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The top 9 best 27.5 enduro tires

In this article I’m going to give you my top picks for the best 27.5 enduro tires.

Enduro racing with 27.5 inch tires is a classic setup for nimble riding with quick acceleration. Basically every championship tire comes in a 27.5 inch version, so as far as quality goes, there’s plenty to choose from.

Enduro racing is a mountain bike discipline where running different tire types is pretty common. Though you can obviously choose a symmetric setup, it pays to pour some effort into researching what tire does what best in what place, front or back.

Obviously 29 inch enduro bikes are better represented among championship riders, and we also don’t see a lot of mullets (smaller wheel in the back) as well. But 27.5 is a lot of fun to ride and I hope this overview of the best 27.5 enduro tires will enhance that riding experience.

Continental Der Baron Projekt ProTection Apex

Continental Der Baron Projekt ProTection Apex
Continental Der Baron Projekt ProTection Apex

Either people just don’t know about Continental or other brands do better marketing. Fact is that I hardly see any Continental tires being promoted for enduro racing and that’s odd considering the Continental Der Baron Projekt ProTection Apex is a very, very good tire.

It’s aggressive, widely spaced tread pattern is probably one of the best in rough conditions, holding the line across wet roots and slippery muddy trails. You can run it both front and back, since the tire also is an above average climbing option, making this the best allround enduro tire on this list.

As with all premium Continental tires, within their respective categories, they’re almost always the lightest as well. Since all tires use Continental’s proprietary BlackChili compound, that might have something to do with it. Either way, a dual setup will prove to be hundreds of grams lighter than the average competitor, which for enduro racing, actually matters.

All tires on this list are championship proven, but this tire reiterates why I’m a Continental fan.

Maxxis High Roller II

Maxxis High Roller II
Maxxis High Roller II

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

Personally, I’d prefer the DHR II in the back, because of the improved traction, but I guess 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, the DHR II plus High Roller front and back 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 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.

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. The dual setup of DHF and DHR is probably the most popular one for enduro racing.

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.

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 mountain biking. 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.

Maxxis Minion SS

Maxxis Minion SS
Maxxis Minion SS

When riding in dry conditions the Maxxis Minion SS is probably the fastest-rolling enduro tire on the market.

It’s strange to call this tire a semi-slick, because that’s what SS stands for. The center tread, consisting of very small knobbies, are indeed a feature of what I would consider to be a semi-slick. But the side knobbies are the same as the DHR or DHF. That means you maintain high levels of speed on the straights with the proven grip when cornering.

It’s a formula which is as simple as it is effective, turning this tire into a speedy, dry condition enduro tire. I’ve seen the tire ridden both in the front and back, but to me the back seems the most logical choice, with a more grippier tire up front.

Maxxis Assegai

Maxxis Assegai
Maxxis Assegai

If you know mountain biking you know Greg Minnaar. And the Maxxis Assegai is said to be designed with his help. So what does that say about this tire?

Well, he’s a downhill champion, so expect monstrous level of grip and traction in a tire well-suited for the most aggressive trail riders among us. For such an aggressive tire, the profile is relatively rounded still, smoothing out transitions from straight to cornering, without that vague feeling you sometimes get in between.

This tire sits just below a true mud tire, so all of that traction will come at a premium, and the price you pay is of course a slow, and heavy tire in those times when you don’t need as much grip. When choosing tires you have to compromise, and when the going get’s tough this is the tire you want to be riding.

Schwalbe Hans Dampf

Schwalbe Hans Dampf
Schwalbe Hans Dampf

The Schwalbe Hans Dampf is a good rear enduro tire.

A classic-looking allround tire with large side knobbies, and smaller horizontally aligned knobbies in the center tread. This tire transitions smoothly from fast straight into tight cornering, something not every tire does.

That smooth feel provides exciting reliability on everything but the most aggressive trails, where you might want larger knobs providing more grip in corners.

It’s become harder to distinguish tires within a certain category from each other, with all premium tires from mayor brands nearing perfection. With this tire it’s the same. It checks all of the boxes, but maybe outperforms none of its competitors who sacrifices on characteristic to excell more in another.

That means this tire is very reliable for the majority of riders out there.

Schwalbe Magic Mary

Schwalbe Magic Mary
Schwalbe Magic Mary

The Magic Mary is Schwalbe’s grippiest tire from their entire lineup. It performs both brilliantly as a downhill tire, but is just as effective for allround trail riding in brutal conditions.

It has top-of-the-line traction combined with super fast rolling characteristic and a good feel for the trail at high speeds. If you want to be in the moment and experience flow going down sloppy slopes the Magic Mary delivers big time, with virtually zero cons.

Good braking power, allround riding characteristics in dry and wet conditions, this is Schwalbe’s top tire for all-mountain, enduro and downhill, no matter what the conditions are.

Schwalbe Nobby Nic

Schwalbe Nobby Nic
Schwalbe Nobby Nic

The Schwalbe Nobby Nic is a high quality tire for a dual setup when doing allround mountain biking. For enduro racing you might argue that it should go in the back providing ample levels of braking power, traction, and even cornering.

It’s an excellent middle-of-the-road tire in terms of characteristics, with high knobbies on the side, but still a very decent high in the middle as well. Average spacing means it’ll perform well in loose and even wet conditions.

With a Magic Mary up front to increase your cornering abilities you have an extremely reliable and aggressive enduro setup which will get you through the nastiest of trails.

Specifications best 27.5 enduro tires

NameSizeETRTOWeight (gr)Tread ColorSidewall ColorBuy at Amazon
Continental Der Baron Projekt ProTection Apex27.5×2.6065-584925BlackBlacklink
Continental Der Baron Projekt ProTection Apex27.5×2.6065-584935BlackBlacklink
Maxxis High Roller II27.5×2.3058-584845BlackBlacklink
Maxxis High Roller II27.5×2.3058-5841065BlackBlacklink
Maxxis High Roller II27.5×2.40WT61-584915BlackBlacklink
Maxxis High Roller II27.5×2.6066-584965BlackBlacklink
Maxxis High Roller II27.5×2.8071-584970BlackBlacklink
Maxxis High Roller II27.5×2.8071-584915BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Minion DHF27.5×2.3058-584880BlackLight Tanlink
Maxxis Minion DHF27.5×2.5063-5841005BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Minion DHF27.5×2.5063-584945BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Minion DHF27.5×2.5063-584956BlackTanlink
Maxxis Minion DHF27.5×2.6066-5841010BlackBlacklink
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
Maxxis Assegai27.5×2.5065-5841005BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Assegai27.5×2.5065-5841090BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Assegai27.5×2.5065-5841049BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Assegai27.5×2.6065-5841002BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Minion SS27.5×2.3058-584745BlackBlacklink
Schwalbe Hans Dampf27.5×2.3560-584980BlackBlacklink
Schwalbe Hans Dampf27.5×2.6065-5841020BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Minion DHF27.5×2.5063-5841005BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Minion DHF27.5×2.5063-584956BlackTanlink
Maxxis Forekaster27.5X2.3560-584690BlackBlack
Maxxis Forekaster27.5X2.6066-584820BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Shorty27.5X2.4061-5841136BlackBlack
Schwalbe Big Betty27.5X2.4062-5841300BlackBlack
Schwalbe Nobby Nic29×2.2557-622810BlackBlacklink
Schwalbe Nobby Nic29×2.6065-6221080BlackBlacklink