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The top 7 best 27.5 plus size tires for 2023

In this article I’m going to cover the best 26 inch plus tires on the market. I can remember when plus tires hit the market and became all the rage.

Coming in a width of 2.8 and 3 inches, they seem to offer a lot of benefits over regular narrower soft compound tires. Increased grip, both uphill and downhill. Speed across rough terrain. Braking power in general, and on tricky descents. There was a lot going for plus size tires.

Its popularity does seem to have died down a bit, and with it the number of tire options you’ll be able to find. Especially concerning 26 inch plus tires. Already the tire market is winding down the options available for 26 inch, with some manufacturers not making them at all anymore.

But if you’re looking for that delicate balance of large volume in a 26 inch package you’re at the right place. Here’s the overview of the best 26 inch plus tires.

Maxxis Rekon

The Maxxis Rekon is a lightweight trail tire, which is great for XC and and trail riding in loose and hardpack conditions.

It’s basically the lighter version of the very popular DHF and DHR II tires, which are more trail, enduro, and downhill oriented. Tightly packed knobbies give it a low rolling-resistance and there’s an immense assortment of sizes and compounds to choose from.

From small widths and hard compounds for pure XC racing to softer, grippier compounds in a wider tire for more trail-oriented duty. There’s a lot to choose from, which hightlights the Rekon’s versatility. It’s also the go-to speedy option for a plus size tire setup, with a 2.8 inch width in both the 27.5 and 29 inch tire size.

Just as the Maxxis DHF and DHR II can be called one of the best fit-and-forget allround trail tire, the same goes for the Rekon for XC and light trail riding.

Maxxis Rekon Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Fantastic grippy, aggressive XC and light trail tire, with loads of sizes and compounds to choose from.
Reasons to avoid
None

Maxxis Minion DHF

When you’re looking for a mountain bike tire it’s almost impossible not to have heard of the Maxxis Minion DHF. The reason being it’s like the ultimate fit-and-forget mountain bike tire on the market. That means that the tire is just about perfect for any local trail riding, to enduro and downhill races.

The tread pattern shows that this tire prefers to sit on your front wheel. You can opt to put another fan favorite, the Maxxis Minion DHR II, at the back. That tire has horizontally aligned knobbies for increased braking power.

On its own, or paired with the Minion DHR II, the Maxxis Minion DHF is such a no-brainer that it’s hard to not recommend it to anyone for allround trail-riding and downhill.

Maxxis Minion DHF Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Superb allrounder with loads of sizing / compound combinations possible. Combines with Maxxis Minion DHR II for an excellent allround trail setup.
Reasons to avoid
None

Maxxis Minion DHR II

The “DH” in DHF and DHR stands for “downhill”. The “F” and “R” for “front” and “rear” respectively. The “downhill” in the name is a bit misleading, because the horizontal tread pattern of the DHR not only aids breaking but also gives more traction when going uphill. Both tires have the same side knobs to maximise grip while cornering.

Be sure to buy the “super tacky” compound casing which will aid your grip. As a 26″ tire this means you’ll run a 2.35 DHF front tire and a slightly wider 2.4″ DHR rear tire to add a bit more cushioning for a tire that’ll needs to bear the brunt of your weight and impacts.

Maxxis intended these two tires to be used together as their go-to allround solution for trail riding. And these tires are in some many lists that it’s probably the best allround no-worries solution money can buy.

Choose the dual compound for lower rolling resistance and longer life or the super tacky compound for more grip.

Together witth the Minion DHF, the Maxxis Minion DHR II is a fantastic and confidence inspring tire that will take your downhill rides to the next level.

Maxxis Minion DHR II Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
One of the best rear tires available, combines with Maxxis Minion DHF for an excellent allround trail setup
Reasons to avoid
None

Maxxis High Roller II

The Maxxis High Roller II is a solid option, both front and back, in loose and dry condition riding.

If you don’t have that much climbing to do, you might opt for a dual High Roller setup. But for any non-competitive riders. However, the DHR II plus High Roller front and back respectively, is a more forgiving, allround setup.

But as far as downhill goes, the High Roller’s spaced out knobs proved a perfect amount of bite in loose condtions.

Maxxis High Roller II Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Solid trail and enduro tire, preferably up front.
Reasons to avoid
None

Kenda Regolith Pro

The Kenda Regolith Pro is similar to Schwalbe’s Nobby Nic, and as such can be used in combination with the Booster Pro as a front tire.

