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Maxxis High Roller II Tire

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Maxxis High Roller II Review

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The Good:

Softer compound provides great grip, corners well, DH sidewall holds up to abuse

The Bad:

A bit pricey, had issues with the EXO sidewall tearing, higher rolling resistance than some other offerings

Overall Review:

I have always been a fan of Maxxis tires, I have ridden Continental, Schwalbe, Forte, Kenda, and more, but I always go back to Maxxis. I am a fairly hard charging rider, and I slip off line quite a bit (more guts than skill at times). This means every tire I buy I look for ones that have durable sidewalls and good cornering traction. I run a 2.4 ardent in the rear, and like that tire because it has a suitable amount of traction, while still being able to break loose in a controlled manner for drifting corners.

The front tire I run is the Higher Roller II in a 2.4 width. I started with the standard EXO sidewalled HR (High Roller) with the Maxterra grip. I was impressed, but the compound was a bit harder than I liked, washing out in dry, dusty corners. I thought the sidewalls were pretty thick and durable, but I went through 2 HRs in less than a year due to sidewall tears. Both still had tons of tread, but took unlucky hits and tore.

I then decided to try out the dual ply DH High Roller II in hopes that the thicker sidewall would provide the extra protection I need from sidewall hits. I realize that a tire can take so much and I should probably just get better at holding a line, but hey I’m working on it. So far the DH HR II has been great. I went with the Maxxgrip version of the tire and the difference in compound is noticeable. I am pushing corners harder than before, and I do not wash out like I did with the Maxterra grip. I do think the compound is a bit slower climbing and rebounds a bit slower, but this is welcome on the downhill sections. The tire is pretty darn heavy at 1,200g, but I am far from a weight weenie and so it doesn’t bother me, but is worth noting. The single ply tires are quite a bit lighter, but the tire is designed for enduro and DH so don’t expect a featherlight tire. So far they have held up awesome as well, all of the knobs are in good shape and there are no tears or damage on the tire’s sidewall. This tire is well known for a reason, they corner well and provide tons of grip without a huge rolling resistance penalty. I will definitely purchase another High Roller II when this one wears out.

Worthy, but Minion beats it

The Good:

Mud shedding ability, and downhill bite

The Bad:

Weight, climbing slip, and cornering sketch unless ruthlessly thrown at the corner

Overall Review:

Not a bad DH tire, if I got a bike with them I'd use them, but replace them with something else. They look like the offspring of the original HRs mixed with a Minion DHR. I was never a fan of the old High Roller, and much prefer the Minion DHF. The HR2 is better than the old tire IMO but still has some of the old annoyances, personally a think it just handles a bit worse than a DHF, but braking traction is good as is mud shedding. Climbing as HR is worse than a semi-slick

F N A Cotton!

The Good:

I was a big fan of the old HR tires, and the new HR II model leaves zero to be desired... Much more true to size now with killer sidewall and compound options. Less on or off feel through the corners and works well on a pretty wide variety of terrain. Running the 3C 2.4's on my Entourage and will never swap. They give you a ton of trust in your traction... Well done Maxxis..

The Bad:

Still can't corner like Minnaar...

Overall Review:

In short... They shred, and inspire true confidence when pushing your bikes limits. Whether you choose dual ply or single for trail or DH, can't imagine too many people being let down by these...

One of the best tires around!

The Good:

Grip is superb in dry or wet, sheds mud nicely, fairly light for its ability to fr/dh...

The Bad:

It's a bit pricey, but can be found for under $60 online.

Overall Review:

Great everything tire, highly recomended


Product Maxxis High Roller II Tire
Riding Type Trail, Freeride / Bike Park, Downhill
Wheel Size 26", 27.5" (650b), 29"
Tire Width
  • 2.3 inches
  • 2.5 inches
  • 2.6 inches
Tubeless Compatible Yes
Bead Foldable
Durometer Dual compound, 3C MaxxGrip, 3C MaxxTerra, and Super Tacky options available
Sidewall 60 TPI and 120 TPI options
Wide trail (WT), Single-ply, DoubleDown, and DH casings available
  • 1 lb 13.5 oz (835 g)
  • 2 lb 12.4 oz (1,260 g)
  • 1 lb 13.8 oz (845 g)
  • 2 lb 11.4 oz (1,230 g)
  • 2 lb 0.1 oz (910 g)
  • 2 lb 9.1 oz (1,165 g)
Miscellaneous The open and aggressive tread design gives the High Roller II excellent soil penetration and mud clearing ability. A square profile provides a solid, consistent feel across the knobs. Modified knobs on the shoulder and center improve braking performance and traction on hard surfaces. When gravity pulls you downhill, rely on the High Roller II to keep you upright.
  • $79
  • $111
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