Maxxis Shows Off New Downhill Tire - Crankworx Whistler 2017

Aug 17, 2017 at 16:07
by Vernon Felton  
New Maxxis DH tires

Maxxis revealed a new DH tire that they’ve been developing with input from Greg Minnaar. We found a couple of the new tires stashed behind Maxxis’ pop-up tents, here at Crankworx.

“This is a tire that came out of some conversations with Greg, after Mont-Sainte-Anne last year,” says Maxxis spokesman, Bobby Brown.

What was Minnaar looking for in a new tire?

“He was really trying to get a tire that would serve as a middle ground between a Minion DHF and a Shorty,” says Brown. “ It’s a little taller than a DHF, but not as tall as a Shorty. It also has a pretty dense knob pattern for better rolling speed.”

New Maxxis DH tires

The yet-to-be-named Maxxis tire will roll out in both 27.5 and 29-inch, tubeless-ready, 2.5 Wide Trail models.

The new tire can be run front and/or rear. Maxxis expects to bring it to the public in time for the 2018 race season—think early spring.

“We started talking about this tire at Mont-Sainte-Anne 2016 and the entire Syndicate raced on it this year. We’re really stoked with how well it worked on the rocky terrain out there.”

In other Maxxis rubber-related news, Brown noted that both 29 and 27.5 x2.5 Aggressor and High Roller II will be available in late September or early October of this year.



MENTIONS: @Maxxis




192 Comments

  • 209 5
 Maxxis Minnaarion
  • 24 42
flag d0wnhill-d (Aug 17, 2017 at 17:31) (Below Threshold)
 Maxxis Magic Minnaarion
  • 84 1
 Maxxis Gregressor
  • 85 15
 Maxxis Magic Mary
  • 41 8
 @RollinFoSho:

Absolutely. If comes in at a true 2.5 or bigger then it can compete with the Mary. While the Mary has its weaknesses, on very rough, steep courses, its better than the Minions - at least until its knobs tear off.

The DHRII is good as a rear, but in a 2.4" max, its limited by its size on rougher courses. The DHF has more size but lacks straight line braking on the really steep stuff.

Minions do have the clear edge, over the Mary, in offering a Super Tacky for the front, and a 3C for out back. Schwab has only the Vertstar. The anticipated Addix Mary DH has yet to appear, and may end up just disappearing all together.

The Maxxis Shorty has a Mary like pattern, but lacks size.

So, Maxxis, hear this, if you want to beat the Mary, give this tire enough size. Like a 2.5-2.6 coming in at over 1400g, and offer it in a Super Tacky and a 3c.


I know riders on buffed out parks are driving the market, but there are still plenty us hitting the old school chunk that need a bigger, badder Minion.
  • 14 3
 Mad Mary Maxxinnaar
  • 18 5
 @endlessblockades: Maxxis Magic Mad Minaar Minion Minaarion Mad Max Mary Shubert
  • 6 5
 nailed it in its coffin @Ryanrobinson1984:
  • 7 8
 @MikerJ: ive found the MM to last longer than the dhf
  • 14 11
 Other companies used to copy Maxxis, now they copy Schwalbe. First the Rock Razor (Minion SS), Hans Dampf (Aggressor), and now the Magic Mary (Maxxis Uitlander). If only Schwalbe would copy Maxxis and make a DHR2 Wink
  • 1 0
 @MikerJ: Have addix rubber hanging on the wall and I have Soft Addix Mary's Super Gravitys on my trail bike....it's available to dealers...
  • 9 0
 Maxxis DHFreshprinceofbigaiR
  • 7 0
 MIGNAARLYBRUDHA
  • 13 2
 @RollinFoSho: you do realize that maxxis made a High Roller SS over a decade ago right? That tire was the precursor to ALL of the modern semi-slicks we see today.
  • 3 2
 Please, nobody copy the High Roller SS Smile
  • 1 0
 I ride Magic Mary now but I look forward to trying this new Maxxis !
  • 1 0
 @Nobble: still have one of those. It's paired with a Minion on the front on my 2nd gen Kona Humu'. Orange stripe and all.
  • 2 11
flag RedBurn (Aug 17, 2017 at 23:25) (Below Threshold)
 maxxis gwinion
  • 1 0
 Maxxinator
  • 10 1
 Highrollaar?
  • 6 1
 Maxxis Terminnaator
  • 6 1
 Air Minnaars
  • 3 5
 @MikerJ: "Minions do have the clear edge, over the Mary, in offering a Super Tacky for the front, and a 3C for out back"