It’s a very solid allround option, if you want to move your bike into the direction of becoming more surefooted on the trail.

Also coming in a 2.40 inch version it means you can have a low tire pressure, grippy combo to get you through the corners. And you have to worry less when the conditions become more wet and muddy.

Kenda Regolith Pro Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Durable allround tire
Reasons to avoid
None

Continental Trail King ProTection Apex

The aptly named Continental Trail King ProTection Apex is the German brand’s allround trail-tackling solution.

It performs exceptionally well in all sorts of conditions, and might only wafer a bit on the steepest of technical downhill sections. That means this tire is a very good and lightweight all mountain solution indeed.

It’s one of the faster tires on this list, well-suited for those among you who don’t shy away from a steep climb. The tread pattern provides high levels of traction and with even the 2.8 width version sitting at just over a kilo, which is about 20 percent lighter than its competitors.

The knobs are rather spaced-out from each other, which means this might not be the grippiest tire in the front. On the flip side, riding in wet conditions is marginally improved because it’ll shed mud better and won’t clog up that easily.

Continental Trail King ProTection Apex Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Very fast allround trail tire, that's extremely puncture resistant.
Reasons to avoid
Not the trail tire with the most grip.

Vittoria Martello

It’s strange to feel that the Vittoria Martello is as fast-rolling as it is. It definitely is not the lightest tire on this list, with already the 2.6 inch version at a respectable 1230 grams.

That might because of Vittoria’s proprietary 4C compound, which reserves softer compounds for the edger, so the knobs can conform correctly to the trail and dig deep into softer soil, while harder compounds at the center maintain your rolling efficiency.

Either way, the Martello is a beast of a tire; durable and tough, letting you rip through trails in all kinds of condtions. In the end weight is just one component of the entire equation that make up a high-quality tire. And with extremely high levels of grip, and more than enough speed to let you fly into the corners, this tire will keep you grinning for the entire duration of your ride.

Vittoria Martello Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Extremely durable, very grippy, great trail tire
Reasons to avoid
None

Specifications 27.5 plus size tires

Name
Size
ETRTO
Weight (gr)
Tread color
Sidewall color
Compound
Puncture protection
Tire bead
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Continental Trail King ProTection Apex
27.5×2.80
70-584
1015
Black
Black
BlackChili
 
tlr
Kenda Regolith Pro
27.5×2.80
70-584
829
Black
Black
dual
 
tlr
Maxxis High Roller II
27.5×2.80
71-584
915
Black
Black
3C MAXX TERRA
3CT/EXO
tlr
Maxxis Minion DHF
27.5×2.80
71-584
1196
Black
Black
3C MAXX TERRA
3CT/EXO+
tlr
Maxxis Minion DHF
27.5×2.80
71-584
1081
Black
Black
3C MAXX TERRA
3CT/EXO
tlr
Maxxis Minion DHR II
27.5×2.80
71-584
1110
Black
Black
DUAL
EXO
tlr
Maxxis Minion DHR II
27.5×2.80
71-584
1081
Black
Black
3C MAXX TERRA
3CT/EXO
tlr
Vittoria Martello
27.5×2.80
70-584
1230
Black
Black
4C Graphene
 
tubeless
Maxxis Rekon
27.5×2.80
71-584
1014
Black
Black
DUAL
EXO
foldable
Maxxis Rekon
27.5×2.80
71-584
961
Black
Black
3C MAXX TERRA
3CT/EXO
foldable

Bicycle tire puncture resistance

EXO, GreenGuard, AGC, AEC, ATC, do you ever get confused with all the jargon related to puncture protection. I know I did? That’s why I’ve written a separate article about puncture resistance technologies. That way, you’ll be able to better understand what’s out there and if it’s worth your money.

Johan van Seijen

FoundeR Restoration.bike

Johan van Seijen is the founder of restoration.bike. His passion for cycling in general, and restoring older bikes turned into a website to share his knowledge with a broader audience. Starting out on his father’s road bike and riding classics as the Amstel Gold Race and Liege Bastogne Liege he has shifted his attention to trail, XC, and gravel riding since. No matter how much he loves writing about everything related to cycling, nothing beats actually using his ever-expanding bicycle collection.

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