Spotted: Prototype Maxxis Downhill Tire - Leogang DH World Cup 2019

Jun 7, 2019
by Mike Kazimer  


Maxxis debuted the Assegai, Greg Minnaar's signature tire, last year, and now it it looks like Troy Brosnan may be the next athlete to receive a tire of his own. Details are scarce, and the official name is still being kept under wraps, but there is a kangaroo and a 'G'day mate' slogan printed on the side in a nod to Brosnan's home country.

The tread pattern is quite open, and unlike anything currently in Maxxis' mountain bike lineup - the old "looks like a Minion" trope doesn't apply here. The center knobs have an arrow-like arrangement, while the rectangular side knobs are ramped on the outside with a slight cutout on the inner face. The track in Leogang is hardpacked and fast, which means that good rolling speed and support for hard cornering take priority over all-out grip.

Will the new tire be Brosnan's ticket to snagging that elusive top spot on the podium? We'll have to wait until Sunday to find out.





173 Comments

  • 449 4
 This shall be called the Aussiegai
  • 38 0
 @Maxxis we have a winner
  • 25 39
flag mtbikeaddict (Jun 7, 2019 at 13:54) (Below Threshold)
 @adrennan: @Maxxis now we just have to vote on the spelling... Aussegai, Aussiegai, Aussieguy… decisions... maybe Brosnan should pick. I sort of like Aussieguy. Razz
  • 49 13
 They should call it the 'BOGAN', or the 'OI C*NT!' !!!
  • 13 2
 @Euskafreez: I would definitely buy a pair with either of these names! Or "Get f*cked" on the front and "c*nt" on the back.
  • 23 0
 Tell them about the time you dug a rut Troy.
Troy, "I dug a rut"
  • 6 4
 @Euskafreez: good c*nt front and dog c*nt rear
  • 8 0
 How about calling it the 'blackout' being he's from Adelaide, that and everyone in the pro circuit blacks out maxxis tyres anyway
  • 1 2
 Or the Aggromin ?
  • 1 0
 @Euskafreez: Will fit nicely on my bin chicken Ripmo!
  • 153 6
 You either die a minion, or live long enough to become a butcher.
  • 4 1
 Kind of looks like a cross between a Minion and a Nevgal, Like to try those shoes out.
  • 18 8
 Should call it the Radelaide (if you’re Australian you’ll get it)
  • 35 1
 @heavyp: haven’t most people heard of Adelaide?
  • 5 2
 Maybe a new High Roller variant? Apparently they asked Bryn Atkinson what he would change about them...
  • 7 1
 @jzPV: definitely looks like high roller side nobs with new centre nobs. High roller 2 are my favourite tyres keen to give these ago. Wanted a high roller with minion centre nobs for ages now this looks just the ticket.
  • 5 0
 This is just a HR2 on steroids.
  • 3 0
 The Butcher looks more like a DHF than this looks like a Butcher.
  • 22 8
 @kleinblake: I didn't realise Americans knew there were any other countries outside of a America ?
  • 5 3
 @heavyp: Sadelaide theres nothing good about the place!
  • 3 0
 @mountainjew: .......best part about Adelaide is that it ain’t Melbourne!
  • 3 7
flag jorgeposada (Jun 7, 2019 at 22:54) (Below Threshold)
 @heavyp: Hahahaha. Please do US a favor and keep thinking that.
  • 4 3
 @jorgeposada: haha I I know it’s not true but the way you guys are portrayed across the world through TV it’s what most people think.
  • 5 2
 2/3 alternating centerknob pattern is becoming the first standard to truly challenge the DHF. The biggest competitior to DHF, the Magic Mary has it as well but knobs are too slim and squirm at big side loads and can’t dig well enough into the hard pack. My assumption is they @maxxis noticed it and tried with Assegai but they spread the knobs too much so while they got very smooth, consistent lean over and fine handling on intermediate angles they sacrificed some of the edging grip and break away predictability. They probably wanted to open up the channel a bit so that side knobs can dig in better. I am very keen to try it.

