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The top 6 best 27.5 inch mud tires

In this article I’m going to give you an overview of the best 27.5 inch mud tires.

When you move into the category of MTB mud tires, you undoubtedly move into the direction of downhill and enduro tires. Because these are the disciplines where you’ll find the tires with the most grip and traction necessary to get you through rough courses and down a mountain while still in the saddle.

Lots of grip, lots of traction, and lots of cornering confidence, means adding more weight for wider tires with larger knobbies and lower rolling resistance. So XC-lovers should stay clear from what this list has to offer and look somewhere else.

But if you’re someone who still wants to ride and doesn’t mind plowing through wet and muddy trails, or you just want the amount of grip enduro and downhill racing demands of your tires, this list of the best 27.5 inch mud tires is for you.

Continental Der Baron Projekt ProTection Apex

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

The Continental Der Baron Projekt is a very aggressive mountain bike tire. Massive blocks sufficiently spaced ensure you have both maximum grip and maximum mud clearance, making this tire a solid enduro allrounder in both wet and dry conditions.

Even in the 2.4 inch width version, this tire weighs 890, which makes this tire a great option if you want to ride all year round, but you stay away from the trail in the worst of conditions.

The BlackChili compound from Continental is known for its great durability. So if you’re also looking for a tire that’ll last you a very long time, and save on cash that way, the Der Baron Projekt is a solid choice as well.

Expert Experience

Jeremy Benson | Product reviewer – November 2, 2020

The Continental Der Baron Projekt is a user-friendly tire that works best in looser and loamy conditions. The most notable design aspects of this tire are the relatively low knobs and open tread pattern. Even though this tire doesn’t have big knobs with an aggressive bite, the open pattern helps them hook up surprisingly well. Rolling speed is sub-par and there is noticeable drag on firm surfaces. I found braking traction to be below average and I found the tire slipped into skid-mode a little too quickly. I was impressed with the longevity as our test tire showed minimal wear with over 300-miles on it. At this price, it is difficult to recommend this tire over the competition. Still, the Der Baron is a respectable performer.

Pros and Cons

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 gets tough this is the tire you want to be riding.

Expert Experience

Jeremy Benson | Product reviewer – November 22, 2018

The Maxxis Assegai is my Top Pick for Cornering Traction. If you’re not super concerned with weight or rolling resistance and you’re looking for a tire with outstanding cornering capabilities and seemingly endless pedaling and braking traction, you’ll want to give the Assegai a try. Mount ’em front and rear on your long travel rig for an unbeatable combination for smashing downhill.

Pros and Cons

Schwalbe Dirty Dan

Schwalbe Dirty Dan
Schwalbe Dirty Dan

If the trail gets really nasty you might want to opt for the Schwalbe Dirty Dan. This tire was designed specifically for the worst of conditions and features the most aggressive tread pattern of any tire in Schwalbe’s lineup.

It features Schwalbe’s UltraSoft compound for maximum grip and feel as you plow through the mud. The huge blocks are spaced openly to keep in control of your bike as the tire sheds mud quickly and maintains braking power.

It comes in a 26 x 2.35 inch version, not too wide so mud won’t clog up your entire frame.

Expert Experience

Guy Stevenson | Bike tester – December 5, 2012

Heavy, slow rolling and expensive but outstandingly grippy, abuse-proof, foul-conditions aggro tyres.

The ridiculous amount of grip means that corners aren’t any obstacle to carrying speed, however muddy, greasy-rooted or damp-rocked the trail is. They’re grippy in intermediate conditions, but don’t expect your £90-a-pair investment to last long in the dry.

Pros and Cons

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 all-round trail riding in brutal conditions.

It has top-of-the-line traction combined with super fast rolling characteristics 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.

Expert Experience

Tor Weiland | Contributor – November 03, 2022

The Magic Mary is a seriously universal tire because of how many configurations it comes in. It’s right at home on the front of a trail bike in the Super Trail casing, on an enduro bike in the Super Gravity casing, or on a downhill bike in the Super Downhill casing. As long as you’re happy to put up with the high rolling resistance that you should expect from a performance tire, there aren’t many people that I wouldn’t recommend this tire to. It’s versatile enough to perform excellently in the wet and the dry, and dependable enough to take to your next race.