Wrong.
  • 4 2
 Maxxis Goat Roller Maxxis High Goat Maxxis Goat Gregger
  • 13 5
 Maxxis GoatSE
  • 1 0
 I have addix Mary dh on my bike now. C.R. have them in stock.
@MikerJ:
  • 2 0
 In 3C super greggy compound
  • 5 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Tires tend to work better without...um...gaping holes...
  • 2 0
 @RollinFoSho: getting down votes from all the maxxis fanboys
  • 1 0
 @MikerJ
Ya, I would have preferred a 2.5 DHR2 over a 2.4. I wonder why they chose 2.4?
  • 2 0
 @RollinFoSho: They had to label them correctly. Maxxis has never made a true 2.5.
  • 1 0
 So is the 2.5 DHF WT a true 2.5? Are the 2.5 DHF WT and 2.4 DHR2 WT the same size?
  • 2 0
 @Boardlife69: They've never made a true 2.4 Wink
  • 2 0
 @RollinFoSho: Don't know about the WT as I never fell for the wider rim hype so I never bought those tires. 25-28mm for a 2.35-2.5 is how I roll. Maybe, once I'm really, really old, I might try a true 2.6. Nursing home old.
  • 2 0
 @Boardlife69:

you rolling on 26" too? messing with ya.
  • 2 0
 @RollinFoSho: both, AM and DH bike is 26, Endurbo bike is 27.5. BMX is 20".
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I feel like this comment deserves recognition.
  • 1 0
 Maxxis G.O.A.T. @RollinFoSho:
  • 2 1
 @Intensevp:

good name, they should do it
  • 1 0
 @GrandMasterOrge: I think of it everytime lots of people chant GOAT...
  • 1 0
 @RollinFoSho: Yes the DHF WT is true to size.
  • 1 0
 @MikerJ: AGREED 100% could NOT have said it better!!

LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE MAXXIS!!!!
DO IT!! DO IT!! DO IT!!!!!!!!!!

the second THIS tire hits the shelf in a true 2.5-2.6 it will be on my bike!!!
  • 1 0
 Maxxis Min-gnaar
  • 101 20
 MAXXIS!!! Make it in 26"!!!!!!!
  • 74 41
 Get a new bike dude . 26 ain't coming back
  • 31 3
 @tuumbaq: It's not necessarily to do with "bringing 26 back" but more to do with product availability for people who can't afford to "just get a new bike".

People are going to be riding old 26" bikes for quite a long time, so there's still a parts market for it (albeit a market slowly reducing in size I admit).
  • 9 0
 @haroman666: Damn straight. It's getting harder to find good 26" tires these days...
  • 18 6
 @tuumbaq: Shut up ,doush...26 is still here! Why would I get a new bike when I need a new set of tires,nitwhip?
  • 3 0
 @themountain: hahaa, well said!
  • 3 2
 give it up
  • 4 4
 26" is no joke

30 years of 26" bikes being made and now were to dump our bikes in the trash because of the stupid corporations deciding that THEY want to make more money and f#$k the poor guys.
  • 2 0
 @nfa2005: or not so poor guys, just people who are happy with the rides they actually have. Bikes have a long lifespan
  • 1 0
 @themountain: nitwhip? Is that Canadienese for nit-wit ?
  • 2 1
 @haroman666: "...a slowly reducing market.." - no surprise then that most tyre companies choose not to produce a 26 for their newest tyres.
Saying that, it must suck for people who can't afford to upgrade yet.
  • 5 2
 @tremeer023: who said 27.5 was an upgrade?
  • 3 2
 @Boardlife69: depends what sort of riding you do. If it's DH, enduro or XC, then bigger wheels are definitely an upgrade. I'm assuming you're a dirt jumper?
  • 4 2
 @tremeer023: I jump dirt, rocks, roots whatever. Sometimes I even jump jumps. I agree for racing the bigger wheels are faster. The other 99% of the time I ride my bike I want to get my shred on and whip some shit. And for that 26 is still the best.
  • 3 1
 @haroman666: yes , I loved 26" wheels just like everybody but asking tire manifacturers to make a new design also for 26" is like asking the music industry to bring back tape cassette...just aint gonna happen
  • 5 2
 bigger wheel argument is faster is plain bollocks. The moment industry was flushing 26 we already had some great 29ers coming up. And 29ers are fastest for the vast majority of human beings. 275 should have remained a niche, like Fatbikes.
  • 3 0
 @nfa2005: The tears evaporated over this long ago. Go read old posts if you want to re-live the wheel arguments.
  • 66 1
 Maxxis DNF
  • 3 1
 Does anyone know if Minnaar was using these for finals in MSA? Seems an odd choice if he was.
  • 1 0
 @ilikeallwheelsizes:
Yes he did
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Danny Hart wars on Shorty's
  • 34 3
 Girlfriend Checkist:
can't be like Mary...couldn't stand her. Obviously she's gotta be a shorty. Bonus if she's dhf...I mean dtf. She doesn't need to be a tall shorty, just don't show up looking like a minion. Like 'em dense and fast. Bonus if she can let me run in the front or rear.
  • 1 0
 Rawdoggin' Randos = tubeless ready?
  • 34 4
 It's a tire. I can say this is going to revolutionize my life completely.
  • 82 1
 Im still gunna end up putting it on backwards on accident Frown
  • 7 0
 @Motoracer31: Haha!! You just spoke for plenty of us. Way more of a pain in the ass in the age of Stans/Tubeless sealant.
  • 12 1
 literally one of the most important parts of the bike
  • 16 0
 If it doesn't revolutionize your life, it'll revolutionize your wheels.


