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The top 6 best 29 inch trail tires

In this article I’m going to provide you with an overview of the best 29 inch trail tires.

The tires on this list have proven themselves to be amazing allrounders, and with any of them you can tackle the roughest trails out there.

With widths ranging frm 2.25 to 2.6 inches the amount of grip and braking power you have at your disposal is no joke. All big brand names are represented, with trail tires that have been perfected over several iterations.

They are all tubeless compatible, have specific casings for enhanced puncture protection, and offer their tires in different compounds, soft and hard.

It’s hard to pick among a set of winners, but no matter your choice, you’ll conquer your next trail whatever tire you’ll end up with.

So without further ado, here are my top picks for the very best 29 inch trail tires.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kenda Hellkat Pro

Kenda Hellkat Pro
Kenda Hellkat Pro

The Kenda Hellkat is an impressive offering which propels the brand back among its peers. The Maxxis DHFs and Schwalbe Magic Marys have been at the top of downhill lists for a very long time know, so its good to see Kenda taking a shot with this tire that has excellent traction and durability characteristics.

And downhill is truly in the Hellkat’s DNA. Heavy, tremendous braking power, tremendous traction, ultra-durable, this is a tire to fly down the slopes.

All that protection in the sidewall favors aggressive riders who want to throw their bikes around and are not afraid to dive into corners.

Specifications 29 inch trail tires

NameSizeETRTOWeight (gr)Tread ColorSidewall ColorBuy at Amazon
Continental Der Baron Projekt ProTection Apex29×2.4060-622990BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Minion DHF29×2.3058-622925BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Minion DHF29×2.50WT63-622BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Minion DHF29×2.50WT64-622BlackTanlink
Maxxis Minion DHF29×2.6066-622978BlackTanlink
Maxxis Minion DHF29×2.6066-622995BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Minion DHF29×3.0076-6221110BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Minion DHR II29×2.3058-622825BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Minion DHR II29×2.3058-6221040BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Minion DHR II29×2.40WT61-622BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Minion DHR II29×2.40WT61-622955BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Minion DHR II29×2.40WT61-622988BlackTanlink
Maxxis Minion DHR II29×2.40WT61-622BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Minion DHR II29×2.6066-6221035BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Minion DHR II29×2.6066-622983BlackTanlink
Schwalbe Nobby Nic29×2.2557-622810BlackBlacklink
Schwalbe Nobby Nic29×2.6065-6221080BlackBlacklink
Kenda Hellkat Pro29×2.4061-6221096BlackBlacklink
Kenda Hellkat Pro29×2.4061-622881BlackBlacklink
WTB Vigilante 2.5/2.6/2.829×2.5060-6221107BlackBlacklink
WTB Vigilante 2.5/2.6/2.829×2.6065-6221349BlackBlacklink