I vote Bontrager XR/SE4 on steroids or Fat knob Mary (trans mary?)
  • 2 2
 @WAKIdesigns: currently running magic Mary’s really wasn’t sure about them until I saw Amaury‘s race run and thought I have absolutely no excuses though if it wasn’t for that I’d have agreed with you.
  • 2 3
 @thenotoriousmic: yeah except it was pissing bricks and gloop was plenty so he’d have to be nuts to throw away the whole run in muddy sections by running predominantly dry tyres. Also Schwalbe didn’t have such tyres until this year with Eddie Current. We’ll see in Leogang if it will be dry if Schwalbe riders run “ebike” tyres...
  • 3 1
 @thenotoriousmic: the arrowhead block arrangement looks very similar to the Maxxis Ardent, just bigger blocks a bit more closely spaced creating a wider channel between the middle and side knobs.

www.bikeinn.com/f/13592/135926546/maxxis-ardent-exo-kevlar-27.5-x-2.40-tubeless-ready.jpg
  • 3 3
 @Kapricorn: ardent, among Nevegal, Mountain King 2, Hans Dampf is possibly the worst tyre one can put on front. The center knobs are spaced too tight and are angled which means poor braking, then add arrowhead shape and absolutely terrible bite on climbs, intermediate knobs are completely worthless, their shape makes them do literally nothing but contribute to rolling resistance and weight while side knobs are too small, too tight packed to give any edge. My guess is they tried to make a short knobbed Highroller and added intermediate knobs for better lean over but they failed miserably.
  • 1 1
 @WAKIdesigns: it was what he did with them that I’m talking about. I’ve seen what they’re capable off. I have no excuses.
  • 1 1
 @Kapricorn: yep I’m seeing elements of a few of their tyres just like I do with the assguy. Seem that even Maxxis have started ripping off Maxxis. I guess there is really no new idea under the sun.
  • 2 2
 @thenotoriousmic: I have a set of MM in Addix soft, I know what they are capable of and I bet berms up top were softened by the rain so the lost virtually nothing on the squirminess, on the contrary. Maxxis should actually update shorty and add MMary like pattern in the middle because Mary is almost as good in total gloop and offers much more on the intermediate side. In my experience Mary also gets less caught by wet diagonal roots. Maybe shorty rolls faster I don’t know. Wet loam and Mary is an amazing combo.
  • 1 1
 @WAKIdesigns: feels like the 2/3 pattern is a throw back to the original front tire the Panaracer Dart.
www.mtbr.com/product/tires-and-wheels/tire/panaracer/dart-classic.html
  • 1 3
 @thenotoriousmic: I also rode Minion DHF in dual compound lately and I don’t know what they did with that tyre. I have been on Maxxgrip for the last 3 years and had 60a in the past. That DHF dual felt like it had half of the grip, it was getting caught by every god damn root, it felt like a worn 70a highroller I had around 2009 or previous Butcher Control. Couldn’t trust it at all. Maxxis also needs to update Minion SS, it’s one crap of a tyre, to the point where I am fine with mismatching tyres by make, running DHF up front and RockRazor SG in the back.
  • 2 1
 @WAKIdesigns: maxx grip minions on the front are the way to go. Not much point carrying all that extra weight and then ruining it by using a hard compound. And yes they’re shocking like riding plastic tyre.

