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Maxxis WetScream Tire

4.82/5 (11 Reviews)
MSRP : $54.99


Product Description

Sizes: 26x2.20, wire bead with Dual-ply DH casing with butyl sidewall inserts. Front or rear.
Designed exclusively for the muddiest, sloppiest of all race courses. Not for your local trail, the Wet Scream is intended for competition use only on professionally maintained courses.


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Reviews 1 - 11 (11 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by scott williams

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2013

Strengths:    these are the tires to have!!!! if you ride either loam or mud then they are a valid purchase. these tires will litterally grip to anything due to them massive spikes.
these tires are not very weighty either despite what people say and they seem to be a heck of alot lighter than my specialized chunder summer tires ;)


Weaknesses:    rolling resistance but if your noticing it its probably time for a tyre switch anyway.
the price can be quite steep but check ebay for some amazing deals.


Bottom Line:   
they are an amazing tyre choice for someone who likes to ride in the winter an not be all over the place. if anyone here says that they wear fast likr only getting two weekends then thats a load of bu**$^it i ride two and from the trails with them on (20 minuet cycle) and they still have the desired sharp edges needed to cut into the mud.
so if you antisipate some wet weather ahead and need some downhill tyres then look no further.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alexander M a Downhiller

Date Reviewed: October 26, 2012

Strengths:    Digs into soft soil and grass. Easier to mount on SUN Doublewide Rim for rear wheel. Good Rubber Spike Tips for traction.

Weaknesses:    Won't roll fast on flat pavement, go about normal speed or casual pace.

Bottom Line:   
After my mobster tire wore out, this wetscream tire by MAXXIS was no problem mounting and applied the MAXXIS Downhill Innertube, went well on rim and put back on Banshee Morphine. Rolls pretty well and doesn't extend it's sidewalls like the mobster tire did. The mobster tire's sidewall expanded on a curve saying, You not gonna ride on me anymore, then gave out by the evening partially separating the valve on the innertube. I am more satisfied with the wetscream tire over the mobster tire and would definitely purchase the wetscream tire again because it proves to be a good tire to roll in mud, grass and dirt. I can still roll downhill on pavement faster than the other tire (mobster). I'm satisfied with it in a 26x2.5 width because there is more room than when I had the mobster tire in reference to clearance on both sides of the tire. The MAXXIS WetScream tire is a proven performer.

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Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   3years

Price Paid:    $4576.00

Purchased At:   CBO

Similar Products Used:   MAXXIS Tires as Mobster and Minion DHF

Bike Setup:   Downhill with 26 and 24 inch wheels.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by brakesnotincluded a Downhiller from vankleek hill, ontario, canada

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2009

Strengths:    grip, grip, grip, and more grip thats what its all about !

Weaknesses:    rolling resistance.. but you won't do like me and use it in a cross country ride right ? and i could say heavy but its a DH tire is supposed to be... and its a bit expensive...

Bottom Line:   
great tire for mud and wet conditions, rolled right trough some deep mud with no slip, climbs like a beast but its for DH... nothing will make this tire slip its insane I never thought I could roll trough what I did with this tire, cornering grip is amazing even when everyone else is sliping... but plz don't use it for hard pack or dry conditions its not gonna last... its more than excellent for what its supposed to do, to me its a no brainer...

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   intersport

Similar Products Used:   swampthing, kenda kolossal

Bike Setup:   big hit, juicy 5, boxxer 2010, dhx...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by 3utcher a Downhiller from Tahiti, French Polynesia

Date Reviewed: January 18, 2009

Strengths:    Grip on soft soil

Weaknesses:    Rolling resistance (but we don't care when riding in mud)
Grip on hard-wet surfaces


Bottom Line:   
I've bought a pair in june, and waited for a extremely muddy week end to try them.

So i had 2,7 SRY Minion DHF at the front.
Before the first run, it started to rain very heavy (pacific rain =P) for about 30min.. So I changed the front wheel (always keep 2 wheels with you, one with mud tire, one with nonmud tire).
I crashed 2 times in the first run, both on wet but hard surfaces.

Yesterday i tried them on a non muddy terrain, but very soft (i was the first to ride on this new trail). It grip like heeelllll !!!!!

I have to try Swampthing and michelin mud tires, but Black Turtle are better than Wetscream.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Black Turtle

Bike Setup:   Sunday WC / Fox DH40 RC2

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jon a Downhiller from England

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2008

Strengths:    Outstanding in wet mud.

Weaknesses:    Clogs up in thick clay type mud. Doesn't grip wet roots (what does though?)

