The Maxxis Aggressor tire is one of the newer tread designs from Maxxis. The Aggressor is exactly what it sounds like, an aggressive tire aimed to be one of the best performing enduro tires on the market. With so many different options available, finding the best tire combination might sometimes seem a bit daunting. Just from Maxxis alone, there are so many different tread designs for all kinds of riding conditions, different rubber compounds, and multiple casing offerings. From technical information, quality reviews, and some of our awesome custom builds, here is everything you need to know to get up to speed on the Maxxis Aggressor.
Maxxis says, "The Aggressor is designed for high-speed modern mountain bike trails. Advanced knob shaping creates extra gripping edges, and reinforced side knobs offer enhanced stability when cornering at speed. An all-around trail tire excelling on everything from loose cross country race courses to heavy all-mountain riding." We predominantly see the Aggressor tire used a rear tire and that's where it seems to shine.
The rubber compound on the tread is arguably the most important aspect of the tire construction. The Aggressor tire is available only in a dual compound offering where tires like the Minion DHF and DHR II from Maxxis come in different 3C triple compound rubber compounds. A dual compound design uses two different rubber compounds within the tread to offer lower rolling resistance and increased cornering grip. With Maxxis 3C tires, three different rubber compounds are used across the center knobs and cornering knobs to create a no-compromise tire.
Our thoughts - "Looking for a great all-around 3 season tire? Try the Aggressor on the rear. I’m impressed and will put on another one after my current Aggressor wears a little more. I would say the EXO version I’m running has proven to be enough protection for me. In my opinion, I'd run the Aggressor for the hero dirt and dry conditions. Fast, confident and reliable, the Aggressor has lived up to its expectations of the new standard in enduro tires!"
Check out one of our customer's thoughts - "Along came the new Maxxis Aggressor 2.5 WT. A perfect new tire to try on the rear of my bike. Compared to the Ardent, the Aggressor has taller more spaced out knobs in the center and a lot more knob/grip at the shoulder of the tire. The Aggressor gives me better grip in all circumstances, especially when I have to stand and unload the rear wheel to pedal up that last little bit of a difficult climb. I selected the tubeless ready, regular casing model which is not too heavy and I don’t usually have issues with pinch flats."
Mike Kazimer's take - "Similar to the way that backpacking tents are rated, I'd categorize the Aggressor as a three seasons tire, at least in my neck of the woods, where winter rains make mud a constant companion out on the trails. Up until then, the Aggressor is a good option for riders look for a faster rolling tire that doesn't sacrifice much in the way of grip or cornering performance."
Bike Radar's summary - "The Aggressor hits the bullseye for balancing traction, rolling resistance, weight and durability. While the Aggressor does a lot of things well, it positively shines as a rear tire in dry conditions."
Bike Mag's thoughts - "There are many tires that roll fast or offer a ton of grip in loose conditions—qualities that are often mutually exclusive. The Aggressor, however, rolls well and hooks up well. And while many riders will be fine with the lighter-weight EXO casing, DoubleDown is the winning bet for hard chargers in extra-demanding terrain."
Mountain Bike Rider UK's thoughts - "This tire works really well on the back if you ride a lot of rough, armored trail or fast rocky sections. The weight and price strike a good balance for such a tough tire, but if you prefer more technical DH challenges like slow-speed, steep, sloppy woods where pure control is the priority and braking traction and the softest rubber are a necessity, some other tires here work better."