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  • Maxxis Beaver review

    Maxxis gave us a set of their new 29er-specific mud tyres a few weeks ago, the only problem was that none of us ride 29ers, unless you count road bikes of course. So who better to test them for us than Jack Peterson of the Burlycross website, and various other websites which have been going probably longer than the internet itself. Here's his review:

    Thanks to JRA for letting me roll around on these prototype Maxis Beavers, to check them out I used them on my Singular Pegasus. I was particularly interested in how they would match up with a few thinner rims, so one went on a Stans Alpha on the front, and the other on a Sun Ringle Equalizer 21mm on the rear.

    superlight 29er setup


    Initial impressions on fitting them were that these tyres are very rubbery to the touch, very light and with a deep tread pattern. The sidewalls in particular have the consistency of a giant rubber band, rather than the usual Kevlar cloth impregnated with rubber feel of most lightweight tyres. This obviously helped with the sealing, instant and with only the slightest sidewall leakage. There were some bits of excessive mould rubber sticking out the bead which I had to cut off first, this might be due to them being early models though. The tread is quite deep and very soft, dual rubber compound so I guess the centre is a bit harder, three rows of main knobbles with the centre row slightly ramped. Oh yes and these babies are light, 495 grams as weighed by me.

    I've being running Maxxis Aspen/Crossmark 2.1s almost exclusively for the past year and a 2.0 mud tyre was just what I wanted as a race alternative, so I set off for a lap of my local singletrack wood for a bit of race simulation. They appeared to roll well, very buzzy on tarmac and left a really noticeable bold tread pattern on the mud. It wouldn't have taken Tonto to track my route that day.

    Maxxis Beaver bites hard

    In the wood I upped the pace and was quickly impressed, the track is tight but there was no slippage or incidents despite a fair leaf covering. I realised I was riding in what could be termed 29er mode. It's one of the attributes of the bigger tyres and longer contact patch that you really can get away with what might be termed XC specific tyres in a variety of conditions. I was still riding in that fast smooth but no risk style so I started to attack the corners more. Then the slides started, very predictable and easily caught. You could feel the limits, pass them and just when the tyre was letting go, shift weight and stand it up to regain grip. It was like squaring off the corner on a motocrosser, I found myself deliberately sliding into then firing out of corners, great fun, and very rarely did I dab they were that predictable.

    Climbing up a steep mud bank with slight grass cover the grip wasn't out of the ordinary, not that this was a fault of the tyre, it's just that 29er tyres really do offer great all round grip. Switching to the Aspen-shod Crest wheel later, showed that a shallow tread can grip just as well. I haven't put the Beavers on the wider Crest rims yet but looking at the tread pattern in the mud on the thinner rims there's no shortage of contact patch. Braking coming down the slope is a different story though, the Beaver wins hands down there.

    tread clears well on the beavers


    I was out with a teammate on his 26" wheel Pace and Bontrager mud tyres, and I could easily out distance him up the climb on grip. This was a good chance to try a rolling resistance test too. He's been moaning tons lately that even though he's heavier than both me and a mate on a Singular swift, we leave him for dead on freewheel sessions (we're all running singlespeed so it happens a lot). So we set off downhill, both off and on road, and this time we were pretty even, which I suppose taking his extra weight in consideration was a slight win to the Beavers.....or is that just a 29 advantage? Anyway it wasn't the white wash it normally is, so I guess they roll well, but obviously slower than an XC race tyre.

    mud tyre testing


    For me I'd be happy to leave these on all winter, and have them standing by for downpours at races. They offer a little bit more clearance, don't drag, and clear very fast. Most importantly though they allow you to attack the trail and ride fast with a smile on your face, sure many XC specific 29er tyres will cope admirably but they wont be as much fun. Thetford racing at the weekend, umm just how muddy is it going to be?

  • Maxxis Beaver 29er- first look

    Due out in March the new Maxxis Beaver is a 29er specific tyre. We've got an early sample which we've send on for testing (as we have to admit we don't ride any 29ers here.)

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  • Maxxis Raze cyclocross tyre review

    Maxxis Raze kevlar


    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


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

  • Maxxis tyres under 1 kg

    We often get asked tyre weights around the mid-weight tyres where people don't want to be dragging round a Dual Ply Maxxis DH tyre (always over 1kg) and are looking for something quicker for all-day use but still able to handle some rocky stuff.*

    New Exo sidewalls (July 2010)
    Ardent 2.25 Exo 60a Maxxpro - 675-685g (2 weighed) average of 680g
    Ardent 2.4 Exo 60a Maxxpro -794 -814g (2 weighed) average of 804g
    Minion front 2.5 Exo 60a Maxxpro - 846-849g (2 weighed) average of 845g
    Ignitor 29er 2.1 Exo eXCeption 62a 593-607g (2 weighed) average of 600g
    Ignitor 2.35 Exo 70a 767-785g (2 weighed) average of  776g

    All tyres are single-ply wall thickness & 60a MaxxPro rubber compound unless stated:

