If I was a High Roller I'd buy 2...
  • - 2
 Yeah but I feel these reviews sometimes go around in circles
  • + 16
 Tbh, each and every time the is a tire review the thread is super tacky with all these puns.
  • + 15
 Slick and tired of these... going to bead now...
  • - 14
flag airtym (Oct 26, 2016 at 2:54) (Below Threshold)
 Anyone else getting tired of this puny business?
  • - 6
flag karoliusz (Oct 26, 2016 at 2:54) (Below Threshold)
 Why all the aggression?
  • - 9
flag Jim-laden (Oct 26, 2016 at 4:07) (Below Threshold)
 @Skootur: If I was a Mobster I would have many of these working for me.
  • - 6
flag rivercitycycles Plus (Oct 26, 2016 at 5:32) (Below Threshold)
 This review left me feeling deflated.
  • - 11
flag RedBurn (Oct 26, 2016 at 6:01) (Below Threshold)
 always the same jokes when theres a tire review... pretty tiresome
  • - 2
 All of yer..get a grip.
  • + 33
 What do you do with 365 used rubbers? Make a tire and call it a Good Year.
  • - 14
flag Earthmotherfu (Oct 26, 2016 at 8:00) (Below Threshold)
 @properp: what do you do with 730 used rubbers? Make 2 and call it a better yearSmile
  • - 1
 Too much pressure keep the puns coming, eh? Just blows me away.
  • - 3
 @Thustlewhumber: Not sure whats going on here, but I'm noticing a pattern in these puns.
  • + 42
 best rear tire on market right now, EXO let me down, thanks Obama!
  • + 9
 Been running these tires for 2 months now and they're by far one of the greatest thing I've put on my bike.
  • - 1
 @Aaronhuang: would be interesting to compare them to a specialized Eskar, which is another rear tyre that performs well.

Reviews are great buy they should compare to similar offerings from other manufacturers.
  • + 5
 Im interested in these. Im running a minion SS on the rear and really like it. Anyone with a comparison between the two? The article brushed on it but am interested in rolling speed v traction. Minion SS is super fast but can slip on dry loose climbs otherwise great.
  • + 4
 Have been running this with the dd casing on the rear for appx 6 months now, had a high roller 2 2.3 and ardent 2.4 with exo casing on the rear before. Rolling resistance is almost as good as the ardent even with the thicker casing and the grip on steep loose climbs is 85% as good as the high roller, only the high roller had significantly more rolling resistance. Amazing how the tyre has 85% the rolling speed and grip of two totally opposite tyres and doesn't just meet halfway. Cornering grip is also good with a predictable give away, never losing traction completely on hard pack stuff like the ardent did, just a controllable drift that is great fun to play around on the edge of the tyres limit
  • + 3
 @slowrider73: I rode a minion SS all summer and switched to the aggressor DD a couple of months ago, rolling resistance is higher obviously, but you would be surprised at how little. I switched for straight line braking and puncture resistance; the DD is awesome, i shredded minions, HR2s and the minion SS, literally all of them have multiple tears. The SS could be ridden in all weather conditions but only if you were cornering aggressively so the side knobs would catch, the aggressor has this but you just get more control on straight line steep sections. definitely happy i went for it over the HR or minion dhf for a rear.
  • + 3
 @slowrider73: LIke @bluumax, I rode a Minion SS on my trailbike until it late summer when the dust had gotten too bad. (The Aggressor was on the front then - which is a great combo btw). Switched the Aggressor to the back with an e13 TRS race up front and barely noticed any rolling resistance change. There is some, it's not magic. But its mostly only noticeable on pavement and fireroads. On a whim, I took the trailbike to a local DH spot and as Kazimer said, it was unremarkable in I didn't even remember I wasn't riding meaty DH tires.
  • + 13
 I've been running this since April. This is hands down the best rear tire and has been ridden in the northeast and out west in mud, leaves, roots, rocks, bike park, xc, the thing just cruses them all. Note: I run the DHF up front for bomber cornering and stopping power and the aggressor in the rear for cornering, rolling resistance, and traction. The only time i have ever questioned full traction has been recently with fall rain and tons of leaves on rocks and roots in the northeast. With that said, I've run a lot of different and knobbier tires in these conditions and haven't found anything better. also, when i say question, I've slipped on a couple of climbs that are steep bald rocks with roots and leaves. I barely make these climbs in dry conditions. I dont think a tire can stick in these conditions.... The wear slowly and are very durable.

