>MAXXIS Highroller II and Minion DHR II 29″er tires –Final Review: by c_g
… and another two months of riding has passed since our last update on the MAXXIS All-Mountain tires – two months not only filled with Eurobike and Interbike, but also with lots of biking in the Alps.
If you want to recapture the weights and specifications on them go here and for the first ride impressions go here. Since then I have ridden it (anomg other trips) on a multi day Enduro-ride in the Altissimo area east of Lago di Garda and for a couple of days in the single track mekka of Davos/Klosters in the Siwss Alps.
In my ride impressions I already hinted that the tires are more gravity oriented – long uphill passages and touring are possible on them but not where the tire’s strengths lay. They are when things get steep, technical and downhill. In (almost) every kind of terrain did they prove themselves as „monsters of traction“.
On loose gravel it was well tempered but just not quite as controlled and well tempered as my current trail favorite, the SCHWLABE Hans Dampf. The High Roller and DHR likes better to be pushed into the corners on such grounds but tends to get a bit drifty in high-speed-corners. So much to where it is good but not excellent – now let’s get on with where it really shines –earthy and forest grounds
. There all qualities come together and I know no other tire that has such high limits as the High Roller II Minion DHR combo. Those tall side knobs I commented on from the beginning, dig in soft grounds secure cornering … awesome! With soft grounds it is also possible to lower the pressure a bit more and then make the most of the high volume. When things dry up and grounds get harder the less supported side knobs on the High Roller require a rather high pressure of 1,8bar (26 psi) or higher.
Slippery roots? No problem – as long as either tires has the tiniest bit of structure to hold on to, it does – up or down. I have ridden the tires a lot in my local woods when wet and whenever I came back home full of mud, I was once more surprised by their performance. There is one peculiarity though with the MAXXIS High Roller II and Minion DHR II – as high as the limits of the combo are and as well defined they are…….
…..they are narrow. Meaning you can push both tires really far, but if you ignore their warning signs of approaching limits, you may just be sorry afterwards. This is where I like the SCHWALBE Hans Dampf better, though its limits definitely are lower. All in all the MAXXIS High Roller II and Minion DHR II are capable competition tires for aggressive riding but they require some experience from the riders to ride to its limits.
I have learned that where I am riding most of the time is hardly standard for judging wear but they seemed to be fairly unimpressed by the multiple alpine rides. Good job MAXXIS, even though I am curious to see how the 3C compound would do here.
Verdict: With the High Roller II (front) and Minion DHR II (rear) in 29″er format MAXXIS finally fulfills those wishes for aggressive trail tires. In the full four months of riding they proved to be capable, versatile and long lasting. Both tires do really well on rocky and hard surfaces, but really shine on forest and soft grounds with incredible traction and control. By providing a remarkable level of traction, one trades in with a slightly narrow limit before they let go, but experienced riders aiming to raise the limits won’t mind this.