Sneak Peek: Prototype Maxxis Downhill Mountain Bike Tires

prototype maxxis downhill mountain bike tire summer 2014 sneak peek

Other than the visibly different tread pattern and “3C’ scrawled on the side, there’s no definite information available on these new tires yet. They’re being tested by Pivot Cycles Factory Team’s World Cup riders aboard the new Pheonix DH bike introduced earlier this year.

The tread pattern is unlike anything else in their current lineup, and the tread blocks use a variety of steps and ramps that should make for a very fast rolling knobby with flat rear ends to dig in during braking. Well supported side knobs should hold their own on the corners and off camber sections. Written in market on the sidewall was “3C”, likely a reference to their triple compound rubber.

Word is this tire does already have a model name, but people weren’t talkin’. More pics below…

prototype maxxis downhill mountain bike tire summer 2014 sneak peek

prototype maxxis downhill mountain bike tire summer 2014 sneak peek

prototype maxxis downhill mountain bike tire summer 2014 sneak peek

Comments

Luiggi - 06/17/14 - 4:04pm

C’mon, be honest. These are the new training camps for the hordes of genetically modified ant soldiers the CIA has been perfecting for years…

Out for a Ride - 06/17/14 - 4:59pm

Funniest comment I’ve read on BR to date, right there! ^

Henry - 06/17/14 - 5:00pm

I am part of the Maxxis prototype test program and I thought it was pretty clear to the test riders to NOT share or NOT take pictures of prototype tires…..

Justin Walsh - 06/17/14 - 5:09pm

I like it. Make a 29″ version please.
Now, bring on the “looks like a …” comments.

MCpeepants - 06/17/14 - 5:17pm

Looks like an ardent race on steroids!

Padrote - 06/17/14 - 5:25pm

is it OK if I use it specifically?

WP - 06/17/14 - 6:08pm

Oh Maxxis, what are you doing over there? Will this industry never change? My offer of helping with designing tires still stands (I designed the HR2 remember?)

j - 06/17/14 - 6:32pm

First rule of Maxxis prototype test program you do not talk about Maxxis prototype test program

Wayne - 06/17/14 - 6:56pm

Oh Maxxis, tsk tsk tsk. My offer to help design tires still stands.

Greg - 06/17/14 - 7:00pm

@Henry
I guess NOT

dullknives - 06/17/14 - 8:09pm

pics of this tire is nothing new, they’ve been on other mtb sites for a while now.

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