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Maxxis Monorail 26 x 2.10 Tire. Racers take note: If you?re looking for a fast, light tire with a consistent, predictable feel from straight-line to corner, the Monorail delivers. The micro-ramped center knobs offer spacing to grab rough and sandy surface


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DJ Feelgood Phil a Cross Country Rider from Sherbrooke, QC

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2011

Strengths:    Very little rolling resistance, cornering, traction in dry conditions

Weaknesses:    None. (Considering it's used in dry to mildy wet conditions)

Bottom Line:   
Used on REAR.

Excellent choice if you are looking for a dry season tire. Fast, stick like glue in corners, eat dry hills for breakfast and decent in mild to medium damp conditions.

Fair price.

I would recommand it.

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Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Chain Reaction

Similar Products Used:   Specialized, WTBs, Bontrager(!)

Bike Setup:   Fuel EX8 with a couple of custom gears

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by aesambell a Weekend Warrior from Melbourne

Date Reviewed: December 11, 2010

Strengths:    Climbing and cornering.

Weaknesses:    It didn't like the wet conditions, however it still worked like a tropper through some sloppy sections.

Bottom Line:   
Great rear tyre with excellent cornering and climbing abilities. Didn't miss a beat.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $40.00

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Rush 400 with Continental Mountain King 2.2 on the front.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by stud_muffin a Weekend Warrior from Madison, TN

Date Reviewed: November 14, 2010

Strengths:    Rollin' baby! What a difference a better-rolling knobby makes! Monorails are fairly light, have very predictable handling and great cornering. I have both Monorails on front and back wheel and, surprisingly, they seem to work very well at downhill parts, cornering, climbing, and rolling like no other tire I have tried before.

Weaknesses:    The spacing between the knobs is significant, so I wonder how dangerous the rock gardens of east and middle TN are going to be for this tire. On the flip side - tires have Kevlar compound and thats not easily punctured based on my previous experience with the material

Bottom Line:   
I have done 3 2-hour rides on Lock 4 trail in Gallatin, TN on these tires and I am extremely impressed with the rolling ability combined with great grip, stability, and weight of these tires. As I have said, the knob spacing makes me a little worried to hit to rock garden like I used to on WTB Weirwolfes, but thats only important for some of the trails that I ride.

Overall, they are pricey, so hunt the web for good deals, however, they are worth every penny if you ride twisted singletrack on dry hardpack, wet roots, occasionally have to hit the pavement, leaves, and rocks. They seem to shake dirt slowly and will clog up, however, I don't ride much in mud; if you are like me - give them a shot.

Also, as one reviewer has mentioned before, they are a lot more rounded once mounted on a bike than the picture shows. The knobs are also taller than they look on a picture.

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Favorite Trail:   Slickrock, Porcupine Rim, Lock 4, Tsali

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $22.00

Purchased At:   Blue Sky Cycling

Similar Products Used:   WTB Weirwolf (heavy and bad rolling, incredible traction particularly in cornering), Specialized FastTrack (light, good rolling, ok traction for my trails), Bontrager Jones XC (pretty bad), other Bontrager tires (not impressed with anything).

Bike Setup:   Custom built 2005 Gary Fisher Tassajara - Rock Shocks Tora 318 Solo Air, Sram X9 shifters and derailleurs, Mavic Crosstrail both wheels, Maxxis Monorail front and back tires, Avid Elixir 175mm front and 160mm rear, Time Attack aluminum pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by xcracer76 a Weekend Warrior from SLO, CA

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2010

Strengths:    Rolls extremely fast. Corners like it's on "rails." Works amazingly in dry,, hardpacked conditions. Super light.

Weaknesses:    Don't expect to brake late with this tire in the rear. It will lockup and skid, but if you have good brake skill, this won't be a problem for you.

Bottom Line:   
Buy this tire and use it on the rear if you want a tire that will make you incredibly fast. It climbs like a bat out of hell and corners like it's on rails. I put this tire on my bike again recently and remembered how amazing it is. Don't buy it for downhill and super-aggressive all-mountain but if you want a low resistance tire with good cornering for your trail machine or technical XC race bike, this is your tire.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything down

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Won at a raffle in a

Similar Products Used:   A ton of Kenda's and Specialized's

Bike Setup:   Spec. Stumpjumper FSR

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by DAYSNWAYS a Weekend Warrior from Dudley, West Mids, UK

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2010

Strengths:    Predictable grip, fast rolling, very direction responsive, easy mounting in ust. Punture free to date. Not popular, thats a bonus in my book!

Weaknesses:    Fast wearing, not for muddy conditions

Bottom Line:   
Perfect tire for summer trail riding. It's best quality is the way you point it, it goes, very responsive to what you do, like being on rails, hense the name i suppose?

