Shorty Tyre Test Results
A very popular tyre, many revered publications have tried and tested the Maxxis Shorty.
“This means impressive braking and, in particular, cornering traction in the sloppiest, softest ground. Surprisingly, it performed pretty well in our roll-down tests too.
The 3C compound and siped centre tread generates decent grip on wet rocks and roots, and the well-supported tread blocks stand up to hard cornering loads well.” – Seb Scott, BikeRadar.com, February 2017
Mountain Bike Rider
MBR.co.uk spent a whole year testing the Shorty and rated it an impressive 9/10:
“Maxxis’ superb 3C rubber formula is a big factor in the performance — it feels predictable everywhere and lasts reasonably well considering the grip on offer. The spaced-out Shorty knobs are noticeably slow rolling, and a tad lumpy on hard surfaces, but the 830g weight and mid-thickness casing, with EXO protection, add up to just about a perfect blend for most UK winter trail riding.
As a tough, versatile, aggressive trail tyre that can handle wet or dry conditions, the Shorty is 99 per cent sorted.” – James Smurthwaite, MBR.co.uk, January 2015
“When it comes down to it, the Shorty is still a specialist, and although the range of conditions it works well in is broader than its full-spike relatives, for most riders it won’t be a tire that they put on and forget about for the rest of the year like a Maxxis Minion or a High Roller II. On the other hand, when conditions warrant, the Shorty is an excellent choice for blasting through the muck and mire, and it remains usable even as the trail begins to dry out.” – Mike Kazimer, PinkBike.com, February 2015
WorldCyclery.com said the “Shorty was able to handle anything we threw at it”:
“The Shorty was able to handle anything we threw at it. The open tread pattern shed enough mud to keep the tire clean and digging in to the trail. The shorter spike design keeps the knobs from squirming on rocks and roots. Maxxis killed it with the Shorty tire!” – Max Morgan, WorldCyclery.com, February 2018
Single Track World
Single Track Magazine’s, James Vincent, put the Shorty through its paces and here is his verdict:
“In fact, I struggled to find the limits of the tyre, and only begrudgingly took it off when I realised that A) I had other tyres to test, and B) it might be nice to save some of that outstanding grip until winter, rather than burning it all up in one glorious summer.” – James Vincent, SingleTrackWorld.com, March 2019
Dirt Mountain Bike
Dirt Mountain Bike dubbed the Shorty “a tyre that gives predictable and confident handling in both wet and mixed conditions”, here’s what else they had to say:
“The larger volume and tough sidewall casing (our choice is the reinforced EXO option), gives good support and control even at lower pressures. With a weight of just over 800g, these aren’t going to hold you back. They set up tubeless easily and the 3C compound gives great traction without wearing out too quickly… For off-piste natural riding when real grip is needed this Maxxis rubber is a great choice.” – Sean White, DirtBikeMountain.com, April 2017
VitalMTB.com rated the Shorty a solid 4.5 stars out of 5:
“For its intended purpose and conditions the Maxxis Shorty is a no brainer, allowing riders to get away with murder on the trail and ride out of some ridiculous lines with confidence… They will inspire confidence and see you push loose corners to new speeds and induce loads of sound-effects on your way down the trail!” – AJ Barlas, VitalMTB.com, June 2014