Bike Technology

Whether it's the gruelling demands of long-distance road racing, the punishing demands of mountain biking and cyclocross or the exhilration of BMX riding, Maxxis tyres have become renowned as the ultimate cycle tyre for enthusiasts and professionals around the globe.

We place great importance on providing cyclists with the best products possible and we are constantly striving to discover ways in which to improve and innovate the tyres we offer.

The technology that goes in to making every Maxxis cycle tyre is intelligently and thoroughly researched, bringing you products you can trust and rely on throughout your life's journey in cycling.

Here, we reveal some of the inner-most technology and revolutionary science behind the tyres on your bicycle. 

Tyre Technology

Tubeless tyres provide the rider with many benefits: the ability to run lower air pressures, which improves traction; lower rolling resistance when compared to a tube-type tyre; and less chance of flatting since there is no tube. Maxxis Tubeless Ready (TR) tyres provide the benefits of a UST tubeless tyre without the weight penalty. The square bead profile of our TR tyres is designed to work with the broad range of tubeless rims available on the market today. Our TR tyres use a special construction which allows the use of liquid sealants to make them airtight and to help prevent punctures. If needed, Maxxis TR tyres can also be used with an inner tube.

A traditional tyre construction in which the tyre is sewn around an inner tube. These types of tyres must be glued or taped onto tubular-specific rims.

 

A radial construction orients the casing threads perpendicular to the direction of rotation. This allows the sidewall to easily bend and flex, resulting in a very compliant and supple ride.

 

Tubeless technology that combines a carbon fibre bead for strength and a butyl inner liner for air retention to eliminate the need for an inner tube.

 

An extra layer of butyl rubber wrapped around the bead of a Downhill tyre that helps prevent pinch flats and protects the rim from hard hits.

 

Maxxis mountain tubeless tyres, certified to UST ® standards, featuring Lightweight Ultimate Sidewall Technology (L.U.S.T.). This technology offers better puncture resistance, improved air retention, better longevity and lower weight than previous tubeless technologies. By adding a thin fabric layer to the sidewall, covered in a special airtight rubber compound, Maxxis created a casing that is lighter, tougher and holds air better.

An extremely cut-resistant and abrasion-resistant material added to the sidewalls of select mountain tyres. This densely woven material is also lightweight and highly flexible, ensuring that the performance of the tyre remains unaffected.

 

Puncture Technology

Silkworm Technology is an exclusive material incorporated into the casing of select models. The Silkworm material helps to increase puncture and tear resistance. Silkworm is featured as a bead-to-bead cap ply (denoted as Silkworm B2B) or under the tread as a breaker (denoted as Silkworm).

 

Available in select tyres, this Maxxis exclusive fabric provides more puncture protection than both standard Kevlar® and Vectran®. The addition of this lightweight and supple material ensures that the ride quality and performance remains unsurpassed.

The nylon breaker is a reinforcement option that offers protection from punctures directly under the tread area. The nylon breaker is available in select road tyres.

 

A polyfibre material positioned between the tyre tread and the casing. With varying thicknesses of 0.9mm – 1.5mm, MaxxProtect is designed to maximise puncture resistance in select hybrid models.

 

A Kevlar® material positioned between the tyre tread and the casing. Similar to MaxxProtect technology, Kevlar® Inside varies in thickness and provides optimal puncture protection.

 

SilkShield offers protection from bead to bead whereas Silkworm is found under the tread only. SilkShield provides an additional level of protection for sidewalls in addition to under the tread.

 

MaxxShield represents the ultimate in flat protection. We begin with our SilkShield bead to bead protection and add our K2 (Kevlar® Composite) layer for unparalleled durability.

 

Compound

The most important part of a tyre is arguably the rubber compound within the tread. By changing the amounts of various components of the rubber formula, engineers can make two identical looking tyres perform completely differenty. Below is a list of the Maxxis compounds and their distinct characteristics.

  • SINGLE:  One compound throughout the tread optimised for longevity and performance.
  • DUAL:  Two compounds comprised of a hard, longer lasting centre and a softer gripping shoulder.

A special low rebound, high traction compound used in mountain tyres.

 

Three compounds comprised of a harder, longer lasting centre and two progressively softer shoulder compounds for unparalleled rolling efficiency.

 

Used primarily in cross country and enduro tyres, the two compounds in the outer layer are specially formulated to lower rolling resistance and optimise treadwear and traction.

 

An intermediate compound configuration used in select mountain tyres. 3C Maxx Terra is softer and offers more traction than 3C Maxx Speed, yet provides better treadwear and less rolling resistance than Maxx Grip.

A new name for the downhill 3C compound configuration that you have come to know and trust. 3C Maxx Grip offers the ultimate in grip and slow rebound properties for unparalleled traction in downhill applications.

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