Running a orange Mary on the back which is a awesome back tyre and ether a dhf or a purple Mary on the front. Don’t be afraid to mix brands.
  • 1 1
 @thenotoriousmic: its not cool to mix brands, not approved by Pinkbikers with Maxixs-OCD
  • 2 1
 @heavyp: Trust me the whole country doesn't care what anyone thinks but we'll be there to protect you in 30 minutes.
  • 1 1
 @jorgeposada: Do I get a free pizza if it takes them longer to arrive?
  • 2 3
 @heavyp: We know there are countries, there's just not any good ones. That's why the hordes are beating down our doors.
  • 2 0
 @jorgeposada: I thought that as well.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: have you tried the E13 SS on the rear? I’ve been debating on pulling the trigger on that over the Rock Razor.
  • 1 0
 @whambat: no but looks good. Awfully expensive though :/
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: cheaper in the states than Schwalbe by about 20-30%.
  • 1 0
 @whambat: in here Schwalbe around 40€, E13 70€ +
  • 82 1
 The long awaited Tittegai!!!!
  • 10 0
 Tittegai front, Assegai rear
  • 1 0
 @karoliusz: These are the best comments right here! haha match made in heavenegai!!!
  • 14 0
 Its like the fookin grand canyon between the middle and side knobs. Wonder how thats going to feel with my less then exceptional cornering abilities.
  • 7 0
 The gap doesn't look any bigger then the high roller 2
  • 14 0
 @manuni88: Which has a huge gap nevertheless.
  • 3 2
 DHF also has a big gap. You need it for the side knobs to dig in. DHF relies on big fewer spread knobs with wide base, Highroller on slightly smaller ones but spaced more closely. DHF has more predictable break away but highroller rails hardpack like nothing else. Will bite you hard though when you cross the line.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I'm on a dhf 3c 2.5 up front and 2.4 dhr 2c rear. Lots of ball bearing hardpack in the summer. Is a HR2 rear (and maybe front) a better option? What would be the noticeable difference in your opinion?
  • 1 0
 @Svinyard: it’s so personal. Just swap stuff around and try for a prolonged period of time, even if it annoys the hell out of you and you feel that you want to go back to the previous setup. In this way you will learn what really annoys you and why. Like I don’t like Highroller because they are an all out, all or nothing tire. On off, no communication with the rider, virtually no percievable border between “all the grip in the world” and “you are fkng dead”. I like sliding including the front, it makes it easier to find the edge.

