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Maxxis Tyre Guide: Recommendation by Region

2 years ago | Words: Andy Wigan

Have you ever joined your riding crew for a weekend blat, running tyres that are completely mismatched to the terrain? Yep, it’s like rocking up with a knife to a gunfight, right?! No matter your skill level, you’re still at a distinct disadvantage. Your enjoyment factor suffers. And you’re much more likely to crash, with the inevitable impact on bike and/or body!

To prevent that thoroughly unavoidable scenario, the guys from Maxxis Australia have prepared the following handy tyre recommendation guide to ensure the hoops you fit to your bike are best suited to the region you’re riding in.

Before we dive into any tyre recommendations, let’s quickly familiarise ourselves with the all-new Maxxis off-road tyre line-up and how they perform in specific riding conditions, as this’ll help you make the right purchasing decision.

RIVERINA REGION OF NSW

The NSW Riverina region extends from the rocky foothills of the Snowy Mountains to the flat, dry inland plains of Hay and Carrathool. With huge tracts of bushland, the odd shaley rock outcrop, undulating grasstrack and significant elevation changes, it’s an absolute riding paradise.

An intermediate-to-hard terrain tyre is going to provide all-round performance here. If the conditions are dry and dusty, try a more extreme tyre option.

MAXXIS TYRES’ RECOMMENDATION


WIDE BAY & SOUTHEAST QLD

The Wide Bay and Southeast Queensland regions’ diverse countryside host a variety off-road and adventure riding with superb conditions – from sandy coastline and dense forestry trails to hard, rocky terrain in the west. These regions have hosted several Transmoto events, including the 2022 8-Hour at Miva Station, Gympie, where you’ll find a combination of hardpack, high-speed trails and tacky singletrail, along with sections of black riverbed sand.

An intermediate-to-hard terrain tyre is going to provide all-round performance here. If the conditions are dry and dusty, try a more extreme tyre option.

MAXXIS TYRES’ RECOMMENDATION


MID-NORTH COAST, NSW

The Mid-North Coast of NSW is a vibrant country region that lies between the Great Dividing Range and coastline. Riders are spoilt with beautiful natural terrain trails and fast, flowing forestry tracks with a full spectrum of riding conditions. With everything from fast, natural-terrain grasstrack to tight, technical singletrail – complete with rocks and plenty of slippery roots – this region demands a lot of versatility from your tyres.

A soft-to-intermediate terrain tyre is going to eat this terrain up and will be your best friend here.

MAXXIS TYRES’ RECOMMENDATION


NORTHEAST REGIONAL VICTORIA

North East Regional Victoria is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and bustling rural cities with an enviable outdoor lifestyle. This region is famous for prime bush trails, technical hillclimbs and undulating grasstrack with loose-over-hard riding conditions (and it’s home to the Transmoto 8-Hour at Wangaratta).

An intermediate-to-hard terrain tyre is going to provide all-round performance here. Depending on track conditions, you could try a soft-to-intermediate terrain tyre for extra bite in soft soil.

MAXXIS TYRES’ RECOMMENDATION


SOUTH WEST SLOPES OF NSW

The South West Slopes region covers the lower inland slopes of the Great Dividing Range, extending from north of Dunedoo through central NSW and into northeast Victoria. It’s an extensive area that includes foothills and mountain ranges, consisting of a variety of rocks and soil types. Terrain is typically hard and high-speed, combined with some tacky singletrail, rocky hillclimbs and undulating grasstrack.

An intermediate-to-hard terrain tyre is going to provide all-round performance here. Depending on track conditions, you could try a soft-to-intermediate terrain tyre for extra bite in soft soil.

MAXXIS TYRES’ RECOMMENDATION


For more info, check out the Maxxis website.

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