Maxxis High Roller single ply ST 2.35 review£23.00

The ultimate in surefooted super value grip all-year round

BikeRadar score4.5/5

The reigning king of grip whatever the weather is doing, Maxxis High Roller still rules if you're looking for a totally surefooted, sturdy and inexpensive tyre.

The steeply ramped centre tread means you're almost looking at two different tyres in one, as in-line grip and rolling speed are dramatically different depending which way round they are.

Have them running for maximum scoop effect though, and they'll power paddle through most mire, with the soft compound rubber gluing them to any rocks or roots.

There's a bit of a lurch over to the side knobs, but once you're there they're equally tenacious in nailing off-camber or cornering grip. They rarely clog too, and they shrug off damage even at low pressures making them an outstandingly grippy tyre in mixed conditions.

They are very slow rolling in the Sticky Compound version though, so go for the only slightly less tenacious 60 duro Maxxpro versions if you value velocity. Low prices mean fast wear isn't an issue though.

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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