As I typed that, in my head it had the tone of, "If the women don't find you handsome, at least they'll find you handy."
  • 2 2
 Are these the new puncture proof tires??
  • 3 0
 @bman33: ''Logo on the right, logo on the right, logo on the right, logo on the roght, ...'' Big Grin
  • 2 1
 @pakleni: looking toward the bike?
looking from the bike?
your right?
my right?
bike in a stand?
bike on it's bars and seat?
  • 3 0
 @pakleni: Yes!! Haha! Flip the wheel ten times. "Okay, I've got it right". Go to put the tire on...Dammit!! Backwards!
  • 30 3
 Maxxis MiGnaar, or Maxxis G.O.A.T.herder
  • 18 2
 Mignaar wins.
  • 3 3
 Maxxis Minion DHFinnaar (F&R)
  • 2 0
 Maxxis Gregoire
  • 27 0
 Maxxis Minnataur
  • 20 3
 no love for 26"?
  • 4 0
 Nope, I guess not.
  • 4 0
 Welcome to 2017
  • 3 0
 2017B
  • 11 0
 Maxxis, some of your 29 DD tires are only available in soft compound. These get torn up super quick riding in 4corners area. Please make more hard compound 29 DD tires.
  • 7 0
 Yes please, 29x2.5WT 3C/TR/DD DHF's all day long down here in Southern Nevada
  • 4 0
 @Aneijodefamilia: Yeah, when are these coming out? @Maxxis Need a burly DD 29 tire that is 2.5.
  • 2 0
 I ride dual compound 29x2.5" DHF's front, Aggressor rear in DD. The dual compound DHF lasts FOREVER and still gives plenty of bite.
  • 1 0
 @gumbytex: EXO casing...unfortunately I pop them like a balloon. Loved them in 27.5x2.5
  • 3 0
 I ran into the same problem : looking for DH or at least DD style casing, that wouldn't be supertacky, maxxgrip or vertstar... Surprisingly difficult.
I need those casings in the bike parks, and swapping vertstar tires every two run isn't an option.
  • 1 0
 ST front, 60a rear was great until they came out with that 3C B.S. Trying to compete with Schwalbe on how fast can you tear your knobs off. Only solid compound tires for me anymore. I love Michelins GumX compound which is a solid 55a. Their MagicX is 42 or 41a I believe so the same as a ST. They last much longer than any 3c tire I have ever had with more grip and better rolling. So please Maxxis, offer more solid compounds, but instead of bringing back 60a how about trying a 55-57a? Aye.
  • 1 0
 @Boardlife69: actually I didn't bother mentioning, but apart from a MM "bike park" cheap 1.5kg 2.35 tire, I also tried the Wild Rock'r2 gumX. That's a nice 1.1kg tire with bite and wear resistance, and of course not too fragile.
  • 11 0
 I hope it is going to be 2.5 double down. I will NOT run an exo protection sidewall.
  • 5 0
 Tru dat. Blew out 2 tires with only a few rides with exo and now on single pair of DD's I've been going for 2 months.
  • 2 0
 Considering it was developed with minaar it will at least be available in dh casing. Double down doesn't last as a rear tire for me very well...
  • 2 0
 @adrennan: it's the compound, not the sidewall, that wears down. And yes, FUK 3C EXO's
  • 1 0
 @Boardlife69: i mean i tore the double down in the middle of the tread.... (i am generally more violent to my rear wheel)
  • 2 1
 @adrennan: I was doing that a lot too with the last few sets of Maxxis tires I had. Punctures and tearing between knobs. Problem went away when I switched over to Michelin.
  • 12 1
 Tall enough to be cutted by the mecanics every single race.....
  • 4 0
 That little knob looks like the perfect one to loose for more sloppy conditions.
  • 12 2
 Is this the tire that helped Minnaar wash out, crash and DQ at Mont Saint Anne?
  • 14 0
 I was looking for those, with reasoning, "if they can take a pro out, what can they do for me!?"
  • 4 2
 You are asking difficult questions sir... you are runing the vibe...
  • 4 0
 Mechanic forgot to cut out that useless knob in the cornering channel.
  • 11 0
 Maxxis Morty
  • 4 0
 and a Schwalbe rocket Rick for the rear?
  • 7 0
 At some point we are just simply splitting hairs here....
  • 5 2
 You could say that about most new products, suspension, frame dimensions, gearing etc . . . . .
I am willing to bet with my $$ it's better!
  • 5 2
 Dear Maxxis , instead of bringing in yet another new tire to your already too large selection, could you please develop a tire that will last more than 2 weeks or maybe even bring back the MaxxPro compound? When conditions are dry and dusty , your 3C compound is a total waste ( a wooden tire would give just as much grip in those conditions) and it wears out in no time in the bike park.

