Tired of choosing between wide tires for traction and skinny tires for weight? The newest Maxxis Wide Trail tires look like they’ll offer both – with the approval of Nino Schurter, Kate Courtney, and the rest of the SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing Team.

Light & Wide Trail XC tires from Maxxis include new Aspen & Rekon Race 29 x 2.40 WT

As mountain bike rims have evolved, tires have changed as well to keep pace. Maxxis introduced their Wide Trail tire design to specifically interface with wider rims. The design takes advantage of the increased footprint without making the resulting tire shape too tall or square. We’ve seen a bunch of wide trail options for more aggressive tire options, but now it’s coming to the XC side of things with a light weight tire that is still true to size.

Light & Wide Trail XC tires from Maxxis include new Aspen & Rekon Race 29 x 2.40 WT

Light & Wide Trail XC tires from Maxxis include new Aspen & Rekon Race 29 x 2.40 WTMaxxis claims that these tires are optimized to fit a 30mm internal rim width. They’ll still work on rims as narrow as 25mm, but don’t go any narrower than that. You’ll also need to make sure they’ll fit your bike. Many XC bikes are still fairly limited on tire clearance, especially at the chainstay area. Maxxis recommends a minimum of 6mm of clearance at all of the key points shown on the Scott bike above. Maxxis points out that these will come to a full 2.4″ wide when inflated to 25psi on a 30mm rim, so clearance is key. Note that the bikes listed in the chart above have all been approved for use of these tires.

Light & Wide Trail XC tires from Maxxis include new Aspen & Rekon Race 29 x 2.40 WT

If you have the room, you’ll have the choice between the Aspen or the slightly chunkier Rekon Race. Both are available in 29 x 2.40″ WT 120 TPI casings with dual compound rubber and EXO reinforced sidewalls. Of course, the tires are tubeless-ready but still just weigh 720g for the Aspen and 760g for the Rekon Race.

Light & Wide Trail XC tires from Maxxis include new Aspen & Rekon Race 29 x 2.40 WT

Available this summer, the tires will sell for $70 each.

maxxis.com

5 comments

  1. alloycowboy on

    Gee whiz, mountain bikes are just getting heavier and heavier. As the tire widths, volumes and circumferences keep increasing wouldn’t it make sense to revert back to the 26″ wheel?

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    • Antoine Martin on

      I guess you didn’t race much with 26 and 29er. When 29 was still niche i had my best results by far. Those are faster everywhere, more comfortable AND much more safe, when you mess up generaly you just lose time instead of falling on your face. At some point i had to sold my 29er and could not buy a new one immedialty and had to race on the 26 i still had lying around, worst race ever. (Reasonably) big rubber is the same. Makes the bike faster overall, safer, more comfortable. Of course for racing you can’t go too big because tire above 2.4 are anchors but 2.3-2.4 are really great for XC racing. Same here i had some 2.1 lying around that i decided to thrash in training and wow it confirmed why big is better.

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  2. Antti Kuitto on

    What are the meaning of those 2021+ and 2022+ model years on that compability chart? Does it mean that models after 2022 are compatible? Which means that for example Lapierre will introduce new model of that frame after one year or so? And Orbea will update Oiz and Alma for next year? And Scott Spark, no model year?

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