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MaxxisAspen Dual Compound/EXO/TR 29in Tire

Sale 10% OffCurrent price:$75.00 Original price:$83.00

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Item # MXX006Z

Aspen EXO/TR Tire

Minimal rolling resistance, light, and race ready, the Maxxis Aspen EXO/TR 29in Tire is hungry to gobble up miles of rolling singletrack at top speeds. Affirming that wagon-wheels are the true dominators of cross-cross country, the Aspen packs in low-profile directional lugs in the center tread for rocketing on the straightaways, and aggressive side lugs that keep the confidence high when you barrel into corners. A high-volume casing helps to smooth out rock gardens and jarring root lattices, while EXO protection works to shield you from side punctures. The dual-compound construction means you've got hard, fast-rolling rubber in the center to keep you at top speeds, and extra grip on the sides that keeps you locked into loose berms.

  • A light and swift tire for XC race days
  • Low-profile directional center propels you forward
  • Keep locked into corners with aggressive side lugs
  • Minimal rolling resistance for gaining speed
  • High-volume casing soaks up rocks and roots
  • EXO protection shields sidewalls

Tech Specs
Compounddual compound
Size29 x 2.25in
Typetubeless ready clincher
Recommended Usecross-country
Manufacturer Warrantylimited

Actual Weight

Dual Compound, 29x2.25

Claimed Weight

Claimed weights are provided by the vendor.

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1lb 6.8oz

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What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

First XC tire...hesitant to try others..

I've put it through the wringer
True to size
Size Bought
29 x 2.25
5` 7"
165 lbs

I got these on my 2019 Santa Cruz Blur and had some slide outs the first few times I rode them, probably a combination of the new bike and new tires. But ever since then, these have been awesome on hardpack like we generally have in Ohio. I even used them out in Arizona on Slim Shady/Llama when my other bike was locked in a storage unit and they held up fine. I'm now at 1100 miles on these tires with 0 flats (and they honestly don't feel like they've lost much grip at all), and I'm due to get some new tires...just not sure I want to try any others now that I've found the limits of these. On the other hand, if you ever ride in the wet, these are terrible...but that's not what they're made for. Overall very happy with the speed and durability. For reference I have no idea what pressures I run them at (probably low 20s)'s pretty much all by feel, because if you have too much air, you'll know it. Normally I just make sure I can't touch the rim of the back wheel when pushing on my hand with all of my body weight, and then a bit less in the front since there's generally less weight up there. They've taken some hard hits, rock abrasions, and rim strikes with no problems.

>Rating: 5

Go to XC tire

I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought

Light, fast rolling, supple, handles slick east coast roots well with the right pressure. On XC tracks, it corners well and is a predictable front tire even on humid clay.

>Rating: 5

Very fast and light.

I've put it through the wringer

These things move uphill, downhill, and every which way extremely fast. They are light, too. Additionally, I haven't had one flat on them yet and I typically run a bit rough on my tires to the point that I get more flats than the next guy. I've been extremely happy with these tires so far. I use them for XC and for riding the road to my local XC trails. I've done a couple races on them and I can notice a difference in speed, for sure. Anyone getting these tires can probably guess they don't hook up as well in the corners and they don't do well in anything wet. Anything that's lose over hard, you better be on your guard. Be timid as hell until you know their limits. But for a fast rolling, light weight tire, I'd argue these probably hook up better than the others out there. I'm running them front and back and I have about 600-700 miles on them.

>Rating: 5

Nino Schurter runs these...

I've used it several times

Since these are the tire of choice for the fastest guy in XC racing, it only stands to reason that if I run these tires, I will also be the fastest guy, at very least the fastest guy at my local races. Right? These roll mega fast, they are super light and offer more grip than you would think. With all of that said, this is really a racing tire and I wouldn't recommend it for general trail use. I feel like the traction was better than I had anticipated, but not as good as my trusty Ikon/Ardent race combo, at least during dusty mid-summer rides here in Utah. When the dirt is more packed and less loose, these things really shine.

How are these compared to Schwalbe's Thunder burt? Racing ralph? I usually run ralph/burt combo for crazy speed or ardent race/ikon combo for loose dirt.

Ascary, In case anyone cares two years later... the 2.25 Aspen was significantly slower in my roll-down test than a 2.25 Liteskin Ralph/2.1 Snkeskin Burt combo. It was still second, over a Barzo/Mezcal combo, and well ahead of the Ardent Race/Ikon. This is backed up by my feelings on the trail... I have a 15ft tabletop that takes a pretty good pop to clear with Rekons, and running the Aspens the other day, I overshot it by a full bike length without trying. I was moving much faster, coasting down the same hill. Thunder Burts are crazy fast. The Ikon/Ardent Race have a little bit more knob than the Aspen and thus grip a bit harder in mud or powder, but I still run the Aspen until conditions are so bad that I need a Rekon. Although the Aspen is a bit down on grip compares to an Ikon/Ardent Race, it's much closer to those tires than a Burt, especially in braking power. More importantly, it's extremely consistent and forgiving. I find that the Ardent tends to give up rather abruptly, while the Aspen will push a little wide without ever washing out completely, unless things are really nasty. So, that combination of very good rolling speed, good grip, and fantastic predictability keep me on the Aspen, unless it's really more of a gravel race with a little singletrack, in which case I go Thunder Burt. Or if it's actually a muddy mess, I'll put a 2.4" Rekon Maxx Terra on the front. FWIW, I'm 150lb/68kg, running them with a Tubolight Evo SL insert in the rear, on an SB100. For slow, rocky, rooty tech trails, I'll go as low at 19psi f/r. For smoother trails, or sections of steeper, faster descending where I might take some hard hits, I'll get up to 22 or 23psi. I'm very tempted to try the 2.4" Aspen, but I'm afraid it'll provide grip and cushion at the expense of that predictability, at least on my 25mm rims. I bet they are awesome on 30s.