Tires I've tried in the back that personally, i do not feel are as good as the aggressor for my riding style:

- high roller 2: great traction and super loose in a good way. the gaps in the knobs are noticable with flats on rocky terrain and when riding roots. you can feel the slip until you bite with the know due to the space between the knobs.

- Trail Kings: great but high rolling resistance and flat super easy.

in my opinion: DHF up front and Aggressor in the rear. You cannot beat this combo for aggressive riding that still needs pedaling. personally, I've had 0 issues with the tire and only have been blown away.
  • + 3
 @charles0210: I ran front and rear for a while and realized it pushed a little more than I liked on the front. DHF/Aggressor has been on for a few months now and will not come off. On my 3rd for the rear. Wears even/well/slowly. Pretty awesome combo. UT/CO/VA/NC/PA/WV/MD I wouldn't have changed a thing in any of the conditions or locations.
  • + 3
 @slowrider73: I ran a minion SS all summer it it was great. I switched to the aggressor in the EXO casing for fall. I have a few rides on my local trails and one ride in Brevard, NC. I can't say I noticed that much of a difference between the SS and Aggressor in terms of rolling speed. It was maybe a little slower but not by much. It certainly wasn't any harder to push up steep climbs and it rolled and cornered just about as good on the way down. The Aggressor was much better on loose climbs, as I experience the same slip you described with the SS. It gripped in places the SS wouldn't. I would recommend trying the aggressor for sure. If I end up making more trips out to Brevard and Pisgah next summer I may not even throw the SS back on.

Edit: Not sure if this would effect you but completely kitted up I've been about 210-215lbs and I found that I could run the aggressor at slightly lower psi than the SS. I had to run the SS a bit firmer than I would normally like in order to take full advantage of the super fast rolling speed.
  • + 1
 I'm in Colorado and mid summer I switched from the HRII to the Aggressor in the rear (DHF in front). I feel that braking traction and rolling resistance were better right out of the gate, although I may give a slight nod to cornering to the HRII. Some gains could be due to a worn switching to new tire, but I've been very stoked on the aggressor. I'm running Dual Ply (150lbs) but haven't experienced any leaks like I used to get on the HR. I have 400 miles on it and haven't noticed any noticeable wear as well, still riding great. If it was really muddy, I think the HRII would be a better choice, but we don't get that there. I'm certainly buying another Aggressor before I mount my next HRII.
  • + 1
 @tolyho: Couldnt agree more. Oh yeah and Richie Rude has also used this combo..... i think he has done ok with the set up Razz
  • + 2
 @slowrider73: The SS and Aggressor are two different personalities as a rear tire. SS is a slide/catch tire and Aggressor will just hold then predictably release. The Aggressor does not roll as fast as the SS, but still pretty good and rolls faster than it looks like it might. My local conditions have a lot of kitty litter over hard in the summer. With hard cornering on this surface the SS will slide then try to hold but sometimes once the slide is initiated the SS won't always eventually hook up. In contrast, the Aggressor is tough to get to slide on this surface and it just holds in a really good way. If you have a manicured trails with berms (or moist trails) then the slide/catch of the SS is fine, but if you are riding off camber trails in dry conditions then I'd suggest the Aggressor. If you really like to feel a bite in a rear tire when cornering then go Aggressor. If you need the rolling speed and with trail surface can get away with the SS then go that route. I'm running it with DHF front, on two different bikes 27.5 and 29. It is great on both wheel sizes but on the 29 the SS does pretty well, while on 27.5 I definitely would go Aggressor.
  • + 1
 Agreeing that this is the best rear tire I have had. It rolls way faster than a DHRII, with better climbing traction and only slightly less braking capabilities of the DHR II. Doesn't roll quite as fast as the Minion SS, but it makes up for it in every other area I think. Has a ton more traction and confidence than an Ardent 2.4 will give. So far has held up well, but dont have a enough miles to be definitive.
  • + 28
 and it's available in 26 yeah !!
  • + 11
 26!!! Beer
  • - 1
 we all thinking this looks like a rad dj/flow trail tire?
  • + 6
 is 26 making a comeback? first Manitou, now this...
  • + 1
 @kilazilla: Yes. Manitou fork with 26 wheels.
  • + 1
 @adrennan: for sure, i think they specifically market it as being designed for "modern" mtb trails
  • + 6
 @bvwilliams: silly, you know 26 cant go on modern trails. haven't you been listening?
  • + 3
 @adrennan: Thats why we ride "old" trails. We stay "oldskool" on 26, 10gears (to many), thats all old now they say.
  • + 12
 I've been running this tire all summer on my DH bike and my enduro, I find this a great all round except for really sloppy conditions. Very fast rolling and predictable. Rear only in my opinion
  • + 1
 I agree with it not performing well on sloppy conditions. I've got it on the back with a Nobby Nic on the front.
  • + 11
 26"! Thank you Maxxis!!!
  • + 5
 I'm 100% with you, but does anyone know where they actually sell the damn thing? Seems like Maxxis lists several newer models in a 26" version on the website, but I can't find an online retailer that actually carries said unicorn tires.
  • + 2
 @jackalope: Your best shot at getting them would probably be going to a bike shop that uses BTI or QBP as their supplier. When you see these new product releases they usually are not available at the suppliers immediately. They may be a few months later.
  • + 6
 @jackalope: If your local shop or preferred online store cant get them, we have them for sale on our own eStore in EXO and DoubleDown constructions.
shop.maxxis.com/c/bicycle_mountain_aggressor
  • + 5
 @Maxxis: Well thanks for that I guess...now I'm forced to spend $62 (which was originally ear marked for my hookers & blow account) and I'm fast running out of excuses for being a terrible rider...{sigh} Smile