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Favorite Trail:   Les Arcs, France

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   Chainreaction Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Scwalbe Nobby Nicks

Bike Setup:   XC Hardtail

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by neilos a Racer from White River, South Africa

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2009

Strengths:    All round best xc tyre we've tried and weve tried a few....


Weaknesses:    A little harsh on the scale.

Bottom Line:   
We ride rocky singletrack, mud, loosepack, and hardpack over here. All in one race sometimes. The monorail LUST sidewalls UST tyres are the best we've tried. They bounce off rocks, roots, are are just about indestructable. We have well over ten racers here riding these tyres annually.
You know your wearing the best rubber when the boys who own and ride Mankele mountain biking use them...
Come on Maxiss R&D boys shave some gramms...

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Favorite Trail:   Mankele Mountain Biking

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   nearest dealer

Similar Products Used:   TT Larsen, Crossmax, Kenda Nevegal, block eight etc..

Bike Setup:   DT swiss UST rims

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sideknob a Cross Country Rider from Victoria Australia

Date Reviewed: November 12, 2009

Strengths:    Light
Fast rolling
Reasonable traction on moderately loose surfaces
Accurately sized for a 2.1


Weaknesses:    Washes out for me on the front end - no sharp edge to dig in. Lets go REAL fast in loose over hardpack.
Skitters to the side on the back on loose corners - but this can be good at times!


Bottom Line:   
This review is for the 2.1 Exception, run with tubes.

I got this tyre off eBay paired up with a 2.1 Rendez front. The Monorail is a rounder profiled tyre than most photos on the web suggest - it lacks the square edging knobs of the other 2.1 Maxxis XC tyres like the High Roller, the Rendez and the Crossmark. As such, when you hit loose stuff there's nothing holding an edge and it can just wash out all of a sudden. I do not like this tyre as a front tyre for my conditions - for strict hardpack it would likely be OK. On the rear the tyre rolls extremely fast, but given the light casing it is not much good in rough and rocky conditions, where it pinch flats easily. On sharp, loose corners the Monorail tends to drift out to the side a little - this is not all that bad as it helps the back of the bike come around for the corner. Climbing - if it's loose, unless you run low pressure and weight the back this tyre will break loose on steep climbs, but that's to be expected given the low, close and ramped tread. Mud - mud sticks like mad and does clear fast.

I feel this is far better as a rear tyre than a front, paired up with something that has more side bite. Good race tyre, good for smoother trails or for a bike that sees a bit of tar on the way to the trail.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   eGay

Similar Products Used:   Dozens of XC and trail tyres - too numerous to mention

Bike Setup:   Tomac Taos HT
'08 Cannondale Rush 4

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by swervin' a Cross Country Rider from Cranbrook, BC

Date Reviewed: October 28, 2009

Strengths:    Rolls fast, holds an edge very well. Awesome for railing the flat corners!

Weaknesses:    Not good for the mud, but not designed for this. If you want a mud tire, get a tire with some big lugs that rolls slow.

Bottom Line:   
This is a fast tire you can trust in the turns. Holds well on climbs. Good in hard pack and loose and pretty much everything but mud. Wears well - I don't know what some of the other reviewers are talking about: 'save it for race day??' I have had mine on for about 1000kms and in that time run races, 24hrs, downhill riding at Whistler. The tire has survived well I would say. It's getting tired now though and I'm getting another one. (I run it on the rear).

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis crossmark, Panaracer Fire XC Pro, Kenda small block eight, Specialized the captain.

Bike Setup:   Specialized Stumpie FSR Expert

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by phayde a Racer from Kansas City

Date Reviewed: October 14, 2009

Strengths:    Almost as fast as the CrossMark but with predictable traction and cornering. Good in loose and hard-pack, handles rock & root climbing well. LUST sidewalls. Great race tire you can trust.

Weaknesses:    A little on the heavy side (UST/LUST) but it will last the course of the race.

Maxxis is very proud of all their tires... $$$$


Bottom Line:   
I have shredded many a captain, washed out too often on the Crossmark, and ripped the casing all to often on the racing ralphs. This tire seems to be the best in the middle, not the fastest (ralph/crossmark), not the greatest traction (mountain kings/captains) but this is right in the sweetspot in the middle. You can push it hard in the corners, and fly in the hard-pack, braking and climbing are also solid.

Net Net is this is a great racing tire when you want speed, control, and durability.

