How To Pick the Best MTB Tire For You – Tire Tech 101 Presented by Maxxis | Back to Basics

How To Pick the Best MTB Tire For You – Tire Tech 101 Presented by Maxxis | Back to Basics

There are a ton of tire options out there and we know it can get a bit confusing. There are more options than you can throw a stick at, and that’s just from each individual brand, let alone when you take a look at all the other companies out there. To keep things from getting too confusing, we chose to work with Maxxis Tires for this video to help give some insight into the different types of tire construction, compounds, and protective layers and how they affect the ride quality.

If you are in the market for some fresh rubber, whether it’s from Maxxis or another brand, be sure to visit our online retail partner to check out their wide selection of tires here:

00:00 Introduction
01:45 The Foundation
02:50 Bead Types
03:30 TPI (Threads Per Inch) Explained
04:45 Sidewall Tech
10:00 Rubber Compound
12:40 Tread Patterns

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  1. Hier kan uw advertentie staan Voor honderd euro on December 24, 2022 at 1:40 am

    A layer of butyl in my tire, sounds like inserting a tube in a tubeless tire, if that makes sense… Resistance is butyl

  2. David Drake on December 24, 2022 at 1:42 am

    Drew is the PhD of Latex…🤔
    Thanks for putting it out there. 🍌

  3. Pedrito on December 24, 2022 at 1:47 am

    GREAT video guys!!! Thanks.

  4. ANSM Fella on December 24, 2022 at 1:50 am

    Amazingly useful, thank you!

  5. Thim on December 24, 2022 at 1:51 am

    My l.b.s. never told me about maxx speed, guess they know me. I always run dd in rear and exo up front. Next set will be dhr2 2.4 dd maxx terra rear, dhf exo plus 2.5 maxx grip or assagai on levo and dhf on non ebike.

  6. Vadim Ianulionoc on December 24, 2022 at 1:55 am

    I run Assegai 29 2.5 in EXO+ Casing Front and Rear. (MaxxGrip compound for the front and MaxxTerra for the rear). I found this combination to pleasantly deliver great performance.

    I actually enjoy the way you put words together to build sentences.

  7. Phill Gordon on December 24, 2022 at 1:57 am

    Very thorough explanation! Love Assegai front Dissector rear combo. Tried DD casings for the first time when I got my eMTB, they’re great, very supportive no need for inserts, of course weight is no issue on an eeb

  8. Johannes Nilsen on December 24, 2022 at 1:59 am

    I probably won’t go back to Maxxis after trying Michelin WIld Enduro, huge difference from first try, much stiffer side knobs, much better cornering, so they don’t have the vague feel, especially at extreme turning angles you notice it, much bigger side knobs and spacing like a mud tyre, good pattern, the side knobs have more support, they don’t bend as much as Maxxis does. but it’s not too stiff or hard, good dampened rebound and super sticky front, but less sticky rear tyre, lovely combo.
    very different tyre from what Maxxis offers, as it’s a mix of a fast rolling decently spaced but not too close knobs, and side knobs of a mud tyre.
    They roll a bit better than the Maxxis tyres I tried before too.
    the tyres I’ve tried from Maxxis are Highroller2, Shorty( tried both on 29er with cush core) , Minion DHR2(only tried on 26er) both on 23mm rim.
    I still use 23mm rim. the Michelin were 2.40 and Maxxis were 2.30
    Worst tyre handling tyre that still was pretty durable was Bontrager SE4 Team issue, it fish tailed too easily, lost grip in fast turns on dirt, it had quick turning, too, so i crashed on a trial rode many times with HighRoller2. so Maxxis HIghRoller too maintained traction and you could easily stay on line.
    but Michelin Wild Enduro is even better all rounder. So I might keep this setup for spring, summer, autumn, instead of swapping between high roller2 for spring and autumn and highroller in summer.
    the good cornering might be a combination of the sticky compound and the supportive side knobs and mid thread pattern.
    I’ve not tried Maxxis MaxxGrip.
    The WIld Enduro work well under braking too. but it has made track stands a lot easier.
    But I see the Assegai seem to be a better choice than High Roller 2, Minion DHR2.

  9. Shahril Mohd on December 24, 2022 at 2:00 am

    DHF stand for DownHill Front &
    DHR is for rear..

  10. Mishra's on December 24, 2022 at 2:01 am

    I am first’ here drew sir

  11. chris laing on December 24, 2022 at 2:01 am

    Is maxxterra just in the middle??

  12. Sam Henderson on December 24, 2022 at 2:01 am

    Very helpful video, but one question about sidewalls: the exo has the exo layer, the exo+ has exo and silkshield, does double down have exo and silkshield in addition to butyl, or just butyl?

  13. The Hooniverse on December 24, 2022 at 2:03 am

    Step 1: Do they have tan walls?
    Step 2: If yes, shred.


  14. Johannes Nilsen on December 24, 2022 at 2:05 am

    main weakness of thee Maxxis EXO tyres is the bead, after 4-6 months they can fail, I can wear them out to the nylon, also the tyres warp.
    but other than that they are pretty decent tyres. But I think this should be improved. but sidewall protection was good enough for where i live, I don’t have much sharp rocks.
    but I will see how the Michelin WIld ENduro does. but so far only two rides on them.

