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Maxxis Updates the Larsen Tire with Their New Race TT XC Tread

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Maxxis 2015 Race TT tire, top arc

If you’re XC and you know it, you’re probably familiar with Maxxis’ popular Larsen tire. The Larsen was designed as a versatile cross country tread with low center knobs that strike a balance between providing traction and offering low rolling resistance. Fans of the Larsen will be excited about Maxxis’ new Race TT tire, as it is essentially the new and improved version that was first spotted in Taipei..

Much like the Larsen the new Race TT was designed to be a very versatile tire for XC riders, and it works as a front or rear tread. The company has made incremental changes to increase traction, decrease rolling resistance, improve muddy weather handling and provide better resistance to punctures or cuts. Click below the break to see how Maxxis has re-cut the classic Larsen…

Maxxis-race-tt-tread Maxxis Larsen Tire

There are a number of updates in the new Race TT’s tread pattern, starting with some redesigned siping. The Race TT (seen on the left) now has sipes on the transition knobs to provide better straight line traction, and the sipes that were found on the Larsen’s side knobs (shown on the right) have been turned by 90 degrees to provide better biting edges while cornering.

Maxxis 2015 Race TT Tire, vertical

The tire’s knob arrangement has also been reworked for the Race TT. The center knobs are now smaller, and still feature inclined geometry for increased rolling speed. The smaller knobs have been re-counted and placed in a tight configuration so the new tire has a greater contact surface than the Larsen. Maxxis also says the distribution of these knobs increases resistance to punctures and slices caused by sharp rocks.

While this might lead you to think they’re simply adding more rubber, that’s not quite the case- because the center knobs have shrunk, the channels between the rows are actually wider than the Larsen’s design allowing the Race TT to shed better in muddy, wet conditions.

Maxxis 2015 Race TT Tire, exo construction diagram

The Race TT features Maxxis’ Exo Protection System, with 60tpi casings made from light, flexible and damage-resistant fibers. The Race TT tire will be available as a tubeless ready model in 27.5 2.0  or 29 x 2.0 sizes.

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asdf
asdf
7 years ago

Lol, the sipes are like a racing ralph now, which is a good thing.

brattercakes
brattercakes
7 years ago

Oh thank God. I’ve been waiting for this tire in a 27.5 version for years. I love this tire.

mtnbikej
7 years ago

Finally…..but where is the 29 x 2.35?

craigsj
craigsj
7 years ago

Not many 27.5×2.0 tires on the market, perhaps only one other. Always good to have options.

Craig
Craig
7 years ago

Awesome tire, one of my all time favourites.

Great to see Maxxis still using the Larsen model name. RIP Steve Larsen – Legend.

scentofreason
scentofreason
7 years ago

I’m with mtnbikej, where is the 29×2.35??? Been waiting for the 29″ for forever, but in the meantime, I’ve discovered than 2.0s don’t have enough float/meat/grip for my 6′-4″ 220lbs body. Maxxis, come on! Give us the 2.35!

GN
GN
7 years ago

+1 for 2.35 in 27.5. The old double ply Larsen TT’s (1,000gm version from UK) was the best rear enduro race tire ever.

keville
7 years ago

@Craig – They’re not using the Larsen name, the new tire is the _Race_TT_.

One of my all-time favorite tires. I hope Maxxis is reading this and makes a 29×2.35, though. Deluxe casing, too, please. The trail feel on a 120tpi tire is so choice.

I loved the 26×1.9 for XC racing a decade ago, but I’m not sure I want to ride anything smaller than the 2.3 front and 2.1 rear I’ve got now on my 29er.

Greydog
Greydog
7 years ago

Help us understand what a Race 29″x2.35 will give that a similar sized Ikon won’t? Very confusing. Riding such a sized Ikon this year and love it.

Brent
Brent
7 years ago

Make it in 26×2.4!!!!

meh
meh
7 years ago

No SmallBlock 8 in discussion? I am disappoint

Mc Graddy
Mc Graddy
7 years ago

We were waiting for this tire! Thanks to this big brand, I love MAXXIS 😉

MTB Vicious
MTB Vicious
7 years ago

Good news for Maxxis lovers. More agressive dessign is always welcomed.

meh
meh
7 years ago

Again – no SmallBlock 8?
Ok – 26×2.10, ~20,000km in asphalt/gravel/med-big rocks/dirt/mud/snow, only the rear tyre has damages … a small crack (3mm) in on of the center knobs

Scott
Scott
6 years ago
Reply to  meh

It’s a Maxxis tire, not Kenda.
What are you even talking about?

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