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The top 10 best 27.5 puncture resistant tires for 2023

In this article I’m going to give you the ultimate in 27.5 puncture resistant tires. Since you don’t specifically see mountain bike tires written down here, there are two very distinct categories to be found here.

Basically the tires on this list are split up in urban tires which are extremely durable and compatible with e-bikes and speed pedelecs. The other category is the enduro and downhill category of MTB tires. Two disciplines that demand the most of a tire and are made with added puncture protection and reinforced casings.

The technologies use for both tires doesn’t really vary a lot. Brands simply use different names. The only difference between trail tires and tires for commuting purposes is the various compounds used in trail tires and tread patterns to accommodate the dynamic use of the tire. E.g. you don’t go in a straight line all the time.

But both type of tires have added layers of fabric or specialized rubber under the center tread to prevent punctures. And with heavy e-bikes demanding more from your average tire, reinforced sidewalls aren’t just found in trail tires anymore.

So with that out of the way, let’s head over to my list of the best 27.5 puncture resistant tires.

Continental CONTACT Plus

The Continental CONTACT Plus is another great allround commuting tire from the German brand.

It sets itself apart from the other tires in the lineup because of a cut resistant casing, besides the puncture-resistant belt and reinforced sidewalls.

The tire sacrifices a low weight in favor of basically never running a flat, and does so perfectly. It’s flat center tread pattern means it’s a great long-lasting-durable commuter option.

Continental CONTACT Plus Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Extremely puncture-resistant
Reasons to avoid
Heavy

Continental Kryptotal Fr

The Continental Kryptotal Fr is part of the German brand’s new trail, enduro, and downhill lineup of premium tires.

There are a number of tires for these disciplines and the Kryptotal Fr is meant as a front tire. With three different casings you can choose your weight and puncture protection, with more protection and weight as you move into the direction of downhill.

The tread pattern is similar for all three versions, and is characterized by a fairly densily populated center tread. It offers allround reliability.for a tire that’s meant to be ridden with its twin brother: the Kryptotal Re. This really is a tire designed for the front.

Continental Kryptotal Fr Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Great allround characteristics, newer compound pays dividends in suppleness
Reasons to avoid
It's definitely a tire for the front. Other tire are grippier. Expensive

Continental Kryptotal Re

The Continental Kryptotal Re is the rear wheel trail, enduro and downhill option.

This tire comes in three different versions, so be sure to get the right one based on your preferred mountain bike discipline. You can obviously choose a soft downhill compound for an enduro racer, things are not set in stone.

The tread is optimized for both braking power and traction, and is really meant to be mounted in the rear.

Continental Kryptotal Re Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Great allround characteristics, newer compound pays dividends in suppleness
Reasons to avoid
Expensive rear tire

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

Schwalbe Hurricane

I also decided to include the Schwalbe Hurricane in this list. It’s a shame they don’t sell them in skinwall versions as well. But the tire packs a solid combination of a flat centerline and side knobs.

The side knobs means the tire is more versatile than the average slick, opening up the possibility to take your bike offroad and away from the beaten path.

If you want to keep a MTB look for your tires without sacrificing too much speed on the road, this is the perfect tire for you. Especially if you like the occassional trail as well because of the added grip.

Schwalbe Hurricane Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Great allround gravel and light XC tire, with an affordable quality.
Reasons to avoid
None

Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB

The Schwalbe Marathon is the ultimate allrounder in the tire department and one of the best-selling tires in the market. So the German brand decided to make a MTB-specific version of this tire: the Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB.

Although it looks like a knobby tire, if you look close enough you can see that center tread will let you run smoothly across pavement. And just like the standard Marathon is meant for commuting and touring, the same goes for this one.

It’s a heavy tire when compared to some of the XC racers. But the biggest plus for hauling all that extra weight is that in terms of puncture protection, this tire has no equal. The reason is pretty simple. Schwalbe stuffed a 5mm strip underneath the center tread, made from highly puncture resistant rubber. And as simple as that sounds, it’s extremely effective in preventing punctures.

So for those of you who want the risk of flats nearing zero, this is the tire for you.

Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Mile cruncher, unparalleled puncture protection
Reasons to avoid
Heavy, meant for commuting, touring, and bikepacking.

WTB Judge

The WTB Judge is the burliest rear-oriented enduro and downhill option. Huge side knobs flank an aggressive tread pattern for maximum braking power and traction in wet, muddy, and loose trail conditions.

