Maxxis Crossmark UST Dual Compound Tire - 29in $55.00
The Crossmark 29in Tire was one of the first 29er tires specific for hardpack. Its nearly continuous center ridge and low-profile knobs gave big wheeled riders an edge on buff trails. Now there's plenty of options out there for raceday, but Maxxis' casing, rubber compounds, and tread patterns continue to keep elite racers at the top of their game.
The Crossmark uses a 120tpi casing with both EXO protection and LUST technology. EXO protection consists of added pinch flat and abrasion protection at the sidewall for resistance to cuts. LUST, or Lightweight Ultimate Sidewall Technology is a rubber compound covering the casing that is less permeable to air.
These two features keep the Crossmark airtight without the bulk of common UST tires. The casing is wrapped in a tread pattern that favors high-speed hardpack, yet still holds its own on wet and loose sections of trail. This is possible due to spacing between the center lugs and raised side knobs. The Maxxis Crossmark 29in tire comes in 2.1in width and either dual or single rubber compounds.
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So Far So Good!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Running this as a rear tire on a Specialized Crave HT. Not what I'd consider light but the thicker side wall should hold up to the rocks better than stock "fast track" that came on the bike. Mounted very easily tubeless on stock rim with stan's rim tape, sealant, and Mavic valve stem. Great grip when climbing, and fast rolling when cruising or descending. I've used only in dry Nor Cal conditions so can't comment on performance on muddy, wet or rooty areas. But for me this tire has worked very well.