Eurobike 2017: Maxxis Show 29er Downhill Tyres And 26+

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Maxxis are rounding out their entire range for 2018, with nothing quite revolutionary appearing, so to speak, but tweaks to their existing range, a wider variety of sizes, and a few familiar tread patterns moving to fill entirely new niches. We do hope you’re ready for a lot of numbers, and pictures of rubber.

We did notice one new thing, not on display at their stand, but listed: 26+ tyres! Before Eurobike, we tried some of them out, jumping around in wet mud, and really liked them. We’ll bring you more on that as soon as we can.

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First up, the plus tyres. These have much more aggressive tread than most plus tyres available at present, and will apparently be available in the UK in November.
Maxxis - Eurobike 2017
Here’s the Minion DHF+, which will be available in 29×3.0, 27.5×2.8, and 26×2.8. It wasn’t on display at the stand, but also in the catalog was a DHRII 26×2.8.
Maxxis - Eurobike 2017
The High Roller II+ will be 27.5 only, in 2.8 and 3.0 widths. Exo casing on all of these plus tyres too.
Maxxis - Eurobike 2017
The Ikon+ is going to be 27.5×2.8 in Maxxis’ WT (Wide Trail) tread, which supports the side knobs a bit more and is designed to work with wider rims. Interestingly the Rekon, Highroller II and Minion plus tyres aren’t listed as WT.
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The Rekon+ is a little more aggressive than the Ikon+, but still on the faster rolling side of Maxxis’ plus range, and will be 27.5×2.8.
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That studded beast you could see on the top photo is the 26×4.8 Moostrack fatbike tyre, complete with studs, for when you want to practice cutties on that frozen lake.
Maxxis - Eurobike 2017
Next up, the downhill tyres have had a general spruce up, and of course, in light of the 2017 season, 29er downhill tyres are now a thing.
Maxxis - Eurobike 2017
If you want to take a 29er down Mont-Sainte-Anne in torrential rain and mud, here’s the rubber for you.
Maxxis - Eurobike 2017
26 to 29, standard widths and builds to 2.5WT, the Shorty now comes in a massive array of sizes and flavours. So rather than type them all out, here’s an image.
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The Minion DHRII is another DH tyre to receive the 29er makeover.
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Much like the Shorty, it comes in a wide variety of sizes.
Maxxis - Eurobike 2017
The DHF, being a well beloved classic, gets even more sizes than the tyres above.
Maxxis - Eurobike 2017
Just the thought of typing all these out is making my fingers hurt. Thanks, Maxxis. Thaxxis.
Maxxis - Eurobike 2017
There have been experimental tyre sizes for years, and we’ve gone from big oscillations (2.3s considered normal, 2.5s considered wide, and 4.8 the smallest fatbike tyres) to ever decreasing ones, opening up a whole range of options. In line with that, Maxxis are another manufacturer dabbling in 2.6 tyres, and had a small rack of them on show. (All of these 2.6 tyres were on DT Swiss EX511 rims).
Maxxis - Eurobike 2017
As well as the 27.5×2.6 tyres on display, these all come in the widths and sizes you already know, from 2.3 – 2.5, and 26 inch to 29er.
Maxxis - Eurobike 2017
As well as Exo sidewalls, most also have 3C Max Terra compound…
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… apart from the Forekaster and Ardent 27.5×2.6 tyres, which are 3C Maxx Speed.
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The 2.6 Ardent sure does look fun for UK conditions!
Maxxis - Eurobike 2017
The Aspen 29er tyre has only been a 2.1 before, but at Nino Schurter’s request, they made this higher volume 2.25 version, which is apparently what he’s been racing on. He also got a special 170TPI version, just for him, but the retail ones will only be 120TPI.
Maxxis - Eurobike 2017
As well as the 2.6WT version above, the Forekaster gets a wider range of widths, from 2.2 to 2.35.
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Our photographer started to experience visions and make prophesies shortly after this photo was taken.

Comments (3)

  1. bike industry getting lazy by reverting back to a previously-obsolete wheel size rather than making up another one.

  2. Big aspen was one of my favourite tyres, always wanted one in 29!

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