The Maxxis / CST family of tires had a number of new cyclocross and gravel tires on display, offering options for nearly every type of drop bar dirt rider and budget.
Maxxis launched a cyclocross team in the Maxxis-Shimano team last season, and now features Danny Summerhill, Crystal Anthony and Travis Livermon this year. Last season the team did not have tubular tires to race, and were seen sporting some treads from other brands. Maxxis has partially solved this situation, in that it now has a 33c tubular version of its Raze tread available for its team riders.
The new 33c Raze is a UCI-legal nylon 120tpi tubular tire featuring puncture protection under the tread, and utilizing a lightweight butyl tube. Traditionalists may scoff that it’s not hand made from cotton thread, and doesn’t use a latex tube, but it uses the company’s Silkworm belt and doesn’t need to have its sidewall sealed. It likely won’t be here for the early season cyclocross months, but may arrive in December.
Two brand new clincher treads have also been released in the Speed Terrane and the All Terrane tires. Both have 60 and 120 tpi options and come in EXO casing, dual compound tread and feature a carbon tubeless bead.
The All Terrane looks to be quite versatile and has taller knobs than the older Maxxis Mud Wrestler, potentially making it a better choice for sloppy days.
The Speed Terrane is Maxxis’ new tubeless file tread:
New Gravel Treads and Size options from Maxxis and CST:
Maxxis released a new aggressive gravel tread with its new 40c Ravager tire. With mroe knobs than the Rambler and bigger side knobs, the tire should excel in loose conditions and trail riding. It will have the same price and same 60 and 120 tpi options as the Rambler we reviewed last month, and has two different levels of puncture protection with the EXO and Silkworm casings.
Also new is a 38c version of the Maxxis Rambler gravel tire. Although the 40c Rambler measured closer to 38c on our calipers, the 38c version will bring the supple gravel tire to more tire clearance-challenged bikes.
CST, the value-oriented sister brand of Maxxis, has a few gravel tires and a cyclocross tire as well. The new Pika comes in a whopping four different widths in 32, 35, 38 and 42c. All are wire bead except for the 38c, which has a folding option. Sadly for many gravel riders, these tires are not sold as tubeless-ready options. The 38c folding version is quite light at 360g. All are 60 tpi casings.
CST also has a 32c wire bead Criss Cross cyclocross clincher and Tirent 40c gravel tire, which are not new. Both are wire bead, 60 tpi casing. All the CST tires including the folding option are under $40.