Shawn Stinson from Park City, Utah sent over this awesome review on the Maxxis Re-Fuse Tire. Let's see what he thought!
After purchasing a gravel bike last fall, I (foolishly) signed up for a couple races in which to take out the new bike (SCOTT Gravel 20), one of which was the Belgian Waffle Ride in San Diego - it promised to offer a true test of 132 miles combining pavement, dirt and sand. It turned out that approximately 90 were on pavement and 40 were on dirt, so I was looking for a tubeless tire that would roll well and also handle the dirt, rocks and sand – not an easy combination for any tire. That said, the Re-Fuse stood up to the long training rides, miles, and punishment of the wickedly cruel miles of BWR with ease, rolling great on the roads and over the rocky sections while floating through the many sandy sections (while others, mostly those riding 25s and 28s, were helpless and often walking).
The tread is not heavy or too knobby, which again was ideal for the BWR (I rode it at about 73 psi, max is 75). That said, the next race I’m slated for is the Crusher in the Tushar in central Utah, which will require a beefier, more traditional CX tire (which I will no doubt purchase through Worldwide Cyclery due to their selection, prices and classic emails). If you’re looking for a slightly wider, good rolling tire that’s tough – for races or training – put the Re-Fuse at the top of your list. I’ll definitely be riding it again at the 2018 BWR!
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