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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 SpecsWeight
Tech Specs
dual compound rubber
700 c x 40 mm
tubeless-ready clincher
EXO, SilkShield
Recommended Use
cyclocross, gravel
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  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Based on the great reviews of the Rambler I got a set for my gravel bike. I have put less than 400 miles on them. When I got off the gravel to make a bathroom stop and got on the pavement I kept hearing this strange noise coming from the tire. My back tire had bubbles in a lot of different places, wasn't necessarily one place. I can't comment on installation, I have no complaints on the handling or riding, but considering the short amount of time and miles I put on them I expected more.

Great gravel bike tire

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great tire, rolls with low friction, yet has plenty of grip. Use it on my gravel bike and love it!

So far so good

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Was plenty easy to install. Not sure why others are struggling. Ride quality is not the top shelf like a tubular, but that is why it is cheaper than a tubular! great on the gravel and dirt roads.

Can you run these tubeless?

Yes, but installing them is a total PITA. I took 'em to my LBS to have them installed.

Yes, I run them tubeless with the Reynolds ATR wheels and Orange Sealant. No flats at all so far this year! Great Tire

Avg. ride time: 1h 34m per week
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What was Maxxis smoking?

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It is hard for me not to recommend a Maxxis product since I've been using their tires religiously on my other bikes for 5+ years with almost zero problems, but the Ramblers have been nothing BUT problems. First of all, the are the most difficult tires to mount that I have ever used. I flatted on a lunch ride and put a tube in--as deflated as possible--but it took me 20 min to get the last 5 inches of bead back on. I almost called an Uber because I was late for work. Without a tube, which is how I run them, the bead is a breeze to get on, but even with 3oz of sealant and removing the valve core to blast 100psi I have NEVER got these things to seat. Ever. In fact, it is a process that takes a day or two. I have put a tube in WITH sealant, lay it on it's side and rotate so a bead sticks over a day or two, then seat them. Maybe. I'm still working on one, hence the review. Worst of all, the last two tires had bubble aneurysms in them that could have poppped and caused a serious crash. The first was on the rear, and with some decent miles on them, I chalked it up to "well it's time to change it anyway" and replaced it though there was still a lot of treat wear left. The second actually occurred this week--which is why I'm changing the tire--on the front tire that is relatively new. I kept hearing a thump trump on a 40mph descent and stopped to investigate. A HUGE bubble developed that was not there the day before. I gingerly rode to my LBS, where I showed them this, and in the words of the head mechanic: "dude you could have died". I know. Overall I love how these tires roll and the are descent in corners even on hardpack. They make a great road/gravel/light xc tire but with all of these issues you'd be better off spending your money elsewhere. I would unreservedly recommend any other Maxxis tire I've run, from the Ardent to the Minion DD casing, but Maxxis these suck and are dangerous.

Hmmm, I was hoping mine was an isolated issue. I ran these for about 600 to 800 miles and have bubbles in both front and rear tread. One is huge but there are about 8 bubbles in all. I thought I had found my go to tire. Ahhhh! I am going to try to replace them under warranty but I need other tires in the meantime. I am debating getting another set but not if they are going to bubble up like this.

I had 4 bubbles appear on my rear rambler this weekend (that look like the tread is delaminating from the casing) and had the same thump/thump/thump while speeding down a descent. Both my front and rear ramblers have multiple micro holes in the tread that never seem to seal. These tires are less then a month old. Needless to say I’m very disappointed with these tires.

I agree on all counts. Never had such a difficult tubeless installation - it was so bad, I took them to my LBS and even they commented on how difficult it was. Then I had six months of excellent use, with good grip on dirt and low rolling resistance on pavement...then got a bubble aneurysm. I was going to just deflate it and carry on, but not now. It's too bad b/c I enjoyed riding on them. Time to find another good gravel tire.

Great tire for off road and decent for r

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Just purchased another set of these. They are light, fast and hold up well. Easy to mount tubeless ( Bontrager rims w strip ) after leaving on a day with tubes.

Second Set

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm sticking with these until they invent something better (if ever). Great grip and puncture protection (Ø flats) in all conditions and surfaces. Mounting has been easy on both sets of wheels I own (Stans and Industry 9's).

Super like this tire

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Chucked it on my cross tire, set up tubeless on Stan's cross rims with some difficulty, but not too bad with a compressor. Love the way it rides, still dialing in exactly what PSI my weight needs for maximum ride quality/grip, but already grippy as hell, great on dirt, decent on pavement for just random exploring. Way better than the Clement X'plor USH I had on there before (non tubeless) for my purposes. Big tire! Just fits in my Traitor Crusade.

Outstanding gravel tire

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Granted, this is my first ever tubeless experience, having been a holdout for tubes, but man, what a difference. I live in the Southeast in an area where all the gravel is smooth, rounded wash gravel - no crushed limestone or flint. So I decided to prioritize lightness and suppleness over durability or flat protection. The Rambler fits the bill.

I bought the 40mm, 120 tpi, EXO version. They mounted easily to my Stan's Iron Cross rims without sealant, using only a floor pump, and held air overnight. They measure exactly 40mm mounted. Out of the box they weighed 369g and 375g. I weigh 155. My bike weighs 22 pounds. I run them at 28-30psi, and they are sublime. I added about 1.5 oz of Stan's Sealant per tire. I have several hundred miles on them without a single puncture, and I frequently ride past a landfill (in the dark) on a road strewn with roofing nails, broken glass and all manner of trash.

On rough surfaces like gravel, smooth equals fast, and these tires are fast. They roll over all the individual little rocks like a cloud drifting over hills. They are also comfortable, even on an 8-hour ride. The tread doesn't roll quite as smoothly on pavement as my old file tread Challenge Gravel Grinders, but that's a fair trade off for better traction on dirt. They are rock solid in gravel corners, on fast gravel descents and perform fairly well on loose gravel climbs. In deep mud, they grip about as well as an aggressively knobby cyclo-cross tire. (no spinning out) They're also reasonably good on single track trails, as long as the tree roots aren't too big, and the pine straw isn't too deep.

These are simply fast, comfortable, durable tires for gravel riding and racing. You can't go wrong.

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.

    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.

    I totally disagree with you on grip. These work great in many conditions. They are not a MTB tire so durability is not going to be the same. They are a race gravel tire. They weigh nothing. You can't ride them like a deep tread MTB tire. You can't lean them into turns because the lugs are there for some grip and for speed, not for big traction. You need to ride these more like cross tires, you can only lean so far. I find these excellent at 30 to 35psi for a 160lb rider. My issue is that they started developing bubbles in the tread. I still want more because they are that much lighter, somewhat more durable than and faster than what I consider the other best options out there.

    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.

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    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.