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Maxxis Ranchero Tire

4.08/5 (13 Reviews)
Weight : 560 grams MSRP : $41.49

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Product Description

  • M308P Diamond Center Ridge, Wedge side knob design - front or rear
  • Large volume tire
  • Hardpack, loose-over-hardpack and medium soi
  • 70a or 62a eXCeption series compounds
  • 70a orange stripe
  • 62a eXCeption series

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Reviews 1 - 13 (13 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kntgonzalez a Cross Country Rider from alajuela

Date Reviewed: August 27, 2011

Strengths:    the grip is excellent

Weaknesses:    none yet

Bottom Line:   
It took me a long time to take the chance on a maxxis tire i tried continental xking (not good it blow off) and panaracer XC fire(very acceptable) before.

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Favorite Trail:   XC general

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   ciclo deportes

Bike Setup:   shimano XT 9spd on a optimist frame

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by kiwi_matt a Weekend Warrior from New Zealand

Date Reviewed: August 25, 2011

Strengths:    Very fast tyre, reasonably light, grips and corners well.

Weaknesses:    None yet

Bottom Line:   
Great tyre, rolls pretty fast and hooks up well. It makes for a good all round trail tyre.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $36.00

Similar Products Used:   Larsen TTs

Bike Setup:   Specialized SJ Pro

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cbudge1 a Weekend Warrior from Santiago, Chile

Date Reviewed: December 29, 2009

Strengths:    Works great in dusty, rocky, slippery trails, but also works great in wetter tracks, excellent durability and reliability in tubeless UST. For, it is unbeatable in steep, technical ascents.

Weaknesses:    sticky mud creates a problem

Bottom Line:   
For me, the best rear UST tire, try the combination with the Ignitor UST in front!

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Favorite Trail:   Huinganal

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Intercycles Chile

Similar Products Used:   Never found anything comparable, particularly great when combined with a Maxxis Ignitor UST in the front wheel!!!

Bike Setup:   Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Pro, Mavic Crossmax Wheels, Fox Talas Fork

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by NZBJ1 a Weekend Warrior from New Zealand

Date Reviewed: February 10, 2009

Strengths:    Rolls well, hooks up great on corners, zero puntures with them. they hold well & give good feel/control when drifting

Weaknesses:    Nothing to cry about

Bottom Line:   
I have found them to suit my S.S and riding style well, they hook up well on all surfaces when cornering hard. They roll fast and after 1 year of hard work they are hardly worn. Not to heavy & not to much side wall flex.

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Favorite Trail:   Klingon, Napier NZ

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   To many to list

Bike Setup:   Cro-Mo Diamond Back Single Speed mid 1990's Vee braked. I run them at 35psi tubed (78kg rider)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tmack a Cross Country Rider from ATL and SFO

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2008

Strengths:    Very fast roller, feels like a road tire on hardpack. Floats over sand since its knobs are low (doesnt dig itself down). Dial the pressure in and it will win you races.

Weaknesses:    NOT a tire for loose over hardpack, the low knobs and light tread dont dig in so you slide on loose gravel. The sidewalls tend to wear fast, and threads cut easy from rocks.

Bottom Line:   
Much faster than the Mythos, feel sturdier as well (less pinch flats too). Not as much traction, especially in the loose stuff, but floats over sand like no other tire Ive ridden. If you have too much pressure in these, they ride with no control, like riding on ice. Gotta tune in the pressure correctly and they corner fast. The sides seem to cut easy from rock hits. Very good for XC racing, not for general all-mtn riding (and labeled as such). 5 for value cause they can be had for cheap, 4 for overall since the sides could be made more durable and they could be lighter.

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Favorite Trail:   Bull Mtn and Skeggs Point

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   race schwag

Similar Products Used:   IRC Mythos, WTB Racing Raptor and VelociRaptor, various Kendas

Bike Setup:   02 K2 Razorback, XT, Avid BB7, FSA xc600 disc wheels, Manitou Skareb

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jon a Weekend Warrior from Norfolk, NE

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2008

Strengths:    Low Rolling Resistance, corners well.