But yeah, serious thanks for the link and continuing to support us 26" Luddites!
  • + 1
 @Maxxis: That is nice but how about us euros, can't find any shop selling Minion SS or Agressor in 26 and Maxxis-international-USA only shops to USA...
  • + 6
 @Maxxis I have a DD Aggressor that I managed to slash the sidewall on first ride, but will be giving these another shot since it has the perfect blend of grip and rolling resistance. I would like to see a wider WT version of these available as I think the 2.3 is a little to narrow and too square for 30mm rims. Make a wider version!
  • + 17
 We're listening! Expect to see some growth in the WT segment in 2017. Wish we could say more.
  • + 8
 Loam in Utah is like a unicorn that's been spotted. Purely mythical unless you know where to look.
  • + 17
 A bit like dust in the UK then :-)
  • + 5
 I ran this tire all summer with a magic mary up front. I also ran a minion DHRII in the rear as well as a hans dampf. It's NOT better than a hans dampf, in my opinion. I enjoyed it 10x more than the minion, a tire that I ran all last winter and thought I liked! This Tire rolls fast and feels great, but doesn't turn like the dampf does. I had a lot of fun with it, but noticed in dry loose it breaks free as soon as your touch the rear brake. I ended up popping it, so I said what the hell and put a hans on just to compare. Haven't even thought about switching back. The week after I switched the tire, I PR'd every single trail I ride around here. And I ride them alot. Just something to be said. One thing to note, I have 27mm novatec rims, maybe this tire would hook up better on something wider in the realm of 30mm. In the end, I might try it again, but after the winter, it's definitely a summer one.
  • + 5
 It's also surprisingly decent as a front tire for less aggressive use. Paired with a crossmark II and you have a very good rolling combo that still grips on the front.
  • + 3
 That's a killer combo! The Crossmark II is a bit of a sleeper in our lineup, big blocky cornering knobs and a ton of straightline speed and climbing grip.
  • + 3
 @Maxxis: A crossmark II in DD casing would be awesome, same for an ardent
  • + 1
 @Gilo: Yes to more DD casings! I kept tearing my EXO sidewalls, almost every ride, but this DD aggressor has been bulletproof.
  • + 2
 @Maxxis: I ran a Crossmark as a summer tire for many years with no complaints. I don't consider it anymore because it's only available in 29x2.1 or 2.25. That's kinda like 26x1.95, it's what you rode back in the day. A 29x2.5 would be nice.
  • + 3
 @fpmd: DD constructions are available for most of our aggressive tires these days. You should be able to find the Griffin, Tomahawk, Aggressor, Minion DHF, Minion DHRII, Minion SS, High Roller II, and Shorty with DoubleDown construction for 26", 27.5", and 29" through most local shops or direct from our eStore.
  • + 1
 @Maxxis: Great that's good to know. Thanks
  • + 4
 After coming off a WTB Trailboss 2.25 rear tire, I am a little bit underwhelmed by the cornering performance of the Aggressor. Trail breaking is rather unpredictable in drier conditions.
  • + 2
 I run Minion dhr2 up front and the Aggressor tr exo rear, favourite combo ever. I ride in the rocky mountains, have had zero issues and have a fresh one waiting for whenever the first one dies. Keep it up @Maxxis, might be great as one of your 2.6 options??
  • + 2
 I ran a 27.5x2.35 Ikon for a read tire all summer and was really pleased with its volume and how fast it rolled. I do wish the Ikon provided a little more traction, however. I had a 2.3 dhf up front for those wondering..I rode this setup everywhere from enduro races, to back country epics, to the Grand Targhee and Big Sky bike parks, to local hot laps post work. I have an aggressor ready to mount and am excited to see what an improvement it will be over the Ikon. I plan to put a dhf 2.5 wt up front in addition to swapping the ikon out for the aggressor on the rear.

