Maxxis Raze cyclocross tyre review

Maxxis Raze kevlar

Maxxis

I don't know much about cyclocross tyres, but I do know what I like. Well, what I don't like anyway, which is tyres that are puncture-prone, draggy and have no grip. That describes pretty well the tyres that came on my Kona Jake the Snake, some hefty Kendas which rode like greased-up tractor tyres.

Happily these Maxxis Raze are just about the opposite. I've been riding them to work and back several times a week since June, on and off-road, and they haven't punctured or thrown me off once in all that time. They roll fast enough to lose any opportunist roadies that want a race on the way home, and there's a surprising amount of tread left after so much road use - check out the photos. They grip very well on loose surfaces, though I haven't tried them in much mud yet. Looking out the window at the rain, I should get a chance to test them in some gloop pretty soon.

No doubt some of this miraculous performance is down to the tubelessness. Despite not having any claims to being "Tubeless Ready", like most Maxxis they inflate really easily on my NoTubes rims (Alpha 340 road) and hold pressure well - only needing an air top-up every 10 days or so. If I was to be picky about them I would say that at 33C width, they're not very forgiving on rocky trails and you need to maintain a few psi in there to keep from bottoming the rim out all the time.

Definitely the best CX tyres I've used so far, highly recommended. And as luck would have it, you can buy them here for £24.29 at the time of writing.

Raze tyre tubeless on a ZTR Alpha wheel

Raze

Weight: 350g (kevlar bead)
Compound: 62A
Size: 700 x 33C

2 thoughts on “Maxxis Raze cyclocross tyre review”

  • sheck

    I really like the sound of this setup, but am worried about the 40psi limit for non-tubeless tyres? What pressure do you run these at?

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  • jon

    I've been using between 30 and 40 psi. Actually I think you should be able to run such narrow tyres at higher pressures than 40 psi if you wanted - narrow tyres like these are much less likely to pop off than fat ones.

    Having said that once you get to around 40psi the bike starts skipping around more every time you hit a rock or bump. I think the optimum pressure I found was around 35psi.

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