Arguably the world’s favourite product selection from Maxxis, a huge amount of varying technology goes into every one of our cycle tyres whether they are designed for road, hybrid or off-road use.

Bike Tyre Technology

Basic Tyre Construction

Maxxis basic tyre construction

Wide Trail Tyre Construction

Maxxis wide trail construction

Wide Trail (WT) construction optimises the tyre tread layout and profile on today’s modern, wider rims. Traditional tyres were designed for older, narrower rims which can lead to an overly square tyre profile, leading to inferior performance. WT tyres are optimised for a 30-35mm inner rim width, depending on the rider’s preference.

Tyre Bead

The function of the bead is to keep the tyre in contact with the rim while the tyre is inflated.

Wire Bead

A rigid, metal wire is used as bead material in applications where ultimate strength is compulsory and transportability is not a factor.

Foldable Bead

Foldable beads also keep the tyre secured to the rim but are lighter in weight and easily transported. The bead is made of spun aramid fibres.

Carbon Fiber Bead

A flexible, lightweight bead material designed to withstand the forces exerted by a high-pressure road tyre.

Tyre Casing

A material inserted between layers of the tyre to provide added strength and rigidity to the tyre when inflated.

Single-Ply Casing

One layer of nylon wrapped from bead-to-bead. A single ply casing conforms nicely to the terrain and is lighter in weight.

Dual-Ply Casing

Two layers of casing material are used from bead-to-bead, providing additional protection and sidewall stiffness for enduro and downhill applications.

Tyre TPI (Threads-per-Inch)

TPI stands for threads per inch, referring to the number of threads that cross through one square inch of a single ply of the tyre casing. Lower TPI gives better puncture, cut and abrasion resistance but is heavier. Higher TPI conforms better to terrain, offering a smoother, more comfortable ride while reducing the weight of the tyre.

Maxxis Tubeless Ready Tyres

Tubeless tyres provide the rider with many benefits: the ability to run lower air pressures, improving traction; lower rolling resistance when compared to a tube-type tyre, and less chance of flatting since there is no tube.

Liquid sealants should only be used in tubeless road, tubular and tubeless-ready tyres. The use of sealants in any other Maxxis tyre will void the warranty.

Bike Tyre Protection

Maxxis DoubleDown Casing

Maxxis DoubleDown downhill casing

DoubleDown (DD) is the next step in the evolution of the dual-ply tyre casing for enduro racing. Two 120 TPI casing layers reinforced with a butyl insert provide the enduro racer with the support and protection of a downhill tyre, but in a lighter package.

  • Retains strength and support while retaining the ability to deform over rocks, roots and other technical terrain
  • Saves on average 15% weight compared to a DH tyre of the same tread pattern
  • Adds bead strength to provide extra stiffness and reduce the chances of burping

Maxxis Silkworm Protection

Maxxis Silkworm tyre protection

Maxxis Silkworm is an exclusive material incorporated into the casing of select models, increasing puncture and tear resistance. Silkworm is featured underneath the tread as a breaker.

Maxxis SilkShield Protection

Maxxis SilkShield tyre protection

Maxxis SilkShield offers protection from bead to bead whereas Silkworm is found under the tread only.

Maxxis MaxxShield Protection

Maxxis MaxxShield tyre protection

The Maxxis MaxxShield represents the ultimate level in flat tyre protection. We begin with our SilkShield bead-to-bead protection and add our Aramid Composite layer under the tread for unparalleled durability.

Maxxis eBike Tyre Technology

Maxxis eBike tyre construction

Maxxis eBike tyres are designed to meet European ECE-R75 standards, guaranteeing performance and reliability for additional cargo capacity and the increased speeds that electric bikes can offer.

Maxxis EXO Protection

Maxxis EXO tyre protection

Maxxis EXO is an extremely cut-resistant and abrasion-resistant material added to the sidewalls of select mountain bike tyres. EXO is a densely woven fabric which is also lightweight and highly flexible, minimising sidewall cuts and abrasions while ensuring that the performance of the tyre remains unaffected.

Maxxis Butyl Insert

Maxxis butyl rubber insert

The extra piece of butyl rubber that extends from the bead of a downhill tyre up into the sidewall helps prevent pinch flats, protects the rim from hard hits and adds sidewall stability.

