Maxxis Aggressor DoubleDown WT 2.5in rear tyre review

Tough tyre for drier conditions

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Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £70.00 RRP | USD $85.00
Maxxis Aggressor DoubleDown WT mountain bike tyre

Our review

Great cornering and puncture-resistance for dry and rocky terrain, but mediocre wet-weather grip and rolling speed
Pros: Great cornering/edging grip when leaned over in hard/loose conditions; predictable cornering; tough casing
Cons: Only so-so rolling speed in this guise, yet grip is sacrificed in wet or muddy conditions; pricey
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The 2.5in version of the Maxxis Aggressor is noticeably rounder in profile than its 2.3in counterpart, making it more predictable when carving corners as well as more comfortable through the rough.

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The DoubleDown casing offers great puncture protection and damping but it’s heavy. And despite the low-profile centre tread, this version was surprisingly mediocre in my rolling resistance tests, losing out to the Schwalbe Hans Dampf and Specialized Eliminator, perhaps because of that stiff casing.

The more fragile EXO casing version rolls faster, as well as being lighter and cheaper.

It’s no semi-slick though – there’s respectable traction especially over rocky chutes and hardpack. Lean it over into a loose turn and it bites with authority, and holds a line better than most rear tyres especially on loose, rather than sloppy, terrain.

Maxxis Aggressor DoubleDown WT mountain bike tyre
The DoubleDown casing offers great puncture protection and damping, but it’s heavy.
Andy Lloyd

But when things get greasy or muddy it slides sooner than most rear tyres with comparable rolling speed, especially under braking or on technical climbs.

Grip over wet rocks and roots isn’t great either, so it’s occasionally fidgety through these sections.

I could look past this if the rolling resistance was class-leading, but with this casing the rolling speed is only so-so according to my roll-down tests. This makes the comparative lack of grip seem like an unnecessary sacrifice when compared to the Schwalbe Hans Dampf, for example, which I found to be both faster and grippier.

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  • This tyre was tested as part of a group test. All tyres were tested back-to-back on the same tracks, keeping all other variables as consistent as possible to ensure our findings are as reliable and accurate as they can be.

Product Specifications

Product

Price GBP £70.00USD $85.00
Weight 1,247g
Brand Maxxis

Features

Features Measured carcass width (at 25psi on a 30mm rim): 2.37in
Measured height (at 25psi on a 30mm rim): 2.28in
TPI 120
Puncture protection Yes
Sizes 26in, 27.5in, 29in