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Maxxis Xenith Tire

4.38/5 (16 Reviews)
MSRP : $36.49


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Cant miss value on greatTires. Lightweight folding bead, M201 Sport Competition casing with a dual compound slickTread. 62A inner compound provides long wear and rolling resistance, 55A outer compound for cornering grip. 60TPI. Great for fair-weather racing! Type: Front or Rear Pressure:To 130 PSI Weight: 250g (700 x 25c)


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by theblackbear a Cross Country Rider from The Valley

Date Reviewed: November 12, 2011

Strengths:    Cornering, (low) rolling resistance, weight, puncture resistance, ease of installation.

Weaknesses:    None that I can think of.

Bottom Line:   
I don't do mud, so I got a second set of wheels to set up for the road during the rainy season. To say my rear Motoraptor didn't inspire confidence cornering on wet pavement is an understatement, and that 2.35 is way more tire than you need if you aren't hammering down a steep rocky trail, but I had an old set of 2.1 Nevagals that were practically slicks anyway which I used on my "road" wheels the first year. Then I read about competitive cyclists bringing along a set of wheels with the Xeniths mounted so they could hop on their bikes at the motel between trips to the mountain. As an ex-roadie, I appreciate the low rolling resistance of a high-pressure tire. These aren't Vredestein TriComps 145 psi clinchers, but 80 psi still makes a difference, and and at 450 grams vs. 700 for the Nevegals, combined with the Zonos, which have a low rim weight for a sturdy wheel, the feel when accelerating and climbing will surprise you.

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Favorite Trail:   Santa Monica Mountains

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Worn 2.2 Kenda Nevagals (for winter road riding)

Bike Setup:   2008 XL Titus Racer-X--XTR 960 levers/shifters, cranks, derailleurs; Avid BB5 mechanical disc brakes, 185/160 rotors; Cane Creek Zonos wheels, Nevagal 2.35 front/Motoraptor 2.24 rear; S8 headset, Cloud Nine rear shock; 2003 Marzocchi Bomber fork; 2007 Crank Bros Eggbeater pedals with Chinese (eBay) Ti spindle; Thomson stem, seatpost; Terry Firefly saddle; Ergon GP1 Carbon grips; Incredibell.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by DIRTY DUCK a Cross Country Rider from Tampa, Floirda

Date Reviewed: April 27, 2011

Strengths:    Nothing

Weaknesses:    High rolling resistance for such a light weight, slick tire.

Bottom Line:   
I purchased a set of these tires for my MTB so I could occassional ride on the road. I usually run WTB Velociraptors or Conti Race Kings depending on where I'm riding. The Xenith tires are soooooo slow, have a high rolling resistance and feel like they are getting stuck to the road. Granted, they are faster on the road than Velociraptors but then again, only an idiot would use Velociraptors for any extended road riding. My Race Kings are way faster than the Xeniths. I average 2-3 MPH faster on the Race Kings than the Xenith!!! I guess I just wasted my money on these Xenith tires.

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Favorite Trail:   can't decide

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $28.00

Purchased At:   Amazon

Similar Products Used:   none


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by patrase a Weekend Warrior from Sydney Australia

Date Reviewed: January 11, 2011

Strengths:    Great tyre, rolls well, mounts easily on my wheels(can get them on and off without a tyre lever. Look cool (my mates reckoned they looked great). Must be tough as I have ridden through heaps of glass for only one puncture. I heard you can patch up cuts with shoo goo, so i will give that a try to make them last even longer. I tried these off road when i took the long way to work - pumped up to 60psi on a rigid bike they werent too bad.

Weaknesses:    not as light as some (schwalbe durano, michelin wild runr advanced) but it is probably more puncture resistant. Had one puncture, but that was after the mardi gras in sydney and there was heaps of glass around.

Bottom Line:   
Highly reccommended for commuting, probably too heavy to keep up with serious roadies, but still way lighter than most slicks. Buy the folding bead version if you have a choice.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rassenholf a Cross Country Rider from Singapore

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2009

Strengths:    Excellent looks, perfect sizing, grips well on dry, hot tarmac and also good in the wet.

Weaknesses:    Easy to get punctures if not careful due to totally slick surface.

