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Maxxis Monorail Tire (discontinued)

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Maxxis Monorail
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A fast, light, hard wearing rear tire

The Good:

Fast rolling, hard wearing, comes TR and LUST

The Bad:

Descending and braking traction at 35psi plus, would prefer a bit more volume and a tad more width

Overall Review:

I bought this tire because I need to ride road and climb before I can open up and have real fun and descend.I teamed this up with a Maxxis Minion single ply 2.35 EXO on the front because they are both ERTO 52. It went on easy on my TR rim tubeless with a floor pump first try, no soap, removing the valve or Stans on the sidewall.

The Monorail climbs really well. The only fault I found was braking traction especially on loose over, that is if you stick to the recommended 35psi or more. However if you drop the pressure to 25-30 range there is much more bite. I'd certainly consider buying again although I probably try something else as I love experimenting with tires.

I'd never dream of putting it on the front for anything other than XC, but on the back it helps you fly along the road and turns my trail/AM rig that can keep up with XC bikes. Purely off road I would prefer something with more bite, however for a road/trail mix this is certainly a top performer.

Great, affordable all-around XC tire

The Good:

Fast rolling, predictable cornering in loose, dry and wet conditions, impressive life-span

The Bad:

Not the greatest cornering on dry hard-pack.

Overall Review:

The Maxxis Monorail is a perfect multi-use XC tire. The "micro-ramped center knobs" definitely work as advertised in reducing rolling resistance. The side knobs are more aggressive and provide plenty of confidence in the corners. I've put 1700 miles on them over the last year on all sorts of terrain and conditions, and they still ride predictably. It is certainly time for a replacement but I think it says a lot that they are still riding well after that much use. They come tubeless ready, with sturdy sidewalls, they have withstood jagged loose rock sections on all day rides on multipleoccasions with little sign of damage to the sidewalls.

They are average weight at 535-700g each depending on the TPI and compound options. But at ~$40 a piece you can't go wrong. I'm planning on trying out a different tire when I buy my next set just to explore a few more options, but I will always keep a pair of these on hand as my go to tire.


Product Maxxis Monorail Tire
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Miscellaneous Maxxis Monorail Tyre. Tyres - MTB 26". Racers take note: If youre looking for a fast, light tire with a consistent, predictable feel from straight-line to corner, the Monorail delivers. The micro-ramped center knobs offer spacing to grab rough and sandy surfaces, while the stability .... .
Price $15.35
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