After many years on the market, the Shorty has received an update. The new, second-generation MAXXIS Shorty has been developed together with successful downhill and EWS riders and has received several interesting innovations. You can find all the information about the available sizes, rubber compounds and our first ride impressions in this article.

The MAXXIS Shorty is well-known as a mid-spike tire for winter slop and dusty conditions, bridging the gap between the mud-specific Wetscream race tire and the MAXXIS ASSEGAI. The first version of the Shorty was released in 2014 and after more than six years of service, it is to be replaced by a second generation. The MAXXIS Shorty Gen 2, which has been developed together with successful downhill and enduro riders, receives a new tread pattern, slimmer casing and added sipes in the tread for better braking and cornering traction, lower weight and improved mud-shedding abilities.

What updates has the second generation MAXXIS Shorty received?

The updated MAXXIS Shorty Gen 2 splits the large centre lug of the original tire into two separate ones. The more reinforced shoulder lugs are now siped, promising improved braking and cornering traction. In addition, small ridges on the casing are intended to improve the tire’s mud-clearing abilities. Unlike the original Shorty which was available in three widths between 2.3″ and 2.5″, MAXXIS offer the updated version in only a 2.4″ width.

The tread pattern of the MAXXIS Shorty Gen 2.
The tread pattern of the original MAXXIS Shorty.

Our first impression of the new MAXXIS Shorty 3C MaxxTerra EXO

When the ground gets soft, the MAXXIS Shorty Gen 2 remains a great choice. During our testing of the new MAXXIS Shorty, which we had in the harder 3C MaxxTerra compound and thin EXO casing, we immediately noticed its good mud-clearing abilities. As a result, it is able to offer consistent traction in wet and muddy conditions. The new Shorty capably cuts its way through off-camber sections and puddles and even maintains good traction on wet roots. However, as the surface gets rockier or harder, the pronounced shoulder lugs tend to fold despite their reinforcement, resulting in vague handling. We swapped out the MAXXIS Minion DHF 2.5″ we had fitted previously for the Shorty and alongside the increase in rolling noise we also noticed some increased rolling resistance. However, on the front wheel this doesn’t rob you of too much energy and in wintery conditions, rewards you with more fun on the trails. For trail and enduro use, we’d ideally combine the Shorty with a High Roller II or DHR II at the rear. However, if you’re looking for other combinations or alternatives, you can find out everything you need to know in our big tire group test.

The MAXXIS Shorty Gen 2 models

MAXXIS offer the Shorty in three different casings to cover trail, enduro and downhill use. Unfortunately, the choice of compound is more limited, with the MAXXIS EXO casing limited to MaxxTerra rubber, while the Doubledown and Downhill versions are only available in MaxxGrip. All versions are available as both 27.5″ and 29″ tires.
For a comprehensive overview, you can refer to the table below:

Size Compound Casing Use
27,5×2,40WT 3C MaxxTerra EXO Trail
29×2,40WT 3C MaxxTerra EXO Trail
27,5×2,40WT 3C MaxxGrip DoubleDown Enduro
29×2,40WT 3C MaxxGrip DoubleDown Enduro
27,5×2,40WT 3C MaxxGrip Downhill Downhill
29×2,40WT 3C MaxxGrip Downhill Downhill

When will the new MAXXIS Shorty be available to buy in Germany and what will it cost?

The 29″ EXO and DH versions of the MAXXIS Shorty Gen 2 are available to buy immediately. If you’re after the 29″ DD or 27.5″ EXO and DH, you’ll have to remain patient until the beginning of May. The 27.5″ Doubledown model will likely only be available towards the end of the year. The EXO casing model costs € 69.90, the DH casing costs € 74.90 and the Doubledown casing costs € 79.90.


With the second generation of the Shorty, MAXXIS have replaced its stalwart mid-spike tire and brought it back into focus. The 2.4″ wide Shorty enters the market with a revised tread pattern and three available casings.If you want a specific tire for soft ground, the Shorty will make you reevaluate the muddy and wet trails that you’re able to ride.

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Words: Peter Walker Photos: Valentin Rühl

About the author

Peter Walker

As editor-in-chief, Peter is as much a man of action as he is of words. This expert, screw-driver-flexing two wheeled-whizz has many envy-inducing characteristics, including a background in motocross, several EWS race plates to his name, and more than 150 recorded days at Whistler Bike Park. However complex the bike and however steep the trail, he’s probably already nailed it, twice. Oh, and he can do it all on skinny tyres too. When it comes to guiding consumers, Peter cut his teeth at Vancouver’s oldest bike shop and now puts pen to paper on the daily translating this know-how into our editorial plan. When not tearing up Stuttgart’s local trails while testing bikes, he loves nothing more than loading up his self-renovated VW T5 and hitting the road. The fact that he’s a trained paramedic gives his colleagues reassurance out on the trails. So far we haven’t had to call him by his alias ‘Sani Peter’, so here’s hoping he keeps it right side up for the rest of his time here!