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
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.
For a front tire on an AM bike, BUY IT. You will like it.
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: October 5, 2012
Strengths: Roll decently for a 2.35
Weaknesses: Cornering style
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.
Strengths: Grip, both on wet & dry trails (my experience)
Weaknesses: wears out really fast
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
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
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)
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.
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.
Similar Products Used: Trail King, Mountain King, Nevegal, Pisgah,
Bike Setup: '08 Spec Epic Expert Carbon
a Weekend Warrior
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).
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 ;)
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.
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.
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.
Bike Setup: Santa Cruz Nomad 2.1x, Fox RP23, Fox Talas 36 160 FIT RLC, XT/XTR components.
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.
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.
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
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.
Strengths: Good all around traction. Loves to be pushed hard, especially in corners.
Weaknesses: Not perfect for everything. Wears fast. Feels slow when casually riding--needs to be pushed. Heavy. Prone to pinch flats, even with DH tubes
Once these tires get rolling, they seem to grip rather hard on all sorts of SoCal terrain. For my style of quick accelerations, pump and flow, float, lean and drift, they seem to be spot on. When I get lazy and just pedal with a casual cadence and just try to roll through stuff, they seem to be really slow. These tires beg me to cut through inside lines rather than try to casually flow through outside lines. They are a bit sketchy at times, but find enough traction to keep me upright--nothing an emergency foot dab couldn't fix if it got really sideways.
I've been on these tires for a long while and always look to find something better, but usually end up coming back to High Rollers. They just simply suit my riding style and terrain the best. Looking forward to trying a WTB Bronson TCS AM next.
Similar Products Used: Nobby Nic, Fat Albert, Rampage, Nevegal, Blue Groove, Advantage, Ardent
Bike Setup: Kona Dawg, Yeti ASR7
a Cross Country Rider
from Athens, Greece
Date Reviewed: May 23, 2011
Strengths: This review refers to the XC 2.1 version. Relatively light, fast rolling, grippy on hardpack and rocks
Weaknesses: Dangerous on loose gravely terrains and on wet tarmac. If the pressure is between 35psi and 40 the tire is prone to pinch punctures. At pressures over 40 it can take the punishment but its grip is compromised even on hardpack. Signs of wear after barely three months of use
If your trails are of the loose type stay away from this tire.
Bike Setup: Cannondale Caffeine frame, SID fork, X9 rear mech, XT front mech, Juicy brakes, AmClassic wheels
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: May 3, 2011
fatter than a Minion
I use the HR 26x2.35 single ply super tacky.
It is a supremely confidence inspiring tyre.
I use this front only in awful conditions only.
Slow rolling due to the sticky compound but
faster than a Kenda Nevegal 2.35 and 2.1.