Tire Review: Maxxis Raze Cyclocross Tire Review
Racing and Riding Impressions: The Raze is Maxxis’ newest cyclocross tire. At a svelte 322 grams and with a versatile tread, it’s well-suited for many types of courses and terrain. The Raze features a slightly softer rubber than the other two Maxxis cx tires, but when combined with changes in tread and volume, I couldn’t tell the difference in rubber hardness. The Raze is lighter and more supple than the Locust, and offers a good ride quality. The tight center blocks help the tire roll smoothly on any surface, and traction under pedaling or braking was decent in all but the loosest dirt or thick mud — conditions that the tire’s center tread tended to slip on. Maxxis markets the tire as a great choice for mud, but I’d choose the Mimo over the Raze when it gets messy. The Raze is a better dry surface tire and is an excellent choice for fast, dry, early-season courses.
Width (listed / measured): 35mm / 31mm
Weight (listed / measured): 315g / 322g