Maxxis Rendez 2.1in tyre£27.99

Lightweight cross-country rubber

BikeRadar score2.5/5

Maxxis have a vast range of ultra light cross-country tyre options but a rendezvous with their Rendez is most definitely a game of two ends.

At less than 500g, their acceleration is blistering but the small volume and fragile sidewalls increase the likelihood of pinch punctures. The long sloped centre knobs and tall shoulder knobs make it feel uptight and nervous on wood and rock.

As long as you keep it rolling it works very well on the front, in conditions where a rudder effect is needed (such as loose leaves, mud, snow or sand) for turning and line holding, but it does have a tendency to slide easily under braking.

When reversed there’s far less grip on the back for its surprisingly large amount of buzz and drag, so we’d keep it for the front only.

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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