Maxxis EXO+ Protection

Maxxis EXO+ tyre protection

Maxxis EXO+ construction features a layer of EXO protection with an additional layer of SilkShield, the two best puncture protection materials from Maxxis. Combined, these materials improve tread puncture protection by 27%, sidewall durability by 51% and resistance to pinch flats by 28%.

Bike Tyre Construction

Maxxis Tubular Tyres

Maxxis tubular tyre construction

A tubular tyre is a traditional tyre design whereby the tyre casing is sewn or wrapped around an inner tube. These types of tyres must be glued or taped onto tubular-specific rims.

Maxxis Tubeless Ready Road Tyres

Maxxis tubeless road tyre construction

Tubeless Ready Road is a tubeless tyre from Maxxis which combines a carbon fibre bead for strength, a bead cushion for security and a liquid-sealant-compatible rubber for air retention, eliminating the need for an inner tube. The puncture protection layer helps prevent damage from road debris.

Maxxis Tubeless Ready Downhill Tyres

Maxxis tubeless downhill tyre construction

Tubeless Ready Downhill construction is an off-road cycle tyre from Maxxis which enables the user to fit the tyres without an inner tube, shaving weight and featuring a butyl insert for support and rim protection.

Bike Tyre Compounds

Maxxis Tyre Rubber Compounds

The rubber compound used in a bicycle tyre is incredibly important. By changing the compound, engineers can make two identical-looking tyres perform completely differently. Maxxis cycle tyres feature the following tread combinations:

  • Single compound – one compound throughout the tread optimised for longevity and performance
  • Dual compound – two compounds within the tread of select tyres to offer lower rolling resistance and increased cornering grip
  • Triple compound – three compounds arranged throughout the tyre for the ultimate in no-compromise racing performance
  • A special low-rebound, high-traction compound used in selected downhill tyres

Maxxis 3C Triple Compound Road

Maxxis 3C Triple Compound Road tyre

Maxxis 3C Triple Compound Road technology utilises three distinct silica compounds in different areas of the tyre tread. The central line of the tread is made up of a harder compound for reduced tread wear and good rolling resistance. The progressively softer shoulder compounds feature increasingly soft compounds towards the rim for reliable grip in the corners.

Maxxis 3C Triple Compound Mountain

Maxxis 3C Triple Compound Mountain bike tyre

Maxxis 3C Triple Compound Mountain technology utilises three different compounds at different areas and depths of the tread. The base layer of rubber is a hard compound for rigidity, low wear rates and good rolling resistance. The top layer of rubber on the central line is a medium compound for grip even on sheer or slippery surfaces without wearing too quickly, while the shoulder knobs feature a soft compound for elite cornering performance. There are three different variants of our 3C Triple Compound Mountain technology called MaxxSpeed, MaxxTerra and MaxxGrip.

Maxxis 3C Maxxspeed Compound

Maxxis 3C Maxxspeed tyre compound

The Maxxis 3C MaxxSpeed compound is used primarily in cross country and race tyres. This compound structure features more of the harder, low-rolling-resistance comound for maximum speed, with a lighter covering of the softer, grippier compounds on the outer tread for bite into difficult surfaces.

Maxxis 3C Maxxterra Compound

Maxxis 3C MaxxTerra tyre compound

The Maxxis 3C MaxxTerra is an intermediate compound used in select mountain bike tyres. This compound mix features more of the softer compounds than the MaxxSpeed, but retains a good structure and low rolling resistance thanks to an intricate balance of soft and hard compounds.

Maxxis 3C Maxxgrip Compound

Maxxis 3C Maxxgrip tyre compound

Maxxis 3C MaxxGrip uses the softest rubber compounds for a larger portion of the tyre, offering continued grip and slow rebound properties for unparalleled traction in downhill applications.

Maxxis HYPR Compound

Maxxis full silica HYPR tyre compound

Maxxis HYPR compound is the best full silica compound to feature in Maxxis bicycle tyres yet. HYPR has 16% lower rolling resistance for an increase in speed, with 23% better grip in wet conditions. HYPR decreases rolling resistance while increasing traction, all while retaining the same durability as our previous rubber compounds.

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