Bike Tyre Technology

Basic Tyre Construction

Maxxis basic tyre construction

Wide Trail Tyre Construction

Maxxis wide trail constructionWide trail (WT) construction optimises the tyre tread layout and profile on today's modern, wider rims. Traditional tyres are designed around older, narrower rims and can create an overly square tyre profile, leading to less than optimal performance. WT tyres are optimised for a 35mm inner rim width, but are proven to work over a range from 30-35mm inner rim widths, depending on the rider's preference.

Tyre Bead

The function of the bead is to keep the tyre in contact with the rim while the tyre is inflated.

Wire Bead

A rigid metal wire is utilized as bead material in applications where ultimate strength is needed and transportability is not a factor.

Foldable Bead

Foldable beads also keep the tyre secured to the rim but are lighter weight and easily transported. The bead is made of spun aramid or Kevlar fibers.

Carbon Fiber Bead

A flexible material with greater strength to withstand the forces exerted by a high-pressure road tyre. 

Tyre Casing

Single-Ply Casing

One layer of nylon wrapped from bead-to-bead. A single ply casing conforms well to the terrain and is lighter weight.

Dual-Ply Casing

Two layers of casing material are used from bead-to-bead, providing additional protection and sidewall stiffness for enduro and downhill applications.

Tyre TPI (Threads-per-Inch)

TPI refers to the number of threads that cross through one square inch of a single ply of the tyre casing. Lower TPI gives better puncture, cut and abrasion resistance but is heavier. Higher TPI conforms better to the terrain, offering a smoother, more comfortable ride while reducing the weight of the tyre. 

Maxxis TPI ratings are the threads-per-inch of a single casing ply, as compared to some competitor TPI ratings.

Maxxis Tubeless Ready Tyres

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.

Liquid sealants should only be used in the following types of tyres: Tubeless Road, Tubular, and Tubeless Ready. The use of liquid sealants in any other Maxxis tyre will void the warranty.

Bike Tyre Protection

Maxxis DoubleDown Casing

Maxxis DoubleDown downhill casingDoubleDown (DD) is the next step in the evolution of the dual-ply tyre casing for enduro racing. Two 120 TPI casing layers reinforced with a butyl insert provide the enduro racer with the support and protection of a downhill tyre, but in a lighter package.

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Maxxis Silkworm Protection

Maxxis Silkworm tyre protectionMaxxis Silkworm is an exclusive material incorporated into the casing of select models, increasing puncture and tear resistance. Silkworm is featured under the tread as a breaker.

Maxxis SilkShield Protection

Maxxis SilkShield tyre protectionSilkShield offers protection from bead to bead whereas Silkworm is found under the tread only. SilkShield provides an additional level of protection for sidewalls as well as under the tread.

Maxxis MaxxShield Protection

Maxxis MaxxShield tyre protectionMaxxis MaxxShield represents the ultimate level in flat tyre protection. We begin with our SilkShield bead-to-bead protection and add our K2 (Kevlar Composite) layer under the tread for unparalleled durability.

Maxxis eBike Tyre Technology

Maxxis eBike tyre constructionMaxxis eBike tyres are designed to meet European ECE-R75 standards, guaranteeing performance and reliability for additional cargo capacity and increased speeds electric bikes can offer.

Maxxis EXO Protection

Maxxis EXO tyre protectionMaxxis EXO is an extremely cut-resistant and abrasion-resistant material added to the sidewalls of selected mountain bike tyres. This densely woven fabric is also lightweight and highly flexible, ensuring that the performance of the tyre remains unaffected. Choose EXO Protection for exceptionally rocky treacherous trails where the chance of sidewall cuts and abrasions is high. 

Maxxis Butyl Insert

Maxxis butyl rubber insertThe extra piece of butyl rubber that extends from the bead of a downhill tyre up into the sidewall helps prevent pinch flats, protects the rim from hard hits and adds sidewall stability. 

