Maxxis High Roller II EXO TR 3C 27.5x2.3 MTB tyre review

Expensive aggro benchmark

BikeRadar score4/5

Running High Rollers has always been a sign that you’re a rider who wants to rip as much grip out of the trail as possible. This bells and whistles triple-compound version is a proper control- and confidence-booster if you can afford it.

The tubeless-ready carcass is our benchmark of easy sealing even on rims that we struggle to inflate other tyres on and is impressively stable even at low pressures. In fact, it matches most much heavier enduro specced tyres in the way it stays on track through random rock and root trouble and it handles impacts very well even when tubed.

While it’s undeniably hefty, here with a comparatively soft-compound 55 duro centre, very obvious ramping of the one-two-one-split knob arrangement means it rolls fine. It doesn’t squirm or shimmy however much brake you give it either, and if you decide to use it at both ends you also won’t be wanting for climbing grip.

There’s a trustworthy transition onto the massive rank of super-soft 45-duro shoulder knobs too and once you’re on them it feels like you’re more likely to grind your bars on the ground than lose traction through corners. While wear is relatively rapid they rarely rip but for value and increased velocity with very similar control the cheaper dual compound Exo TR is the way to go.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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