Maxxis releases all-new semi-slick Receptor gravel tyre (with trendy tan-wall options to come)

New semi-slick tyre is designed for dry conditions and well-paved surfaces

Maxxis Receptor 40mm wide gravel semi slick tyres

The Maxxis Receptor is a new semi-slick, high-volume gravel tyre designed for dry conditions and well-paved off-road surfaces.


Sitting between the brand’s high-volume Velocita slick tyre and the gnarlier Rambler, Maxxis pitches the Receptor as the best choice for those that “predominantly ride on smooth surfaces with the occasional unpaved adventure”.

New Maxxis Receptor gravel tyre – key specs

  • All-new semi-slick gravel tyre
  • Available in 40mm (700c) or 47mm (650b) wide
  • Tan wall version available soon
  • Dual-compound construction with 120TPI casing
  • Tubeless-ready
  • EXO puncture protection in sidewalls
  • 429g for 40mm-wide 700c tyre
  • £49.99, international pricing TBC

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The tyres have a very round voluminous profile.
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The Receptor features a tubeless-ready, “high volume” 120 TPI casing. Mounted to a 23mm wide (internal) rim, these measure bang-on 40mm-wide with a nice round profile. They will likely balloon out and get a bit wider once they have time to settle.

The tyres have a dual-compound construction. The 20mm-wide central section features a low-profile file tread and is made of a harder-wearing compound. This transitions to a more pronounced diamond file pattern that is 8mm wide.

The outermost edge of the tyre features a single unstaggered row of small low-profile cornering lugs that only sit very slightly proud of the centre section.

The durometer rating of the rubber used in these two sections is not specified by Maxxis.

The sidewall of the Receptor features Maxxis’ EXO puncture protection layer. Originally seen on the brand’s mountain bike tyres, Maxxis claims this is an “extremely cut-resistant and abrasion-resistant [woven] material” that is said to reduce the risk of sidewall cuts and tears.


The tyre is available in a 47mm-wide option for 650b wheels or a 40mm-wide option for 700c wheels. For those hunting down extra Instagram points, you will be delighted to hear a tan-wall version in both wheel sizes is in the works and will be available soon.