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Maxxis CrossMark Tire

3.73/5 (93 Reviews)
Weight : 570 grams MSRP : $43.49


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Product Description

Designed with World Champion Christoph Sauser, the CrossMark is the dramatic evolution of the Cross Country racing tire.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Panos

Date Reviewed: May 26, 2014

Strengths:    Long lasting
No flats
Rolls very well on road too
Great rear tire


Weaknesses:    Not the best front tire

Bottom Line:   
Very pleased with the perfomance of Crossmark as a rear tire. It perfoms well in front too, but personally I think that I need something better in terms of handling. It is not a mud tire you should know that: Be very careful on muddy terrains (better avoid them).

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Aidan

Date Reviewed: February 20, 2014

Strengths:    Cheap, fast on flats

Weaknesses:    Cant break, cant handle any wetness, cant climp

Bottom Line:   
These tires are good if you the kind of person who rides a lot of road because they last forever! They are good tires for a flat dry ride. Personally i hate these tires because as soon as a want to do tech stuff down or uphill they slip and slide everywhere! I went down to 25 psi with no improvement and it
Doesn't matter if it is bone dry if there is a angle these tyres a crap! They are not confidence inspiring at all and i have swapped to a ikon on the rear and a ardent race on the front and i love both of these!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sotiris a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2014

Strengths:    Fast rolling,predictable in the limit even if you have to take off your shoe form pedal (sometimes),the dual compound lasts a bit more,bigger diameter/profile from my previous GEAX tyres that was 2.1 too and so faster over obstacles

Weaknesses:    I dont know the reason that both tires developed some kind of cracks over the profile. Some brands had problems with some specific sealants. Worth to mention that I use cafelatex, but I have never had any problem with air leak or something else, just the cracks.

Really,not the best tire for muddy inviroments.It looses its character, but it will handle afford-ably in wet rocky rooty terrain for an XC tyre.


Bottom Line:   
I ride mostly in rocky-rooty-dusty techy terrain with a rare gravel parts. Realy its not the best place to ride for a 26er hardtail but I enjoy it. The fact that I ride to approach the mountain 7 km, make me to think that a faster tire could be better from a knobby one. This UST dual compound version it was really what I need. It impress me in dust conditions! Its the best tire I have ever tried for this conditions. Fast on tarmac and on hardpack, less friction...Much better rolling from Larssen TT, though it not grap so well if you climbing in loose over hard. I have to say, never had a problem with that. The bigger profile in addition with other 2.1 tyres, helps to maintain speed and absorb bumps a bit better.

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Similar Products Used:   Geax Saguaro,Geax Gato,Maxxis Larssen TT,Onza,Michelin all terrain

Bike Setup:   26 hardtail-fox terralogic fork-XT 2x9

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Borgbox a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: October 15, 2013

Strengths:    Fast, corners predictably and well, quiet, fast, good climbing traction on rear in reverse rotation, Exo sidewall protection, 120 tpi casing is light and absorbent.

Weaknesses:    Holds on to mud, slippery when wet (at least on roots)

Bottom Line:   
I got the 2.1 Exception EXO Crossmark to replace my old IRC Serac XC on the back of my bike which was losing knobs due to dry rot. The Crossmark corners significantly better than the old tire, though I wouldn't say "on rails" as the shorter (albeit continuous and blocky) sideknobs give it a slightly round profile. It transitions predictably and when the transition knobs slide the sideknobs catch well and fast giving it a pretty fun cornering pattern when you want to push it to its (intended) limits.

It's considerably less bouncy than my old tires and at 120 tpi it soaks up more vibration than I expected and retains a lot of traction through large swaths of roots and rocks. I run it in reverse in order to give the transition knobs a square connection to the trail rather than the ramps in order to optimize climbing traction over these rooty sections and while my old tires had more, I have yet to break these loose when I keep myself in an efficient climbing position.

This tire is fast. The first time I took it out I didn't even feel like I got a workout even when increasing my usual distance and lowering my usual time. They feel almost like slicks on asphalt, and on the trail the only way you know you've got knobs is that you aren't constantly spinning out. Just... fast.

They retain mud so I wouldn't suggest them to people in wet environments. Speaking of wet, I wouldn't trust these on wet roots or rocks as well. Off camber roots can kick them aside pretty easily, and without enough traction I can see that washing the rear.

Bottom line; These things are great for what I'm riding. Loose over hard, hardpack, dry to slightly damp, east coast trails. Roots, Rocks, (Reggae), some red clay, pine needles everywhere. Value 5 thanks to a sale on pricepoint, 5 Overall because these excel at their niche and include some extra sidewall protection if you are looking to expand its horizons and see what it can really do.

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Favorite Trail:   Bent Creek, Rainbow, Toll Road, Crabtree, 286

Duration Product Used:   40 miles

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Ignitor Exo 2.35, IRC Serac XC 2.1

Bike Setup:   2004 Cannondale F400 All-Mountain 26 inch, V-brakes. 3x9

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Lucas a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2013

Strengths:    Low rolling resistance.
Great dry and wet traction.
Great cornering traction.
Large volume = good flotation in soft/loose stuff.
Low weight.
Good tread life.
Equally good on the front or back of the bike.


Weaknesses:    Sidewall weaker/more prone to damage than many of the competitors.

Bottom Line:   
Overall this tire is fantastic for all mountain/cross country riders. There are 3 versions of it offering various degrees of sidewall armouring. So far I have used the most basic one, which unfortunately suffers from vulnerable sidewalls. I just ordered the more expensive version of this tire to replace one I damaged in Moab last year (cut sidewall). Even with somewhat vulnerable sidewalls, I still love these tires as they provide incredible level of traction in dry and more impressively in wet conditions. I am impressed how little spin you get with these tires on wet rocks and tree roots. Interestingly enough, despite relatively weak sidewall design, this tire provides excellent directional stability, more specifically the tire does not roll laterally in turns making it very stable.

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Favorite Trail:   Porcupine Rim - Moab

Duration Product Used:   4 years

Price Paid:    $65.00

Purchased At:   Ridley's Bike Shop -

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Fire XC, Kenda Nevegal StickE

Bike Setup:   2008 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Vinnie Gaynor a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: March 30, 2013

Strengths:    super low rolling resistance, light weight, long tread life and very durable

Weaknesses:    the ONLY weakness of this tire is that it isn't great in the mud

Bottom Line:   
I have been using the Maxxis Crossmark tires for both front and rear on my xc trail bike for 6 years now. I am currently on my second set. I don't think I will ever use another tire ever again, these tires can do it all! They roll like they're a street slick on a road bike but on hard pack and even lose terrain they have amazing grip. The shoulder knobs give plenty of grip for cornering while the center tread is very fast rolling while giving great traction on climbs. The only weakness I have found in these tires is that they are not the best in the mud. They are by no means terrible or unridable but there are better tires in the mud but all of the pros for this tire heavily outweigh their one weakness in the mud. I will keep buying these tires until they are no longer being produced.

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Bike Setup:   Cannondale Rush

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sam a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: September 13, 2012

Strengths:    Very fast, corners reasonable considering its made to be a fast straight line tyre.

Weaknesses:    Braking, climbing traction, mud (definitely not marketed as a mud tyre though)

Bottom Line:   
I have used a 2.1 folding bead on the rear only. Generally 26-30psi tubed.
This is a fast race tyre, good for hardpack and slightly loose/loamy, but not loose.
Is doesn't brake that well, doesn't have good traction so slips on climbs.
Fairly high volume, makes for a comfy ride and good headroom for playing with air pressure.
This pairs up well with an ignitor on the front.
I have now used a monorail, its seems just as fast if not faster, climbs WAY better, out brakes crossmark by a fair amount. But monorail feels a bit more slide-happy when pushed in damp conditions.
I would recommend the monorail over this.

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Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   monorail


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Greg

Date Reviewed: August 25, 2012

Strengths:    Very light and very fast on well groomed trails.

Weaknesses:    Extremely prone to pinch flats when run at a pressure that makes them grip.
Side walls are paper thin.
Poor grip when leaning over in damp to wet conditions.


Bottom Line:   
This tyre is fast in dry and well groomed trail conditions. I have found it works well at high pressure but does not grip well. For the optimum grip it needs to be run at less than 30 psi......but this means pinch flats a-go-go!! I would not recommend this as a front tyre it is for the rear but only on reasonably smooth, trail centre type trails. I have had to ditch mine as it is just a bit too fragile and unpredictable.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2012

Strengths:    FAST ... Soooo Fast. Light too.

Weaknesses:    Not many. Doesn't handle greasy, technical downhill as well as others, but they make up for that in climbing and speed.

Bottom Line:   
Just finished the 70km Test of Metal in British Columbia, Canada. It’s a grueling race with 1200m of elevation gain and 40km of technical singletrack. Oh, and I should also mention that this year was the wettest Test of Metal on record. I ordered the 2.1 Crossmarks last minute because I knew my Ardent front and High Roller rear were going to be too slow for the amount of uphill on the course. I was a bit concerned when they arrived the day before the race and I didn’t have time to test them out before I was committed. However, the minute I rolled out of the starting chute I knew I had made the right choice. These tires are FAST! They fly on hardpack, handle in the mud and climb like champs. Admittedly, they don’t inspire the same confidence as my Ardent or High Roller on the real greasy, technical downhill, but that was a small price to pay for their speed and agility on the climbs. As most of my riding is really technical and aggressive singletrack, I will be hanging these tires up until the next big event. Nevertheless, these are my new racing tires … hands down!!!

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Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Chainreactioncycles.

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Ardent, Maxxis High Roller, Maxxis Minion, Kenda Nevegal

Bike Setup:   2011 Rocky Mountain Altitude. Spec'd out with Awesomeness!!!!

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Olddude

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2012

Strengths:    very fast and light

Weaknesses:    Fragile sidewalls

Bottom Line:   
I like these as a summer tyre but so far I have gashed the sidewall on two of these and have now become wary of them. Never happened to me before - luckily I saw the inner tube bubbling out before it blew but I could easily have missed it. Tyre maybe OK generally but possibly the lightness has a penalty where there is a risk of sharp stones ( eg UK south downs flint ) scraping the sidewalls and maybe best avoided where sharp stone cuts are possible. Pity as I like 'em!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rubber Duck

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2012

Strengths:    fast on dry, hard/medium pack sections but still acceptable traction over roots and most sand washouts

Weaknesses:    if those aforementioned roots are wet WATCH OUT

Bottom Line:   
They're probably not the optimum tire for the trails I ride but they came with my bike. My previous 26" bike had Velociraptors and they were nearly excellent all around. These Crossmarks would blow them away in fast sections. In the future I'd consider using a Crossmark up front with something a little more grippy in the back.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by iviguy a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2012

Strengths:    Very fast with preditcable slip in turns.

Weaknesses:    Very poor quality. Absolutely no warranty if used with Stans. Slips when wet. Poor mud performance.

Bottom Line:   
First let me say that I used to LOVE these tires. They were the only tires I would buy for years. Then 2 things happened. They jumped in price from around $50 to about $75 per tire AND I started having problems with them such as huge bubbles in the tire tread that would appear. This has happened 3 times to 3 different tires. The first tire I figured was a fluke. This huge bubble appeared in the outer tire (tread side) and got so big that it ripped while riding. The tire had a couple of seasons on it so I just got rid of it and bought another.

Then the new tire that I had purchased after about a year of riding it, and I am a weekend warrior riding on dry hard pack trails with minimal rocks, did the same thing. I decided to try for warranty since it was likely under a year old. The LBS contacted Maxxis and they asked if Stans was used.. Well, of course, doesn't everyone with tubeless use Stans?? Warranty was void because of using Stans.

So stupid me, I bought another tire. Guess what! SAME dang thing happened to this one too. Tire develops an outer bulge from the air slipping past the belts in the inner tire and filling a cavity between the outer tire and the inner tire. Popped it with a toothpick and had to put a tube in it to finish my ride.

Listen, I really love the way this tire performs but at near $80 per tire and 3 that have done this with no warranty from Maxxis.. I have to give this a thumbs down. I can find a cheaper tire that performs well and doesn't have any problems with Stans...

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Favorite Trail:   Grapevine North Shore

Bike Setup:   Yeti 575, Mavic 517 wheels, Hadley hub rear and Hope in the front.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Tjay

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2012

Strengths:    Review for EXC 2.1: Strong sidewall. Low Rolling Resistance compare to Rocket Rons and Nobby Nic (2.2). Lightweight.



Weaknesses:    Tire blew off the rim bead at 40 psi while letting it sit for TL setup. It also blew off the rim at 30 psi while rolling 12% grade at 3 mph. I use 2 types of tire gauges: digital and analog.



