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Maxxis Forekaster tire evolves into all-purpose ‘downcountry’ aggressive XC MTB tread

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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.

updated Maxxis forekaster tread

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.”

new Maxxis forekaster tire

Two different rubber compounds will be offered with Dual or 3C MAxxTerra, and all models will have EXO sidewall protection and Tubeless Ready Casings.

Maxxis forekaster spec sheet

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.

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Russ Greway
Russ Greway
1 year ago

This looks like a great tire. Hopefully can get my hands on one!

Jeff Frye
Jeff Frye
1 year ago

Wow, 945g is pretty porky for an aggressive XC tire, that’s dissector territory.

Trees
Trees
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Frye

Yeah, dissector, ardent, ardent race, high roller, are already in between minion and Aspen. Forekaster being light filled a nice gap. Wish manufacturers would target 25lb bikes instead of 30-35 lb for DC/Trail bikes

Jeff Frye
Jeff Frye
1 year ago
Reply to  Trees

Similar post over on bikepacking.com shows an image of a Forekaster in an Exo+ casing, I wonder if those quoted weights are for the thicker casing?

Kyle
Kyle
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Frye

Maxxis calls it a “trail” tire on there official website. This would be great of pair with a dissector upfront or a minion.

John
John
1 year ago

Please make in 27.5, thanks!

luis raventos
1 year ago

Nooooooooooooooooooo

Brendan
Brendan
1 year ago

The previous tire in 29×2.35 size was quoted at 745g. It’s gaining 200g, or almost a pound for two of them, in unspring weight.

The outgoing model was already a great downcountry tire. This new one, I’m not quite sure what it’s for. You can already get an Aggressor or Dissector in that weight range. Guess I’ll start stockpiling the outgoing model.

Steven
Steven
1 year ago

Vittoria Syerra downcountry tyre is also 29×2.4 and weighs 850g a tyre. That’s 200g less rotating mass! But if this is more durable then it might be worth the extra weight.

Nihilation
1 year ago

Nobody mentions the Specialized Ground Control? :/

Seraph
Seraph
1 year ago
Reply to  Nihilation

Do they make the Ground Control with a Gravity casing?

The KOM Hunter
The KOM Hunter
1 year ago

“When an Aspen isn’t enough tire but a Minion is too much, choose the new Maxxis Forekaster.”

There’s a huuuuuge gap between an Aspen and a Minion; you can probably fit 3 tyres in that gap….and I’d say Maxxis already has!

When an Aspen in the rear isn’t enough (wet Autumn and Winter), I mount an Agressor (god I love this tyre during those months). An Aspen is never enough in the front, and if it is, then you should be riding a gravel bike.

I currently use a Forekaster in the front in those wet Autumn and Winter months, and I gotta say, I’ve not been impressed with it. I’ve found myself in some sketchy situations when it’s slipped out on me in flat turns. Maybe this new version will fare better?

cody
cody
1 year ago

dam the tyre looks like it could take a beating

Hitt
Hitt
1 year ago

27.5 x 2.60 Please. I run the current Forekaster and it does get sketchy when put a few miles on it.

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