Maxxis has repurposed its Forekaster tyre for downcountry by reducing rolling resistance while maintaining grip, according to the brand.
The original Forekaster was a “wet weather option for XC” with what Maxxis called “wide middle knobs”.
Launched at Eurobike 2022, the new Forekaster is designed to have a closely grouped centre tread, taller side knobs for “cornering grip” and mud-shedding ridges on the tyre casing.
As a result, Maxxis now recommends the Forekaster for “modern short travel (100mm-130mm) trail bikes”. Read: downcountry bikes.
With that, Maxxis describes the Forekaster as a “perfect companion for long, pedally rides in a variety of terrain”.
The tyre fits between the brand’s cross-country tyres and more downhill-focused models, such as the Assegai.
Bigger and burlier
Maxxis adds that the Forekaster’s casing width has increased without specifying by how much.
The tyre is available in bigger volumes: up from 29×2.35in to 29×2.4in or 29×2.6in. There is no longer a 27.5in option.
There are also two rubber compound options in each width – dual or 3C MaxxTerra.
The 29×2.4in Forekaster weighs a claimed 945g, while the 29×2.6in size is a claimed 1,035g.
All size options have EXO sidewall protection and casings are tubeless-ready, according to Maxxis.
The Maxxis Forekaster starts at £59.99 with the 29×2.4in Dual Compound. The 29×2.4in MaxxTerra rises to £69.99.
The 29×2.6in Dual Compound costs £66.99.
Neither the 29×2.6in MaxxTerra price nor international pricing were available at the time of writing.