Suited for technical trails strewn with sharp rocks, natural hits, and sheer drops, the Maxxis High Roller II 3C/Double Down/TR Tire is reinforced with Double Down casing for rugged durability. Double Down places a butyl insert within two 120TPI casing layers, maximizing protection from harsh hits, technical terrain, and sharp rocks, albeit with a weight penalty over EXO versions.
Looking at the preferred conditions for the High Roller II, its open and aggressive tread maximizes traction across a wide variety of trail surfaces, from loose-over-hard to medium-packed dirt and soggy soil types. Modified shoulder knobs really dig into the underlying soil and rock, improving overall traction and braking control at high speeds. Ultimately, its versatility and aggressive traction make it a favorite choice around the Competitive Cyclist office here along Utah's Wasatch Range, usually paired with an Ardent on the rear for greater rolling speed.
This particular version of the High Roller II features 3C Maxx Terra compound, which is a triple-compound rubber that's hardest along the base, layered with softer compounds for maximum control when you're railing corners and dropping into rocky terrain. Since it's a bit softer than dual-compound tires, you'll find it gives up a bit in rolling resistance and tread longevity in favor of maximum control and adept handling.
- Burly tire for conquering technical terrain
- Double Down reinforces it from rocks and harsh hits
- 3C Maxx Terra compound is softer for improved control
- Versatility for loose-over-hard, medium, and wet trails
- Aggressive tread provides unrelenting traction and grip
- Open tread pattern sheds muddy conditions
- Tubeless-ready casing