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Maxxis MaxxLite 310 Tire

4.38/5 (13 Reviews)
Weight : 310 grams MSRP : $75.00


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Maxxis Maxxlite-310 Kevlar XC Race Tire: Incredibly lightweight hardpack XC racing tire for front or rear. Ramped low profile tread, 120 tpi casing. 61a durometer: grippy, yet fast rolling compound.


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Reviews 1 - 13 (13 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Giant_Geek a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: December 10, 2014

Strengths:    Very light tire, I can promise it. Rolling very fast and very low resistance. U can expect of speed maintaining 25kmph in very long ride (60km to 80km) with less effort. I don't have any problem cycling on the wet road surface, good braking. Help me a lot in road race.

Weaknesses:    Less confident with cornering, totally lost grip on beach sand (as I live at the beachside).

Bottom Line:   
I hope I can use this tires when entering any off road event. But with some advise from my friend, they said that I should think it twice. But I cant just turn to any tires when use it on road.

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Duration Product Used:   1 year

Price Paid:    $75.00


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by satanas a Cross Country Rider from Oz

Date Reviewed: August 25, 2010

Strengths:    Very light and fast, surprisingly good traction. Had no problems with cornering grip, but only wet conditions were on bitumen.

Weaknesses:    Terribly easy to pinch flat. Do NOT use these with Supersonic tubes or similar and a loose-ish fitting rim. With a tighter-fitting rim - or preferably tubeless - they'd be much, much better.

Bottom Line:   
Great as a rear racing tyre in dry conditions, used tubeless. To be avoided like the plague if there are thorns; DO NOT take these tyres to northern Ladakh(!) as too many thorns, or to Himachal Pradesh, as too rocky. (I am not allowed to say th0rny as this is assumed to be profanity as the word contains h0rny - only in America!)

Definitely not an all around tyre, but great when conditions suit them.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Oz

Similar Products Used:   various

Bike Setup:   Maxxis Larsen TT 2.0 on the front; 310 used as rear only.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by TopFuelAdam a Racer from Canada

Date Reviewed: May 22, 2010

Strengths:    FAST!! Climbs really well. Lots of rear wheel acceleration traction

Weaknesses:    Rear wheel braking

Bottom Line:   
This tire is exactly what it supposed to be, a race tire. It corners suprisingly well, not as good as my Karma's but that is expected. It is so fast uphill it is almost funny!

THe only bad thing is that when things go bad...they go bad FAST. THere is almost no time to save yourself, if you are racing this tire, you will crash more. That said it is still a massive advantage on almost any dry course. I will be buying these again.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   jensonusa

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Small block 8

Bike Setup:   TopFuel 9.8 1x9

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jsassenberger a Racer from Marietta, GA 30064

Date Reviewed: March 15, 2010

Strengths:    Super Lite

Weaknesses:    Mounting with Stans Sealant was tricky, but can be done.

Bottom Line:   
Tire is made for speed, not much tread here...
I raced tire on the Snake Gap Creek time trial and put up my best time ever. I run with Stans sealant, which is highly recommended in my opinion due to how thin this tire is. I am 140lbs. My buddy ran this tire also and flatted with Stans, but he is 190lbs.
This tire says Race Use only, and there is a reason for this.. tire tread will not be around long and you don't start with much.

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Favorite Trail:   Blankets Creek

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $55.00

Purchased At:   Price Point

Bike Setup:   Trek 69er Top Fuel

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Tanjung_boy a Cross Country Rider from Malaysia

Date Reviewed: June 28, 2009

Strengths:    Lightning speed. Good grip on concrete trail and dry hard pack. Love these tires during dry season. My ride is much more enjoyable now since i don't have to sweat so much.

Weaknesses:    Needs low pressure to handle wetter condition but that will increase puncture incidents. This tyre could also Doesn't work in Penang's wet, mossy and muddy trail. Blow up if the pressure is too high. That happened to me today. The massive explosion crack my crossmax xl rim as well. Damn. I truly enjoy this tyre until today.

Bottom Line:   
Don't pump too much pressure and use it in the dry. You probably do not want to go back to other stuff, unless technically needed. Overall would have been outstanding if it didn't blow up.

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Favorite Trail:   Penang Hill

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Penang


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by stepenliem a Cross Country Rider from Antioch, California

Date Reviewed: April 1, 2009

Strengths:    Fast, fast, fast!