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Favorite Trail:   Swope

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Bikesource

Similar Products Used:   Captain's, Racing Ralph, Crossmark, Mountain Kings, Fast Track

Bike Setup:   Spec EPIC

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Pedela a Cross Country Rider from Christchurch, New Zealand

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2009

Strengths:    Review is for a set of 2.1 Exception Series on front and rear
Quite light, held air well tubeless with Stans, roll ok


Weaknesses:    They only roll ok, not real fast, don't transition well from the centre row to the outer knobs, unique (annoying for me) hum and vibration from centre knobs on hardpack

Bottom Line:   
These didn't work for me. The buzz probably comes from the unusual line of centre knobs & it's annoying on a quiet singlespeed ride. There is a gap each side of the centre knobs (compared with many tires that have a rounded profile & even spread of knobs)which made the front vague just at the start of leaning into a corner - I actually lost the front end a number of times when I was starting to turn in to loose over hard corners (never on several other tires/bikes I use on the same circuit) - unnerving. I also found these tires didn't cushion very well (I run tubeless about 28-30lb) but this could be due to me going down in size - I now run larger (about 2.3) lightweight tires on everything from the singlespeed hardtails to the longer travel trail bike (including the XC race bike). On this bike I've ditched the Monorails and gone back to 2.3 single ply Larsen TTs (generally Maxxis make excellent tires) which are more comfortable, quieter, more predictable in corners and roll just as fast. I'll give these tires a 3 rating rather than 2 because to be fair I haven't tried them in a wide range of conditions.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Believe me, I started mtb racing in 1990 and I've probably spent thousands in search of a better tire for race & trail - on my death bed I'll have to confess that I never found the perfect tire

Bike Setup:   Had these on a singlespeed hardtail, looking for a fast smooth tire for flat hardpack & loose over hard singletrack

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pierocapredoni a Cross Country Rider from Mendoza, Argentina

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2009

Strengths:    Veery fast at all terrains, very good grip, supreme cornering

Weaknesses:    Wears out too fast

Bottom Line:   
This tire is highly recommended on XC competition. Goes VERY FAST in hardpack, excelent grip on technical stuff.

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Favorite Trail:   technical trails

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $60.00

Bike Setup:   Giant Anthem, Cross trail wheels

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sam B a Weekend Warrior from Monroe, WI

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2009

Strengths:    Light, grippy, versatile

Weaknesses:    None found yet.

Bottom Line:   
A light weight, versatile tire. I have ridden on hard pack rocky trails and slow speed mud bogged trails and these tires have handled it all. They role fast and can handle different terrain. Sure mud clogs them up but these tires shed it fast once up to speed. For a fast rolling, grippy tire these are probably the best I've ridden.

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Favorite Trail:   Mary's loop

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Spokes n spines

Similar Products Used:   Specialized tires, IRC mibro,

Bike Setup:   Salsa El santo full suspension, Sram drivetrain, stans tubeless tire setup, suspension by Rock shox, braking by Shimano XT disc.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by The Bung a Cross Country Rider from Cape Town, South Africa

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2009

Strengths:    Fast, decent grip.

Weaknesses:    Struggled in the mud at Sani2C. Broke four tyre levers trying to get these things off or on. Did they get the sizing wrong? Have never struggled so much with a tyre before. Front tyre has started delaminating! Apparently incompatible with Stans, but only found out after the fact. Very irritating. Wear very quickly - less than 500km.

Bottom Line:   
Decent performance, but impractical and what's with the delamination? Never again!

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Favorite Trail:   Grabouw

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   CMC

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Crossmark

Bike Setup:   Merida Mission 3000 D standard

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jules Evans a Cross Country Rider from hobart, tas

Date Reviewed: October 3, 2008

Strengths:    Fast rolling, good grip on anything but mud.

Weaknesses:    Not good in mud or over wet roots.
wears fairly quickly.


Bottom Line:   
This is a great race tyre. Tubeless is so much more comfortable on a hardtail. They are light, almost as fast as a crossmark but with much better grip. It does wear fairly quickly though so best to keep it for race day.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis, Continental, IRC

Bike Setup:   Hardtail

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pangster a Racer from San Antonio

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2008

Strengths:    Rolls real nice, corners well, and is light

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
This is a race quality tires that rolls well and corners well. I currently use the monorails on the front and a crossmarks mounted in reverse in the rear. Best tire setup for me to race in so far. Several members of my team use both the monorails front and back. they love it.

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Favorite Trail:   Cameron Park, Waco, TX

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Amazon

Similar Products Used:   Crossmarks

Bike Setup:   2007 Titus Racer X, Shimano XT Hydraulic Brakes with LX levers, Fox RLT 80mm Front Fork, Fox Float RP3 Rear Shock, SRAM X.0 RD, Shimano XT FD, XRAM X.0 twist shifters, American Classic Wheelset, Chris King headset, Race face stem, FSA K-Force Carbon Flat Handlebar, FSA SLK seatpost and Selle Italia SLK Gel Flow saddle

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