DHF sucks at braking, that is if I were to involve DHR2 it would be on the front.
  • 16 1
 se4 anyone?
  • 5 1
 Se5 on the front se4 on the back year round.
  • 1 0
 That was my first thought, but the XR/SE4 have a much smaller gap between the side nobs and the middle row of 3, and I think that's partly why I like them.
  • 1 0
 looks like a beefier version of a SE4 for sure, which is an awesome all around tire btw
  • 2 2
 Agree, SE4 on steroids. Amazing tyre like pretty much every single Bontrager. Love the way it communicates just before I run out of grip, always manage to react and get itback on track. Makes losing traction pure joy
  • 11 0
 DANG IT!!!! another tire!! I haven't even tried the Assegia yet! lol
  • 11 0
 ok I got it ill run the Assegai front and this in the back!
  • 14 27
flag RedBurn (Jun 7, 2019 at 12:53) (Below Threshold)
 Yes, Obey the industriel like a well educated sheep
  • 2 1
 I'm thinking I'll do this when they come out and I need to replace my current tires (High Roller II's). My current issue with them is I need the front to have a bit more cornering grip, and the rear to be a little faster rolling, as I have to pedal about 2km to get to my local park.
  • 3 2
 @matt-15: try DHF front and E13 rear (harder compound DH walls) it's working for me. The DHR DH is pretty soft for every day riding
  • 1 0
 @Cashman39: I'm only doing trail riding, so I'm looking at the non-DH casing for both (assuming they will be making this new one in a non-DH casing option)
  • 2 0
 I'm running Assegai in the front currently and love it. Very precise feel on the trail- more so than the DHF that I had previously ran. However, not sure I would ever have a need to run it in the back. I prefer something a little quicker rolling with an easier breakaway like the DHRII. I've heard some good some bad from people running the Aggressor out back around here as when it gets messy that tire can be death. So yeah- DHR II 2.3 width in the hardest compound available in the rear and Assegai 2.4-2.5 in something softer out front is my current go to.
  • 1 0
 @snl1200: I think you just convinced me to get the Assegai for the front when it comes time to replace. I might wait for reviews of the tire that is the focus of this article once it comes out, but I'd like to try it in the back for a bit less rolling resistance
  • 1 0
 @matt-15: currently riding trail w/ a DHF exo up front and a Minion SS doubledown in rear, seems like a perfect match without too much drag
  • 1 0
 @bubbrubb: I was considering the SS, but there are some loose gravel climbs at my local trails that it would probably lack in
  • 3 2
 @matt-15: it’s impossible to have more cornering grip that a high roller. Side nobs are the best in the business.
  • 2 1
 @thenotoriousmic: I don't weigh much so it might just be that. I also don't run super low pressures because I need to pedal about 2km to get to my park and like effeciency
  • 1 2
 @matt-15: what casing and compound do you run? If it doesn’t say 3c on the side it sucks regardless of tred pattern.
  • 1 0
 @matt-15: it’s surprisingly good. I’m on a hard tail fwiw. I’m also 150lbs. The DHF isn’t light, but it holds a line. Went DD rear after shredding a EXO deep in the forest. Close to 1000 off road miles on this setup, few complaints aside fro, weigh.
  • 1 0
 @thenotoriousmic: All my tire says is EXO Protection and Tubeless. It came stock on my 2019 Giant Trance 2, and I don't see my exact tire on Maxxis' website, so I'm guessing it's the lowest-end High Roller they make
  • 1 0
 @bubbrubb: Yeah, I'm only like 120lbs, so there's not many tires short (no pun intended) of a Shorty that will give me real grip on the climbs
  • 2 0
 @matt-15: it’s probably an OEM Maxxis. Usually have a white, rather than yellow ‘Maxxis’ on the side. Some are 3c, some are not. I suspect Giant specs the latter on lower-end builds.
  • 1 0
 @mungbean: Yeah it has white lettering for Maxxis. I'll wait for these to become useless and upgrade, so probably next summer
  • 2 2
 @matt-15: they already are useless if they don’t say 3c 2.4 or 2.5 on the side. Those 2.3 oem hard compound exo high rollers are death traps.
  • 2 1
 @matt-15: Giant specs some terrible compound on their stock Maxxis tyres. I am a die hard DHF fan and while I may be using 3C Maxxgrip compound since few years, I’ve been using 60a Exos in the past and they were still better than that crap that came on rental Reign I rode last week. I couldn’t believe I was on Minions. They felt like crap.
  • 1 0
 @matt-15: hate to say it but just swap now. Those white label tires have very hard rubber made to last forever but do not have the grip you want. Get the 3c compound it will be a huge difference.
  • 2 0
 @bubbrubb: white labels just mean it came stock on a bike you can still get good compounds with white labels.
  • 1 0
 @bubbrubb: What would you think of an Assegai up front paired with a DHR on the back?
  • 1 0
 @thenotoriousmic: I didn’t know that. I’ve not seen a white label in 3c
  • 1 0
 @matt-15: that sounds like a killer setup for all out traction. I haven’t tried the Assegai. Because I do up to 50mi and go far into the forest I can’t see pedaling that extra weight in the dry months. The Minion SS legit hooks up well here in Central Oregon.
  • 2 0
 @bubbrubb: I just looked at the bikes at my shop and it seems the carbon Trances have the 3C Maxx Terra in white lettering, but the aluminum Trances (which I have) come with Exo

I was looking again last night and am maybe thinking of an Aggressor or Minion SS for the rear
  • 7 0
 This looks like and/or I can relate certain features to another tire on the market. And, my observation has no real relevance to anything. Discuss...
  • 3 0
 Those triple sets in the middle look really blocky and slippery. From this I would categorize it with the dhf, from both having too much rubber in the middle. It might make it roll well, though, for a good rear tire compromise.
  • 5 3
 The Assegai is the best tyre I've used by far. I think the extra little.knobs just inside the side knobs make all the difference allowing ridiculous amounts of turning traction. I think these new design need to fill that gap so you don't get that 'grip void' when turning off the top knob and waiting for the side knobs to bite.

