Fat Bike Tire Test: Maxxis Mammoth

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Contents and Test Summary

  1. Introduction
  2. Manufacturer Specifications
  3. Size, Weight, Thickness
  4. Rolling Resistance: 54.7 watts
  5. Puncture Resistance: 8 tread / 6 sidewall
  6. Conclusion: 2 / 5 Not Recommended
  • Maxxis Mammoth
Performance compared to all other fat bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - highest - strongest)

Maxxis Mammoth road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

The Maxxis Mammoth is Maxxis's first try at building a fat bike tire. The Mammoth has relatively low, closely spaced knobs center knobs that are made of a harder rubber compound (Dual Compound) to try to keep rolling resistance and wear to a minimum. The side knobs are much bigger and made of a softer compound to give as much cornering grip as possible. On paper, the Mammoth seems to be the perfect fat bike tire.

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I've tested the 120 TPI EXO version of the Mammoth to see how it stacks up to other top of the line tires. The 120 TPI EXO version comes with reinforced EXO sidewalls, but no tubeless beads. A 120 TPI EXO/TR version is available as well that features rubber coated beads to help seal the tire when used tubeless. Strange enough, the 60 TPI version actually has the same weight as the 120 TPI version, this is because it doesn't use reinforced sidewalls. I expect the 60 TPI version to be a much weaker tire.

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Specifications
Brand Maxxis
Model Mammoth
Year 2016
Supplied By Bought in store
Sponsored by
Wolf Tooth Components
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range High
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Manufacturer part number
TPI 120
Compound DUAL
Bead Folding
ETRTO 102-559
Size Inch 26"
Width Inch 4.00
Specified Weight 1270 grams
Max Pressure 30
Made In Thailand
Available Sizes 26 x 4.00

Maxxis Mammoth Test Results

Maxxis Mammoth  fat bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements
Specified Weight 1270 grams
Measured Weight 1271 grams
Measured Width Carcass 97 mm
Measured Width Tread 98 mm
Measured Height 80 mm
Measured Knob Height Center 3.0 mm
Measured Knob Height Edge 5.5 mm
Measured Total Thickness Sidewall 0.95 mm
Measured Total Thickness Center (excluding knobs) 2.40 mm
All size measurements are taken at an air pressure of 16 psi / 1.1 bars on a 65 mm inner width rim.

Specified weight of the 26x4.00 120 TPI EXO Mammoth is 1270 grams, my sample came in at 1271 grams which is pretty much spot on. The maximum width of the casing is 97 mm, the knobs stick out a bit further making the total width 98 mm on a 65C rim at an air pressure of 16 psi / 1.1 bars.

The knobs in the center of the tire have a height of just 3 mm, which is less than most other fat bike tires. The side knobs are much bigger and have a height of 5.5 mm. With a thickness of 0.95 mm, the sidewalls are of average thickness.

Rolling Resistance Test Results

Rolling Resistance Test Results
Inner Tube Schwalbe SV13J (390 gr)
Rolling Resistance 20 PSI / 1.4 Bar 30.3 Watts
CRR: 0.00908
Rolling Resistance 16 PSI / 1.1 Bar 33.9 Watts
CRR: 0.01016
Rolling Resistance 12 PSI / 0.8 Bar 40.7 Watts
CRR: 0.01220
Rolling Resistance 8 PSI / 0.6 Bar 54.7 Watts
CRR: 0.01640
All numbers are for a single tire at a speed of 29 km/h / 18 mph and a load of 42.5 kg / 94 lbs.

Use the formula: RR (Watts) = CRR * speed (m/s) * load (N) to calculate rolling resistance at a given speed and load.

At very high air pressures, the rolling resistance of the Mammoth is OKish. When dropping air pressure, rolling resistance rises sharply and ends up at a very high 54.5 watts at an air pressure of 8 psi / 0.6 bars. My guess is this is because, at higher air pressures, the (almost) continuous center knobs help to keep rolling resistance relatively low. At lower air pressures, the sidewalls and edge knobs become the dominant factor and rolling resistance goes up big time.

I expected more from a first try from one of the biggest MTB tire manufacturers. I didn't expect a stellar performance from the Mammoth as their normal-sized MTB tires do not perform that great in the rolling resistance test either, but it's a disappointment to see this tire perform so bad at the low air pressures most fat bike riders like to use.

Puncture Resistance Test Results

Maxxis Mammoth  fat bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Result (higher is better)
Puncture Resistance Tread 8 Points
Puncture Resistance Sidewall 6 Points

Although rolling resistance is quite high, the Mammoth with EXO sidewalls performs very strong in the puncture tests. The sidewalls on this tire are one of the strongest and also have a decent thickness. Running these in a tubeless configuration shouldn't be a problem at all. In the tread puncture test, it also performs on the upper end of the spectrum. If you're looking for a strong tire, the Mammoth is a good choice.


  • Maxxis Mammoth
Performance compared to all other fat bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - highest - strongest)

If you run your fat bike tires at air pressures over 16 psi / 1.1 bars, the Maxxis Mammoth might be a decent tire. If you like to go down to really low air pressures (< 12 psi / 0.8 bars), the Maxxis will really start to drag you down. In the puncture resistance tests, the Mammoth performs strongly. The bad part is you can find more puncture resistant tires that offer a lower rolling resistance, lower weight, and an even better puncture resistance.

I rate the Maxxis Mammoth 2 out of 5 because this is Bicycle Rolling Resistance and rolling resistance is the most important criteria. I know fat bikers like to drop air pressures to very low values to be able to ride over anything. Check the overview pages (overview) to see which tires perform better than the Mammoth.

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RATING: 2 / 5
Not Recommended


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