Weaknesses:    Sink and slide in sands

Bottom Line:   
I have just finished my second XC trips (total 40 miles) using this tire (front and back). I used Maxxis Advantage before, and the difference with this is night and day. On a paved road I was able to increase the speed by 25% easy. On a uphill, and flat trails (mostly fire road, hard packed clay, gravels), the speed increase is very noticable. This tire is fast and I will never go back to anything else. I dont see any issue going downhill. But I did slide and sink in an area where heavy sand is present. I read in this review that there are issue with this tire due to its being very thin (yes, it is as thin as paper), so what I did is to install a tube that has Green Slime product in it. I will report back when I have done more trips on this tire. I am planning to use this tire all summer season before rain comes. Highly recommended for racing, but I love it for non racing too. I am interestd to know if there are other tires like this that are better or comparable to it.

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Favorite Trail:   Black Diamond Mine

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $59.00

Purchased At:   Price Point.com

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Advantage

Bike Setup:   Turner Flex 2008

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Zachariah a Cross Country Rider from Palm Desert, California USA

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2008

Strengths:    Extremely light, blindingly fast, decent grip, climbs with minimal pedal effort, whisper-quiet on pavement.

Weaknesses:    Price. One of the most expensive minimalist bike tires around. Only the new Maxxis Maxxlite 285g costs more($200/pair). Avoid moisture at all costs.

Bottom Line:   
This is THE TIRE that made Geoff Kabush an XC/Marathon champion. Rolls fast as a road slick, due to the thin tread footprint. The tightly-spaced center knobs are almost in continuous arrangement, allowing for blazing speed, on any terrain. The hard 70a durometer, 120tpi casing makes for a durable tire, as long as you carefully watch what you ride over. Seals up easily when running tubeless, and effectively removed ONE FULL POUND of rotating weight.

However, this tire is NOT for everyone. Rider finesse and trail handling skills are absolutely necessary, to make these tires really work. With rider skill and endurance, they grip and climb uphill, like a billy goat on crack. They corner good as long as you KNOW the adhesion limits of this featherweight tire, under loads. On dry hardpack conditions, with low pressure- this tire wins supreme....hands-down. On the road with higher pressure- this tire feels like a cyclocross/triathlon tire, and can effortlessly maintain 25mph on the straights.

I have ridden many sub-400 gram mtb tires, and the Maxxlite 310s are clearly my favorite, due to high speed capability, lightness, and nominal grip. I am not crazy about the cost of such a small tire(1.67" wide casing), but if you race, and want to shave valuable seconds off your finish times......this tire will certainly do it for you.

Bottom line, if you want to WIN RACES.....this tire is worth the high investment!

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Favorite Trail:   Hurkey Creek Park(24Hrs/Adrenalin Course)

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Klimax Lite 345g, Schwalbe Fast Fred 370g, Continental Twister Supersonic 360g

Bike Setup:   2005 Cannondale F2000 SL Optimo; Ultra Fatty Headshok DLR 80mm, Cannondale Si 100mm stem, Ritchey WCS Carbon flat bar, SRAM X0 twist shifters, Avid BB7 disc brakes, Shimano XTR M960 crankset/M952 front derailleur, Crank Brothers Candy 2ti clipless pedals, SRAM X0 rear derailleur, Shimano Dura Ace 11-27 cassette, Mavic Crossmax SLR disc wheelset, Thomson Masterpiece seatpost, Specialized Phnom SL 130mm saddle, Maxxis Maxxlite 310 tires, Stan's goop........equals a 19-pound XC racer.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Crash test dummy from Melbourne, Australia

Date Reviewed: February 20, 2008

Strengths:    Lightning fast, minimum rolling resistance. Decent braking and climbing traction for such small tire, Maxxis quality & actually weight than advertised! Superb dry weather racer on smooth. non-technical hardpack terrain.

Weaknesses:    Very terrain specific. Sketchy tire at speed. Very rough ride due to low air volume. Scary cornering due to lack of side knobs to hold on corners. Forget technical riding with these unless you're ready for a wild ride - usually end up with both wheels facing the wrong side up, easily punctured.

Bottom Line:   
As expected, these tires accelerate and hold speed exceptionally well. Crossmark is very good in this department but this is much better. For sheer straightline speed on smooth dirt, nothing I have tried to date comes close to these 310s. Climbing is less of a chore as long as rear tire retain tractoin. Bike lost a pound simply by using these tires.

BUT

You give up everything else in pursuit of low weight and sheer speed. Braking and climbing traction's adequate as long as you're not slopping in picking your lines and have good body english. Scary cornering on loose-over-hard stuff, absolutely lethal on wet grass or leaves. Riding over rocks or crossing roots feels like you feel like a pinball ricocheting off the bumpers. The tire to have if you like to slide a lot.

3 for value, as it is expensive for so little rubber in return - but this IS a race tire after all.

