Review: Maxxis Shorty 2.5 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 Double Down casing. To make sense of the range, we gathered the Aggressor, Minion DHF, Minion DHR II and Shorty in their respective WT Double Down outfits, and gave them to our resident rubber-punisher, James Vincent, for a mini-shootout. Over to James!


The original Maxxis Shorty was released to great acclaim back in 2014, as a rather specific mud and wet weather tyre. Relatively narrow at 2.3in wide, it worked brilliantly when conditions suited it, but those same tall and soft knobs that made it so great in the wet, made it vague and squirmy in the dry and on harder surfaces. Yes, there was a 2.5in DH version, but that weighed an absolute ton, and as a result wasn’t particularly suited to non-uplifted riding.

Fortunately, Maxxis has tweaked the design somewhat, and this new 2.5 Wide Trail DoubleDown Shorty promises to take everything that made the original tyre so great, and make it better.

maxxis shorty doubledefence
Sticky 3C MaxxGrip rubber combined with a DoubleDown 2.5 WT casing makes this flavour of Shorty quite the tyre.

Compared to the original 2.3in Shorty, the tread is more widely spaced out to fill the larger carcass, and the knobs are bigger too. Not by much, but it’s noticeable if you have the two tyres side by side. It’s as if the designer has just scaled everything up on the computer. The tread pattern consists of big, square blocks with gobs of mud clearing space all around, and there’s nary a hint of a directional tread pattern here – the Shorty is all about traction. It really does look the business, and wouldn’t be out of place on the front of a MX bike.

Maxxis Shorty 2.5 WT DoubleDown Tyre Specs

  • Designed for loose powder, rocks, loam and muddy surfaces, damp to wet conditions
  • Size tested: 27.5×2.5in WT
  • Actual weight: 1150g
  • Measured width 2.4in
  • Rubber compound: 3C MaxxGrip
  • DoubleDown casing (120tpi)
  • Also available in 26in & 29in diameters, 2.3-2.5in width
  • RRP: £69.99
maxxis shorty doubledefence
The 2.5in Shorty has a different tread profile to the skinnier 2.3in version.

Installation

 

 

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Review Info

Brand:Maxxis
Product:Shorty 2.5 WT DoubleDown 3C MaxxGrip
From:Maxxis, maxxis.co.uk
Price:£69.99
Tested:by James Vincent for 6 months

James Vincent

Having ridden bikes for as long as he can remember, James takes a certain twisted pleasure in carrying his bike to the most inaccessible locations he can find, before attempting to ride back down again, preferably with both feet on the pedals.

After seeing the light on a recent road trip to Austria, James walked away from the stresses of running a design agency, picked up a camera and is several years deep into a mid life crisis that shows no sign of abating. As a photographer, he enjoys nothing more than climbing trees and asking others to follow his sketchy lines while expecting them to make it look as natural and stylish as possible.

He has come to realise this is infinitely more fun than being tied to a desk, and is in no hurry to go back.

Comments (1)

    Agreed. Put it on for the winter and amazed at how well it performs in varied conditions. It rolls surprisingly well and adds confidence with DD up front with low pressures. The damping is lovely and looking down at the full moto profile makes you want to go WFO!

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