New road racing tires are said to improve rolling resistance, protection against punctures and grip compared to the old model

Posted: 8 February 2021 at 12:32

Maxxis updated their versatile road racing tire, le High Road, with new construction that promises rolling resistance, improved puncture resistance and grip

Available as a tire and tubeless-ready, in sizes 700 x 25c and 700 x 28c, Maxxis claims a reduction of 2% rolling resistance and an increase in 7% puncture resistance

Maxxis dit qu’Alex Dowsett, of the WorldTour Israel Start-Up Nation team, used a tubular version of this new tire to claim their Giro’Italia stage victory in October 2020

The updated High Road retains the same HYPR rubber compound as the previous version, the title change is therefore the revised tire carcass, which now includes 170 TPI (threads per inch), against 120 TPI on the outgoing model

As stated in our guide to the best road bike tires, a high TPI generally provides lower rolling resistance and a more comfortable ride quality

Maxxis also claims that the clincher version of the High Road saw a weight reduction of 12 or 15% compared to the outgoing model, the versions 700 x 25c and 700 x 28c weighing 185g and 205g respectively

However, tubeless versions weigh «about the same weight as before», the versions 700 x 25c and 700 x 28c being said to weigh 285g and 315g each

This matches our experience with the previous High Road tubeless tire. 700 x 25c, that weighed 575 g for a pair when we looked at it last year

The new case construction is also said to make the latest High Road more flexible than before., what «improves air retention, as well as the ride quality and comfort.”

The claimed improved puncture protection is the result of a new anti-puncture coating (called «ZK») located under the tread A new tread pattern, shared between pneumatic and tubeless versions, is also believed to improve grip when cornering in wet conditions

In terms of compatibility with hookless rims for the tubeless tire (the tire version is only compatible with hook rims), Maxxis said that currently, only Giant and Cadex hookless rims – like those found on the current Giant TCR Advanced Pro and TCR Advanced SL bikes – have been confirmed to be fully compatible

The new Maxxis High Road tire and tubeless tires are now available The tire version has a suggested retail price of 70 $ / 62 €50, the tubeless version costing 80 $ / 72 € Prices in the UK have yet to be confirmed

Simon is a writer and photographer who has been cycling for fun since he was a child He dived deep into road racing, the writings and culture of time trial in your twenties, but as a person of very little talent, he always turns to technology to compensate He loves nothing more than finding a smart hack (preferably inexpensive) that others hadn't thought of His bike stable isn't the most extravagant, but they are all personalized to meet Simon's particular tastes and carefully maintained.

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