In this article I’m going to give you an overview of the best 29 inch enduro tires.
The enduro scene has been dominated by Maxxis for quite a while now, but it’s nice to see a number of other big brand names thrusting themselves onto the scene with high-quality offerings.
If there’s one mountain bike discipline where you can ponder over tire setups all day long it has to be enduro racing. From mounting specific tires front and back, to tire widths, compounds, casings, and even mix different tire brands.
And the tire options themselves are just as distinct as the choices people make between them. From the tried-and-true Maxxis DHF and DHR setup, to opting for a faster-rolling High Roller, to the extremely aggressive Magic Mary up front, with the allround Nobby Nic in the back, this list encapsulates the best the tire industray has to offer to enduro riders.
So without further ado, here’s my list of the very best 29 inch enduro tires.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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 29 inch enduro tires
|Name||Size||ETRTO||Weight (gr)||Tread Color||Sidewall Color||Buy at Amazon|
|Maxxis Minion DHF||29×2.30||58-622||925||Black||Black||link|
|Maxxis Minion DHF||29×2.50WT||63-622||Black||Black||link|
|Maxxis Minion DHF||29×2.50WT||64-622||Black||Tan||link|
|Maxxis Minion DHF||29×2.60||66-622||978||Black||Tan||link|
|Maxxis Minion DHF||29×2.60||66-622||995||Black||Black||link|
|Maxxis Minion DHF||29×3.00||76-622||1110||Black||Black||link|
|Maxxis Minion DHR II||29×2.30||58-622||825||Black||Black||link|
|Maxxis Minion DHR II||29×2.30||58-622||1040||Black||Black||link|
|Maxxis Minion DHR II||29×2.40WT||61-622||Black||Black||link|
|Maxxis Minion DHR II||29×2.40WT||61-622||955||Black||Black||link|
|Maxxis Minion DHR II||29×2.40WT||61-622||988||Black||Tan||link|
|Maxxis Minion DHR II||29×2.40WT||61-622||Black||Black||link|
|Maxxis Minion DHR II||29×2.60||66-622||1035||Black||Black||link|
|Maxxis Minion DHR II||29×2.60||66-622||983||Black||Tan||link|
|Maxxis Minion SS||29×2.30||58-622||795||Black||Black||link|
|Maxxis High Roller II||29×2.30||58-622||920||Black||Black||link|
|Maxxis High Roller II||29×2.50WT||64-622||990||Black||Black||link|
|Maxxis High Roller II||29×2.50WT||64-622||Black||Black||link|
|Schwalbe Hans Dampf||29×2.35||60-622||1055||Black||Black||link|
|Schwalbe Hans Dampf||29×2.60||65-622||1110||Black||Black||link|
|Schwalbe Magic Mary||29×2.25||57-622||1080||Black||Black||link|
|Schwalbe Magic Mary||29×2.40||62-622||1150||Black||Black||link|
|Schwalbe Magic Mary||29×2.60||65-622||1220||Black||Black||link|
|Schwalbe Nobby Nic||29×2.25||57-622||810||Black||Black||link|
|Schwalbe Nobby Nic||29×2.60||65-622||1080||Black||Black||link|
|Continental Der Baron Projekt ProTection Apex||29×2.40||60-622||990||Black||Black||link|