Review: Maxxis Aggressor 2.5in WT DoubleDown Tyre

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Maxxis has a growing range of Wide Trail (WT) mountain bike tyres, including several options with the more robust DoubleDown casing. To make sense of the range, we gathered the Aggressor, Minion DHF, Minion DHR II and Shorty in their respective WT DoubleDown outfits, and gave them to our resident rubber-punisher, James Vincent, for a mini-shootout. Over to James.


Billed as an all rounder tyre for those riding at higher speeds in drier conditions on modern mountain bike trails, the Maxxis Aggressor has found favour amongst riders looking for something with a bit more traction out back than a full on semi slick would otherwise afford.

Previously only available as a 2.3in model, the tread pattern hasn’t changed much on this new 2.5in Wide Trail version – things have just been spread out a bit to compensate for the larger casing. It’s still a dual compound tyre, with a softer rubber compound on the shoulder knobs and a very hard compound in the centre for faster rolling.

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The 2.5in Wide Trail Maxxis Aggressor with a DoubleDown casing.

Maxxis is keeping its cards close to the chest with regards to the actual grades of rubber used, but the tyre is holding up very well and after nearly six months of hard use, the knobs are still looking pretty sharp, with plenty of life left in them.

Maxxis Aggressor Wide Trail DoubleDown Tyre Specs

  • All-round tyre suited to hardpack and loose-over-hard trail surfaces, dry conditions
  • Size tested: 27.5×2.5in WT
  • Actual weight: 1142g
  • Measured width 2.45in
  • Rubber compound: Dual
  • DoubleDown casing (120tpi)
  • Also available in 26in and 29in diameters, and 2.3in width
  • RRP £69.99
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The Aggressor’s tread pattern is best suited to hardpack and drier conditions.

Installation

 

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Review Info

Brand:Maxxis
Product:Aggressor 2.5 WT DoubleDown
From:Maxxis, www.maxxis.co.uk
Price:£69.99
Tested:by James Vincent for 6 months

Comments (5)

    Have you tried it as a less aggressive option on the front? Paired with something like an Ardent or Ardent Race?

    No, sorry – when you’ve got such great tyres as the Minion DHF, Minion DHR 2, and Shorty in the test, it doesn’t make sense to run the Aggressor up front. Cheers

    I ran an EXO on the front for a while (Ardent Race out back) for local stuff on the Malvern’s. Was very impressed on hardpack and seemed to work really well on the dry loose stuff too.
    Super fast combo but the Ardent wasn’t as durable.

    Nice. Dear Maxxis Can we now have an Assegai 2.5 trail version to put on the front for all year? Then all we have to do is switch between this in summer and the DHRII in winter.

    I’m on the same page as duir

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