The Maxxis Holy Roller BMXTire is constructed of a steel bead and features an inverted semi-knobTread pattern. Inverted semi-knobTread pattern Item Specifications Tire Bead Steel ISO Diameter 406 ISO Width 44 mm ColorTread/Side Black/Black TireType Clincher Tire Diameter 20"
Strengths: Durable, Semi-light, low rolling resistance for street and hard packed dirt.
Weaknesses: Avoid lots of: Sand, Water, and Mud
I picked these tires up used wanting to experiment with a Urban/MTB tire. They had about 30 miles on them to start and I put just sightly over 100 miles my self (80% trail riding). I have cruised around down town Dallas, up/Down Katey trail (paved rec trail), and ridden 3 different mtb trails in the metroplex.
Cons: for obvious reason the Holly Rollers don't really preform well in mud, water, and sand. They will sometimes slip while leaning the bike real low in corners on hard packed trails.
Pros: durable, light weight, low resistance for street and hard pack trails. I mentioned water as a con but I have zero issues crossing small streams..
Over all I highly recommend these tires for the Urban Commando who is looking for both a solid commuting tire and an offroading tire for that occasional construction zone or short cut through vacant lots etc.
Weaknesses: Week tire too expensive wears quickly highly susceptible to bubbles from coming down on an angle...not nearly as good as the dmr moot that tire is much better cost strength all around
Week tire not impressed and rather dissappointed from maxxis
a Weekend Warrior
from Puli, Nantou County, Taiwan
Date Reviewed: March 11, 2012
Strengths: Rolls well over nearly anything. Good traction. Good bounce.
I'm using this as a front tire. Still using Kenda Kwik Roller on the rear for lower resistance where my weight sits.
I went out and rode 40k of backcountry mountainous Taiwan roads with this new tire on a rainy day.
Holy Roller was noticeably heavier than my previous Kenda KwikRoller front tire. I don't think the holy roller gets a lot of road resistance because I felt the weight on acceleration but it seemed to want to keep the momentum after I got it going. I have it near Max PSI.
I absolutely LOVED the fact that it stuck to the pavement everywhere and I could roll over uneven roads, rocks, cracks in the pavement, grooves in poorly-poured concrete farm roads... basically anything. Where I live, there are a lot of adventurous roads and single track.... not a lot of really high-quality roads. This tire improved my feeling of confidence on my bike. I tested it before my ride by breaking hard and also riding in some parking lots with gravelly old pavement or just sand and gravel. I also tested it riding over a lot of uneven ground, changes in pavement, etc.
I even did an intense little experiment. Outside of a temple are some marble steps about 2" high. I hit that wet marble at a very acute angle. The holy roller slid for a couple of inches little then caught and went up it. However, my Kenda in the rear slid hopelessly along the obstacle until I was much closer to straight on. It matters less in the rear though, as I'm fine with it sliding a bit (and I don't usually drive on wet polished marble). My Front Kenda had been sliding like this on uneven pavement and catching grooves in bad concrete for the last several months... Front tire slides = bad.
Overall I'm happy with this tire, drove faster with it, felt more comfortable with it, and believe I will keep it on this bicycle for a long time. I don't really think I would need a tire like this if I was just riding around town, or sticking to well-maintained roads. If I go for a very long ride on good roads, I will consider changing tires back to the Kenda. But for riding around stony cracked up concrete, old farm roads, rocky and sandy singletrack, this seems to give me what I was looking for.
Similar Products Used: The only other tires I've used are Kenda Kwik Rollers and Michelin Country Rocks.
Bike Setup: OEM hybrid (Alu/C) hardtail frame. SLX class hardware. Wide bars, big barends.
a Weekend Warrior
from Sacramento CA
Date Reviewed: February 13, 2012
Strengths: Rolls fast, surprisingly grippy, nice rubber compound, absolultley amazing on pavement even when rainy. Looks cool.
Weaknesses: Probly not good in the mud but that is obvious, so, no weakness. Perfect tire for what its designed for.
