14/02/2013 | 8 comments
The Maxxis Beaver is so close to being the perfect wet/intermediate conditions tyre, particularly in the 29″ size.
Tread pattern wise there really isn’t anything that can beat it, and when you combine that tread with dual-compound rubber which keeps rolling speed high whilst retaining grip on roots and rocks, you really have got something pretty special. Sounding perfect so far then. Well yes, but despite several sidewall options Maxxis could really do with offering something just a little heftier. Even the heaviest wire bead version weighs in at just 620g for the 29×2.0″ version, which is already on the light side. Go for the ‘eXC’ version though and you’re down to just 495g for a 29″ tyre! Whichever one you choose though they all suffer a little from having such a thin sidewall. If you try and run the pressures too low you’ll find they roll about a little in turns, and they’re also not the biggest fans of sharp rocks.
Is the insanely low weight part of what makes these tyres feel so good to ride? Would they not feel as good with a more supportive and resilient carcass? Well we won’t know the answer to that unless Maxxis offer us such a thing. In the mean time though these are still excellent tyres, and it’s likely that many riders will be more than happy with the low weight and will be willing to put up with any compromises which that brings. Oh, and don’t worry if you like the sound of these but have 26″ wheels because Maxxis are now also offering these in a 26×2.0″ size.
Price: From £23.99
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