The Forekaster is shifting. No longer marketed as only a wet weather option for the XC world, Maxxis’ all-new tire takes aim at the quickly growing world of aggressive XC & Trail. Or downcountry as it’s often called. Calling it a “Goldilocks” tire, Maxxis envisions the new Forekaster as the ideal step between their current XC options and more aggressive trail and enduro tires.
While it may no longer be marketed as a wet conditions specific tire, the new Forekaster is still designed to shed mud well, with raised edges on the casing. However, the new tread pattern is more densely packed for better rolling efficiency and taller side knobs are there to really dig into the corners.
You’ll also see the casing width increase with the 2.35″ moving to 2.4″, while the 2.6″ option remains. When should you choose the new Forekaster? As Maxxis puts it, “When an Aspen isn’t enough tire but a Minion is too much, choose the new Maxxis Forekaster.”
Two different rubber compounds will be offered with Dual or 3C MAxxTerra, and all models will have EXO sidewall protection and Tubeless Ready Casings.
For now, it seems the tires will be offered in 29″ only, and have claimed weights of 945g for the 2.4″ and 1035g for the 2.6″. We’re told that the 29 x 2.4″ Dual compound will be available very soon, with prices ranging from $83 to $101.