Secure cornering hold that comes at an earlier lean angle, which will suit riders looking for consistent grip
Maxxis has offered semi-slick rear tyres for years, which, in case you hadn’t guessed, is what SS stands for.
The edge tread blocks are the same as the hugely popular Minion tyre, and point straight into the earth more than other similar designs tested, and are paired with lower, angular tread squiggles down the centre.
This means the slip-to-grip sensation on looser or low-grip surfaces is toned down, but, the flipside is a secure cornering hold that comes at an earlier lean angle, which will suit riders looking for consistent grip. It feels more like a traditional big-blocked rear tyre than most.
The widely-spaced edge blocks do a great job of cornering predictably and confidently, but the shoulder treads are less successful at retaining momentum — the more upright knobs drag a little, which impacts on rolling speed.
Under braking, the dual compound rubber and minimal centre tread are very well controlled, and the SS also handles mixed conditions without any drama. To sum up, the Minion SS rides great, but doesn’t feel as fast as some rivals, and even with the extra Silkworm protection layer, we suffered one puncture and one cut tyre during testing.