I really want @Maxxis releases the Aggressor in 2.5 WT or plus size... Here's to hoping. I'm loving the idea of these new high volume plus tires.
  • + 2
 We recently released a 27.5x2.35 (and 29x2.35) Ardent Race if you're looking for something with similar volume to the 2.35 Ikon and a bit more grip.
  • + 2
 Great tire! Perfect back tire for aggressive cornering on loose over hard. Very predictable. Then It rained, a lot... now the lugs are too small to deal with the mud and it was just too loose. Dhr2 2.4 and I'm back in business. I'll put it back on in the spring for sure.
  • + 3
 Not a Maxxis fanboy,but I'm sincerely surprised for how good this tire is. Way faster rolling than the HD 2.25 it replaced,same gripe or more,no worn signs after 4 enduro races. 25mm rims,~24psi,rear only.
  • + 2
 Been running this on the rear in NZ, with DHF up front for afew months now and find it great. feels alot lighter and faster rolling than the HRII i had on the back, yea if ya thick in the mud isn't the best, but hey is a great all year tire. if you looking for just the one to run..
  • + 1
 while in quuenstown i run a minion up front and an ardent on the back. the ardent sucked would this be gripier on dusty/exposed trails?
  • + 1
 @fercho25: Yea i rode Ardent on the back on my old bike, find this way better, is great in those conditions and alot more grip!
  • + 5
 A 26 inch tire ???!!!!.
Yes!
Thank you Maxis.
  • + 4
 when you add it to Manitou Mattoc Pro 2 then there is lot of play for 26". keep it up.
  • + 1
 I have also been using an aggressor (27.5, EXO) as a rear tyre paired with a DHR2 2.4 up front. Great combo and as a rear it is much faster rolling than the high roller 2. I ride in mainly dry conditions with lots of rocks and for these conditions the tyre is great. I did end up slashing the side wall on some rocks after a heavy landing, but it was partly my fault (for the shit landing) and having too low pressure on the tyre for course I was on. I had lowered the pressure so much in search for extra grip because the conditions that day were wet and slippy, in which the tyre does not shine
  • + 1
 The best back in the day riding Maxxis hookworms, and hitting mud patches. "How To Crash Cycling Vol III". They were grippy, and smooth for cement, and asphalt mind you. cdn.maxxiscentral.com/tyreimages/tyre-image-Hookworm_l.png
  • + 2
 DH bike + Hookworms was always a riot for urban hucking.
  • + 1
 I have a high roller II 2.3 upfront and a ardent 2.4 on the rear. My ardent will probably wear out first and my plan was to swap the front to the rear and install a new front tire. I am now wondering if I should get an Agressor out back and keep the HR2 up front. Any suggestions?
My terrain varies from hardpack, loose over dirt to gravel, with some raining riding all year at random.
  • + 1
 @Maxxis Hi, how come is the Ignitor 29x2.35 not listed on your website (www.maxxis.com/catalog/tire-288-ignitor ) ?