With those huge knobs grip is superb, but still lack that unwanted transition feel normally associated with widely spaced trail tires. You get the traction you want when climbing. Braking power when going downhill, and grip on off-camber and loose sections.

Like a lot of enduro and downhill options, this is a heavy tire. So you pay a certain price for all that rubber. And naturally you’ll loose some speed when the trail isn’t rough enough to warrant such a tire.

WTB Judge Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Very aggressive enduro and downhill option. Mount in the rear for maximum grip and braking power
Reasons to avoid
Heavy and meant for less than ideal trail conditions

WTB Verdict

The WTB Verdict is a versatile MTB tire for wet and muddy conditions.

Since WTB states this is a front tire, you might want to combine it with the WTB Vigilante mentioned here as well. The reason this is a front tire because the core focus is grip. The soft compound does not perform well on hardpack, but gives amazing levels of traction and grip in loose, wet, and muddy conditions.

With so much grip at your disposal it also means that climbing becomes easier as well. Which means this is a very solid enduro tire for allround rough trail conditions.

There are two different casings to choose from a single and dual ply. The single is obviously faster, but the dual will provide you with more protection and a longer life, so it’s up to you what you prefer.

WTB Verdict Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Great enduro or trail allrounder, lots of grip and traction
Reasons to avoid
None

WTB Vigilante 2.5/2.6/2.8

The WTB Vigilante 2.5/2.6/2.8 is a solid contender to many of the premium offerings from other high-quality brands.

Obviously there are a number of tire widths to choose from, depending on your personal preference when it comes to grip. What this tire has got going for it is that’s prefers grip and handling over weight. The rather widely spaced and high soft knobbies do very well in keeping your bike connected to the trail, ensuring high levels of confidence in hard cornering.

WTB offers this tire in their TriTec compound, which basically means that the casing consists of three layers, with each layer having a different firmness. The harder durometer is reserved for the center, reducing the risk of punctures and making the tire faster in a straight line. This gradual increase in softness from center to side sounds great on paper, and indeed works exceptionally well on the trail. It makes for a really grippy and reliable tire in corners and reasonably fast on the straights with adequate levels of puncture protection.

I tend to disagree that this tire works as well in the rear as it does in the front when it comes to braking and traction. The widely spaced tread pattern without those distinctive horizontal rows simply isn’t the best setup to support those two rear tire characteristics. On the other hand, if you like a loose feel and don’t mind the occassional drift, this tire actually enhances such a way of riding.

In the end the WTB Vigilante rightly deserves its spot on this list with grippy and fun riding characteristics that’ll suit a great number of riders.

WTB Vigilante 2.5/2.6/2.8 Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Great allround rear trail tire, good level of puncture protection
Reasons to avoid
None

Specifications 27.5 puncture resistant tires

Name
Size
ETRTO
Weight (gr)
Tread color
Sidewall color
Compound
Puncture protection
Tire bead
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Continental CONTACT Plus
27.5×1 1/2
42-584
990
Black
Black
 
SafetyPlus Breaker
 
Continental Kryptotal Fr
27.5×2.40
60-584
1220
Black
Black
BlackChili
Downhill
tlr
Continental Kryptotal Re
27.5×2.40
60-584
1220
Black
Black
BlackChili
Downhill
tlr
Maxxis Minion DHF
27.5×2.50
63-584
1005
Black
Black
3C MAXX TERRA
3CT/EXO+
tlr
Maxxis Minion DHF
27.5×2.60
66-584
1010
Black
Black
3C MAXX TERRA
3CT/EXO+
tlr
Maxxis Minion DHR II
27.5×2.40
61-587
1126
Black
Black
3C MAXX TERRA
3CT/EXO+
tlr
Maxxis Minion DHR II
27.5×2.60
66-584
910
Black
Black
3C MAXX TERRA
3CT/EXO+
tlr
Schwalbe Hurricane
27.5×2.40
62-584
885
Black
Black
ADDIX
DD, RaceGuard
 
Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB
27.5×2.10
54-584
1200
Black
Black
ADDIX
SmartGuard
wired
Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB
27.5×2.25
57-584
1270
Black
Black
ADDIX
SmartGuard
wired
WTB Judge
27.5×2.40
60-584
1281
Black
Black
TriTec Dual
Tough/High Grip
tlr
WTB Verdict
27.5×2.50
65-584
1190
Black
Black
TriTec Dual
Tough/High Grip
tlr
WTB Vigilante 2.5/2.6/2.8
27.5×2.60
65-584
1340
Black
Black
TriTec Dual
Tough/High Grip
tlr

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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