Weaknesses:    Could be a little lighter

Bottom Line:   
Roll fast and corner well. Very sticky. More cornering confidence than the Scorpions, less weight than the Nevegals. Seems to brake well also. Haven't had them in mud yet.

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Favorite Trail:   Maskenthine Lake

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Nevegals, Scorpions. Tons of others.

Bike Setup:   Giant NRS, Crossride wheels

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Will a Racer from Houghton, MI

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2007

Strengths:    Ups, flats, downs, arounds. The soft rubber on the exception series really hooks up. The center tread will never wear out unless you skid everywhere.

Weaknesses:    Would be nice if they had a version that was a little tougher. Cornering knobs wear kinda fast if you do a lot of hard cornering.

Bottom Line:   
This tire works really well on pavement, hardpack, and loose stuff. It is also better in mud than any non-dedicated mud tire I have ever ridden. A bit sketchy as a front tire on hard snow because of the wide center tread. For xc riding, there are few tires that roll faster, few tires that corner better (in any condition), and few tires that handle mud better. This is definitely the most versatile tire I've ever raced on.

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Favorite Trail:   Copper Harbor

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   mmmm tires....too many to list

Bike Setup:   Possibly the world's largest steel downtube, and a Vanilla 130. All out xc otherwise.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by dave a Cross Country Rider from boise

Date Reviewed: January 3, 2007

Strengths:    cornering and climbing bite

Weaknesses:    sidewalls, not a fast roller

Bottom Line:   
bought this tire because the price was right and intended to use it with stans tubeless conversion problem is there were hundreds of micro leaks through the sidewall that would not seal I thought I would have no problem with this brand since I had no problem with their Minotaur tire....somewhat disappointing however I have found that trying to fing a compatable tire to work with stans no tubes is a challenge, this is certainly not Maxxis problem as this tire was not designed to be tubeless, IF you can find the right tire Stans is fantastic, Maxxis is a reccomended tire on the Stans internet site?.I am going back to my tried and true Hutchinson old style Python lites (not the N.G. type.)

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $22.00

Purchased At:   pricepoint

Similar Products Used:   many

Bike Setup:   ibex trophy hardtail

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Scottnofriends a Racer from Sydney, Australia

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2006

Strengths:    Very fast, straight roller, good cornering on hard surfaces, climbs really well on dry, hard surfaces

Weaknesses:    Comedy of errors on loose or wet surfaces. Won't stop you down fast, rough descents (like train station stairs- be warned).

Bottom Line:   
These tyres are really fast and directional, and crank in dry, hard conditions, but suck ass in wet or loose conditions (which is what the manufacturer says too). Great for and all-round tyre that will get you to work and still play hard

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Plenty of other tyres of various brands

Bike Setup:   Scott MC40

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Carl a Cross Country Rider from Knoxville, TN USA

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2006

Strengths:    Fast roller. Good for hardpack.

Weaknesses:    Weak side knobs. Poor wet weather performance.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great tire for the racer in all of us. Great on hard pack and well worn trails. Also, good performance on asphalt and urban applications. I would actually recommend this tire for urban riding and/or racing. If you lower the psi to 30 you definitely get much better cornering performance, but these tires will slide out on hard corners and off camber trails. Crap on roots, good on rocks, crap on loose stuff.

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Favorite Trail:   Ya Mama's Skid Marks

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   River Sports Outfitters

Similar Products Used:   High roller, ADvantage, conti vertical pro, richey zmax, panaracer fire

Bike Setup:   da bomb

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by John Eden a Cross Country Rider from Australia

Date Reviewed: December 22, 2004

Strengths:    Yet to find one. Will try on the back.

Weaknesses:    Slides all over the place cornering in our loose gravel conditions. Rubbish.

Bottom Line:   
Rubbish. The mimo is the bees and the ranchero does not work. lean it into a turn and you're gone. I took both tires out to test and nearly killed myself round the carpark on the ranchero. It is not a loose conditions tire. The mimo on the other hand out performed everything I've ever tried. The mimo cuts through loose stuff and corners on rails. I will be saving a fortune in brake pads now that I don't need to slow down in corners. Finally found the tire for WA.

