Our choice of the top 3 best summer enduro tyres, these tyres were tested in dry or ‘slightly damp’ conditions, so this list will favour low rolling resistance and speed on an enduro tyre. These tyres are listed in order from lowest rolling resistance to highest.
3. Maxxis High Roller 2 Review
The High Roller II gives the perfect balance of weight and durability for summer enduro mountain bike riding, and is noticeably lighter than most other dual layer tyres in its class. Working as a tyre that can be switched onto the rear wheel in winter, seasons are not a major consideration to make when buying this tyre. Some suggest that the high roller 2 is an expensive buy for the lifespan of the tyre – but for one of the most ride defining aspects of a bike we think it is well worth it. This tyre is the perfect blend of all round performance and cannot be faulted for reliable lightweight grip against other tyres. We would recommend the 2.4 volume version for those that feel a little more grip and support is needed and the 2.3 volume version for those who look to cut down on rolling resistance where possible.
2. Maxxis Minion DHF EXO Review
The minion DHF can be loosely thought of as a more bulky and rigid version of the High Roller II, focusing less on the low rolling resistance and more on grip and stability. The DHF tyre provides grip in loose rocky conditions that we’d be happy with on a downhill tyre, without the weight penalty you would expect. In volumes varying from 2.3 to 2.6 (with 2.5 as the current recommended race standard by Maxxis), the higher volume versions being suited to the more wide rims that are becoming increasingly commonplace. For someone who wants their summer enduro build to be as light and fast as they can get it, while retaining most of the downhill focus, you can’t go wrong with the DHF.
1. Schwalbe Magic Mary SnakeSkin Review
Almost undisputedly the most popular tyre for aggressive riding at professional level, these tyres will be seen lining the start of almost every major enduro race from megavalanche to the World Series. The aggressive tread pattern gives the 2.35 volume tyre comfort on a par with 2.5 equivalents and for many is the number one choice for both summer and winter riding, especially in countries with more unpredictable weather such as the UK.