I recently bought the Exo Dual Tubeless Ready version of it ( www.probikeshop.fr/pneu-maxxis-ignitor-exo-kv-29x2-35-tubeless-ready-souple/115649.html ) as a replacement of my rear wheel's worn out Ardent and really like it a lot.

Anyone else riding this tire in the back ?
  • + 3
 hell ya! 26" Now I don't half to go and make my own tire after all. Still gotta make my own front fork tho (20mm, 1 1/8 steer tube)
  • + 2
 I just mounted this as a rear tire with a minion DHR up front, amazing combo. So much control and so predictable, really an awesome combo thats rolls pretty fast too Would definitely recommend it
  • + 1
 I rode the DD version of this in the steeps in Revelstoke in some pretty muddy conditions, I would DEFINITELY not call it a tire that excels in mud, at ALL. Love it in the loose dusty stuff but thats about where it ends. Best summer tire.. but get dem levers out if it gets wet.
  • + 2
 Been running this tire in DD last 4 months out back- Trans BC, Colorado, Tahoe, and Downieville. 20-24 psi on a 25mm rim with no issues. Like the review said, "forgettable".
  • + 3
 How does this tire compare to similar tires from other companies? ie: Bontrager SE4, Schwalbe Hans Dampf/Nobby Nic, WTB Trailboss, Specialized Purgatory....etc
  • + 6
 Compared to a Schwalbe - no contest. The Aggressor will actually last more than 4 rides before all the side knobs tear off.

Compared to a Purgatory (which is a similar price point) - I find that it rolls faster. I'm a Minion DHF WT fan, so with that on the front, and this on the back, they work well together.

Haven't had a SE4 or Trailboss, so can't give any credible input there. Cheers!
  • + 1
 The Trailboss, in my experience, has better traction in both cornering and braking. The Aggressor is much lighter with less rolling resistance. While it does break free easier, it's a predictable slide. Maxxis wins for overall quality. WTB fit too tight and I got sick of the weak sidewalls weeping sealant. It's too bad because the Trailboss 2.4 front/2.25 rear had been the most solid handling combo I'd ever used. They might as well be considered sewups though because once they're on a wide rim, they aren't coming off without a knife.
  • + 1
 Knew this threat would be here and was also curious.

For my part I have tried the WTB Trail Boss and the Specialized Purgatory.

My take on the 2: Trail Boss rolls sig faster, has slightly less grip, but side knobs rip out faster than the Purgatory.

