Maxxis has released the latest version of its race-specific compound, MaxxSpeed, to the public. The new MaxxSpeed compound uses a silica filler to enhance both speed and wet traction, They claim this can reduce rolling resistance by more than 25%. According to Maxxis Nino Schurter has already been racing on this new compound in multiple World Cup and World Championship wins.
To cater to the various conditions and terrains encountered by XC riders, Maxxis is offering the new compound in a complete range of XC tread patterns, including Aspen, Rekon Race, Ikon, and Severe. The company’s proven 120 TPI, tubeless-ready XC race casing with EXO sidewall protection is used in all specs.
The Severe, a new XC mud tire featuring a spiky tread pattern, has also been launched by Maxxis. It will be available in both 29″ and 27.5″ diameters at 2.25″ wide. Although heavier than the Aspen tire designed for dustier trails, the Severe is still comparable to the semi-slick Rekon Race tire, weighing in at a claimed 745g in the 29″ x 2.25″ option. The Severe’s unique tread pattern features center tread blocks with a substantial gap between the center and the smaller tread blocks positioned slightly inboard of the edge. This space allows the tire to shed mud more easily, providing superior grip and control for riders in wet and muddy conditions.