Having a tire that performs in multiple trail conditions will keep you riding even when the weather goes downhill. Here in this review, we are taking a look at the Maxxis Shorty tires. Maxxis calls the Shorty a "mid-spike" and features shorter lower profile knobs compared to the Wetscream with full length spikes. Maxxis produces so many different tires designed for every type of bike and every type of terrain out there! They do a great job giving us so many different choices but sometimes having all of those options can seem overwhelming. Most of use want one or two different tread patterns to work in all conditions. Here we are going to break down why the Shorty should be in your arsenal of tires!
The Maxxis Shorty is a mid-spike designed to excel in loose or muddy conditions. The Shorty is an evolution of their Wetscream mud tire and is overall a more versatile tire when compared to the Wetscream. For riding on all different types of terrain, the Shorty can be used in everything from dry loamy conditions at your secret riding zone to rainy muddy world cup tracks.
Here in this review, we are riding the Maxxis Shorty 3C MaxxGrip Wide Bead downhill tire in 27.5" x 2.4". The tires were mounted up front and rear on a set of Industry Nine Grade 300 wheels featuring a 30.0mm internal rim width.
We were able to ride the Shortys at Windrock Bike Park in Oliver Springs, Tennessee on a Santa Cruz V10. Windrock's trails are demanding on both your skills and equipment. We got to chance to ride all of Windrock's trails but two stood out as our favorites: Middlefinger and Trail 1.
Rider: Max Morgan | Photographer: Sean Leader
Maxxis Shorty mounted to Industry Nine Grade 300 wheels
After plenty of abuse, this tire is starting to show some age
The Maxxis Shorty tires are some of the most versatile tires on the market. They seem to excel regardless of the trail conditions. Maxxis offers the Shortys in four different casings and multiple rubber compounds, making it possible to run this mid-spike tread pattern on anything from your light trail bike to a world cup downhill race bike. Here in this review, we rode the Maxxis Shorty 3C MaxxGrip downhill tire at Windrock Bike Park in Oliver Springs Tennessee. The Shorty was able to handle anything we threw at it. The open tread pattern shed enough mud to keep the tire clean and digging in to the trail. The shorter spike design keeps the knobs from squirming on rocks and roots. Maxxis killed it with the Shorty tire!
Max Morgan is 25 years old, and lives in Brevard, North Carolina. Max grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and started racing downhill at the age of 15. He has now been racing professionally for the last 7 years, competing in the U.S. Pro GRT series and UCI World Cup series. Check out Max's rider spotlight here!