Bottom Line:   
This tire runs perfect at 27 and below psi but at 30 psi, the tire comes off the rim and mind you, this is during a slow uphill climb on a crest wheelset. SCARY!! I never had problems with it at 25 psi and below setup even after doing 4' drops. Btw, I'm only 153 lbs geared.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by AndrwSwitch a Racer

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2012

Strengths:    Fast-rolling. Light.

Weaknesses:    Sidewalls. Cornering grip.

Bottom Line:   
I got a pair of these from a teammate around January 2011. I initially tried them on both wheels, but I felt like it was a sketchy tire on the front wheel. I've been pretty happy with the one on the rear wheel. It rolls fast, it's light, and it corners surprisingly well for something with that little tread. I bought it planning to use it as a dry-season-only tire, but I ended up using one on a pretty muddy day and was pleasantly surprised. While I had to be pretty conscious of my weight placement, I was able to get over wet roots and climb in some pretty sloppy conditions. I thought it might just spin, like a slick.

I did damage a sidewall riding in a particularly rocky place, although not badly enough to flat the tire - I caught it later.

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Favorite Trail:   Tiger Mountain

Price Paid:    $5.00

Purchased At:   from a friend

Bike Setup:   26" hardtail

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gerald Velayo a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2012

Strengths:    Excellent low rolling resistance, long tread wear, excellent grip on road and hard packed dirt

Weaknesses:    do not use on mud.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this tire July 2011 and have been very satisfied with the performance ever since. I am a weekend cyclist, biking around the trails of Sta rosa Silang in Luzon Philippines. I do a mix of road, single tracks, fire roads. I once tried this tire during the rainy season and found that it did not do well on mud tracks. My Crossmarks logged 3000kms, the front tire still has 75% tread wear while my rear has more than 50% tread. Maxxis crossmark's strength is in hard packed dirt. Overall, I am very contented with this tire, in fact, I bought another set in time for replacement sometime next month.

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Favorite Trail:   Sta Rosa, Silang, Tagaytay, San Mateo

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Local Bike Shop in L

Similar Products Used:   WTB NanoRaptor, Ritchey Tires Speedmax

Bike Setup:   Generic Hardtail size 19". Azonic hubs, Alex XDlite rims, Shimano XT cassette 9-speed, Vision AM handlebars, Token stem, Zoom carbon seatpost, Serfas TEGU seat, Epicon LOD 2011 fork, Shimano M445 disc brakes, 180mm Ashima Airotor front, 160mm Ashima Airotor rear, Truvativ Cranks, SRAM X5 shifters, SRAM X7 9 speed RD, Shimano DEORE FD, VP Component flat pedals, Cane Creek Zero Stack Head set. Vision grips

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Maxxis Ikon vs Crossmark

I ride in central Texas and I'm looking for the perfect set of tires for my HT. Trails are only open when it's bone dry. I do about 50% road and 50% trail riding so I've narrowed it down to these two fast rolling tires. Should I get Ikon for F & R? Or Crossmark F & R with a modification to the front ... Read More »

Modifying Crossmark eXC for front use?

Like the Crossmark as a rear tire, both 26 and 650b. Tubeless with zero issues at 165 pound rider weight. I like the eXC's weight and the sidewalls are durable enough for my trails on a Pacenti TL28 rim. Considering using it as a front, but wanted to ask if the mod I read about (somewhere, can't fin ... Read More »

Passing along Crossmark 650b 2.1 EXC tire price: $41.45

Apologies if this has been posted, but ebikestop.com has the 510gram (claimed) Crossmark 650b for $41.45. I ordered two and used the coupon "spring" for free FedEx ground shipping. [url=http://www.ebikestop.com/maxxis_crossmark_275_x_2_1_exception_single_compound_folding_tire-TR6117.php]Maxxis Cr ... Read More »

Anybody have trouble running crossmark exc 120tpi tubless?

I see they are pretty light and want to try one on the front to loose some weight. Have the normal crossmark on the rear no troubles but it weighed 630. I'm seeing the exc is in the low 500sRead More »

Lateral move going to Crossmark from Neo Moto 2.1?

Currently run a Neo Moto 2.1 on a FS and with the trails becoming more hardpack was looking for lighter and faster rolling. Did a search and found the Crossmark at Artscyclery for a good price, but on this forum the sidewalls are thin according to users. I don't ride a lot of rocks. Is the NM 2.1 ... Read More »

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