MAXXIS DIRT BIKE TYRE GUIDE

1 year ago | Words: Andy Wigan | Photos: Maxxis Australia, PostMoto

Maxxis absolutely owns the show when it comes to market share in mountain bike circles. And with the Taiwanese tyre manufacturer recently releasing an all-new, Aussie-spec MaxxCross MX-IH (Intermediate Hard) 18-inch rear tyre, it’s helped focus attention on the market share gains that Maxxis has also been forging in the dirt bike market of late.

But how does the new MX-IH fit into the expanded range of new-generation off-road tyres now produced by Maxxis? Here’s a top-line summary of the range of Maxxis dirt bike hoops, along with an insight into each model’s construction features, performance range, and a handy tyre set-up guide developed by the brand’s Aussie distributor in cahoots with Pro MX and Off-Road racer, Todd Waters

MAXXCROSS MX-ST (SOFT TERRAIN)

The all-new Maxxcross MX-ST range has been designed from the ground up. This tyre features a unique race-spec rubber compound and tread pattern that delivers excellent traction in soft/loamy conditions.

  • Race-spec rubber compound
  • Tread pattern optimises traction and braking performance
  • Lightweight carcass design improves ride comfort, impact absorption and rider feel
  • Tried-and-trued in Australia’s soft/sandy conditions

The same tyre technology (rubber compound and tread pattern) found in the ‘big bike’ range has also been introduced into the minibike range. You’ll find new MX-ST tyres as OEM fitment on new generation KTM, GASGAS, Husqvarna and Yamaha YZ65 models.

MX-ST: CONSTRUCTION FEATURES…

  • Aggressive tread pattern and wide-spaced knobs for soft/sandy conditions
  • Knob arrangement: 33 centre, 36 side, 36 shoulder
  • Gyration pattern on front tyre to increase cornering stability

MAXXCROSS MX-SI (SOFT INTERMEDIATE)

The all-new Maxxcross MX-SI tyre range delivers excellent traction in soft terrain while providing increased durability when transitioning to harder terrain. It features a lightweight carcass construction, anti-flex bridges and new race-proven rubber for increased straight-line traction and aggressive cornering.

  • All-new tread pattern and rubber compound for soft conditions
  • Aggressive tread pattern with larger centre blocks to increase traction on harder terrain
  • Anti-flex bridges on side knobs offer stability and enhanced grip for aggressive cornering
  • Lightweight carcass design improves ride comfort, impact absorption and rider feel

MX-SI: CONSTRUCTION FEATURES…

  • Aggressive tread pattern and wide-spaced knobs for soft conditions
  • Larger centre blocks for increased traction on harder terrain
  • Gyration pattern on front tyre and anti-flex bridges to increase cornering stability

Watch the MX-SI in action here


MAXXCROSS MX-IH (INTERMEDIATE HARD)

The all-new Maxxcross MX-IH tyre range has been purposely designed to provide superior performance and traction in Australia’s hard/rocky terrain. The new lightweight carcass construction and strong sidewall virtually eliminates tyre roll sensation through corners. The new rubber compound delivers increased performance and durability in hard terrain while the pentagon-shaped knobs and half-shoulder knobs with staggered grooves increase cornering control and rider feeling.

  • NEW tread and compound designed specifically for intermediate – hard conditions
  • NEW rubber compound delivers increased performance and durability in hard conditions
  • NEW lightweight carcass construction and a strong sidewall virtually eliminates tyre roll sensation through corners
  • The pentagon-knob design and half-shoulder knobs with staggered grooves increase cornering control and rider feel in intermediate to hard conditions
  • #E/DOT-approved 120/90-18 rear
  • #E/DOT-approved front arriving Q4 2022

MX-IH: CONSTRUCTION FEATURES…

  • Pentagon knob design and ‘Monster’ impressions on front tyre
  • Strong carcass construction for enduro/off-road riding
  • Durable rubber compound for hard/rocky/blue-groove terrain

Watch the MX-IH in action here


HARD ENDURO TYRE OPTIONS…

MAXXCROSS IT

The Maxxcross IT offers excellent value for any hardcore cross-country/enduro rider or weekend warrior looking for a long-lasting road-legal knobby. The Maxxcross IT’s rubber compound and knob design enhance handling, stability and grip in a variety of int- hard conditions.

  • #E/DOT-approved hard enduro tyre
  • Strong and durable for hard enduro riding
  • Excellent grip in intermediate terrain
  • Long-lasting rubber

NEW ENDURO (MAXXENDURO)

The Maxxcross New Enduro is a DOT-approved, FIM-style endurocross and technical trailriding tyre. The front tyre features large, widely spaced knobs that bite hard, shed mud and steer quickly. The rear side knobs allow for flex, which enhances grip on rocks and hard surfaces.

  • #E/DOT-approved hard enduro tyre
  • Strong and durable for hard enduro riding
  • Excellent grip in intermediate terrain
  • Resilient across a huge range of terrain
  • Used by Factory TM Racing’s Wil Ruprecht in 2022
  • Brad Freeman, a British rider for the Factory Beta Racing team, won the EnduroGP using the MaxxCross New Enduro

TODD WATERS’ TYRE SET-UP GUIDE


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