Maxxis Hard Drive Tire

DESCRIPTION

Race inspired knob design is direction specific when front mounted. Rear bi-directional design rolls fast in one direction, climbs hard in other. Low knob height excels in dry conditions.

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 02, 2012]
Kathryn

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Ultra grippy on steep, rocky climbs. Fast rolling.

Weakness:

Unavailable to buy new :-(

If I could still get hold of these tires I would never use anything else for my back.

[Jul 16, 2008]
tonkota
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

sticky in the rocks and hard pack, bi-directional depending on what you want (fast or traction)

Weakness:

a little narrow, not for pavement

I like these in the rocks (basalt and river rocks) and hard pack we have here in Eastern Washington. They were very grippy (I had them on the traction direction). On the short section of pavement, you could hear them sticking. What a drag on pavement. I wouldn't commute with these. The Ignitors are better for that. I like these tires, but I think they are a specialty tire, not all around great.

Similar Products Used:

Maxxis Ignitor, Jones ACX

[Jun 19, 2003]
Scott
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

They lasted ages. Fast rolling/climbing traction directional option is nifty although I didn't notice any difference to be honest

Weakness:

Slippery slidy, especially when wet.

I won these as a spot prize six months ago. They've lasted really well since then, but I've never ever felt entirely secure with them. They're guaranteed to wash out on roots, have pinch flatted several times, and always slip into ruts or off the side of dampish single track. However, they have done reasonably well in loose dry gravel - but so should any tyre with decent knobs.

Similar Products Used:

Lots and lots. Favourite so far would be the Panaracer Fire XC Pro

[Dec 08, 2001]
Matt
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

ZERO, NONE, ZILCh

Weakness:

NO GRIP, UNSTABLE, INEFFICIENT, UGLY

quite possibly the worst bike tire ever made. what struck me most is how inefficient these tires are. They sap 1/2 your energy due to the crappy rubber compound/ construction. I was only able to pedal 1/2 to 3/4 the length of trails ive ridden on many other bikes in all conditions. Absolutely horrible tread design. CANNOT and WILL NOT grip any type of offroad trail. Tested on hardpack, sand, gravel, wet/dry. Tested @ all air pressures. You are guarnteed some serious soil sampling due to the front washing out on every corner.

Similar Products Used:

WTB, Kenda, IRC, continental, tioga

[Jun 29, 2007]
Donovan K.
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Went on surprisingly easily. I like the fact that you can flip it either way. Hooked up well on the trail with some hard pack and loose-over-hard pack.

Weakness:

Climbing, if you're going to use the tire on your rear wheel, make sure it's flipped into the "Climb" direction.

The bottom line: good tires for a good price. I'm not sure what crawled up the other reviewers butts, but these tires work well for me at least. The best thing to do is just buy 'em and try 'em.

Similar Products Used:

Mythos XC

[Oct 28, 2003]
Andrew Gillespie
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Inexpensive, fairly light, performs well and wears slowly

Weakness:

none

I love these tires. I have not had any problems with them at all. They corner great, they roll fast, they climb well and I have no trouble getting them onto or off of my Mavic X221 rims unlike some other posters.

[Oct 28, 2006]
Diggs
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Fantastic grip, rolls well.

Weakness:

Knobs tear easily due to soft compound

This tire grips anything and is probably the best all weather, all condition trail tire I've used. It rolls reasonably well due to the ramped knobs, making it a good dry weather tire also. Compared to the Panaracer Fire XC it has much less rolling resistance. Cornering is excellent and predictable and wet corners are not as sketchy as the Fire's. Casing is very soft due to the center soft compound, so you will need tire liners if you ride around thorns.

These tires would have a short life if you ride on rocky trails, but would grip the rock extremely well. But that is the tradeoff with soft compound tires.

Mud cleanout is average. Pavement riding is acceptable for a full knob tire. Gravel is very good. Where these are best is in damp to dry soil. I've never pinch flatted these even with low pressure.

Overall I'd give these 4 flaming turds. Still the Michelin Jet S in the green compound remains the best xc tire of all time in my book.

Similar Products Used:

Fire XCPro, Mythos,

[Oct 17, 2006]
Brian G.
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

the tire is light and rolls fast.

Weakness:

this tire has low side knobs resulting in not-so-stellar cornering performance.

i bought these at a LBS for $20 (cheap for a folding tire).the first thing i noticed when i put these on my bike is how fast it rolls, its lighter than my fireXC and less noisy when i'm road riding. i've been using this tire for a month and i'm satisfied with its performance. it rolls fast on any terrain and climbs reasonably well, you can mount the rear on high traction mode for better grip on climbing. despite the 2.1 marking this tire looks like a 1.9. this is a good race tire but definitely not for the inexperienced rider especially when riding on wet and muddy terrain and with low side knobs, cornering on gnarly terrain can be tricky. i'm giving the hard drive 4 chillis for value and performance.

Similar Products Used:

panaracer fireXC pro (my fave tire)

[Apr 08, 2003]
R&L Lozier
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

New version with dual compound. Light, semi fast rolling, characteristic of Michelin hot"s" new color(red & black)add a bit of ginger bread effect to old rigs. two size choices
1.80 to 2.10 weight is same as Kenda charisma's, Panaracer XC pros. Specailized team controls.

Weakness:

Tight kevlar bead reqiring elbow grease to change out especially on pinch flat protected rims. Price and availability set more to the XC sponsored racer type.

good if you are looking for a specific xc tire for hard pack and semi hard pack, forget it for wet rock, mud, slip root or sand(any tire for that matter)if you want something diff for the rig so you stand out from all the others and you ride hard pack (south west part of U.S.)

Similar Products Used:

Kenda, panaracer XC pro/ trail blaster, Michelin Hot s, Specialized team , IRC Mythos

[Jan 05, 2004]
Gabriel Medeiros

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

The specific rolling direction enables you to increase the tires performance for hard - climbing or asphalt/downhill fast - rolling. The tire can make good corners under dry conditions.

Weakness:

The design is too specific and doesn't works well on gravel or on wet.

It's a good tire for using on asphalt and dry trails. I don't recommend this tire for beginners because it's very specific and should not be used for every kind of ride. This tire don't perform good on gravel.

Similar Products Used:

Maxxis Helter/Skelter 2.1

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