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Maxxis High Roller Tire

Average User Rating: (Excellent)
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    “Best tire ever?”

    The Good: Corners real well

    The Bad: expensive, can't ever find them on sale, as a trail tire it doesnt climb too well

    Overall Review:

    What can be said about the high roller, a tire that has been out for a long time? Everything, this tire is awesome! Square profile, hooks up in the wet and dry equally well, and is fast rolling as well. Tons of people shy away from this tire because of the drift zone that it has, but this is one of the most predictable tires ive ever ridden meaning that once youre used to it.... its amazing.

    “Good all round dh/am tire”

    The Good: I have the 2.5 version in the 3c compound and I run it as a back tire. It is a great all round tire that can handle almost anything you throw at it. The tire is very predictable and performs well in almost all conditions. It is pretty fast rolling and it leaves me not worrying about my back tire because it does its job.

    The Bad: Like I said I have the 2.5 with the 3c compound. This version is very heavy and leaves me wanting some lighter tires. If you are using it for DH I would go with the 2.35 for the rear end. The 3c compound was supposed to offer the best grip while still having it last a long time. I have run through these tires extremely fast and since they are pretty expensive I might start to consider moving to another rear tire.

    Overall Review:

    They perform as an all round all mountain/ dh tire and they inspire confidence. However the version I have is extremely heavy and they wear out very fast plus they are pretty expensive.

    “Learn to use it and you'll love it”

    The Good: Much faster rolling than a nevegal, amazing cornering grip, predictable sliding tire

    The Bad: As mentioned in the review below mine, there is a bit of a dead zone between the rolling/braking knobs and the cornering knobs.

    Overall Review: To get these tires to really shine, you need to know how to really lean a bike over in a corner. If you don't, you will absolutely hate these tires, but if you do, they will keep on gripping long after, say, a nevegal will.

    “Old technology, and a poor front tire. Edit: not that bad, but still prefer Minions”

    The Good: Nice upright braking traction, fairly reasonable climbing, good volume for rocky AM/FR/DH

    The Bad: Minimal edit: 'sketchy leaning grip if you lean in gradually' and thorn protection also minimal

    Overall Review:

    The 2.35 version of the High Rollers I have are similar to Kenda Nevegal 2.35s, although faster rollling, however minus a row of knobs that you are going to need if you lean the bike between 30-40 degrees on any surface, something seems missing at this lean angle and you seem to free float for a bit, and then suddenly the jello-like outer knobs get their time to shine but just fold on you. High Roller? Yep it's gambling for sure, on whether or not you are going to face plant on a high speed corner! Is it enough only to have a high volume tire that has reasonable braking traction? What about cornering? Maybe I'm missing something and need to try a different compound or a 2.5, or just a Weirwolf 2.5, Minion 2.35 or Excavator 2.35, or something else........

    Edit: So I did another few weeks on these after a season or two on MInions, and they are better that I thought if you have developed an aggressive 'throw it in' style. I still prefer Minions by a long margin though.

    “One of my favorites”

    The Good: Great grip and cornering, tough sidewall, chicks dig 'em.

    The Bad: Can be a bit of a square profile depending on your rim selection. Run small.

    Overall Review: I have used these as rears or fronts, for freeride and DH, desert and in the mountains. The ramps help scrub speed. I am a big guy at 230#'s and I am tough on sidewalls. These walls have never failed me. I would love the tire to be updated with the Maxxis Ardent/Advatage size (True size) and shape (Round).

    “solid wet condition tire”

    The Good: hooks up good on just about anything you could throw at it, solid in the wet and dry

    The Bad: felt a bit squimesh between knobs at times but stays fairly predictable

    Overall Review: a good tire if you ride varying conditions or wet or just about anything 4.4 / 5

    Vital MTB Retail Partners:
    Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry


    Riding Type Trail, Freeride, Downhill
    Sizes 2.1, 2.35, 2.5, 2.7
    Tubeless Compatible UST models available
    Bead Folding or Wire
    Durometer 42, 60, 62, 70 or 3C
    Sidewall Single ply or 2-ply DH casing

    2.5: 2 lb 12.8 oz (1.3 kg)

    2.1 Folding: 1 lb 1.6 oz (500 g)

    2.35 Folding: 1 lb 8.3 oz (690 g)

    2.7: 3 lb 1 oz (1.4 kg)

    Miscellaneous Prices vary by size
    Price $59.00
    More Info Maxxis website
    Vital MTB Retail Partners:
    Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry