Maxxis has sneakily launched the High Road — a new, tubeless compatible tire — at this year’s Taipei Bike Show.
The High Road is a dual-compound tire that uses silica in favour of the more commonly used carbon-black to produce a softer, and thus grippier tire.
Maxxis claims that by using this new compound in the High Road, it is the brands fastest dual-compound tire that they have produced to date.
While the company was keen to point out that the tire on display is a pre-production sample, the tread pattern on show is unlikely to change drastically once the tire goes into full production in late June.
Perhaps most interestingly, the tire is fitted with an as of yet unnamed puncture protection strip which Maxxis claim is 30% more resistant than its existing K2 technology.
The claimed weight of the tire is 270g (+/-5%) and is produced using the brands most supple, 170tpi casing.
When paired with the aforementioned silica compound, we have a feeling this could be a very grippy, high performance tire.
Only 25mm tires will be offered initially. Maxxis wasn’t able to confirm exactly what other sizes will be available in the future, but suggested that a 28mm tire was likely, with even larger sizes possible. Pricing is still TBC.
Are you thinking of making the move to tubeless on your road bike? Or will your 700×23-25c inner tube’s have to be prised from your gnarled, curmudgeonly hands? As always, leave your thoughts in the comments below.