Tire Review: Maxxis Locust Cyclocross Tire Review
Racing and Riding Impressions: Like the Kenda Small Block 8, the Locust is a great ’cross tire for dry, rocky, or loose dirt courses. It rolls surprisingly well on pavement and hardpack and provides both great traction and confident cornering due to its stiff side knobs. In softer dirt, it performs well, but when things get moist, the tight tread packs up with dirt and organic matter.
The Locust is on the heavier side, but appears to be a very durable tire from our testing. Don’t own a cyclocross bike? Throw these on the mountain bike front or rear and chase down or drop your fat-tire friends. The tread and width can handle it. With the wide paddle knobs, I preferred it as a rear tire, but the aggressive shoulder knobs handled front wheel duty well. While too heavy to be the perfect race tire, if you have one bike that’s used for a mix of racing ’cross, commuting and hitting the trails, the Locust would be my top choice (it remains on one of my bikes).
Width (listed / measured): 35mm / 32 mm
Weight (listed / measured): 435g / 417g