- Maxxis tyre combos
Hang on, he’s after less drag not more. I’m still running the much-derided Crossmark on the rear (HR front for me) in the winter. It’s fine most of the time, and certainly never slows me down. Every now and then I swap it for a Mud-X and then wish I hadn’t.
There must be other slightly better options out there – Saguaro perhaps? Might try one when the Crossmark eventually wears out.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
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I run Maxxis Advantage 70A 2.1 front and rear the front grippy, very grippy just not in mud. But I find the rear drags a lot unless it’s dry.
Not trying to be funny but by most folks’ standard, the 70a advantage isn’t an especially grippy tyre, and certainly not a draggy one. I honestly can’t think of anything faster rolling that doesn’t have major drawbacks.Posted 4 years ago
Terrain is a mixture of a muddy sloppy field just the one, your typical fireroad material gravel mixed with leaves and pine needles mushed, gravelly bridleway type paths.
The advantage fine on the muddy grass field, feels a bit slow on the fireroad mush climbing but fine going down and on the gravel wet or dry its very fast.
Used to run highroller front and rear and found them better rolling but they slipped on wet climbs, well the back did.Posted 4 years agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
I ran a Crossmark rear all last winter.
Great fun, certainly teaches you how to ride muddy downhills – you can’t use the rear brake so you just have to try a bit more.
But my favourite Maxxis tyres are Ignitors, superb all rounders.
Can’t stand High Rollers, can’t cope with the lack of grip when partially leant over.
However, given the current ridiculous price of Maxxis, I’m now using One One Smorgasbords.
Buy some whisky with the savings.
Or try some Bontragers – I think the XR4’s are brilliant.Posted 4 years agotpbikerMember
stick a supertacky high roller on the front and a crossmark on the back
I have this combination on my enduro, theory being I’ll always lose the rear end before the front, with an added advantage of looking cool as I skid round corners
First ride out on it lost my front wheel on a root and cracked my ribs. Not been out on it since. Make of that what you will…Posted 4 years agoAlexSubscriber
DHF 2.35 on the front, Advantage 2.2 on the back when I had 26inch wheel biked. Sadly can’t get that combo on 29er. DHF 2.35 is now available thankfully which I run on the front and an Ardent 2.2 on the back of my FS29er. Good combo for all condition, ardent is a bit sketchy when it’s really muddy and I’m not brave enough to run it on the front!
I loved Ignitors (2.25 LUSTs) but they were mildly terrifying in the FoD mud and again they don’t do a decent 29er size.Posted 4 years agodannyhMember
Crossmark in winter is ‘madness’ in a fun sense of the word. If you know what to expect it can be great fun having the front end nailed to the ground with a grippy tyre whilst the back slews and skitters around. Really good fun for a ‘play’ ride. Long grassy or muddy climbs are no fun, though.Posted 4 years ago
I may keep the advantage on the rear and run it with a High roller 2 as I really liked the High roller all round was just a bit stuffy on the back. I found Conti rubber queen run faster but I had a massive brown pant moment when the front let go never had that with my Advantages so I think I’d rather live with slightly slower rolling and not lose grip.Posted 4 years agoquantockspaulMember
At the moment I’m running an ikon up front and a custom crossmark out back for xc racing at newnham and general riding on the quantocks. On the crossmark i chop off all the little round side knobs for a more aggressive cornering ability – still spins a bit on muddy climbs but I prefer less drag to grip – but does clear surprisingly well. The ikon does pack out a bit in claggy mud but is manageable.Posted 4 years ago
Come summer I’ll leave the crossmark on as it gets faster as it wears, and probably run an aspen on the front for dry or the ikon if it’s a summer like 2-3 years ago. All 3 are decent big volume for low pressure.
When it’s really claggy and sticky mud then medusa front and back
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