Bottom Line:   
Purchased a pair when the trails got wet and was sliding about. They are ideal for downhill when the mud is quite watery, as they bite through to the harder stuff underneath. Do exactly what they say. If you are riding in thick mud, buy the swamp things. If its been raining for days, use these. Rides as though the trail is dry, wears quite quickly, but I use the soft compound ones. Use them when it is soaking, take them off when it drys up. Simple.

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Favorite Trail:   UK Bike Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Chain Reaction

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Fire FR, Continental Vertical.

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Bullit.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Anonymous a Weekend Warrior from Pittsburgh, PA USA

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2006

Strengths:    These really hook up on wet roots and rocks and track well at 25 psi. They shed mud and snow better than any tire I have encountered. The sidewalls don't flex excessively.

Weaknesses:    Extremely high rolling resistance. Take a lot of effort to get the bead over the rim. - heavy

Bottom Line:   
I wish I had found these years ago. They really deserve 5 chilis.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Cambria Bike

Similar Products Used:   Various Michelins, IRC TrailBears, Mythos,

Bike Setup:   2003 Enduro Pro

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by monkeyfist a Cross Country Rider from Trumbull,CT, USA

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2006

Strengths:    CRAZY grip in mud and snow conditions

Weaknesses:    little on the narrow side of the claimed 2.2"

Bottom Line:   
These things give you that extra edge you need in winter/muddy conditions, but I certainly wouldn't ride these things year round. While some have commented on the wieght of these, I really can't say that I've noticed it, like I said, I've been riding in winter conditions here so everything slows down considerably. These things HOOK UP on climbs and RAIL corners, especially over snow or mud; I'm actually surprised how fast they are having just come off of my summer Nevegal set-up. These things are worth having in your quiver for special conditions and at $5 each, you can't go wrong!

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Favorite Trail:   Trumbull

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $5.00

Purchased At:   Cambria

Similar Products Used:   Nevegals, Weirwolfs, Velociraptors

Bike Setup:   K2 Razorback w/ goodies. Nice Cane Creek wheelset (WAM disc)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chris w a Cross Country Rider from santa rosa ca

Date Reviewed: January 2, 2006

Strengths:    used this tire in this storm of 2005 06 here in N cal unbelivable tire no slipping

Weaknesses:    heavy

Bottom Line:   
great for riding in the wet

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $5.00

Purchased At:   CBO


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rudi Gale a Racer from Logatec

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2005

Strengths:    Good grip in muddy terrain and grass, clears itself (no mud stays on it)

Weaknesses:    Slowly

Bottom Line:   
It's a great tire if you use it in right conditions. It looks pretty slim for a 2,5 tire.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Veb company

Similar Products Used:   High Roller

Bike Setup:   Giant Fatih 2

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rich Lammers a Cross Country Rider from Portland, OR

Date Reviewed: February 5, 2004

Strengths:    These tires get truely amazing traction. They stick like glue even in deep soupy mud. I have not gotten a pinch flat yet either.

Weaknesses:    Agressive tread is harsh on trails.

Bottom Line:   
I live in the Pacific Northwest where we get tons of rain. Basically 9 months out of the year most trails are complete mud. These tires get amazing traction even in the worst of conditions. They are the best mud tire I have used thus far.
Make sure though that they are only used on muddy trails. Pavement will eat them alive and you will eat dirt trails alive so try to avoid both.
Final verdict, an excellent product, especially if you buy them off of ebay. Oh yeah, they weigh around 925 grams according to maxxis.com.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Bike Setup:   2001 Trek Fuel 100, full XTR

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David a Downhiller from Ga

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2002

Strengths:    The tire hooks up in everything. It loves grass, mud, sludge, and every other kind of crap thats on the trails. There is no problem laying the bike down in the mud through a berm or descending down a grassy ski slope, it will hook up. Also, a bonus, even under heavy breaking, the tire will not allow your wheels to lock out and slide all over in the mud, you will slow down under control... it's just amazing.

Weaknesses:    Well, it is horrible for the trails, it ripps the trail to shreds, but... it's worth it. Wet rocks can* be difficult only because the width is only 2.1 and it seems skinny. Be prepared to have your knobs ripped off if you run these in the dry.

Bottom Line:   
DO NOT USE THIS TIRE IN THE DRY, but... if it is wet (hints the name wet scream) , throw them on, if your race run consists of alot of muddy forest sections and grassy finishes, they are the best. I have only used the super tacky compound, so go with that.

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Favorite Trail:   The Forest

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $22.00

Similar Products Used:   Every tire made for DH by Maxxis. The swampthings are great too, also they are more enviromentally friendly if you care. Oh yeah, and my Minion's are in the mail from maxxis, so i will post my review for them as soon as they open a link.


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