Pros and Cons

WTB Verdict

WTB Verdict
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 is 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.

Expert Experience

Richard Cunningham | Contributor – July 18, 2019

As promised, the Verdict grips corners insanely well. When I eased my way around a fast turn, it responded with “very good” traction – similar to a brand new Maxxis DHF. The key to getting the most from this tire, however, was to push into the apex with the cranks and pressurize the tires. Do that and the Verdict delivers the pizza with extra toppings. Similarly, the Verdict digs in to deep, sandy turns until it finds enough resistance, then it settles in for a smooth apex and exit.

Pros and Cons

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 occasional 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.

Expert Experience

Jim Bland | World Cup Downhill Mechanic – September 10, 2020

The overall feel of the tread pattern remains reliable and grippy across a broad variety of terrain and there is definitely more of a distinct cut feel from the new wider profile when banking over in turns. Occasionally during flatter corners there can be a slight skip before the side knobs really lock in and we put this down to the way every third side knob is more inboard, and if the load begins at this point it can translate to a split second of vagueness before properly engaging with the ground. This characteristic doesn’t seem to affect performance too much, but it certainly isn’t something I feel when riding our current favourite rubber from other brands. After plenty of riding the tread does seem to wear better than many other soft compound tires though.

Pros and Cons

Specifications 27.5 inch mud tires

Name
Size
ETRTO
Weight (gr)
Tread color
Sidewall color
Compound
Puncture protection
Tire bead
TPI
WTB Vigilante 2.5/2.6/2.8
27.5×2.50
60-584
1092
Black
Black
TriTec Single
tlr
60
WTB Vigilante 2.5/2.6/2.8
27.5×2.50
60-584
1174
Black
Black
TriTec Dual
tlr
60
WTB Vigilante 2.5/2.6/2.8
27.5×2.60
65-584
1340
Black
Black
TriTec Dual
tlr
60
Maxxis Minion DHF
27.5×2.50
63-584
1005
Black
Black
3C MaxxTerra
EXO+
tlr
60
Maxxis Minion DHF
27.5×2.50
63-584
956
Black
Tan
Dual
EXO
tlr
60
Continental Der Baron Projekt ProTection Apex
27.5×2.60
65-584
925
Black
Black
BlackChili
ProTection Apex casing
tlr
3/180
Continental Der Baron Projekt ProTection Apex
27.5×2.60
65-584
935
Black
Black
BlackChili
ProTection Apex casing
tlr
3/180
Maxxis Assegai
27.5×2.50
65-584
1005
Black
Black
3C MaxxTerra
tlr
60
Maxxis Assegai
27.5×2.50
65-584
1090
Black
Black
Dual
tlr
60
Maxxis Assegai
27.5×2.50
65-584
1049
Black
Black
3C MaxxGrip
tlr
60
Maxxis Assegai
27.5×2.60
65-584
1002
Black
Black
3C MaxxTerra
tlr
120
Schwalbe Dirty Dan
27.5X2.35
60-584
1115
Black
Black
ADDIX Ultra Soft
Super Gravity
tlr
WTB Verdict
27.5×2.50
65-584
1108
Black
Black
TriTec Single
tlr
60

Sources

Jeremy Benson, Continental Der Baron Projekt ProTection APEX Review, Outdoorgearlab, November 2, 2020
Jeremy Benson, Maxxis Assegai Review, Outdoorgearlab, November 22, 2018
Guy Stevenson, Schwalbe Dirty Dan Freeride tyres review, Bikeradar, December 5, 2012
Tor Weiland, Schwalbe Magic Mary | Mountain Bike Tire Review, Thelostco, November 03, 2022
Jim Bland, WTB Vigilante 2.5in tire reviewed, Bike Perfect, September 10, 2020
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Johan van Seijen is the founder of restoration.bike. His cycling career has seen him at the starting line of classics such as the Amstel Gold Race and Liege Bastogne Liege. Realizing his racing capacity would fall short of what was needed he obtained a MS from the University of Amsterdam in engineering. His love for cycling changed into riding in an amateur capacity with his local cycling club TFC Weesp as a roadie and supporting MTB Noordwest as a mountain biker. He repairs, restores, and builds bicycles and shares his knowledge on YouTube, Facebook and this website. 

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