Maxxis Crossmark 29er Mountain Bike TireThe fast-rolling Crossmark joins the growing ranks of 700c tires for 29er MTBs. It offers low-profile knobs for minimal rolling resistance - ideal for hardpack conditions like Southern California fire roads. We expect these to quickly become the most popular lightweight tire for 29er race bikes.
Live in an area with slightly looser terrain? Try the more aggressively knobbed Ignitor up front, with a Crossmark in the rear.
- Performance Cross-Country tire
- Long wear, low rolling resistance rubber compound
- Durable lightweight 60TPI casing
- Tightly spaced center knobs for minimal rolling resistance
- Raised side knobs for cornering control
- Hardpack to loose-over-hard terrain
- Folding bead
- 650 grams
- This is a 29er tire and will not fit traditional 26" MTBs
These tires do not perform well in the following conditions: Sand, Mud and Steep Climbs on loose-over hard pack. As for mildly deep sand (2-4 inches), this tire swerves all over the place up front, the the rear will keep you spinning, so go slow. For the mud, these tires were obviously not meant for it. It attracts our Oklahoma clay and will just stick to it and not fling it off, creating a solid bead of nothing but mud. And going up short steep climbs, I found the rear tire slipped constantly when I was out of the saddle. So get the speed you need before the climb, the stay on the saddle on the way up.
I did get a pinch flat up front attacking a wooden bridge with a 5 inch step gap but I ran the front tire at 25lbs, way below the recommended psi.
I gave these tires a 5 star because I've ridden Geax Saguaro's 2.2 and Geax AKA's 2.2 and they are no match for the speed of the CrossMAX. They do have a little more grip, but a TON of more rolling resistance. I felt the difference within the first 20 ft of riding.
If you like/need to go fast, these tires are for you as long as you can sacrifice a little grip. Great on the long straights and excellent on downhill sections. I will buy another set in tubeless next time and do another review.
PROS: Super fast, Predictable handling, Razor Sharp Turning, Good cornering
CONS: Steeps Climbs, Thin Sidewalls
I paired the Crossmark rear with an Ignitor up front and I am all set! Really smooth rolling and I can pick up speed quickly, while still having enough bite when things get messy!
PROS: Fast Rolling, Good Cornering Grip
CONS: None so far
BEST USES: Trail Pavement Mix, Xc racing
PROS: Durable, Lightweight, Easy To Install
PROS: Attractive Design, Easy To Install
BEST USES: Racing, Mountain Biking
PROS: Easy To Install, Attractive Design, Great Grip
CONS: Does Not Shred Mud Easy
BEST USES: XC, Mountain Biking
PROS: Lasts long, Great Hard Pack Grip, Lite
over 3 years ago
PROS: Light, Fast Rolling, Great On Hardpack
CONS: Easy To Cut Sidewall
BEST USES: Good To Fair Trail Condtn, XC
PROS: Light, Good grip on hardpack, Fast
CONS: Thin sidewall, Easy to puncture, Not Ideal For Tubeless
BEST USES: No Loose Sharp Rocks, With Tubes, Dry Hardpack
PROS: Lightweight, Easy To Install
CONS: Sand And Mud, Limited Compatibility, Traction, Cornering
BEST USES: Hard Pack, Racing, Mountain Biking, Dry Conditions
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