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Maxxis Dissector Tire Reviewed by Top Member Reviewer and Jenson USA Award Winner 10

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Every month we award the Top User Reviewer with a little prize. This month Jenson USA pitched in another $100 gift card! Vital member rybrentd took home top honors with a solid review of the new Maxxis Dissector tire:


Maxxis Dissector Tire - MSRP: $75-90

The Good: Climbing grip, rolling speed, and traction (even in the wet). 

The Bad: Doesn't have the raw speed of the Aggressor, raw traction of the High Roller 2, or raw braking traction of the DHR2.

"I can't believe the reviews for this tire are so few and far between. I have the 2.4" EXO Maxxterra (27.5) that I put on the rear in November of 2019. Having ridden many tires from the Maxxis lineup (which is my basis for comparison) including DHF, DHR2, HR2, and Aggressor, I will compare this to their other rear tires.

I feel like it has better climbing grip but slightly slower rolling speed than the Aggressor but the braking, traction, and cornering characteristics closer to a HR2. You can punch into corners or drift into them similar to a HR2. In dry, undulating terrain where you aren't braking much I would go with the Aggressor (not a good tire for wet conditions, especially clay). If you are just riding downhill I would choose either the HR2 or DHR2 (bike park, shuttling, etc).

This is a good tire for something like Dupont or Pisgah in North Carolina where you are trying to put in lots of miles, have fast downhills, and dry or wet conditions. Think long climbs followed by long descents. I wouldn't use an Aggressor if it was wet, and I wouldn't use a HR2 or DHR2 because they roll noticeably slower. This is kind of a niche tire I feel like, and it depends on where and what you ride. Traction on wet rocks and roots is also stellar even though it's a dry tire. After a recent trip to Pisgah and Dupont in NC, this somehow became my favorite rear Maxxis tire for aggressive trail riding. I just wish it came in a Double Down Maxxterra for the rear." - Read more»

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