MAXXIS to introduce Highroller and Minion DHF/DHR in 29″er format(… and goes tubeless ready): by c_g
Yes, all your All-Mountain/freeriding wishes are about to come true – – MAXXIS is about to release the well loved AM-Enduro tire, Highroller II and the more hardcore combination Minion DHF & DHR II in 29″er format.
Some years ago there had ben the WTB Dissent and Kodiak, pushing the limits at the time of how aggressive 29″er tires could get. But they were simply ahead of their time and so didn’t meet the sale targets, finally getting crossed off the list. Others took a more evolutionary approach like the GEAX Sturdy 2.3 or the SCHWALBE Hans Dampf 2.35 and were crowned with success almost immediately. It really was only a question of time before some really aggressive Big Wheel tires would surface again … and now MAXXIS is taking the lead.
We already had shown you the Highrolller II as a prototype (here) while covering tire news at Eurobike`12, but then it was merely shown with no release date or even confirmed production attached. Now we can get on the following information directly off the official MAXXIS site: Editor’s Note: Please click on any of the images in this post to enlarge them. You will open the image in a new window if you choose to do so.
Another piece of news likely to raise a few brows and causing several of us to clap our hands is the fact that alongside the introduction of the above mentioned tires – Maxxis is also introducing their first ever MAXXIS tubeless ready tires – something we already saw and mentioned during Eurobike, but again without official confirmation. As such you will first see the Ikon and the above mentioned Highroller II, Minion DHR II and DHF featuring the new technology, with others likely to follow.
By direct information from the German distributor of MAXXIS Bike tires bike marketing- the tires are scheduled to hit the stores here in Germany sometime early June – no confirmed date for the US, but I would be surprised if it were much different .
ps: We are hearing rumors of other tire manufacturers (e.g. SCHWALBE) going the same direction of more aggressive 29″er tires with their tire line-up … let´s wait and see .