Maxxis High Roller 2 29er 2.30 quick Long-Term Review ( work in progress, Shorty and more info on issues)

I won’t repeat everything other reviews mention, but here is my experience with the tyres. So far this is my favorite summer, dry tyre.

I have used I have been using these for years, and worn out several of these tyres.

Mudhugger FR _5086

The narrower spacing and sloped knobs make this tyre roll well no matter the surface.

The good spacing on the side knobs keeps it grip well in corners, on gravel,dusty, dirt, works great, great tyre for midsummer riding,when you don’t need the sharper knobs and wider spacing to grab on to roots and ride clear mud, but this tyre can handle some mud.

The tyre grips well in corners, good transition from the middle when going straight to turning, good on loose surface, gravel dirt, fast rolling, even on asphalt, unlike Shorty which will have significantly more drag, and be slower to ride, great grip in the dry and hard packed but decent in some mud too, but it’s won’t let you climb on steep terrain with wet roots, the spacing is not wide enough, the knobs are not sharp and tall enough.

For some reason some of the tyres came this thing.

You know the tyres are new when_2601
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The bead is the weak point of Maxxis High Roller 2
The bead is the weak point of Maxxis High Roller 2

So this means you have to watch out for the bead, if you see wear in the bead replace the tyre immediately.

The bead is the weak point of Maxxis High Roller 2

The Experiment

Just as an experiment I tried to install a tyre with with worn out bead, which as I suspected it exploded, but here is the proof, don’t install tyres with the nylon showing from the bead. the bead was ruined after 40psi, it exploded

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Cush core & worn out bead experiment_2583
Trek Fuel EX_5117

Everything below this is work in progress:

might be confusing or typos.

Maxxis Shorty 2.30

I am not sure whats wrong, but I have had issues rubber on bead on Shorty tyres too, it was 3 tyres in total.

I also had issues with warping after long term use on one rear tyre, I don’t know why. this tyre and the one very badly warped High Roller 2 tyre, they are the worst warped tyres, the others were not as bad.

At 25 June 2019 I noticed the Shorty tyre I had on the rear got very bumpy. I used the 2014 Trek Fuel EX back then, but I built my Geometron G1 winter 2019/2020, so converted the wheels to boost, and used it on the G1.

eventually the wheel got out of true, but that might be due to not having enough tention and me not checking it as often as I should. I don’t know if this made the issue worse.

I actually love how grippy these tyres are, how they ride.

how fast they roll, how grippy they are all of these corner well, but I am not sure why I am having issue slike these, I am curious.


as you can see the bead is fine, but the tyre is warped.


I have deflated the tyre once and added 60 psi, let it be for a while before reducing to normal pressure and rode it, one day the issue came back, then it got better while riding and came back again.


You can see some of the tyre pops up to when laying down some point down, but a new tyre won’t do this.


I see the other tyres looked similar to the tyre shown here, apart from one tyre that is new.

the tyres looked round and not out of shape, wit some short term sue they still looked as good, but with long term they did not.

but I will use those tyres too and test it further, see if I will get same issue as with these tyres.

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