Bottom Line:   
The new 2009 Xenith comes with a orange ring along the sidewall which makes it a perfect colour combi with my bike frame's colour. I was lucky enough to get this set from a buddy who can't get used to slicks at all and passed them to me just when i was to change away my Michelin XCRs. So it's killing two birds with one stone and its free!!! Overall very good, but the Michelin is much grippier and more expensive...

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Michelin XCR slicks, Maxxis Detonator, Panaracer T-Serv

Bike Setup:   Orange Santa Cruz Chameleon, Reba Race fork, XT 08 shifters, XT Front-D, XTR Rear-D, XTR brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hkmeup a Cross Country Rider from Harbor City, CA USA

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2008

Strengths:    Very fast rolling tire, kevlar bead, lightweight (388 grams), perfect width for my mountain bike, spin nice and true with no wobbles, no punctures yet, cornering grip.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
Just an awesome tire. These tires roll as fast or faster than the Specialized Fat Boys while being easier to mount and offering a more compliant ride. Way faster than the other slick/semi slick tires I've used. I've been using these during the workweek on my Superlight and then bang on my second set of wheels with knobby tires for the weekend (no road bike for me!). Racking up serious road miles is easy with the Xeniths.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $23.00

Purchased At:   Price Point

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Fat Boy, Tioga City Slicker, Kenda Kwest, Ritchey Tom Slick.

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Superlight. Run these tires with Peformance 1.1-1.4 standard presta tubes.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jim from Sydney

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2008

Strengths:    No tread at all.

Weaknesses:    No tread at all.

Bottom Line:   
I've ridden 1000km on these now. Brilliant on bitumen & concrete. No resistance at all & no noise - excellent traction on corners and braking and very resistant to point punctures. This makes them perfect for urban commuting. I reckon they have more grip than Metro Duros.

Obviously not good on anything unsealed. They're also too narrow at 1.5in for hopping around a lot, which result in pinching of the inner tube and flats - but then that's not what they're designed for.\

All up these are great for commuuting and v. good value.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Metro Duro IIs

Bike Setup:   Giant XTC, Deore LX, SRAM X7, Avid 7s

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

Date Reviewed: February 20, 2008

Strengths:    Grip, fast rolling, decent durability, lightweight, actually works very well on dry dirt & gravel, as well as in wet. Maxxis quality, cheap too.

Weaknesses:    A minor point - these tire doesn't give much warning or drift, before breaking traction in corners - so when it goes - you're usually a goner too. Interesting tire to ride fast in the wet corners - try it yourself & find out!

Bottom Line:   
A great slick tire that does everything you can expect and a more. Good durability for such a grippy tire, yet rolls exceptionally well. Decent air volume within so the ride isn't as bone jarring as some other slicks in the market. Puncture resistant for a relatively supple tire.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   IRC Metro, Continental Town & Country

Bike Setup:   Ancient steel GT converted into peak hour commuter to take on soccer mum's SUVs!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mauricio Iwayama a Weekend Warrior from Sao Paulo, Brazil

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2007

Strengths:    Amazing grip at sprint, braking and cornering, durability, noise, light and puncture resistance.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Rode more than 1400Km with no flat!
I feel I'm rinding a Superbike with such cornering speed.
If you love fast riding and strong braking you'll love them. Best Slick tires ever!

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Favorite Trail:   Cross Country

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Speed Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Kwest 1.25 (Garbage)

Bike Setup:   '07 Trek 6500 Disk, Full Deore XT w/ Hydraulic Dual Control Levers, Ritchey Comp, Xpedo MF-3 Pedals, Manitou Relic Super 80mm, Mavic XM317 Disc Rims w/ Aerotech Black Spokes, Maxxis Xenith 1.5 / Maxxis Tomahawk 1.95 tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by 7.62 a Weekend Warrior from Santa Clarita

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2007

Strengths:    Durable and sticky. Great traction on fast turns.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I've put on 2200 miles on these tires in about 8 months. The front tire has about 8 thorns and 4 pieces of glass in it and has never flatted. The rear tire has a few pieces of glass and has gone flat ONCE. Not too shabby for these tires. I'm ordering another set since these are wearing out. Great tires.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $24.00

Purchased At:   Blueskycycling.com

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Hardrock Sport

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeremy Chan a Cross Country Rider from Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2006

Strengths:    sticky as hell, nice round profile that you can crank all the way over for urban rides/commuting. corners feels like that on my motorcycle.

