Over the years, the 2.35 tire width has become the standard size for trailbikes. It splits the difference between the XC-friendly 2.1 and freeride 2.5 widths. I remember going from 2.1 to 2.5’s and even 2.7’s back in 2002 when I was riding my beloved Turner RFX (man I loved that bike). But, since that time I’ve settled into the 2.35 tire width pretty much exclusively.
I rode the Maxxis Ignitor 2.35’s on the 2009 Kona Dawg Supreme with excellent results. This tire is an excellent choice for soft and tacky conditions and even does well in loose, rocky terrain.
More info from Maxxis:
The Ignitor tread pattern was designed for the most discerning professional racers and already has laid claim to multiple World Cup victories. The well-spaced tread pattern fills in nicely to provide low rolling resistance in the straights, while the ramped pentagonal knobs provide excellent traction in the corners and in medium soil.
Specs on the Maxxis Ignitor 2.35:
- Sizes: 26 x 1.95, 2.10 or 2.35 (tested)
- Bead: Foldable
- Casing: Lightweight, single-ply
- Weight: 520 (1.95) – 790 grams (2.35)
- Durometer: 62 or 70
- MSRP: $48 (2.35)
Maxxis Ignitor 2.35 Tire Review
With its widely-spaced knobs and rounded profile, the Ignitor is fast-rolling and capable of hooking up when pressed hard. At 790 grams, the 2.35 width is smack-dab in the middle of the pack when it comes to weight. It feels like a nice balance between ultra-thin sidewalls and beefy DH treads.
Riding at 20-22 psi, front and 25-27 psi, rear, I found the Kona Dawg Supreme to hook up well on rocky, soft and hardpack trails. I pushed these tires hard into corners and they always provided Velcro-like traction. Rallying down fast downhills and rolling through tight, twisty singletrack brought out the best in the Ignitors.
Climbing traction also feelt very solid. Every time I pushed them on something steep and technical, traction was nearly always there. The only exception came with really loose, rocky terrain–and that gives all tires fits.
- Rounded profile is great for all-around use
- Feels fast rolling
- Hooks up in the corners
- No flats in 3 months
- Can lose climbing traction in dry/loose sand
- XC purists may gripe at the width and weight
The Bottom Line: Maxxis Ignitor 2.35 Tires
These new treads from Maxxis offer excellent trail feel and hook up nicely in medium to hardpack trails. Should you get some mud, the widely-spaced treads will shed it lickedy-split.