You already have a transition tire between the Minion and Shorty , its called HighRoller.Seems like it would be more cost effective too have less options and perhaps you could past that cost saving down to your customers...
  • 2 0
 I've been asking this question for a few years now, like pissing in the wind. So I moved on.
  • 14 7
 Maxxis Magic Mary !!!!
  • 4 0
 Its hard to tell from the pictures but they look squarer than the MMs.
  • 3 3
 Some small differences but the tread pattern is very similar
  • 3 1
 Yep
  • 4 0
 Neat. Maxxis tires have served me well, can't wait to throw these on when the Minions wear out.
  • 3 2
 hmmm.... it has tall knobs which would be good for gravel and mud, but the knobs are too large for just wet terrain and too tightly packed to clear mud effectively. It also doesn't have an uninterrupted edge channel to help it dig into corners on loose terrain/gravel... so it might be no good in mud, gravel, or wet, won't hook up well in loam/dirt corners and the tread pattern is too deep for hardpack....!? I always though the high-roller was supposed to be the middle ground between DHF and shorty, the high rollers tread design at least seems to have logic applied as a wet weather/technical terrain tyre...?
  • 1 0
 I was at Drammen skisenter yesterday and did some downhill on dual Schwalbe Magic Mary DH 2.5x26. I love those fat tyres, even if a 2.35x26 would maybe give more control. I mounted both tyres simultaneously and the rear tyre is 50% worn, and the front is 70% worn after 9 months of occasional downhill, and also flying down the stairs at the Norwegian Royal castle to scare all the tourists.
I saw one kid at Drammen skisenter who got a flat with Continental tires. I incidentally ran "Continental tyres" through my Internet-Hype-O-Meter, and came up with the result: 0.
Well duh! No wonder your tyre failed!
  • 2 0
 Is there such a thing as too many tires to choose from? Max is is trying to find out. These look sick, though, and will add nicely to the garage full of tires I have. Smile
  • 8 0
 The bike rule N+1 is accepted as N+2 when buying tires.
  • 2 0
 Tire looks rad! I love my Magic Mary's, this looks like something similar with Maxxis name on it. Hope they make them in 26" I'll give em a whirl if so.
  • 3 0
 looks like they just took knobs from all their other tires... id call it the MAXXIS KITCHEN SINK
  • 1 0
 Spotted he was running some type of new Minion at Mont St Anne, now I know what it was. Ironically there's an ad for the WTB Convict above the article for me and it looks near identical, sipes and all!
  • 2 0
 "NEAR identical"... Maybe you should give a better look: The center knobs doesnt look the same at all, neither in size or shape, the side kobs are not aligned like it is on the convict, the casing is different too...
  • 2 0
 It looks like a tire.
  • 4 0
 Maxxis PINion
  • 3 1
 The Maxxis Meowgnar ~ So bad ass it'll grip like a Mountains lion ???? Rawwwwr
  • 1 0
 Regarding Aggressor in 27.5x2.5... will this be a Wide Trail tire?

