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Maxxis High Road HYPR K2 tyre review

Tubeless race tyres with Kevlar puncture protection

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £55.00 RRP | USD $65.00
Maxxis Highroad HYPR K2 road bike tyre

Our review

Easy to setup tubeless tyres that accelerate well and ride with confidence, despite a little extra weight
Pros: Easy tubeless setup; forgiving feel; decent grip
Cons: Tubeless functionality increases weight and cost
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The Maxxis High Road HYPR K2 claims to be the brand’s best road race tyre, and features a 170 TPI casing with a K2 Kevlar composite puncture protection layer, which is also claimed to be more effective than Kevlar only or Vectran.

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Maxxis says that its all-new HYPR compound rubber tread will lower rolling resistance as well as improve traction in the wet.

My 25mm pair weighed in at 575g, but the non-tubeless version costs £10 less and will save on weight: a claimed 80g per tyre.

I tested the TR tubeless-ready version of this tyre, which, when used on an appropriate rim, along with sealant, offers the benefits of a tubeless tyre but with lower weight. Sounds ideal.

I did find that it was a little tight when fitting, as is to be expected, but it was still flexible enough to wrangle in to place. It seated willingly with a track pump and sealed satisfyingly fast.

On rims with 17mm internal width, the Highroads inflated to 25mm with a fairly tall shape. Most of the tread is slick, with file tread-filled leaf shapes alternating with siped slick sections along the shoulders.

Together it ensures great straight line speed and progressive cornering grip, helped along by the High Road’s supple casing.

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These tyres accelerate well from slow speed and they ride with confidence.

Product Specifications


Price br_price, 5, 3, Price, GBP £55.00USD $65.00
Weight br_weight, 5, 6, Weight, 575g – for pair, Array, g
Brand br_brand, 5, 10, Brand, Maxxis


TPI br_TPI, 11, 0, TPI, 170
Bead br_bead, 11, 0, Bead, Folding
Puncture protection br_punctureProtection, 11, 0, Puncture protection, Composite puncture protection layer