Weaknesses:    none really - although some ppl reckon they are sketchy in the wet? just get more weight over the front and lean it over - no need to worry about aquaplaning when the tire really bites into the ground when u have 80-90psi in it

Bottom Line:   
get these tires if u love to roll fast and corner like a mad man :)

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Favorite Trail:   mt cootha

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $24.00

Similar Products Used:   maxxis worm drives - they rolled ok but didn't corner as progressivley or as aggressively as the xeniths

Bike Setup:   standard 2006 giant alias

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Luke a Weekend Warrior from Newcastle, Australia

Date Reviewed: May 9, 2006

Strengths:    Allows high pressure inflation (80 p.s.i) so VERY fast.
Totally slick so grips like poop to a blanket on dry, clean surfaces.


Weaknesses:    No tread means no grip in the wet.

Bottom Line:   
Good honest tyre that does it's job of offering low resistance well.
Can't comment on puncture resistance as I use tyre liners.

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Favorite Trail:   Glenrock

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   On-line store

Similar Products Used:   First ever MTB slick.

Bike Setup:   2006 Giant Alias with Alligator wavy rotors amd Shimano SPD-M647 pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fatih from Istanbul,TURKEY

Date Reviewed: September 6, 2005

Strengths:    Very light for a 26" MTB tire (390gr),
all slick !(not having any waterways as seen on some slick tires)
High pressure 80psi
Very fast tire


Weaknesses:    weakness of tracking capability on small rocky roads
and also wet roads while turning


Bottom Line:   
If u want to be a very fast rider as a NOS powered motorbike, u can buy and use this tire.
Or if u want to accelerate to 40km speed in some seconds you can use them.
I used them on my trip (500km from Istanbul to Izmir in TURKEY) I could reach 87km speed (with this MTB bike as u seen above) of course behind a truck :) but I could ride at that speed for long distances.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Cambriabike

Similar Products Used:   not a slick tire used before

Bike Setup:   Trek4300, Rigida XC420 Comp. + Deore rear hub + DT spokes, '05 LX rear derailleur,Schwalbe XX Light 95gr tubes, Alivio crankset, SRAM 5.0,Michelin 2.0" Hard Terrain 465gr tire

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dave a Racer from San Jose, Ca

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2005

Strengths:    High Pressure Tire (60 to 80 PSI) with good rolling resistance. Puncture resistant.

Bottom Line:   
I use these tires on my MTB when commuting. I have them all setup to go on a cheap set of wheels so I can swap them out at any time. The tires work great, good grip in the wet weather (when we have it, ie SJ, CA) and good tread life.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dan a Cross Country Rider from Madison, WI

Date Reviewed: January 13, 2005

Strengths:    roll real nice through the city, takes cracks in the road real well because of its 1.5 width, a complete slick

Weaknesses:    a full slick so dont expect it to do anyhting good in wet surfaces

Bottom Line:   
if you are looking for a tire that will get you around the streets without having to worry about dodging cracks in order to avoid pinch flats, this is the tire.. the panaracer tire was thinner and more ideal for longer road rides but sketchy in the city, haevent tried the tire in the wet yet and i think the reason is quite obvious..it has no tread

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   jenson

Similar Products Used:   panaracer messenger

Bike Setup:   crescent frame, xtr and xt all around, skareb super

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Lee a Weekend Warrior from UK

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2004

Strengths:    Low rolling resistance, few flats.

Weaknesses:    Nothing major.

Bottom Line:   
Came Stock on my Ridgeback genisis Day 00 and are still in great condition after 2000 miles use, They have survived rougth trails, glass etc with very few flats. They are 700*23c and have a max pressure of 130PSI although I only run them at about 90-100PSI. Great for a recrational rider for use on roads and good tracks.

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Favorite Trail:   High-peak trail

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Nill

Bike Setup:   Ridgeback genisis Day 00, mostly stock with a few upgrades

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