Butcher tyres are absolute shit, any bit of rocky hardpack/gravel and the knobs will completly shear off a brand new tyre.
  • 3 1
 trouble with rubber seems it has to be maxx or shwalb... WTB convict completely flew under the radar last year. I been running them up front and love them. Kinda look like a minion tho I ran minions for years. I find there is a give point between the center knobs and the side knobs. this give point is enough to scare the crap out of me on many corners.
  • 2 0
 That really looks like the evolution of the OG High Roller the HR2 tried to be.
I´m diggin that thing.
Great side channel and good looking side lugs. Huge breaking surface in the middle that´s now shaped to grab the trail instead of getting deflected while breaking as with the og HR.
Pretty open tread pattern should make for an awesome allrounder to challenge the Magic Marys.
  • 2 0
 Looks like a beefed up HRII which, IMO, is Maxxis' most underrated and best tire for all round riding. Although this prototype looks like it'll roll a little faster than the HRII but still keep the HRIIs cornering superiority. I'd like to try this one out.
  • 3 0
 Looks like the bontrager se4’s they’re such good tires, not as all round as a minion but still a really good fast rolling tire!
  • 7 2
 We need tires called Likker (F) and Poker (R)
  • 2 3
 Big Johnsons Bar & Grill; Poker up front, Liquor in the rear.
  • 4 0
 Hey Maxxis, call it Boomerang. The side wall knobs and the center knobs lines up a perfect boomerang actually!
  • 2 0
 @Maxxis
I'm chuffed to see new products but any chance you could sort out some 29 wt dd casrcas tyres for the UK? You are losing trade left right and centre because you don't have any stock.
  • 5 0
 The Aggro Ardent.
  • 2 0
 Agreed, it looks like an Ardent DH.
  • 2 0
 @bngr8fl: this was my first impression, Ardent DH, or maybe DryRoller DH
  • 3 0
 It's what the Ardent should have been to begin with.
  • 1 0
 What Maxxis tire are the fast EWS & WC DH riders using on the front now? I was looking at some pics the other day and it seemed like there were far more DHFs and DHR2s than Assegais on front wheels.
  • 1 0
 Looks like it has good center support so it rolls fast. Wide spacing between the knobs solid cornering knobs. Like a Minion on steroids crossed with I hi Roller .
  • 3 0
 They butchered it
  • 2 0
 I know I’m gonna run the new Brosnaar setup from now on lol
  • 2 0
 Looks like an IRC Kujo DH.
  • 3 0
 I just hit "Ctrl F" to seek out this very comment. Not just...

It looks so similar, I think I can hear Nathan Rennie crying just looking at it. Man...how many races did he not finish on these cursed things?

