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I couldn't find anything on this in the archives, maybe it is well known already?

In the last two seasons, using Stan's and various Maxxis UST tires, I find the tires
start to get bubbles or bumps in between the treads after 900 miles or so. The bulges
start small, usually one or two on a tire, but after a while the area of tread lifting up
can approach 1-2 inches X 0.5 inch. The bubbles have never burst (I don't know if the
tire would go flat), but they make so much rolling noise I usually get new ones.

The riding here is a LOT of gravel roads and broken pavement, and I run 55-65 lbs in the
tires, it says max of 65 on the tire. Very little singletrack/rocky riding. UST wheels.

My question - is this the Maxxis tires, should I try a different brand? Does the Stan's
cause this?

Thanks
 

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Climbing Dog said:
I couldn't find anything on this in the archives, maybe it is well known already?

In the last two seasons, using Stan's and various Maxxis UST tires, I find the tires
start to get bubbles or bumps in between the treads after 900 miles or so. The bulges
start small, usually one or two on a tire, but after a while the area of tread lifting up
can approach 1-2 inches X 0.5 inch. The bubbles have never burst (I don't know if the
tire would go flat), but they make so much rolling noise I usually get new ones.

The riding here is a LOT of gravel roads and broken pavement, and I run 55-65 lbs in the
tires, it says max of 65 on the tire. Very little singletrack/rocky riding. UST wheels.

My question - is this the Maxxis tires, should I try a different brand? Does the Stan's
cause this?

Thanks
Not unusual. Seen some blisters even without sealant, but mostly when used with sealants.
 

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I had the same symptom on Specialized S-Works The Captains. It was really cool, because Specialized would replace the defective tires and I didn't have to buy new tires for almost two years. It seems that they've got their QC process up to snuff now, so those days are over.

Put the pressure on your Maxxis dealer, and see if they're as customer friendly as Specialized.

I never had one of the blisters fail (that I know of), but I never began a ride knowing that the tires were going bad.
 
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