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Product Description

The High Roller is Maxxis' most popular mountain bikeTire, and for pretty obvious reasons. It's extremely versatile, featuring ramped leading edges and grooved center knobs for a fast roll and straight-line control, plus side lugs for extra stability at speed and a sharp edge for corners. With its wide arrange of features,The High Roller is well suitedTo any mountain biking discipline from XCTo freeride. Select models use Maxxis' "LUST" lightweight USTTubeless casing, as listed3CTriple Com


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Amato

Date Reviewed: June 4, 2014

Strengths:    Grips like a motha!

Weaknesses:    The speed will make you stupid.

Bottom Line:   
Use to worry on fast berms and loose sand due to skidding out with my old tires. All that fear vanished after the first hour with the high rollers. If your still reading this and haven't bought them yet then your wasting time.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Marco Antonio Avila

Date Reviewed: December 23, 2013

Strengths:    Rolls fast, good grip and handling

Weaknesses:    too soft compund wears out fast in asphalt, did not resist an impact

Bottom Line:   
Got two of them (Tubeless) from my local bike shop here in Mexico, here all the bike parts are more expensive than in US, the tire performed very well but using it in the city wears out rapidly the tire, finally In a ride in the mountain it impacted a rock and form a terrible bump that turned it unusuable, fortunately I was almost retuned to my truck, but if this would happen up in the woods it could take me a couple of hours to come back.

I´ve read very good things about MaXXISS but this one failed me.

Watch a pic of my tyre here:

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Alberto C.

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2013

Strengths:    Low rolling resistance, nice grip in compacted ground and sand. Good in tarmac, even when it's wet. Good for agresive cornering. Good as front tire.

Weaknesses:    Not as good for gravel and loose stuff. They won't work on mud.

Bottom Line:   
I have got this as front tire for 3000 km and it still works. They are pretty good for long XC rides in summer, when you can find sand and compact soil. There is no problem if you have to ride on asphalt. You can even handle on rocks. Rain isn't a problem.

However, they are not confident on loose stuff and gravel, specially when breaking or descending. They totally fail in mud, they cover quickly with a layer of soil .

Cornering it's ok, not as progressive as in other tires, but they won't fail when you need them. Puncture resistance it's pretty good. Nice front XC tire for summer.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by phclaw

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2013

Strengths:    Awesome traction, cornering

Weaknesses:    none that I've found

Bottom Line:   
Compared to the excavator, ignitor and timberwolf, the high rollers offer the best traction and most speed that I can tell. They ain't cheap, though.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Matthew Norris

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2013

Strengths:    Grip! Good rolling resistance for such a knobby tire, great braking. With it being a 2.35 and me riding a hardtail frame and solid fork, this is the tire for me. I'm running a Maxxis Ardent in the back and what a good combo. Soft compound make this tire smooth to ride and the grip is confidence inspiring.

Weaknesses:    For XC it's probably too aggressive but for the terrain here in Israel (very dry) it's works great. Not for XC, but Maxxis makes a great tire.

Bottom Line:   
For a front tire on an AM bike, BUY IT. You will like it.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Phillip a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: October 5, 2012

Strengths:    Roll decently for a 2.35

Weaknesses:    Cornering style

Bottom Line:   
Cornering grip is odd. There's no knobs between the center and outside ones. The tire corners like there's a gap. When you first lean into a turn they slip and then grip. You have to lean more to get them to grab. This gives a drift then grab cornering style. I'm not a fan. I've been on panaracers and nevegals and they just grip evenly.

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Bike Setup:   5" Full suspension

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DCstreet a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2012

Strengths:    Grip, both on wet & dry trails (my experience)

Weaknesses:    wears out really fast

Bottom Line:   
I have the 26x2.35 60a Duro, wire bead for both front & rear tires. I ride aggressively during trail rides on my 33lb Haro FS bike using Pike 454 fork. I've tried these tires on both dry & muddy conditions & so far, it has proven that it's low rolling resistance is hard to beat, compared to nevs. Another stand out feature are the side lugs, which has saved me countless times from slipping on wet roots.

