Maxxis Swampthing 2.35in mountain bike tyre review£27.99

Unbeatable value

BikeRadar score4.5/5

The mix of low, wide-spaced siped and top studded tread lugs on the Maxxis Swampthing means it’ll key into almost any type of terrain with tenacity. The Super Tacky rubber compound sticks to rocks and roots like chewing gum in hair and it’s narrow enough to plough through bogs too.

Hearing other riders sliding out or smashing into trees behind you is an almost guaranteed Swamp Thing grin-increaser. The super-sticky rubber and wide spaced lugs will wipe that smile off on hard-surface climbs, but weight isn’t too bad and there’s a faster 60a option. The Single Ply version is a bargain too.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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