The new tire's edging blocks are pronounced - a given for Maxxis gravity tread, but siped with a V-groove to offer a more sensitive bite.
We saw some interesting looking downhill tires on a Pivot Phoenix on display at Dealer Camp in Park City, Utah. The 31-pound carbon DH bike was shod with unlabeled Maxxis 27.5-inch DH tires that featured an aggressive tread pattern which deviated from the tire maker’s tried and true Minion and High Roller designs. When asked, officials at Pivot had little or nothing to say. The tires were mounted tubeless and felt as if they used two-ply sidewalls. The rubber was quite soft and the tread was sticky to the fingernail test.
(Clockwise) Well-spaced, similar-sized tread blocks are positioned similar to the Schwalbe Hans Dampf, but the faces are angled to give the unnamed tire a faster roll. A more rounded profile is new for Maxxis's gravity range. Novel stair-step profiling on the transition blocks may be a nod to better braking while entering corners.
The tread pattern evoked a supercharged version of the Schwalbe Hans Dampf, with a similar pattern of large, angled blocks, but with lots of edge treatments and siping. The width appears to be a full, 2.4 inches, and we expect the weight to be on the lighter side, as the display bike was proudly hanging from a scale - an indication that Maxxis could be developing the new gravity tire for European enduro and fast DH venues. Pivot signed on this year with Maxxis for its race team and its production bicycles, so it is no surprise to see new rubber being tested by the brand.
Pivot stated that they were confident that the unpainted carbon Phoenix could be whittled down below 30 pounds, while still being outfitted as a true DH racer, so we expect the new Maxxis tires to be on the lighter side of its DH range.