I've noticed that high rollers has a bare transition area between the middle tamped knobs & the "lifesaving" sideknobs. It causes a predictable slip when rolling over wet tracks. This is very noticible especially on wide tires 2.35 & above. I hope they've improved on high rollers 2 version.

One way of knowing how awesome it's grip is by riding at a slow pace on pavement then slowly turn to either side & feel the tire's countering force. That's how awesome it is

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Duration Product Used:   2 years all in all

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Larsenn TT, Kenda Nevegal,

Bike Setup:   Haro shift set-up as AM:
sun Ringle Abbah hubs, RS pike, avid BB7, XT drivetrain

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Pete

Date Reviewed: June 27, 2012

Strengths:    Eventually it becomes a slick that works fine on flat dry stuff

Not bad on very hard packed ground


Weaknesses:    I bought a couple of these and have found...

They have a fast wear rate
They show V. poor traction if the ground has seen any moisture (at all)
Avoid tree roots, slate or gravel / loose rock surfaces in these (especially if there has been any rain... at all)


Bottom Line:   
I can't recommend these to anyone who likes to play anywhere that involves loose surfaces or it may rain. Similarly if you run tubeless changing these over to a.n.other tyre to cope with other conditions becomes a pain.

I won't be buying these again and I've binned the second part worn tyre.
Good luck

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by iqbbang

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2012

Strengths:    okay rolling resistance for a dh tire
good grip


Weaknesses:    Wears out very very quickly

Bottom Line:   
love this tire but it doesnt last very long :(

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BPerfomance a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: April 30, 2012

Strengths:    Low rolling resistance, Climbing grip

Weaknesses:    Cornering grip, braking grip, wet grip

Bottom Line:   
Please note review is for 60a compound. I've ridden this tire mounted front and rear on a '08 Specialized Epic Expert Carbon. Ridden on dry trails, it's not too bad. Rolls extremely well. Ridden on wet, the grip is pretty sketchy, braking grip is non-existant and cornering grip is very nerve racking. Does not shed mud very well. Not recommended for wet riding.

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Favorite Trail:   Sandy Ridge

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint

Similar Products Used:   Trail King, Mountain King, Nevegal, Pisgah,

Bike Setup:   '08 Spec Epic Expert Carbon

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Oscar a Weekend Warrior from Mexico

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2012

Strengths:    Very aggresive pattern, tough tires, no pinches so far, great traction, great cornering!

Weaknesses:    Weight, rolling resistance, wear (I got a Super Tacky version and the compound for that is very soft).

Bottom Line:   
Right now my bike has a Minion DHF up front and a High Roller in the back both UST Super Tacky. Killer Combo!!!!! If you like going fast down the hill without breaking on corners and still rolling down at high speed this is the tire for you! However I must recommend it on the back. With the combination I have right now is my bike is like an angry dog going down the hill, tearing the ground, laughing at slopes, landing soft, and cornering like magnets! The feel of having this tire in the rear is a little bit weird at first and takes a little bit to get used to, just until you get aggresive and you discover that the tire is made for punishment.

The thing I like the most is cornering. You do have to lean your bike, but that is the best part! When leaning there is a point where the tire starts to skid but just for a bit, then you lean more and it grabs to the ground like a beaver, corrects your path, and spits you out of the corner like a rocket!

The only bad thing about the version I got is the rolling resistance. As my style is a bit more All Mountain-ish going up the hill is tough. I don't use my truck to get to the mountain, so I ride all the way from home and tarmac really kills a Super Tacky High Roller, fast! But once you get up there, going down is like a speed metal song with perfect timing on drums.