If you use your bike for commuting as well as recreation off road, I don't think there is a better tire. Looks like a semi slick almost, but grips like crazy. I have no issues at all. I don't think it is UST though and some folks migh not like that. I personally like tubes and never want to go tubeless so it's not an issue for me. Awsome tire, buy one now.
Weaknesses: A little slippery on rooty climbs, or in wet spots
So far, I am very impressed with the 26x2.2 version of this tire. Bought them on a whim just to complete my Chap, and I don't regret it.
Took them out to a kind of jack-of-all-trades trail with a lot of slow ups, fast downs, and curly switchbacks. Only had a few threats of washing out over the downed leaves, and had a couple of rear wheel slips over roots while climbing, but they held true 95% of the time.
Taking drops and jumping with these feels like I am hitting a cloud, not accounting for the 5" travel of my frame. And even some of the longer DH runs felt perfectly fine on these, where previously, I was only fine on my Sunday with 2.5 Nevegals.
They do like to launch rocks and sticks in every direction if you hit them on the side part of the tread, though, so watch out.
Overall, I would recommend these for nearly anyone. XC over hardpack and rocks, Jumping in loose or grass, DH through gravel and dust, even commuting and touring wouldn't be too bad on these. They are definitely my new favorite tire.
5 for value
4 for the slippery condition performance
Bike Setup: Banshee Chap, mixed componentry, FSA Gravity wheelset with Holy rollers
a Cross Country Rider
from Somerset, NJ, USA
Date Reviewed: September 29, 2011
Strengths: Sticky - like a 5.10 shoe for your wheels
This tire is great for street. I was using knobbies for my urban riding and they are significantly faster, quieter, and they actually helped inspire a little more confidence in my riding just because I feel like they stick to everything I ride on.
I did take them out on singletrack and I will say, they did really well for me. It was a damp day, and there was some sections of mud on the trail. They held their line great 90% of the time. I had no issues going over slick roots or rocks, but when I hit a patch of mud, they were totally worthless. They shed mud instantly, but it's like riding on ice. I found just going as fast as possible through the mud made it easier, they just skated through, but if you have to turn, they are totally unpredictable in the muck. Otherwise, in damp/tacky soil they were actually pretty good for an x/c ride.
from Aalborg, Denmark
Date Reviewed: July 22, 2011
Strengths: Longlasting, high grip
Weaknesses: Maybe a bit too much rolling resistance as front tire. Very little though
Superb rear tire! Longlasting is the thing that stands out the most. Very grippy too though and very effective even when pedalling very hard with clips. Oh, did I mention, very longlasting. Used the same tire for over a year now and it still looks almost like new. I'm very brutal with my tires.
Similar Products Used: Maxxis DTH, IRC Siren, Schwalbe, Kenda
Bike Setup: Yeti Super X, Sinz Pro Lite fork, Shimano DXR crank, Profile Elite hubs laced with DK SS spokes to Sun Ringlé Envy, S&M T3 Race bars, Maxxis DTH 1.95 front, Maxxis HolyRoller 1.75 rear
a Cross Country Rider
from Mackay, QLD, Australia
Date Reviewed: June 28, 2011
Strengths: great traction, low noise, rolls fast for such a wide tyre (i got the 26" x 2.4") LOOKS SICK hah XD
Weaknesses: nothing ive found yet, and i dont think i will find anything!
this is by far the bestest looking, highest peforming and the best valued urban/dirt jump tyre on the market today! out performs the K-rad and small block 8 by a long shot and wears great. no loss of grip in wet or loose gravel, but stay away from mud, gets abit slippery...overall, BUY THESE TYRES!!!
Bike Setup: 2011 Giant Talon 3, Abr Diablo 6 45mm stem, green oversize cables, oversize discs, s-ram X0 rear derailer, HOLLY ROLLERS! and some blingy bits (: ....
a Weekend Warrior
from H-ville MI
Date Reviewed: June 17, 2011
Strengths: There just not for me I guess. They look cool.