@stampy999 you out there? Hug.
  • 2 0
 Looks like a panaracer...
  • 3 1
 Rekon on steroids for sure. Hope Troy gets a tire, hes earned it!
  • 2 0
 Reminiscent of the old Mobster.....she looks fast....real fast....
  • 2 0
 looks great, would smash*
  • 1 0
 This is the tyre I’ve wanted for years. Looks absolutely perfect. I can’t wait to try them.
  • 1 0
 For God sake, please Maxxis, don`t call that new tyre ``Cairn``. Keep that name for your next slick creation Smile
  • 5 4
 I’ve had a butcher for years and it’s still going strong
  • 31 0
 You've had a tire for years?
  • 1 1
 @Trevorjn: Yep, not still currently in use...that bike doesn’t get used much
  • 3 0
 @McArdle: “still going strong” then “not currently in use”. Makes complete sense.
  • 1 1
 @jpat22: Ok then I’ll amend my comment for the pedantic keyboard warriors...So what I meant initially was that I have a butcher tyre in my garage that is still in good condition that I have owned for a couple of years.
  • 2 0
 Looks like an Eliminator
  • 9 7
 Looks like a Session....
  • 4 4
 Same wimpy side lugs as the Highroller.... Want to see rear tire with HR middle and DHF/DHR sides.
  • 3 1
 You’ve got that the wrong way around. Minion centre nobs with high roller side nobs.
  • 4 3
 No matter what I try, I always go back to the ol' DHF.
  • 2 1
 Looks like a der baron with a big center knob
  • 2 0
 It's a Swamp Roller
  • 1 0
 Pretty sure that's a DHF Roller III
  • 1 0
 pattern is similar to old Onza Ibex DH
  • 2 0
 Looks like a tire.
  • 2 0
 Dirt Farmer Brosnan
  • 1 0
 I've turned to Wild Enduros. & I ain't going back.
  • 1 0
 Looks like an old Michelin from back in the day
  • 1 0
 Looks a tad like the (very) old maxxis Mofo DH
  • 1 0
 Aggressor + DHR2 middle knobs with HR2 side knobs?
  • 1 0
 Good looking tire! Knobs look huge
  • 27 28
 Hot take: there is literally zero reason to ever run anything other than a DHF/DHR2 combo.
  • 22 3
 You obviously don't ever ride in the desert or on slickrock. The Aggressor is the rear tire of choice in the South West. Fast rolling, excellent grip. The DHR II tends to skip or skid in flat and or loose tires.
I run an Assegai DH front and an Aggressor DD w/ cush rear. I have been loving that combo recently.
  • 5 1
 @GypsyTears: so compared to what @nskerb says, the DFH DHR combo,
you run a grippier tire on the front,
and a faster rolling on the rear.



I personally didn't like the aggressor on the back, it didn't have grip at all, I threw in a high roller, its always a safe bet on the rear.
  • 22 0
 I just talked to the Michelin Man. He says you're wrong.
  • 12 1
 Mary would like to have a word with you about that. Love the minions too though.
  • 2 5
 @GypsyTears: lmfao dhf has predictable drift, that’s all that matters in the loose when you’re pinning.
  • 3 1
 @GypsyTears: I live in Moab which last I looked is the Desert and I much prefer a Minion F. I didn't feel the Aggressor rolled faster, braked better and it certainly didn't corner as well. Just MHO.
  • 13 0
 Meanwhile here in the UK the Shorty front and rear combo has just come off and will probably be back on about september time.
  • 4 0
 @GypsyTears: HOW DARE YOU SPEAK NEGATIVELY OF MY BELOVED DHR II
  • 1 0
 @rifrafi:
Really? Where in UK are you?
Its been desert like conditons down here in the SW for months - glad of this storm today coming through to damp the dust down!
  • 2 0
 @GypsyTears: I live in Colorado, few times a year in Moab. I ride DHF/Aggressor combo and it's perfect for most instances. I am actually doing the Granby Enduro this weekend on the same combo, DD Aggressor in the rear
  • 1 0
 @Richt2000: nevermind mate, Shorty does well in most conditons.
  • 2 0
 @GypsyTears:

Gypsy what size aggressor are you running?

I find the 2.3 a little anorexic and the 2.5 a little draggy. I know it's too much to ask for a 2.4 aggressor for the rear, but that would be awesome.

Currently running a 70% worn Martello 2.35 rear (great tire) and e13 TRS plus front (mid weight). It's working.
  • 3 0
 @WasatchEnduro: get the 2.3, thow in a tube and inflate to the maximum recomended pressure. Let sit for a couple days and thre'll stretch the .1 you want Wink
  • 2 0
 Unless you live in the uk where it’s next to useless for 9 months of the year and incredible during our three weeks of summer.
  • 4 2
 Yea just run what literally everyone else runs. And then have strong opinions on other tires you've never used before. Sounds about right.
  • 2 0
 DHRII F/R or Wild Enduro F/R or Magic Mary F/R or Pro Comp4 F/R.