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Favorite Trail:   Kalamunda SHS

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   kalamunda cycles

Similar Products Used:   Mimo. Tried Python, Roll X Pro, Panracer dart, enduros, bontragers, mobster, TT, Conti explorer.

Bike Setup:   SS GT outpost and KHS alite

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from So.Cal

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2004

Strengths:    Climbing and braking traction.

Weaknesses:    Tire wears quickly compared to standard 70a tires. Minor grip for the performance gain.

Bottom Line:   
I tried the eXCeption series Ranchero which uses the softer 62a rubber compound on the side knobs similar to Kenda's DTC (Dual Tread Compound).

I used these tires in So California trails.

Comparing these tires to my Ritchey Z.E.D. WCS Race 2.1's; The Ranchero's pedal slightly better and the braking is improved. The eXCeption 2.0 Ranchero's weigh 560 vs. Ritchey Z.E.D. WCS 535g. I think this is because of the Ranchero's center knob design and the Ritcheys have more aggressive tread pattern. The Ranchero's climb equal to my Z.E.D.s which is very good.

Hardpack trails the Ranchero's really excel but with a loose topcoat the Ritcheys have better corning traction. Both are very good on hardpack with a loose topcoat.

I checked the Ritchey section to leave review but they do not list the Z.E.D. WCS Race 2.1. MTB Action rated 30 tires and the Z.E.D.'s came in 3rd.

From all the tires I have tried for XC usage the Ranchero eXCeption and Z.E.D. WCS surprised me most. Once you dail in air pressure these tires rail So Cal trails. Both tires recommend higher psi ranges 45-65 but I run mine at 35 psi front and 40 psi rear. I weigh 180 lbs and never pinch flatted using Maxxis Ultralight tubes 125g. Try running at higher pressures and they roll great but corning or climbing is worthless.

To me these are 2 of the best So Cal XC tires out. I'm going to try the Kenda Nevegal 2.1 and Specialized Roll-X Pro next. Depending how they fare I just might opt for another pair of Ranchero eXCeptions or WCS Z.E.D.'s.

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Favorite Trail:   Epics

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $32.00

Purchased At:   www.airbomb.com & www.aebike.com

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Fire XC Pro 2.1, Hutchinson Python Gold 2.0,
WTB Epicwolf Race 2.1, WTB Motoraptor Race 2.14 & 2.4, Weirwolf 2.1 & 2.5, Mutanoraptor 2.1, Ritchey WCS Z.E.D. Race 2.1, Kenda Karma DTC Stick-E 2.0

Bike Setup:   WTB Laserdisc Lite Wheelset with 15/17 Ritchey Spokes, 12mm Alloy Nipples, M960 XTR Cassette and Formula Pro Team Brakes.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Pross a Cross Country Rider from Kansas City

Date Reviewed: September 11, 2004

Strengths:    Super Fast, Oversize Casing

Weaknesses:    Wet performance over roots, rocks, heavier than advertised

Bottom Line:   
I used the 70 durometer w/ orange stripe, and used it tubeless as a rear tire although its not really UST. Faster, and larger casing than a Python Air lite or Lite UST, however the rubber compound is harder, more like a Bonti Revolt Super X. So it lasts longer but doesn't feel as cushy soft even though the casing is larger, and doesn't perform as well over wet roots and rocks. This is an excellent dry conditions XC/enduro race tire. Weight Weenies beware, its actually 650g, but the Python Air lite is actually 520g so you can't believe manufacturers' claimed weights. I'm giving it 4 flamin' turds just because it suffers in the wet. I'm sure the 62 rubber is better for wet conditions, but will wear much quicker.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Beyond Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Hutchinson Python Air lites, Python Light UST, Alligator Gold, Bontrager Revolt Super X, Panaracer Fire XC Pro, WTB Nanoraptor, Velociraptor

Bike Setup:   Two Wheels, Gears, FS XC

Reviews 1 - 13 (13 Reviews Total)

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