  15. Miles Holland on December 24, 2022 at 2:05 am

    Thanks for another great informational video. I just have to say, as an avid YouTube mtb info consumer, you are one of the best presenters. You articulate extremely well and provide all the necessary nuance and detail without unnecessary filler talk. 👍

  16. dano727 on December 24, 2022 at 2:10 am

    Great video man !

  17. das weiner on December 24, 2022 at 2:10 am

    Was that subscribe line a garand thumb reference? 😂

  18. isladetail on December 24, 2022 at 2:11 am

    Dhf recut
    Rock razor recut😂

  19. Pat Askren on December 24, 2022 at 2:11 am

    Awesome as always, my head hurts though.

  20. Star Dust Girl on December 24, 2022 at 2:12 am

    Vittoria Mazza! Had Dhf front and rear last season but did not get on with them in moist to wet conditions. The Mazzas corner better too.

  21. Tracy McManus on December 24, 2022 at 2:14 am

    So my local trails have rocky, rooty, hardpack, sand, and some small creek crossings in various sections, and some of it is all together. Is there a back tire best suited for all of these, or am I SOL?

  22. Ian_R on December 24, 2022 at 2:14 am

    During lockdown in the UK when I’ve been restricted to local riding (mainly roads and light gravel), I decided to try a pair of Maxxis Ardent Race 2.2" wide and wow they are brilliant. Fast rolling and also enough grip for my riding.

  23. steven cole on December 24, 2022 at 2:21 am

    For me I am a pedaler . I ride many 20 mile rides with 2000 ft of elevation climbed . I live in the high desert with rock and loose but i have some hard pack decomposed granite . You would think a faster xc tire would be preferable for distance riding but my local trails ate these for dinner also was a lack of grip climbing and cornering . So i made a big change and went to Maxxis DHr2, 2.3 ,29er exo dual ply . This is basically more of a pointing down type tire but for me I have not had a problem pedaling and keeping the speed also as the rear tire center knobs wear it gets faster but of course you lose some grip but still far better than those xc tires . Now I just got a DHF 3c max terra 2.3 and I am going to put that on the front and will take off my front dhr2 which still has decent knobs and that will go on the back . My rear dhr2 began weeping a bit out the side walls and the DHF was a warranty tire replacement. The 2.3 keeps the weight down and a good size for my 23mm rims . I think the high roller 2.3 was specifically designed for a 23 or 25 mm rim so I considered it the same for the minions .

  24. wet soup on December 24, 2022 at 2:23 am

    got a schwalbe magic mary tan wall and a big betty tan wall for my patrol and honestly, they’re the best tires ive ever used. the magic mary’s grip and HUGE shoulder knobs are unbelievably grippy when ripping around flat corners but i got them in a slightly harder compound so they dont kill me when climbing. the bike weighs almost 37 pounds so obviously im not a huge climber but that doesn’t matter because i have fun on the downhills. its surprising how much of a difference good tires make

  25. Apple Jack on December 24, 2022 at 2:23 am

    When the factory sipes wear away, you’ll find me with a razor blade, vise grips, and a propane torch. Like watching a SAW movie.

    Mmmm, burnt rubber.

  26. Robert Palon on December 24, 2022 at 2:23 am

    Awesome video and great detailed explanations. The best MTB tire video on YT. Keep up the good work guys!

  27. Cal on December 24, 2022 at 2:24 am

    Go to the dumpster behind the bike shop or ask for used tires at the shop, people throw away tires with tons of life on them. I get a bunch of good tires like this.

  28. HelplmAlive on December 24, 2022 at 2:24 am

    New drinking game. Take a drink everytime the word "knob" is used.

  29. 31acruz on December 24, 2022 at 2:26 am

    Great video,…yes ok, the guy’s voice is kind of "whinny" and he doesn’t adjust his speed to an educational pace, just goes for a demo/sales pace. But still, if you play it at .75 speed (just click the gear that pops at the bottom of the screen once your mouse hoovers the picture) you can watch it and learn a lot that you can apply to other brands. Over all good job!

  30. Abel Ramos on December 24, 2022 at 2:28 am

    Loam Wolf dont you think theres a lack of proper dry enduro tires? We need those tall knobs for going fast but no slippery trails?

  31. Logan Cannan on December 24, 2022 at 2:30 am

    Any thoughts on tire choice for stiff carbon wheels vs an alloy wheel?

  32. The Loam Wolf on December 24, 2022 at 2:30 am

    If you are in the market for some fresh rubber, whether it’s from Maxxis or another brand, be sure to visit our online retail partner to check out their wide selection of tires here:

  33. Coolchris158 on December 24, 2022 at 2:30 am

    I got the 2.6 DHF/ 2.4 DHR 2 and I think I ended up getting the beefier compound. Ever since I switched the climbing has just sucked. I love them on the way down though! Thanks for the video I’m definitely going to reference this next time I’m in the market!

  34. Dale Lakusta on December 24, 2022 at 2:31 am

    important: slower rolling on front doesnt matter as much as slower rolling on the rear.

  35. Ride Dirty Mtb on December 24, 2022 at 2:32 am

    Great video bud. I made the mistake of running a rekon exo+ 120tpi 27.5x 2.6 on the rear and it only lasted 2 months. Had two punctures on the side walls👎. Gonna try the 60tpi rekon

  36. Mighty_Speed on December 24, 2022 at 2:35 am

    Still confused 😕

  37. Anconeusify on December 24, 2022 at 2:36 am

    Maxxis Assegai front to back 🤟