I'll probably give the Aggressor a try as the real world online prices seem more competitive than either the Trail Boss or Purgatory.
  • + 2
 Perfect review thanks! We agree 100%. An excellent 3-season rear tire for everything in this area. DD casing is amazing at preventing tears through the nastiest rock sections. Great tubeless reliability.
  • + 1
 DHF/DHF or DHF/DHR recommended for that other season then at the sacrifice of rolling resistance?
  • + 4
 @Taz123: yes exactly. Actually the DHR2 is probably the fastest rolling Maxxis of all the beefy treads. The reason the aggressor was so popular this year was because of the DD casing. Once Maxxis makes a DD 27.5x2.4 DHR2 3C MaxxTerra it will be the ultimate year-round rear tire. Alas that tire will not exist yet for 2017 so the Aggressor will have another amazing year from March to October in 2017 on the back of many people's bikes.
  • + 3
 DHR2 wears way too quick... Maxxis should have a 60 series for the DHR2 like they do for the HR2. DD DHR2 would be nice as well.
  • + 3
 @jaydawg69: I don't know how much @Maxxis takes from theses comments, but absolutely. For us desert riders, 60a rear tires are a necessity, not a luxury. The harder rubber seems to make them a little less prone to cuts, too.
  • + 4
 My buddy runs this on the rear and says it's great. No surprise as we're in Colorado
  • + 2
 The griffin is another great option in colorado!
  • + 2
 @adrennan: The Griffin is also available currently has a 27.5x2.30 or 29x2.30 EXO or DD trail tire with 26x2.30 coming in a few months.
  • + 1
 @Maxxis: while i have you here, make the griffins and minions in gum wall dammit
  • + 4
 @adrennan: 27.5x2.30 Minion DHF is available currently in a limited run of skinwall tires, 3C/EXO/TR!
  • + 1
 Did you try the Aggressor up front? I have a DHF up front now and find that it's kinda scary on hardpack and hardpack with a thin layer of kitty litter. I wonder if the Aggressor would be better since it has shorter knobs.
  • + 5
 Maxxis, 26' Win
  • + 2
 26 feet? Huge! Smile
  • + 2
 Best tire I've had on my rear! Works in just about any condition. Aggressor 2.3 and HR2 2.4 best combo I have found.
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 Aggressor up front with minion ss on the back and my 5010 is feeling good and fast !
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 I have it on the front wheel..SS on the rear. It's a nice tyre. Like you said it's a fit and forget type of tyre..
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 Punctured the DD version at 30psi the first day I used this tire. Worked great up until then!
  • + 2
 Its a nice rear tire, a true all-rounder. Only if they made the DD casing a bit tougher...
  • + 1
 I've been on this tire for months. Rolls faster than an HR2 with better grip. Did get a puncture 50 feet into my last race though... DD casing in the rear from here on out!
  • + 3
 Does somebody know how they are compared to High Roller II?
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 Compared to the High Roller II, the Aggressor is going to be much faster rolling and better performing in drier conditions. The HRII really shines when the trail gets wet and loose and that's right where the Aggressor stops performing optimally. The square edged knobs on the Aggressor really dig in under braking and climbing compared to the ramped knobs on the High Roller II but can be overwhelmed in really loose conditions, where the more open HRII would penetrate through the topsoil and dig in to find traction.
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 @Maxxis: DD weight is good. Good to hear Maxxis response in comment section
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 @Maxxis: Thank you. Then I think I´ll stick to my HR II Smile
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 Specialized clones the Maxxis DHF with their Butcher. Maxxis clones the Specialized Purgatory with their Aggressor. Nice to have options, so no complaints.
  • + 2
 I ride mostly dry trails, as I live on the dryer side of Washington, so this may be my next tire.
  • + 1
 Does anyone have any experience with both the aggressor and the griffin? How so these two compare?
  • + 1
 Ive already noted this tire down for next summer. Meanwhile, i'd love to see a review of the forekaster!
  • + 1
 Last time I ordered maxxis (dhf skin walls) they said 2.5 but we're more 2.3 I hope these won't be like that
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 Two thumbs up for making tires for the 26" crowd!!!!
Maxxis rocks!!!
  • + 1
 Indeed -- thank you, Maxxis!
  • + 0
 Hey Maxxis....why dont you just advertise all your tires as 2.25's. Riders will still buy them , and they wil be true to size. It's a win /win for all.
  • + 1
 Forgive my ignorance, but doesn't the rim size affect the size of the tire when it is inflated? I see a big difference in my tires based on the rim they are mounted on.
  • + 2
 I couldn't agree more, great tire, fast rolling. Not for mud
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 I wish the were available 26 x 2.5 and 29 x 2.5
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 Does shorter tread height also mean the the tire/tread's lifetime is likely shorter overall than the Minions?
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 @mikekazimer I really appreciated the backpacking tent reference, great analogy!
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 So it looks as good on paper as nobby nic but unlike the latter it actually works on the bike ridden in terrain?
  • + 2
 Just need to find somewhere that sells the 26 x 2.3 EXO
  • + 2
 A lot of brick and mortars and online retailers may not have the 26" Aggressors yet but if you're in a rush, we have them available on our eStore at the link below:
shop.maxxis.com/c/bicycle_mountain_aggressor
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 @Maxxis , Gimmie this in a Double Down 2.4"
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 I HAVE BETTER LUCK FINDING A UNICORN HERE in SoCal than a set THESE TIREs in *26inch* SIZE!!!
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 But you did find a unicorn? Awesome. You might have to go online for the tires: shop.maxxis.com/c/bicycle_mountain_aggressor.
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 @mikekazimer: Thanks for the assist.

