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The top 7 best 27.5 all mountain tires

In this article I’m going to give you some serious contenders for the very best 27.5 all mountain tires.

There’s no reason in changing a winning formula, and some tires are just downright great performers in a number of mountain bike disciplines. That being said there are also a couple of new additions to the overall all mountain lineup this year, and a classic name in a new jacket.

For the all mountain category I focused on tires that perform great in a number of conditions and support a variety of riding types. Some are better climbers because of their weight and traction. Others are better suited for death-defying downhill sections because of their grip and braking power.

It seems that choosing the right mountain bike tire is always a compromise between a certain number of tire specific characteristics. And this list of the best 27.5 all mountain tires is no exception to that rule.

But enough talk, let’s head over to my top picks for the best 27.5 all mountain tires.

Continental Trail King ProTection Apex

Continental Trail King ProTection Apex
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.

Maxxis Minion DHF

Maxxis Minion DHF
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.

The DHF comes in a tan version.

Maxxis Minion DHR II

Maxxis Minion DHR II
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.

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 its probably the best allround no-worries solution money can buy. The reason is that the combination is extremely versatile for a huge number of riding conditions. Both dry and wet, trail, enduro, downhill riding, the combination is as yet unmatched.

Maxxis offers a huge range of this tire, both in widths and compounds. So you can choose the tire that suits your riding style best. Whether its maximising speed or caring more for longevity.

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

The DHR II comes in a tan version.

Schwalbe Nobby Nic

Schwalbe Nobby Nic
Schwalbe Nobby Nic

The Schwalbe Nobby Nic is more of an allround tire than a cross country one. And one look at the tread pattern reveals why.

It has considerable more pronounced knobs that are much higher. The side knobs are twice the size of Continentals Cross King.

If youre looking for a solid allround setup, meant for every conceivable condition, dry and wet, hardpack and forest trail, and you want to ride a tan version, this is the tire for you.

Be sure to either buy the Super Ground or Speedgrip version (with the blue line in the tread) to take advantage of the increased rolling resistance. Or alternatively, the Super Trail (red line), which is softer and gripper. They are more expensive but the advantages are extremely noticeable and absolutely worth the money.

The tire widths range from 2.25 to 2.6 inches which is more than adequate to cover rider’s wishes. The weight ranges from the mid 700’s to just over one kilo for those riding in rougher downhill conditions.

Vittoria Martello

Vittoria Martello
Vittoria Martello

The Schwalbe Nobby Nic is more of an allround tire than a cross country one. And one look at the tread pattern reveals why.

It has considerable more pronounced knobs that are much higher. The side knobs are twice the size of Continentals Cross King.

If youre looking for a solid allround setup, meant for every conceivable condition, dry and wet, hardpack and forest trail, and you want to ride a tan version, this is the tire for you.

Be sure to either buy the Super Ground or Speedgrip version (with the blue line in the tread) to take advantage of the increased rolling resistance. Or alternatively, the Super Trail (red line), which is softer and gripper. They are more expensive but the advantages are extremely noticeable and absolutely worth the money.

The tire widths range from 2.25 to 2.6 inches which is more than adequate to cover rider’s wishes. The weight ranges from the mid 700’s to just over one kilo for those riding in rougher downhill conditions.

Kenda Hellkat Pro

Kenda Hellkat Pro
Kenda Hellkat Pro

The Kenda Hellkat Pro is for aggressive riders that enjoy the downhill parts of any ride just as much as going straight.

It’s stiff, has absurds levels of durability, and turn your bike into a more forgiving partner during hair-raising sections of the trail, particularly when going downhill fast or when throwing your bike into a sharp turn.

It’s not the best climber because of its weight, but that weight sits in the right places and has been turned into a tread pattern that simply will not let go of the trail, no matter how you abuse your bike while riding.

Besides grip, the Hellkat is also probably the best performer in the braking department, with those immense knobbies providing immediate feedback when touching the brake levers.

Every premium tire falls into a certain category, and this tire is a solid crossover between all mountain, enduro and downhill.

WTB Vigilante 2.5/2.6/2.8

WTB Vigilante 2.5/2.6/2.8
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.

Specifications best 27.5 all mountain tires

NameSizeETRTOWeight (gr)Tread ColorSidewall ColorBuy at Amazon
WTB Vigilante 2.5/2.6/2.827.5×2.5060-5841092BlackBlacklink
WTB Vigilante 2.5/2.6/2.827.5×2.5060-5841174BlackBlacklink
WTB Vigilante 2.5/2.6/2.827.5×2.6065-5841340BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Forekaster27.5X2.3560-584690BlackBlack
Maxxis Forekaster27.5X2.6066-584820BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Shorty27.5X2.4061-5841136BlackBlack
Schwalbe Big Betty27.5X2.4062-5841300BlackBlack
Schwalbe Big Betty27.5X2.6065-5841180BlackBlack
Maxxis Minion DHF27.5×2.5063-5841005BlackBlacklink
Schwalbe Magic Mary27.5X2.4062-5841110BlackBlack
Maxxis Minion DHF27.5×2.5063-584956BlackTanlink
Schwalbe Magic Mary27.5X2.8070-5841205BlackBlack
Maxxis Minion DHF27.5×2.6066-584965BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Minion DHF27.5×2.6066-584925BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Minion DHR II27.5×2.3058-584800BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Minion DHR II27.5×2.3058-584805BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Minion DHR II27.5×2.4061-584900BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Minion DHR II27.5×2.4061-586940BlackTanlink
Maxxis Minion DHR II27.5×2.4061-5871126BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Minion DHR II27.5×2.6066-584910BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Minion DHR II27.5×2.6066-5841065BlackBlacklink
Continental Trail King ProTection Apex27.5×2.2055-584775BlackBlacklink
Continental Trail King ProTection Apex27.5×2.4060-584915BlackBlacklink
Continental Trail King ProTection Apex27.5×2.6065-584955BlackBlacklink
Vittoria Martello27.5×2.3555-584940BlackBlacklink
Vittoria Martello27.5×2.6065-5841230BlackBlacklink
Vittoria Martello27.5×2.8070-5841230BlackBlacklink
Kenda Hellkat Pro27.5×2.4060-584823BlackBlacklink
Kenda Hellkat Pro27.5×2.4060-5841110BlackBlacklink
Kenda Hellkat Pro27.5×2.6065-5841247BlackBlacklink