With trails in the UK being soggy most of the year, the updated Maxxis Shorty should be as much of a hit as its predecessor.
With assistance from their extensive list of World Cup downhill and Enduro World Series athletes, Maxxis have updated the ever-popular Shorty to get rid of the mud quicker, offer more cornering grip and has even gone on a diet.
Available in a 2.4″ size only, in either 27.5 or 29″, with the usual plethora of casing and compound options, the new Maxxis Shorty looks to take the mid-spike tyre market by the scruff. The original Shorty was a perennial front tyre option in the UK and the new design looks to build on that.
A new knob layout designed to offer more traction and better mud-shedding isn’t a full departure from the first generation Shorty. That long centre knob has been split in two, and the siping within them has been deepened. For better cornering, the shoulder knobs have been given more support. The small ridges in between the tread aim to get shot of mud quicker too.
The narrower 2.4″ profile offers a claimed 5% weight reduction in DoubleDown and DH casings. Interestingly, there appears to be no EXO+ casing on offer, only EXO, DoubleDown and DH casings. The EXO comes in MaxxTerra only, while the DoubleDown and DH versions are MaxxGrip only. Weights start at 966g for the 27.5 x 2.4″ in EXO casing, rising all the way to 1286g in 29 x 2.4″ in the DH casing.
Pricing on the new shorty starts at £64.99.
You can check out the new Maxxis Shorty on Maxxis’ website here.