Oddly those are my current bike tyres.
  • 4 0
 @BetterRide: I have the aggressor on the rear of my hard tail- perfect for that application. On my enduro bike tho the aggressor has too small side lugs to pump hard into loose turns and lacks bike on hard braking.
  • 2 1
 @WasatchEnduro:
I'm running an Aggressor 2.5 DD with Cush core at 28 PSI on a Reserve 27(internal) rim.
Unlike a majority of the bike Industry, I use a slightly more narrow rim, I like a more 'lightbulb' feel and protection to the tire than a flat sidewall that most people are going for.
I'm 6' 150lbs with gear.
Assegai DH (no insert) running 25PSI on 27mm Reserve rim.
Nomad 4, CC 170mm X2 rear, 180mm 36 front. My bike weighs 35 pounds to give you an idea.
  • 1 0
 @WasatchEnduro:

I had the 2.3, now on the 2.5WT Aggressor. Never really liked either of them. This new tire looks pretty spicy though, always loved the Highroller. If this bites as well and rolls a little better it's gonna be winner.
  • 2 0
 I live in Colorado and I can vouch that the Aggressor is probably the most popular rear tire here. At any given enduro race, Minion DHF front + Aggressor rear (sizes vary) is easily represented by more than half of all the bikes seen.
  • 1 0
 @ismasan:

I find that the 2.3 is a stubborn bastard and doesn't stretch much. My 2.35 Martello is huuuuuge compared to the 2.3 aggressor. Anyway I may eventually try a 2.5 and even gently trim the center knobs (because speed). I find i don't need a 2.5 on the rear, 2.35-4 seems to be my sweet spot. Might try that e13 S/S again.
  • 1 0
 @GypsyTears:

Woah. That's a burly setup. Mine's a little more 'trail' oriented and I tend to get b*tchy when I'm on tires over about 1050g. I really start to feel the weight.
  • 1 0
 @WasatchEnduro:

If you like to lean I would just go straight for the minion SS. The side knobs (or lack of) is the biggest complaint I have of the aggressor. I can't push on it as hard without drifting compared to DHF/R knobs. Less of a problem if you're only riding hardpack. I primarily ride loose over hardpack.
  • 1 0
 @PhoS:

I like the minion SS tire design. It's been several years since I tried one but to recollection on my i29 rim back then it was pretty squared off and side knobs were dragging. Looks perfect for an i25 tho. Thoughts?
  • 1 0
 @WasatchEnduro:

Was that the 2.3 or 2.5WT? The 2.3 would be very square on an i29 but should be perfect on i25. The 2.5wt is far too wide for an i25. I wish they made it in the 2.4 casing like DHR2.
  • 1 0
 @PhoS: it helps having a wider rim for a wider tyre but it’s not critical. I’ve ridden a 2.5 dhf on a 25mm rim and I’m currently running 2.3 Mary’s on a 35mm rim.
  • 1 0
 @PhoS:

yeah that was the 2.3. a 2.4 SS would be great.

in 29 the 2.5 SS is over 1200g.... dh territory which i don't need. the e13 S/S has a nice profile on i30 rims and comes in 3 diff casings.
  • 1 1
 Awe, the Minion and High Roller had a baby!
  • 1 1
 The HR ii rolls slow. The DHF rolls fast thanks to its longer knobs. It makes sense to combine the two. I'm not sure why people are having trouble grasping what they're seeing with this tire.
  • 1 0
 Looks like a SE4 to me.
  • 1 0
 Bontrager SE4
  • 3 4
 How about a maxxis tire that doesn't wear out in half a season!
  • 3 0
 Traction>Durability
  • 4 5
 It's a Butcher.
  • 4 1
 Agreed so damn close. Although.... the Butcher does work pretty damn well! Especially for the $$
  • 11 1
 Looks nothing like a butcher.
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