Going to swap for a Larsen 26x2.4 UST, but just because the size of my High Roller rubs the frame pretty frequently and the pattern has half worn out. Also because I have heard Larsens are pretty fast tires too. I will keep my Minion DHF up front because of a lot of good things, like control; but that's for another review ;)

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Favorite Trail:   All Mountain Singletrack

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   Came with rims, boug

Similar Products Used:   Minion DHR

Bike Setup:   Kona Dawgma, running on Mavic EX 823 and Quanta hubs, Minion DHF Super Tacky 26x2.5 UST SilkWorm up front, and High Roller Super Tacky 26x2.7 UST SilkWorm in the rear.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Evil Industries a All Mountain Rider from Reno, NV

Date Reviewed: March 27, 2012

Strengths:    Resilient sidewall, great climbing traction, never spins out while climbing, awesome traction on the edge, rolls with next to no resistance, No pinch flat issues. The tread wear seems to be non-existent thus far as well, I am beating the hell out of these tires and they look like brand new still!

Weaknesses:    None so far, I really like this tire.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great all around tire for riding in the Sierra Nevada mountains, it holds traction on loose over hard pack, it climbs well, it handles high speed downhill well, and it's available in various sizes.

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Favorite Trail:   Evans/Keystone Canyon

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Santa Cruz

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Nomad 2.1x, Fox RP23, Fox Talas 36 160 FIT RLC, XT/XTR components.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Phil G a Weekend Warrior from N. Ireland

Date Reviewed: February 8, 2012

Strengths:    Good grip in dry and wet conditions, fairly good in muddy conditions. Pretty durable. Very good puncture resistance.

Weaknesses:    The UK price has gone up since I purchased them over two years ago - but I suppose that's down to currency exchange rates.

Bottom Line:   
The bike came with Bulldog tyres - 1 positive attribute was lack of weight, but no grip once there was a damp surface and very prone to thorn punctures. Replaced the Bulldogs with Highrollers - 60a on rear 42 super tacky on front, both single ply. These tyres are so much better is almost every way and have really improved my confidence going over roots, in rocky conditions and even in thick mud they're fairly predictible. I put a Nevegal UST on the rear last summer to decrease rolling resistance but have found the grip substantially reduced - will go back to the Highroller soon.

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Favorite Trail:   Kirrouhgtree; Scotland

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Chain Reaction Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Hutchinson Bulldog.Hutchinson Scorpion. Kenda Nevegal UST. Panracer Trailraker. WTB Prowler MX. WTB Rajin.

Bike Setup:   Giant Reign 1 2005 Mavic Crossmax XL wheelset. Rockshox Revelation fork.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by norcorider95 a Downhiller from London, England

Date Reviewed: December 11, 2011

Strengths:    they roll really nicely, have good grip in dry and moist conditions, can handle the wet however. not too heavy, look good, fairly cheap, good open tread design.

Weaknesses:    none really, havent worn down much yet

Bottom Line:   
great tyres, ignore the reviews below about them being bad, its little kids not knowing their stuff! they roll really well, stones dont get caught in them, theyre grippy, theyre well made, theyre quite puncture proof, come in loads of sizes, loads of types like super tackys etc.
i used to hate maxxis after my first set, which were terrible but they were ignitors.
i bought these to replace my specialized chunder tires. i don t regret the change for a second.
for the record i run 60a compound, dual ply rear, single ply on the front.
single ply side walls are flimsy but theyre fine. dual ply are nice and rigid and stiff.

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Favorite Trail:   Aston hill 4-2-3

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   chainreactioncycles.

Similar Products Used:   minions

Bike Setup:   Specialized big hit fsr 1 2010 with marz 66's, fox dhx 3, hope pro 2 hubs, mavic ex729 rim, crankbros 5050x pedals, sunline bars, nukeproof seat, holzfeller cranks, gravity stem, avid elixir brakes,E13 ls1+ chain device

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by brbikerider a Cross Country Rider from Jakarta, Indonesia

Date Reviewed: November 25, 2011

Strengths:    made from strong rubber, elastic rubber. good for dry condition.

Weaknesses:    slippery when wet. little bit heavy cause i use the 26 x 2.35 feels like downhill tire. bad for wet condition. use perfectly on low pressure

Bottom Line:   
this tire good for dry track. perfect and easy control.

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Favorite Trail:   jalur pipa gas

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Butcher SX

Bike Setup:   Mosso Challenger, rigida

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