With an eye on lighter evenings, drier trails and the season ahead, Maxxis have sent us their new Griffin DH rubber to check out. Here we take a first look at this new tyre and what it offers. when this filthy weather is gone we’ll get it mounted on a suitable machine and give it some hammer.
We have some tried and tested tyres here at Dirt and last summer featured a round up of our favourites. Maxxis have two in our list with the Ardent being a pick for a faster rolling trail bike tyre on the rear and the ever-popular High Roller II (in its various versions) a great option on more testing terrain.
The Griffin is all-new and is a 27.5” tyre aimed at gravity and DH riding and as such only comes in a 2.4” width and a two ply reinforced casing. Maxxis use a wire bead (it’s not a tubeless compatible tyre) and a 3C Maxx grip compound (which is the new name for the DH 3C compound). This rubber compound differs from the regular 3C used on their trail tyres giving a slower more controlled rebound.