The Maxxis Forekaster sports mid-height tread blocks and wide cupped knobs down the middle. The Forekaster is suited to post-summer times.
The revamped Maxxis Minion DHR II has shoulder knobs borrowed from the Maxxis Minion DHF. The centre tread rolls fast and tracks straight when braking.
The Vittoria Martello is a square knob moto-block design intended for use as a versatile all-conditions downhill and enduro tyre.
The Maxxis Aggressor is intended as an all-round trail tyre that copes well on everything from loose XC race courses to heavy all-mountain riding.
New kid on the block the Vee Tyre Co Flow Snap is an aggressively treaded tyre designed for use in all conditions from dry, loose to wet mud.
Being designed by a World Cup DH champion on a coffee shop napkin is a cool marketing story for Onza’s latest downhill tyre the Onza Aquila RC2.
The Schwalbe Rock Razor we’ve previously rated as a best back tyre now rocks Schwalbe’s new Addix compounds. Superb, fast rolling rear tyre experience.
Made in Germany, the Continental Der Baron uses a sophisticated casing with four plies or layers under the tread, and three on the side.
The Maxxis High Roller II has an almost perfect blend of compliance, stiffness and stability, the rubber compound grips like stink.
Another brand reworking its tyres is Spesh. Bigger, meatier rubber is on the menu, like this 2.6in Specialized Butcher served up with Gripton compound.
What do you get if you tweak the Maxxis Minion DHF to suit wide rims? This ‘Wide Trail’ version is designed to square off less with the beads stretched out.
The new new, wider Bontrager SE4 - the SE stands for Super Enduro - has a relatively low tread pattern and works best as an aggressive trail tyre.
If you’re riding dry and rocky, and want a long-lasting tyre that absolutely rules in these conditions, the Continental Der Kaiser is totally recommended.
Designed for maximum grip and stability, and tough enough for enduro racing, without the weight of a dedicated downhill tyre, the TRSr looks perfect for the kind of riding I…
A beefed-up XC tyre but just don’t expect as much grip and control in wet.
Essentially a bargain for the performance offered.
Secure cornering hold that comes at an earlier lean angle, which will suit riders looking for consistent grip
Not quite as versatile as other semi-slick tyres.
As a rear tyre the firmer rubber is a good trade off — braking hard doesn’t kill the centre tread too quickly and we’ve yet to puncture the SE5.
A great option if you’re regularly ripping tyres to shreds, and are looking for a planted, sturdy Alpine-ready tyre.