Maxxis adds host of new MTB tire sizes

Plus tires get 'normal' size, narrow cross country rubber gets wider

27.5 29er Eurobike Tires
Maxxis Race TT and Recon

The Maxxis Race TT and Rekon.

Maxxis has once again upped its number of available tires/sizes starting with the classic cross country Race TT, which gets wider with a new 2.2 size. This follows the trend of courses getting rougher. The Race TT is now available in 27.5×2.0, 29×2.0, 27.5×2.2 and 29×2.2.

Meanwhile, the Maxxis Rekon, originally designed as a plus size tire, now gets a normal sibling with the new 29×2.25 size. It is a modestly aggressive trail tire, which offers confidence on XC trails. Available sizes are now 27×2.6, 29×2.25, 29×2.6, and 27.5×2.8.

Maxxis Ardent Race and Forekaster

The Maxxis Ardent Race and Forekaster.

Yet another expansion has occurred with the Maxxis Ardent Race. Originally designed for technical XC courses and endurance-length events, the Ardent Race now gets a new 27.5×2.6 size. The Rekon range also includes 26×2.2, 27.5×2.2, 27.5×2.35, 27.5×2.6, 29×2.2 and 29×2.35.

It’s a similar story with the Forekaster, a relatively new tire designed for loose trail conditions with its open tread blocks to allow better mud-cleaning. This tire now comes in a 27.5×2.60 version to go with 27.5×2.2, 27.5×2.35, 29×2.2 and 29×2.35.

Maxxis Minion DHF and Minion DHR II

The Maxxis Minion DHF and Minion DHR II.

For young riders, there’s good news, as the popular Minion DHF now comes in a 24×2.4 size. At last they get to enjoy the same great tread pattern as their parents. Also, to be able to be more compatible with wider rims (30-35mm), Maxxis has expanded the Minion DHF’s Wide Trail offerings to include 26×2.5WT, 27.5×2.5WT and 29×2.5WT. If that’s not wide enough, a 27.5×2.6 is also available, plus tubeless ready downhill versions. To match the front specific DHF, the Minion DHR II rear tire also gets the new 27.5×2.6 size, as well as a tubeless ready downhill version.

Maxxis High Roller II, Aggressor and Moose Track

Maxxis High Roller II, Aggressor and Moose Track.

The open and aggressive tread of the High Roller II was a bit square on normal rims, so imagine what happened on wide rims. That’s why now the Wide Trail version is applied on this tire too, in 27.5×2.5WT and 29×2.5WT versions. The more XC-oriented Aggressor also gets the wide trail versions in 27.5×2.5WT and 29×2.5WT.

Finally, with winter just around the corner, 258 studs have been added as an option for to the winter-optimized Moose Track fatbike tire. It’s available in 26×4.8.

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About the author: Jeroen Tiggelman

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  • Highway Star says:

    “Maxxis has expanded the Minion DHF’s Wide Trail offerings to include 26×2.5WT”

    YES 26″ = YES SALE.

  • Highway Star says:

    The 26×2.5WT DHF should be pretty huge and as big as any practical rider needs. I’ve got a 26×2.5WT Shorty that is massive and a 26×2.4WT DHR2 that is nearly as big. I’ve been waiting for the 26×2.8 DHF/R2 to become available at retailers, but I doubt I’ll pick one up.

    The 2.5WT DHF 3C and 2.4WT DHR2 DC should be a great combo for all around rough riding.

  • Jason Smith says:

    I have 27.5 x 2.6 DHF and 27.5 x 2.6 Rekon on my Santa Cruz 5010. That combo works really well for my riding style on Pisgah and Dupont state forest trails in NC. Great traction, lower pressures, more confidence on rocky and rooty descents. When I put them on last month, it felt like it added a little bit of travel to my suspension.

  • jc says:

    Forekaster = IRC Mythos on roids

  • Willis says:

    Rekon in a 29 x 2.6? Did not see it on the site, but will anxiously wait!

  • LW says:

    Maxxis Minion 26 x 4.8s just shredded 36 miles of Bend singletrack and lava rocks over the 2 rides this past weekend. I was impressed they held up on the sharp rocks and the float/traction on the loose dusty sections was unreal. Fat Bikes all year long. Keep up the great tires.

  • Dickachu says:

    maxxis 2,6 I beat its still going be smaller than continental 2.4

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