Maxxis EXO+ Protection

Maxxis EXO+ tyre protectionThe new Maxxis EXO+ construction combines two of our best puncture protection materials: SilkShield and EXO. The SilkShield layer runs from bead to bead with a layer of EXO along the sidewalls. Combined, these two materials create EXO+ which improves tread puncture protection by 27%, sidewall durability by 51% and resistance to pinch flats by 28%.

Bike Tyre Construction

Maxxis Tubular Tyres

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

Maxxis Tubeless Ready Road Tyres

Maxxis tubeless road tyre constructionMaxxis Tubeless Ready Road is a tubeless tyre technology that combines a carbon fibre bead for strength, a bead cushion for security and a liquid-sealant-compatible rubber for air retention, eliminating the need for an inner tube. The puncture protection layer helps prevent damage from road debris. Liquid sealant may be used to prevent any loss of air pressure. Choose Maxxis Tubeless Ready for the ultimate road experience!

Maxxis Tubeless Ready Downhill Tyres

Maxxis tubeless downhill tyre constructionTubeless downhill set-ups are a great way to shave some weight and spend some more time in the bike park or shuttling hot laps on your local runs. In the Maxxis tubeless downhill tyre construction, sealant-compatible rubber is used with the familiar Maxxis dual-ply 60 TPI downhill construction and butyl insert for support and rim protection in order to offer the benefits of an increased grip and reliability. A Tubeless Ready bead securely locks to the rim and the foldable bead provides additional weight savings.

Bike Tyre Compounds

Maxxis Tyre Rubber Compounds

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 loooking tyres perform completely differently. A list of Maxxis compounds and their distinct characteristics is below. 

  • One compound throughout the tread optimised for longevity and performance.
  • Two compounds used within the tread of select tyres to offer lower rolling resistance and increased cornering grip. 
  • Three compounds arranged in the tyre for the ultimate in no-compromise racing performance.
  • A special low-rebound, high-traction compound used in selected downhill tyres.

Maxxis 3C Triple Compound Road

Maxxis 3C Triple Compound Road tyreMaxxis 3C Triple Compound road technology utilises three distinct silica compounds in different locations within the tread of the tyre. The centre compound is optimised for exceptional tread wear and low rolling resistance. The progressively softer shoulder compounds provide increased grip while cornering. Choose a Triple Compound Maxxis road tyre for the ultimate in tyre handling in all conditions. 

Maxxis 3C Triple Compound Mountain

Maxxis 3C Triple Compound Mountain bike tyreMaxxis 3C Triple Compound mountain technology uses a harder, longer lasting base layer and two progressively softer top layers in order to optimise traction and stability. Maxxis offers three different configurations of our 3C Triple Compound mountain technology: MaxxSpeed, MaxxTerra and MaxxGrip.

Maxxis 3C Maxxspeed Compound

Maxxis 3C Maxxspeed tyre compoundThe Maxxis 3C Maxxspeed compound is used primarily in cross country and cross country race tyres, the two compounds in the outer layer are specially formulated to reduce rolling resistance and optimise tread wear and traction. 

Maxxis 3C Maxxterra Compound

Maxxis 3C MaxxTerra tyre compoundAn intermediate compound configuration used in select mountain tyres. Maxxis 3C MaxxTerra is softer and offers more traction than 3C MaxxSpeed, yet provides better tread wear and less rolling resistance than 3C MaxxGrip.

Maxxis 3C Maxxgrip Compound

Maxxis 3C Maxxgrip tyre compoundMaxxis 3C Maxxgrip uses the softest rubber compounds to offer the ultimate grip and slow rebound properties for unparalleled traction in downhill applications. 

Maxxis HYPR Compound

Maxxis full silica HYPR tyre compound Maxxis HYPR is a full silica compound and our best performing compound to date. Compared to our previous road racing compound, HYPR has 16% less rolling resistance with 23% better grip in wet conditions. Impressively, HYPR decreases rolling resistance and increases traction, all while keeping durability equal to our previous rubber compounds.

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