Maxxis SwampThing DH Single Ply MaxxPro tyre review£27.99

Great value winter tyre for mountain biking

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The wide spaced studs of Maxxis’s SwampThing are slow rolling, and it’s not as fat as it makes out, but sheer grip keeps it right up in the winter tyre rankings. Plus, it’s a bargain.

The sparse mix of studs means it hardly ever blocks no matter how sticky the terrain gets, and the small volume carcass means plenty of space in most frames. There’s not much air space for cushioning drops and rocks but the carcass and compound keeps it surprisingly well controlled at lower pressures.

Even in the harder MaxxPro compound grip is outstanding whatever the ground conditions, at every lean angle, on the brakes or under power. Rolling speed and wear life aren’t great though, so it’s definitely a filth-only tyre. The Super Tacky version trades ridiculously tenacious traction for even more punishing pedalling.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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