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:
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.