Maxxis Dissector Review

Maxxis dissector mountain bike rear tire installed on a Transition Patrol in nature

Wildly popular since it's release, the Maxxis Dissector is a true all conditions tire for those who like a more playful ride!

About the Maxxis Dissector

     Maxxis released the Dissector a little over a year ago in partnership with Maxxis athlete Troy Brosnan who had been testing and developing them on the UCI World Cup DH circuit. Maxxis describes them as a do it all tire for dry and loose conditions, but we've been testing them and found they work extremely well in the wet. The tires were an immediate hit from the get-go, bridging the gap between the all out traction of a DHR II and the fast rolling Aggressor.

    Prior to moving to Bellingham, the majority of my riding was rocky, loose trails in the southwest where I (like many) found an immediate favorite in the Aggressor and never thought to put anything else on the rear end of my bike.

    Upon moving to the Northwest, I immediately had issues with clogging and tossed the classic DHR II on the rear and noticed an immediate increase in traction. Further, I had far less mud clogging between the nobs, but I lost a bit of that playful, easy to break loose feel. I was hoping the Dissector would be the answer to all my whoas. Read on to find out if it was...

Tire tested:

Maxxis Dissector DD MaxxGrip 27.5 x 2.4WT  

From Maxxis:

Troy Brosnan's go-fast signature tire.

  • Ideal for dry, fast trails
  • Tubeless compatible
  • Wide Trail casing optimized for 30-35mm rims

Designed in conjunction with Aussie DH racer Troy Brosnan, the Dissector seeks to minimize drag while retaining cornering control. This versatile tire can be used as a front, a pair, or as a rear depending on trail conditions.

Maxxis dissector mtb mountain bike rear tire tread detail from an angle

Aggressive side knobs, ramped fast rolling center knobs, and nice wide channels make for a great all-conditions tire.

First Impressions

    As with every Maxxis Tire I've ever set up, tubeless setup was easy and headache free. I'm running a cushcore in the rear and it gave me zero fuss in setting up. It's worth noting that I'm running the DoubleDown MaxxGrip iteration of the tire as there isn't a MaxxTerra or Dual Compound option available yet. The softer compound was immediately noticeable on the trail and what could be a fast rolling tire felt identical on the climbs to the rolling speed of the MaxxTerra DHR II that it replaced. No problem though, I'm willing to put up with slower climbs for a nice loose feeling on the decent.

The Downhill

    As soon as things started going downhill, I immediately new I was in love. The Dissector had a feel somewhere between the DHR II and Aggressor, with a bias towards the looser end of the spectrum, holding lines confidently while still being able to break free when desired. The tire has a drifty feel similar to the Aggressor in loose conditions with a super predictable feel that's easy to get the hang of. The first trail I really rode this tire on was on a trail scattered with bigger rock rolls and super technical rock sections connected by loose, blown out dirt. The Dissector felt at home. Just like the Aggressor, it stayed composed through predictability rather than all out traction and stuck to the rock like velcro.

    Where the Dissector differs from the Aggressor is in breaking performance. It has a significantly more grabby feel that allows you to dump speed very fast without loosing traction. The straight line performance of this tire is definitely something to behold. It really holds a strong line, but it still maintains a nice playful feel when you want to flick the back end around.

Maxxis dissector mtb mountain bike rear tire henry rails a berm

The Dissector In The Wet

    I was installed this tire towards the end of summer and have patiently been waiting for some wet conditions to test it out in. Over the past few weeks, we've received quite a bit of rain that have left the trails super sloppy- you bet I was out riding them!

    Last weekend I put the tire to the test in some of the wettest conditions I've ever ridden during a shuttle day in a torrential downpour that left the trails getting greasier and greasier, and the dirt getting muddier and muddier. Too my surprise, the tire performed just as it did in the dry- holding it's line but allowing you to break out at a moments notice. I didn't experience any clogging issues and the tire really stood out as a solid performer among all of my buddies tires. I found myself hitting two bigger features that I had never hit, even in the dry and I think that was in part due to the confidence the tire supplied. When paired with a DHF or Shorty, the Dissector is truly an all-weather, go anywhere performer that puts up zero fuss on even the wettest, rootiest trails.

Maxxis dissector mtb mountain bike rear tire tread detail


    I ride about 4-5 days a week and generally speaking, can ride an Aggressor comfortably for an entire season, and a DHR II for maybe half a season before feeling the need to switch it out assuming they don't get life-ending punctures. To cut to the chase, the Dissector is not a long-lasting tire. After two months on the Dissector it is now worn past the point that my Aggressors would be after nearly a season's worth of riding. I'm sure the ultra-tacky MaxxGrip compound played a roll in this, but regardless of excuses- the tire doesn't age well like a DHR II does and gets super chunked out and squirmy feeling after just a month or two.

Final Thoughts

    If you like the Aggressor in dry conditions, there's a good chance you'll be pretty dang stoked on the Dissector as a year-round, all conditions rear tire. It's definitely no mud spike, but it's just about as good as a non condition specific tire can get in the wet. For dry conditions I still prefer the Aggressor for its faster rolling speed. The durability is far from the best, and the compound choices are limited- but I'm okay with overlooking those because this tire will have your back no-matter the conditions. The Maxxis Dissector will 100% be staying on the rear end of my bike this winter with something like a Shorty on the front.

Maxxis dissector mountain bike rear tire installed on a Transition Patrol down by the water

Well that's my take on the Maxxis Dissector!

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Henry Hibbeln



Bellingham, WA

Current Bikes: Transition Patrol, Surly Straggler

Bike Size: Large

Favorite Trails: Galbraith/Glorieta Trails in Santa Fe

About Me: Transplanted from New Mexico and Michigan before that, Henry is a fan of spicy food, chunky trails, and endless bike park laps! Henry bounces back and forth between creating media content, taking photos, and helping customers get gear that will get them out on the trails. Looking for shock recommendations or where to get the best green chili? Henry might just be your guy.