The Complete Guide to Maxxis Mountain Bike Tires 17

What Maxxis MTB Tires are best for you? Everything you need to know about tread patterns, rubber compounds, flat protection and tire construction is broken down in our handy guide.

Maxxis has long been the go-to tire of choice for serious mountain bikers. As the brand continues to step up their game with new sizes, tread patterns and materials, it may be overwhelming when trying to decide what tire fits your riding needs best. The information we've picked out below should answer any questions you have about Maxxis' diverse MTB tire line up, as selected from their Eurobike catalog.

Some notes: Wide Trail continues to be hot, 2.6-inch widths are available throughout the line, some DH tires are available in 29-inch diameter, and there are more skinwall options available for those looking to stylize their rides. We didn't see Minnaar's new tire listed yet and 26-inch options of popular treads are still available for you #26forlife die-hards, too.

Pricing & Availability

The price list for all Maxxis MTB tires is pretty darn massive with so many sizes, compounds and construction options. To give you a ballpark, here are some MSRP prices on the Minion DHF for trail / enduro use:

  • Minion DHF 26 x 2.35 M301 W60 SC - $54 (USD), $76 (CAD)
  • Minion DHF 27.5 x 2.50 M301RU F60 DC EXO TR WT - $66 (USD), $92 (CAD)
  • Minion DHF 27.5 x 2.50 M301RU F60 3CTerra EXO TR WT - $85 (USD), $119 (CAD)
  • Minion DHF 29 x 2.30 M301RU F120x2 3C Terra/TR/DD - $91 (USD), $127 (CAD)

The best thing you can do is visit or hit up the shop you work with to get pricing details on the tires you want.

Maxxis says everything listed in our guide below, if not available now, will be available between September and November 2017.

Maxxis MTB Tire Technologies like Wide Trail, TR (Tubeless Ready), Casing Options and TPI Counts

Maxxis MTB Flat Tire Protection Construction like Silkshield, Double Down and EXO

Maxxis MTB Rubber Compounds - 3C Triple, 3C Maxxspeed, 3C Maxxterra and 3C Maxxgrip


  • One compound throughout the tread optimized for longevity and performance.


  • Two compounds used within the tread of select tires to offer lower rolling resistance and increased cornering grip.


  • A special low rebound, high traction compound used in mountain tires.


  • Maxxis 3C Triple Compound mountain technology uses a harder, longer lasting base layer and two progressively softer top layers in order to optimize traction and stability. Maxxis offers three different configurations of our 3C Triple Compound mountain technology: Maxx Speed, Maxx Terra and Maxx Grip.


  • Used primarily in cross country and enduro tires, the two compounds in the outer layer are specially formulated to reduce rolling resistance and optimize treadwear and traction.


  • An intermediate compound configuration used in select mountain tires. 3C Maxx Terra is softer and offers more traction than 3C Maxx Speed, yet provides better treadwear and less rolling resistance than Maxx Grip.


  • A new name for the downhill 3C compound configuration that you have come to know and trust. 3C Maxx Grip offers the ultimate in grip and slow rebound properties for unparalleled traction in downhill applications.

Which Maxxis MTB Tire is Best For You? Terrain and Riding Type Guide

Maxxis Mountain Bike & Downhill Tires for 2018

Race TT, Aspen, Ikon, Rekon & Rekon+, Ardent Race, Forekaster, Aggressor, Minion DHF & DHR II, High Roller II and Shorty Models

Maxxis Tires Comprehensive Guide

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For ratings and reviews on Maxxis Tires,
visit the Vital MTB Product Guide.

Shop for Maxxis Mountain Bike Tires at Jenson USA

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  • 'size

    9/1/2017 8:15 AM

    not sure how up to date this is but this is all i could find regarding durometers.
    maxx speed - 70 base/62 center/60 side
    maxx terra - 70/50/42
    maxx grip - 70/42/40
    dual - 60/51

  • Splayleg

    8/30/2017 6:13 AM

    More skin less skinwalls!

  • mbikes1

    8/30/2017 5:41 AM

    More Skinwalls!

  • cmcquade

    8/29/2017 10:26 PM

    so say you want to run a DHF 27.5 x2.5 in a 25mm inner width rim..... is this not an option anymore? I dont see anything other then a 27.5 x 2.5WT (which is for 30-35mm inner width rims) ???? thoughts

  • Wavesowner

    8/29/2017 11:19 PM

    I just put a DHF 2.5WT on a 25mm rim and it works great.

  • cmcquade

    8/29/2017 11:28 PM

    I have an older 2.5WT on mine.... but those were not optimized for 30-35mm inners were they? My understanding is the WT has a different inner width now then previous years...?

  • Wavesowner

    8/29/2017 11:41 PM

    Not sure about old and new WT. Mine are from a fresh shipment from the distributor so I am pretty sure they are the latest WTs.


    8/30/2017 5:50 AM

    WT is 100% fine on normal rims. Looks almost identical when mounted up side by side with a 2.5" downhill DHF.

  • LCW

    8/29/2017 7:52 PM

    Someone should ask Minnaar what he thinks of Maxxis now, after Val di Sole

  • smjergie

    8/29/2017 7:24 PM

    So did they get rid of the DHR2 29X2.4 WT Dual Compound?

  • MGilbertson

    8/29/2017 4:49 PM

    I was really hoping for a 29x2.5WT DHF in DD casing.

  • Adam_Schaeffer

    8/29/2017 5:38 PM

    They still make a 29x.2.5 in a folding DH/TR casing.

  • MGilbertson

    8/29/2017 8:28 PM

    I have those on my bike right now, but I was looking for something a little lighter.

  • 'size

    8/29/2017 3:28 PM

    how about the actual durometer of each compound?

  • sspomer

    8/29/2017 3:36 PM

    it doesn't look like maxxis is publishing durometer numbers anymore...just "soft" "medium" and "hard" within the descriptions of each 3C build. i've added some compound descriptions to the article and have reached out to see if they'll provide specific durometers. stay tuned!


    9/1/2017 7:16 PM


  • sspomer

    9/2/2017 10:35 AM

    so loud, so funny, but i have a question, as i'm no scientition (simpsons quote). just because something is labeled "52a" durometer doesn't tell us much about the rubber's performance. 52a durometer slow-rebound rubber isn't the same as 52a fast-rebound rubber. they're equally 52a on the "hardness" scale, but do different things performance-wise, right? is the duro number that important on its own? your Mountain Cycle from 1999 got 6 inches of travel, so it prob works just like your 2014 Felt with 6 inches of travel since they have the same travel number on a sticker.

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