One of Maxxis’ lightest XC tires, the Aspen, is a fast rolling all-business tire that up until now, has only been offered as 2.1-inches at it’s widest. Enter Nino Schurter, Olympic cross-country racer. After spending time on the 2.1, Schurter approached Maxxis looking for something a little wider. Maxxis agreed, and produced the Aspen in a 29 x 2.25-inch tire, which has now led Schurter to a stunning season.
Rekon and Rekon +
The Rekon takes its inspiration from the popular Ikon, and trades race performance for more confidence when things aren’t all business. Wide knobs down the middle provide rolling efficiency while maintaining control under braking power. Framed by large side-knobs this tire will keep speed and traction in corners. Using Maxxis’ Wide Trail technology, the tire is optimized for wider rims, giving the rubber a more effective profile when seated. Available in a 2.6-inch option for 27.5-inch wheels and 2.25 and 2.6-inch options for 29ers, this is a tire worth noticing. If you like the tire but are running plus-sized rubber, it currently comes in a 27.5 x 2.8 as well.
Maxxis’ do-anything aggressive all mountain bruiser is back with a new 2.5-inch Wide Trail option for both 27.5 and 29er wheel sizes. As the name suggests, the Aggressor is all about pushing hard and getting wild, from XC races to being creative on your favorite trail. According to Maxxis, the tire shines in hardpack to medium conditions and is perfectly paired with a DHF up front.
Speaking of the DHF, the go-to aggressive tire for any condition is now available for even more wheel sizes, with a 2.4-inch version coming for 24-inch wheels, a 2.5-inch Wide Trail option available for 26-inch wheels, and a massive 2.6-inch tire for 27.5-inch hoops. That’s right, now you and your kid can shred the same rubber. The knob profile has stayed the same since last year, which means the crazy cornering and confident straight-lining will be exactly as you remember it. If you want the downhill casing, updates have been made there as well, with 2.5-inch Wide Trail and non-Wide Trail options for both 27.5 and 29-inch wheels.
High Roller II
An ideal tire for riding in loose soil or wet conditions the High Roller II is back with 2.5-inch Wide Trail options for both 27.5 and 29er wheels or 2.8 and 3.0-inch options for 27.5+.
Other updates of note
The Race TT will now be available in a 2.2-inch option for 27.5 and 29-inch wheels and the Ikon gets Double Down technology – two layers of 120 TPI casing combined in the same tire to offer more protection while staying weight conscious. The Ardent Race, Forekaster and Minion DHR II get 2.6-inch wide options for 27.5 wheels while the Shorty gets the 2.5-inch Wide Trail upgrade for 27.5 and 29ers alike. Finally, the Minion DHR II downhill casing is now offered in 2.4 with Wide Trail option for both 27.5 and 29er hoops.
Head over to Maxxis’ website for their full line.