Mountain Bike Tires: A Guide & Comparisons

Blister Guide to Mountain Bike Tires

In this guide, we’re comparing more than a dozen of the most popular Trail, Enduro, & DH tires to each other, highlighting their pros and cons, and helping you figure out which option might work best for you. In our latest update, we’ve got a couple of new additions from Schwalbe and Michelin.

WTB Verdict & Judge

Noah Bodman reviews on the WTB Verdict & Judge and compares them to the Maxxis Minion DHF & DHRII for Blister

The Judge & Verdict are two of WTB’s newest, aggressive tire options and we’ve put around 500 miles on them. Check out our review to see what makes them stand out in this crowded category, and how they compare to similar options like the Maxxis Minion DHF & DHRII.

Tannus Armour Tire Inserts

Noah Bodman reviews the Tannus Armour Tire Inserts for Blister

We’ve had more reviewers using the Tannus Armour tire inserts, and have updated our review with thoughts on long-term durability; how the inserts perform when primarily used in a rear tire; and how noticeable the different ride quality will feel to beginners and intermediates.

Maxxis Assegai

Ben Sims reviews the Maxxis Assegai for Blister.

The Maxxis Assegai was created as a blend of several of their most popular tires. In our full review of the Assegai we dive into how it differs from the ubiquitous Minion DHF, and who we think will get along with this very aggressive tire with a totally not-funny name.

WTB Ranger 2.4 Tire

Xan Marshland reviews the WTB Ranger 2.4 tire for Blister.

WTB recently introduced some narrower versions of its Ranger tire, and we think the Ranger 2.4 is a competitive option for those seeking a nice balance of low rolling resistance and traction in their XC or Trail tire.

WTB Vigilante 2.6 and Trail Boss 2.6 Tires

Noah Bodman reviews the WTB Vigilante 2.6 and Trail Boss 2.6 for Blister

Some wider tires feel very similar to their narrower versions, while others feel like entirely different products. So which category do the 2.6″ versions of the WTB Trail Boss and Vigilante fall into, and what do you gain or lose by going with the wider versions? Check out our review.

Kenda Hellkat Pro Tire

Xan Marshland reviews the Kenda Hellkat for Blister

The gravity / DH tire category has been dominated by a few specific options for years, but Kenda aims to change that with their Hellkat Pro. So we spent a few months riding on the Hellkat Pro to see how it compares to options like the Maxxis Minion DHF, Maxxis High Roller II, and WTB Convict.

Terrene Chunk 2.6″ Tire

Noah Bodman reviews the Terrene Chunk 2.6" Tire for Blister

Fatter tires typically offer up a bunch of traction and a smooth ride, but often at the cost of weight, precision, and rolling resistance. The new Terrene Chunk 2.6” does a great job of minimizing those downsides and maintaining the main benefits of a wider tire, making it the best all-around 2.6” tire we’ve used.