Maxxis Medusa eXception mountain bike tyre£27.99

Lightweight and lively

BikeRadar score4/5

Maxxis go with a simple block tread to produce a lightweight and lively winter cross-country favourite. The tread knobs are smaller than on most winter tyres, so the Medusa relies on nailing traction rather than paddling through.

The narrow carcass helps it sink into firmer stuff without slowing down. Broad spacing stops it clogging and it’ll fit most frames without any worries. The eXception compound is soft enough to stop it skating around on rocks and roots, and traction and the subsequent slide when we really pushed it were totally predictable.

It rolls okay for a mud tyre, and it’s not so tall that it feels precarious on hardpack or tarmac. The Maxxis carcass is typically tough for its weight and easy to convert to tubeless. Price goes in the ‘positive comments’ pile too.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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