My Minion DHR Wide Trail is about shot but I can wait 6 more weeks to try an Aggressor WT!
  • 1 0
 Yes it will be, the upcoming list was posted here: www.maxxis.com/wide-trail-wt-design
  • 3 0
 Hmmmmm these look sweet, but I still like the gwinning Onza Aquila!!!!
  • 1 0
 Tired of waiting for maxxis for dh style 29 tires. Anyone ride their long travel 29 like a dh bike and have a tough rear tire to recommend? (Maxxis EXO is garbage)
  • 2 0
 You can get minions in a DH casing in 29. It's a kevlar bead and weighs 1350 grams.
  • 1 0
 I ride my short travel Smuggler like a DH bike. I blew out my exo rear tires, now I want DHF and DHR 2 with downhill casings.
  • 1 0
 @panaphonic: Can it be run tubeless though?
  • 1 0
 @ibishreddin: Yeah it's a TR tyre. Dhf only at this stage through.
  • 3 1
 If minnaar's performance at MSA is any indication of what this tire is capable of, then please don't sign me up!!
  • 2 0
 True but for the second or third? time this season all three Sydicate riders qualified in the top ten on this tyre. Once the rain starts its a different story though...
  • 6 2
 Bicycles are for faggots
  • 3 0
 Maxxis Morty
  • 2 0
 lets just go ahead and call it the Maxxis World Cup
  • 2 0
 Any word if this tire will actually be true to size? T_T
  • 3 0
 Make it for 26" too!
  • 3 0
 Maxxis G.O.A.T
  • 1 1
 I feel I should buy Maxxis tyres given the love they get from so many people - but every time I go to do so I get confused by all of the options. @tuumbaq nailed it.
  • 2 0
 SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!
  • 1 0
 Must be great to work with athlètes like GM to improve products or create new lines. So much experience on the tracks...
  • 1 0
 This new tire looks rad. Aggressor 2.5 sounds rad. Those 2 tires together sound even more rad.
  • 2 0
 everyone with 26" bikes should pitch in 5$ and make/produce our own tire
  • 2 0
 Neat!
  • 2 1
 But will it make me as fast as the GOAT?
  • 2 0
 Maxxis Moto AF
  • 1 0
 @maxxis please release the 2.5 aggressor already
  • 3 2
 G.O.A.T. Gapping Over All Terrain
  • 3 1
 Maxxis G.O.A.T
  • 1 0
 Greatest Of All Tires?
  • 1 0
 id say they should be called Gnarxxis
  • 1 0
 Why they call it Shorty if its too freakin tall??
  • 2 0
 Cut down spike / short spikes.
  • 4 2
 Maxxis GOAT
  • 2 0
 Available March 2022
  • 1 0
 I want a tan wall version please.
  • 3 1
 minion + shorty = Morty
  • 2 0
 I don't know about that Rick
  • 1 0
 @maxxis Tubeless DH casing please
  • 2 1
 Maxxis GOAT or Maxxis Mirty
  • 1 0
 Please, we all know it should be called Maxxis Morty...
  • 1 0
 Will these work on an E-Bike though??
  • 1 0
 Blocks are quite a bit closer than the MM
  • 1 0
 do they come in 26 inch ? oh wait ....
  • 1 0
 Kenda hellkat pro...????????
  • 1 0
 2.5 Agressor in late September, early October - best news here
  • 1 0
 I meant 70% opposite of worn.
  • 1 0
 send it back to the shop, doesn't hold air good enough under Minnaar.
  • 2 1
 No more DHF drift zone!
  • 1 0
 Looks like a G5
  • 1 0
 maxxis mess.
  • 2 2
 Seriously, just call it the GOAT.
  • 1 0
 MAXXIS MIDIGATOR
  • 1 0
 looks like cst rockhawk
  • 1 0
 Maxxis MSA Aratri
  • 1 0
 Maxxis magic minion???
  • 1 0
 Maxxis High Gregger
  • 1 0
 Maxxis Minaar DHFR
  • 1 1
 Maxxis G-spot...???
  • 1 3
 Fkn tools
  • 2 5
 make a 29" ADvantage
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