    Advantage 2.25 Wire - 740-770g (2 weighed) average of 755g
    Advantage 2.25 Kevlar - 664-687g (10 weighed) average of 662g
    Advantage 2.4 - 821-857g (5 weighed) average of 828g

    Ardent 2.25 kevlar 70a - 621g - 658g (8 weighed) average of 642g
    Ardent 2.4 wire SPC - 930 -950g (2 weighed) average of 940g
    Ardent 2.4 kevlar 60a 838 - 854g (2 weighed) average of 846g

    High Roller 2.35 Kevlar - 621-657g (5 weighed) average of 646g
    High Roller Wire 2.35 60a - 735-780g (6 weighed) average of 758g
    High Roller Wire 2.35 42a - 840-860g (4 weighed) average of 845g
    High Roller UST 2.35 42a - 930-950g (2 weighed) average of 940g
    High Roller 2.5 Wire - 870- 890g (2 weighed) average of 880g

    Ignitor Exception 62a 2.35 - 579- 598g (2 weighed) average of 589g
    Ignitor Exception 2.35 LUST - 823 -830g (2 weighed) average of 827g

    Larsen TT 2.35 - 595- 607g (2 weighed) average of 601g

    Minion Kevlar 2.35 Kevlar fr - 741-757g (2 weighed) average of 749g
    Minion Kevlar 2.35 Kevlar rr - 731g
    Minion Wire 2.35 fr - 810g
    Minion Wire 2.35 rr - 810g
    Minion Wire 2.35 42a rr - 870g
    Minion Wire 2.5 fr - 860-870g (3 weighed) average of 867g
    Minion Wire 2.5 rr - 900g
    *Disclaimer: These are some weights of tyres that we've got in stock today (5 December 07, updated 4 April 2008/ 6 September 2008) and should be used as a rough guide only as tyre weights will vary from batch to batch.

  • Maxxis XC Tyre weights 2009

    Finally we've got round to weighing the Maxxis XC tyres.

    Maxxis Advantage


    Advantage 2.1 Kevlar 70a : average weight 624g
    Advantage 2.1 Kevlar 120tpi 62a eXC: average weight 548g

    Aspen 2.1 Kevlar 120tpi 62a eXC: average weight 478g
    Aspen 2.25 Kevlar 120tpi 62a eXC: average weight 591g

    Crossmark 2.1 wire bead, SPC, 70a: average weight 650g
    Crossmark 2.1 Kevlar 70a: average weight 569g
    Crossmark 2.1 Kevlar 120tpi 62a eXC: average weight 479g
    Crossmark 2.1 UST tubeless: average weight TBA

    High roller 2.1 wire bead, SPC, 70a: average weight 550g
    High roller 2.1 Kevlar 70a: average weight 514g
    High roller 2.1 Kevlar 120tpi 62a eXC: average weight 481g

    Ignitor 2.1 Kevlar 70a rubber: average weight 580g
    Ignitor 2.1 Kevlar 120tpi 62a eXC: average weight 480g

    Larsen Mimo 2.0 Kevlar 120tpi 62a eXC: average weight 484g

    Larsen TT 2.0 Kevlar 70a rubber: average weight 568g
    Larsen TT 2.0 Kevlar 120tpi 62a eXCeption: average weight 496g
    Larsen TT 2.0 LUST tubeless: average weight 679g

    Monorail 2.1 Kevlar 70a: average weight 559g
    Monorail 2.1 Kevlar 120tpi 62A eXC: average weight 502g
    Monorail 2.1 LUST tubeless: average weight 657g

    Medusa 1.8 Kevlar 70a: average weight 489g
    Medusa 1.8 Kevlar 120tpi 62A eXC: average weight 491g
    Medusa 2.1 Kevlar 70a: average weight 531g
    Medusa 2.1 Kevlar 120tpi 62A eXC: average weight 482g
    Medusa 2.1 LUST tubeless: average weight TBA

    Rendez 2.1 Kevlar 70a: average weight 557g
    Rendez 2.1 Kevlar 120tpi 62A eXC: average weight 481g

  • Maxxis Rendez/Monorail/Ardent/Ridgeline - tyre weights

    Rendez 2.1 wire bead, SPC, 70a - 665g
    Rendez 2.1 Kevlar 70a - 540-590g (2 weighed) average of 565g
    Rendez 2.1 Kevlar 120tpi 62A eXC - 469-464g (2 weighed) average of 467g

    Monorail 2.1 wire bead, SPC, 70a - 605-615g (2 weighed) average of 610g
    Monorail 2.1 Kevlar 70a 567-571g (2 weighed) average of 569g
    Monorail 2.1 Kevlar 120tpi 62A eXC - 510-512g (2 weighed) average of 511g
    Monorail 2.1 LUST tubeless - 643-670g (2 weighed) average of 657g

    Ardent 2.25 kevlar 70a 640-641g (2 weighed) average of 649g

    Ridgeline 2.1 wire bead SPC 70a - 605-615g (2 weighed) average of 610g
    Ridgeline 2.1 Kevlar 70a - 545-569g (2 weighed) average of 557g

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