@dirtchurner The 26" Aggressors are still relatively new and working their way out to the distributors and eventually to the local shops.
  • + 1
 How does it compare to a 2.3 DHRII?
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 This tread is getting me pumped....
  • + 1
 Are these compatible with Metric shocks?
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 Did anyone else notice there seems to be a hole in Mikes rim..?
  • + 0
 Looks like a worn-down DHF. I've been running an Aggressor for a few months now, apparently.
  • + 1
 Rude had a Griffin DH bro
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 On some races, yes, on others he ran the DoubleDown Aggressor. Richie was always switching the rear tire depending on the course conditions but was consistent with running a DHF up front.
  • + 1
 Ive been running this for a few months on the rear. So satisfied!!
  • + 1
 I need more choices of 27+ keep hoping for news on newer better tyres
  • + 1
 We get two seasons. Wet and wetter.
  • + 1
 Sounds like the perfect trails for a Shorty/High Roller II combo!
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 The only trails worth riding require that combo.
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 @Maxxis:
Minions have great bite , perfect profile.
My buddy picked up ten of the 26 ers.
Just incase they become extinct.
  • + 1
 As a Utahn I think this review is awesome!!
  • + 1
 Is it better than Shwalbe Hans Dampf?
  • + 2
 I really do not think so. Read my comment below.
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 I think so. Much more predictable IMO.
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 @tcarnie: HDs are rubbish, most unpredictable tyre I've ever ridden, not to speak about Schwalbe's not so great durability..
  • + 4
 I just swapped from a magic mary/ hans dampf combo to a minion dhr 2/aggressor. I find the aggressor is way better as a rear tire and much more predictable, I also think the aggressor rolls much faster too
  • + 1
 @kev1n: I had the same.. magic mary / hans dampf and liked the magic mary.. wasn't into the hans dampf, not to mention I tore all the side knobs off both tires before they were even close to worn. Switched to minion dhf front and minion ss rear (it was super dry here all summer and also lots of granite) Deadly combo! Now that it is wet I put a Aggressor on the back and its my new favorite rear tire! Previously had Highroller 2 on the rear before the Schwalbe's
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 @kev1n: thats awesome. i had fun all summer on the agressor with a magic mary. i have yet to run a dhr2 in front...hmmmmmm
  • + 1
 @Maxxis Bring back the 2.4 ADvantage- That tire slays!
  • + 0
 'Part worn' tyres are just a fad.. 'Anything' to make them weigh less and roll faster - Maxxis fanboi here, so no bias
  • + 3
 This tire is perfect for those of us who have hardpack trails in the summer. The taller lugs tend to squirm a bit on hardpack places like the Don, so something like this is a godsend, since it has solid cornering lugs, rolls fast, and isn't too tall to squirm on the cement like trails or rocks. A worn HR loses a lot of traction once the side lugs round out and lose their bite.
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 @atrokz: tup well said
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 Dont be thee over aggressor now!
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 @maxxis what is your responsibility # 1 selling mtb tire?
  • + 1
 What about as a front tire?
  • + 1
 Try the Tomahawk on the front. amazing grip as well.
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 I ran it as a front with an SS as the rear (on my trail bike) until the trails got too dusty and loose (for the SS) and I thought it was great. Felt it was equivalent too, and a lot more positive than a Hans Dampf.
  • + 3
 Been running this up front with the DD casing and a Minion SS in the back, about time to change it up since it's leaf season, but it's been a ripping summer tire combo.
  • + 1
 Tire looks and sounds good!
  • + 1
 thread looks really nice for a rear tire. nice siped knobs and weight
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 Pumped
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 @Maxxis. When will you finally make condoms too?
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 DD casing
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 Not sure why you need such a good traction in condom...
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 For maximum pressure.
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 if shes a bit rough looking and well rutted your gonna want he DD casing. dont wanna risk a rip and a trip to the clinic.
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