Weaknesses: I have them in 26" and there just not great at any thing not real off road and not great for on. I guess I'm hooked on tires that you can run at allot of diff pressures and this one likes to be at max or else it dosnt corner well and I think it has allot of drag for the traction it provides.
I prob should have asked around more but by reading the reviews I thought they would be a little better.
Strengths: Very durable, long lasting, high traction and wonderful grip.
Weaknesses: A little squishy for the larger sizes, Other than that they’re grate.
These tires are the cat’s meow. They are perfect all around tires and have never let me down. These tires are ideal for the commuter, street rider or hard core dirt jumper. I have found no issues with the traction when they are wet un like other tires like them.
a Weekend Warrior
from walla walla, WA, USA
Date Reviewed: April 26, 2011
Strengths: great tread awesome grip on street, dirt, and skate parks
Weaknesses: pinch flats if run at a low psi
the bottom line is that there is no reason you shouldnt be running these tires. these tires have great tread life great in wet/dry weather not so much mud but everything else its amazing i have only had one pinch flat since using these tires due to the fact that i forgot to fill my tires up before i went to the park and my tire went flat when i landed a 5 stair drop but since then i have had no problem with them since so here it is BUY THESE TIRES!!!!!!!!!!!
Bike Setup: 2005 KHS DJ200 with Alex DM24 26" wheels, 26x2.2" tires, 2005 Redline MX24 BMX with 24" wheels, 24x1.85" front tire, 24x1.75" rear tire
Date Reviewed: August 10, 2009
Strengths: Uber Grippy,
I love this tire. I'm 230 lbs and have not had a pinch flat.
I run the rear at max pressure no matter what terrain I'm riding. I do However Change the Front out to a Nevegal for Singletrack. It's pretty sandy here and the rear provide plenty of forward bite while climbing out of the saddle.
On blue groove hard pack and cement the 2.4 front 2.2 rear combo is unbeatable.
Similar Products Used: K-Rad, Timberwolf, Nevegal, Specialized compound, Small Block8
Bike Setup: Dirt Jumper Single Speed
a Cross Country Rider
from ashland, ky, usa
Date Reviewed: March 17, 2009
Strengths: they're supple, roll fast, and are durable. great for urban and even some trails.
Weaknesses: heavy maybe.
i wish i woulda got another pair of these tires instead of the wtb's. they're like half the price. i have not had a problem w/ pinch flats, though i do not ride hard. i do however, weigh 260. they work pretty good on hardpack trails. mud, yes, its like ice. those little holes pack up quick, and turn your tire effectively bald. but they also shed mud quickly. they do slide off roots so not good for those either. but i love them. i highly recommend these tires for urban, or dry trails with a minimal amount of roots.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: February 2, 2009
Strengths: Grip Good and Track Great.
Weaknesses: None so far; but any tire will slip in the right conditions.
These are great tires; If I were you I would break in any tire on the street because I think that manufactures use something to keep the tire from sticking to the mold and once you break through that they will grip better. Discount tire told me this about car tires and why should mtb tire be any different? These tires also grip better and hold a clean line when the trail goes from hardpack to those wooden plank bridges. The reviewers here said that the were great tires and I just happened to get to a mtb trail without changing tires and they did well.
Similar Products Used: First street tire used on my 26" mountain bike ; that's right I have run these on my mountain bike and they do a better job all around the dry trails than the CST tires that came on the bike.
Bike Setup: 2007 cannondale rush 5 with avid ellixir cr 203mm's and an SLX front crank; by the way the breaks are great and the SLX crank is solid.
I just installed a set of Maxxis Holy Rollers on my KHS XC104. First of all, I love these tires! My KHS weighs in around 30-32 LBS and is generally a brute to ride with traditional aggressive mtb tires. The Maxxis Holy Rollers make ridding a lot more enjoyable both on the street and on trails!!
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Anyone run the Holy Roller (2.4") through soft dirt? How good/bad/acceptable was it?
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