The new Maxxis Velocita Air is a 700×40 race tire for smoother gravel paths and roads, and for riders that want more volume without adding a whole lot more weight. But, it’s really aimed at rougher pavement and smooth dirt paths, not big, deep gravel. It drops the Kevlar sidewall breaker that the ReFuse and some other tires have. So there’s less cut protection, but it’s much more supple and will roll faster.
The Velocita model name started out as a tubular road tire, shown at Eurobike 2015 at the debut of the Rambler. That version is still available as a 700×28 tubular with their MaxxShield puncture protection layer, so presumably that does carry over to this larger, tubeless-ready clincher version.
The Velocita AR’s casing is 120tpi and it’s available now for about $60. Weight is coming soon (we’ll update as soon as they tell us).
Rounding out their line with one of the largest sizes around is the new 700×45 option for their Rambler. It’s a much more aggressive design, with more protection and actual knobs for when you’re really, really getting off the pavement. It joins the 38 and 40 widths, and starts shipping in 60 days for around $60.