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Keep rambling.

If this 'cross season finds you with a full race calendar and a strong preference for gravel, Maxxis' Rambler TR Clincher Tire may become your security blanket. Made with durable, dual-compound rubber and a race-ready 120 TPI, the Rambler features a gravel-specific tread that's also prepared to hit the hardpack. The tires' center features tightly packed center knobs to keep you moving quickly on smooth singletrack and dirt, while increased spacing on the side knobs add grip and dependability on trails.

The tire is available with two levels of protection, EXO and SilkShield. EXO involves a flexible, cut-resistant fabric layer in the sidewalls, which helps to reduce, well, cuts in the sidewalls from flint gravel roads. SilkShield involves an anti-puncture material that reinforces the entire casing, helping to reduce the risk of flats from bead to bead. Both protection models are tubeless-ready, which adds yet an additional element of puncture resistance.

Tech Specs

Compound:
dual compound rubber
Size:
700 c x 40 mm
Type:
tubeless-ready clincher
Protection:
EXO, SilkShield
TPI:
120
PSI:
75
Recommended Use:
cyclocross, gravel
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited

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The New Go-To Tire

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Over the last 18 months i've ridden Kendas, WTBs and Clementes trying to find my tires (still sitting on a pair of Schwalbe tires) and I think i've found my go-to for predominantly dirt road rides. I've also mounted my other bike as well as my wife's, rolling three sets deep.
Key take-aways:
+ Mounting was cake on Stan's which are normally nightmareish to hook the bead over.
+ Reliability has been bananas. No punctures or lost air.
+ Measure is a touch bigger than 40mm on my Iron Cross wheels (which could be a faulty set of calipers).
+ Traction is flawless on even the most garbage of roads.
+ Not bad on pavement.

Strong Review from Bikeradar

    Maxxis labels the Rambler as a gravel bike tire and it hits the mark. They're cushy at 40mm wide, have excellent puncture protection, and roll quite well when ticking off the miles.

    http://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/category/components/tyres/road/product/maxxis-rambler-700-x-40c-tire-review-51364/

    Nothing Special

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I don't feel I gained much in traction over the Kenda Happy Medium I was running on my gravel bike. I ride a mix of single track, rough fire road, and pavement. I did not feel this tire offered any more grip on gravel or more bump compliance, but it did do better on wetter days on single track. My happy medium was the better rolling tire (to be expected.) The tire was light and tubeless set up was a breeze. 30 psi has held fine on my HED Ardennes wheels. I think the file tread tire with side lugs is my way forward though.

    Solid gravel tire

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've used these tires now for about a month and have taken them on gravel and single track. The 3rd ride I took them on, I punctured the tire on a sharp rock. It kept bleeding sealant, but thankfully I could finish the ride, but had to take the tire back to get a new one. I was running about 35 psi at the time (I weigh ~130lbs) so it made me nervous for my gravel race coming up, so I ran higher pressures at 40 psi. A lot of folks flatted on the gravel race that I used these tires on, but I didn't, so at least the tires held up for the race!! I'm pleased with the width of the tire and find the traction decent on dirt roads and gravel. However, the tires do seem be a little less durable on single track. I gave it 4 stars for the lack of durability since it punctured on my 3rd ride requiring a new tire (I kept trying to use the tire after it punctured, but the sealant would squirt out as soon as the tire pressure was above 35 psi).

    Stay Away...

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought two Ramblers for my Niner BSB9 and was blown away with how bad they are. I'm a huge maxxis tire fan too, which made it all worse to be let down. DHF/DHR, Highrollers, Ikon's (both 2.35 and 2.2), Ardents, etc. The Exo / TR casing has never let me down...

    ...until I got the ramblers. They fit loose on the rim, the tread was unpredictable (and this is coming from someone who dirt commutes on file treads), and had to run 10-15psi more than offerings by Specialized, WTB, etc. 40-45psi is too much tubeless, but any less and they sucked even more.

    They couldn't hold a corner at all, but did measure 40mm on a wide rim (22inside). They were fine for light gravel, just sucked everywhere else, including singletrack, fireroad cornering, and braking. They sliced and flatted incredibly quickly, multiple times.

    They rolled well on pavement though, but gave out easily when the climbing grades got steeper.

    FWIW, I moved to a WTB riddler 37c (measures 39 on 22id rim) and have been incredibly happy.

    Cliff notes: I'm a huge maxxis fan, but the durability isn't there. Thin sidewalls, weak tubeless, and so underwhelming performance-wise that they just kinda sucked all over.

    Riding the dirt don't hurt

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I needed something for riding dirt roads to my my CX bike usefull during the off-season. This seemed to be the tire I was looking for as I was looking for something close to the 38c-40c width range and normal cross tires wouldn't cut it like my Kenda Happy Medium tires. First thing I noticed was how they are very similar to the old Crossmark tires that I used to love for mountain biking. Tires were easy to install and looked very true to the 40c size. Great to be able to have a wide gravel tire that was tubeless.



    On dirt roads I couldn't have asked for anything more. Was able to run them at about 32-35 psi with no issues due to the massive volume size. I would double check to make sure your frame will fit a 40c. Did 50 miles on dirt roads to beak them in. Never felt any lose of traction although I would say they are not meant for anything more aggressive than dirt roads. Hit me up if yo would like to know more.

    801-736-6396 ext. 4738 or adickinson@backcountry.com

    Riding the dirt don't hurt

    Tubeless for the gravel

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The Rambler has a great tread pattern that rolls fast on hardpack and pavement, but with enough bite to work on single track trails. The 40mm width is great for extra volume and the ability to run tubeless allows for lower tire pressure and more comfort.