MAXXIS BIGHORN 3.0 TIRES
New design, better traction By the staff of Dirt Wheels
❏ Maxxis has a great relationship
with multiple UTV manufacturers.
Companies like Kawasaki, Yamaha,
Polaris and more use the Maxxis
Bighorn 2.0 tires on their stock
machines. There is no doubt that the
2.0 tire provides good traction in many
different types of terrain, and for years
there was no reason to upgrade these
stock shoes. However, technology
continually improves, which means
that production costs can be cut down
and manufacturing a more impressive product for the same price can
become a reality. Now, bring on the
Maxxis Bighorn 3.0!
The Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tire has
deep channels to displace dirt, mud
and sand easily while allowing the
diagonal-shaped tread to grip. The
radial construction of the tire allows
it to ride smoothly over rough terrain.
The shell of the tire has a six-ply rating
to help prevent flats out on the trail or
on the racecourse. The sidewalls have
grooves that stick out to provide trac-
tion in ruts and corners.
The Maxxis Bighorn 3.0 tire has all
of the attributes of the 2.0, including
its lightweight construction and radial
design. The difference with these new
tires occurs in the design of the lugs.
The front tires are now directional,
so you can only run them one way
for proper traction. The lugs are still
spaced out well for all types of terrain
and great tread clean-out.
The rear 3.0 tires are multi-direction-al with a larger tread surface area than
the 2.0s. While the tread pattern covers
more of the tire, Maxxis still kept the
paths available for mud to clean out
between the lugs easily.
HOW THEY HANDLE
The front Maxxis Bighorn 3.0 tires
are simply better. They outdo the 2.0s
with their turning grip. While the old
Bighorns would push on hardpack
corners, the new ones bite a lot more.
Changing direction is easier even while
The rear Bighorn 3.0 tires have more
straight-line traction, which is a big
plus if you are a racer or just like strong
acceleration. In corners, they grip harder and don’t break loose as easily. We
are able to trust that the rear end of
our machine won’t easilywalk out on us
and instead keep the momentum traveling in the direction we are driving.
These tires drive as smoothly as the
old Bighorn 2.0s and are just as light.
We are hoping that eventually the new
Bighorn will take the place of the old
model on most stock UTVs.
You can purchase the Bighorn 3.0s
in sizes ranging from 26 to 29 inches
in height with 9- and 11-inch widths.
The 26-inch tires fit 12-inch rims, while
the others can be wrapped around
14-inch wheels. Prices range from $174
to $240. Go to www.maxxis.com to
learn about the rest of the tires in their
The front Maxxis Bighorn 3.0 tire is now directional,
which helps with turning, while the rear has a bigger
tread surface area that helps with traction.