5 for performance, as it achieves its design intent exceptionally well - go fast at the expense of everything else.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Crossmarks, Larsen TT, Specialised Roll X Pro, Hutchison Mosquito 1.75", Tioga Red Pheonix 1.9, IRC Geo Claw 1.9 (!)

Bike Setup:   GT Zaskar, Fox F100RLT

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Brian Beattie a Cross Country Rider from Bismarck, ND

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2007

Strengths:    
light weight, low rolling resistance


Weaknesses:    cornering

Bottom Line:   
I ride thes tubeless with Stan's. These are lightening fast and grip great in the rear. Watch the cornering. They do wash out on the front. They have a best pressure which can be hard to find and are scary on wet grass for cornering. Definitely a specialty tire and as advertised not great corning but man are they fast! I plan on trying them in the back and a Kenda Small Block 8 in front.

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Favorite Trail:   Maah Da Hay

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Maxxis web site

Similar Products Used:   Conti Explorer

Bike Setup:   Intense spider, Stan's ZTR rims

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mad Maxx a Cross Country Rider from Philippines

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2007

Strengths:    Weight...310 grams! cool design

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
It is like riding a road bike during the first few ride. My average speed really increased compare to my old tires. Excellent on uphill travel, very soft to pedal.

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Favorite Trail:   hardpacked

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   local store

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Kozmik lite

Bike Setup:   Giant Anthem

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Adrian a Cross Country Rider from Boston, MA

Date Reviewed: November 18, 2006

Strengths:    Weight

Weaknesses:    Small knobs, low tread profile

Bottom Line:   
I have to say that these tires will increase your speed by reducing rolling resistance. As the manufacter suggests these tires are not made for all terrain riders. They are definitely made for one purpose - speed. Of course, this comes at a price... stability. If you are accustomed to using tires larger than 2.10 then this will require you to re-learn how you ride. I bought these tires because i will be XC racing. In wet conditions this tire does not hold well...but what tire does? It is important to also note that this tire has to have a higher pressure setting than normal XC tires. Setting these tires too low will cause tire pinch to occur more often. In rocky conditions this tire did fair...considering that these tires are meant for packed terrain. Bottom line if you plan to race and would like to increase your speed capabilities - i would recommend this tire. Disclaimer: you will have to re-adjust yourself to these tires due to thier smaller tread and thinner side walls - the tires can be hard to control at times - especially going down hill.

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Favorite Trail:   wompy state park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   maxxis.com

Bike Setup:   Trek 6700 SLR frame, SRAM X0 Drive Train and shifters

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Howard a Cross Country Rider from Pittsburgh, PA

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2006

Strengths:    Actually hooks up in intermediate cross country loose, dirt, roots, rocks and some mud. It might do more difficult stuff..I just haven't tried it yet

Weaknesses:    Wanted to stan's it but didn't have the tape and all. Using lite conti tubes instead.

Bottom Line:   
I did not think that these tires would do anything with a 212 lbs intermediate rider like me. I have tried light tires in the past and took them off because they were too sketchy. I AM SO SURPRISED THAT THESE LITE 310's ACTUALLY WORK. I am using these in medium cross country trails and these things grip, corner, descend, climb. They look like they should not work but they work. I have never been compelled to write a review until now. These tires have totally surpassed my expectations. And I dropped from 24.6 lbs to 23.5 lbs. Fast..Very Fast

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Gatto

Similar Products Used:   Twister Supersonic

Bike Setup:   Specialized Epic carbon, cross max sl disc

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Scott from West Hawk Lake, Manitoba, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2006

Strengths:    Ultralight weight, Lots of traction for weight

Weaknesses:    Somewhat small knobs, Very Thin

Bottom Line:   
These tires took almost a pound off my bike! They have great traction on rocky and rooty terrain for their weight. I would guess that these tires would be unbeliveable on smooth singletrack.

I run these tires tubeless on Stans Olympic rims. You must use rim stips to be able to inflate these tires (tapeing & valve stem don't work).

I tore the front tire recently but was riding on extremely rocky terrain. On the average trail these tires wouldn't have torn.

Only buy these tires if you are an XC racer or want to make your bike lighter. They are not for the average trailrider. Low profile makes them harder to handle than standard tires.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $48.00

Purchased At:   woodcockcycle.com

Similar Products Used:   IRC, Hutchinson, Nokian, Maxxis: Flyweight 330, Ignitor, Minotaur, High Roller, Minnion.

Bike Setup:   Rocky Mountain Element with Full XTR DC & Discs.

Stans ultralight wheels with Maxxis tires.

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Maxxis Maxxlite 310

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