This article is here to help you further understand all of the available mountain bike offerings from Maxxis tires. Here you will find a breakdown of the different casing designs and rubber compounds, along with other helpful information on Maxxis mountain bike tires.
The mountain bike tire is the only contact point between the rider and the ground, and therefore it is crucial in finding the correct tire for the job. Before picking the right tire to fit your needs, first think about the different terrain you may be riding on, and what type of bike the tire will be going on. Varying trail conditions, tire life longevity, maximizing grip, and minimizing rolling resistance are also important features to understanding all of the tire options from Maxxis.
Worldwide Cyclery rider Max Morgan piloting the Maxxis High Roller II 3C Maxx Grip at the Mountain Creek Spring Classic.
The tire casing is the main body of the tire, not including the tread of the tire. The casing may sometimes be referred to as the sidewall and provides the puncture protection for the tire. Varying casing options use different constructions with different thicknesses and rubber durometers for their intended use. The bead of the tire is the part of the tire that physically hooks on to the rim and can be made from different materials, changing its strength, durability, and weight. Let’s break down the different Maxxis tire casings:
SINGLE PLY - A single ply casing is one layer of nylon that joins to the bead.
DUAL PLY - A dual ply casing uses two layers of nylon material.
EXO PROTECTION - Exo protection is a casing option that offers additional cut and abrasion resistance to select mountain bike tires.
DOUBLE DOWN - Double Down is Maxxis’ newest casing offering that is aimed to suit the needs of enduro riding and racing.
DOWNHILL - The downhill casing provides the ultimate tire stiffness and toughness.
Choosing the correct rubber compound is a crucial part of the design process when trying to create the most efficient tire possible. The different rubber compound offerings can be broken down into two sub categories; single compound and dual compound. A single compound tire is suited for those riders looking to maximize the longevity of their tires. A dual compound tire places harder or softer durometer rubber throughout specific areas on the tire to achieve a desired characteristic. Listed below are some of the popular compound offerings from Maxxis.
3C TRIPLE COMPOUND - 3C technology is the most popular compound from Maxxis. 3C uses a harder base layer and two different softer compounds on the center knobs and cornering knobs.
SUPER TACKY - Super tacky tires is a single compound tire that is most commonly paired with a downhill casing from Maxxis.
While finding the correct tread pattern is very dependent on the terrain and the given trail conditions, it comes down to personal preference. Listed below are some of the most popular tread options from Maxxis.
Written by Max Morgan