Tubeless tyres have made the mood deflating hiss of a puncture a far less frequent occurrence. But with the emergence of incredibly capable mid-travel bikes, as well as enduro racing, a gap has emerged in the market for tyres that combine lightweight efficiency with the puncture protection required in more technical terrain and at higher speeds.
So what are Maxxis doing about it?
Maxxis’ Double Down casing sits between their EXO and Downhill casings, offering more puncture protection and a stiffer sidewall than an EXO casing with around a 100-gram weight penalty for an equivalent EXO tyre in the same width. We’ve fitted a set of Double Down Aggressors to our Canyon Strive long term test bike (http://flowmountainbike.com/tests/wheelworks-flite-wide-carbon/), and we’ve noticed a discernible difference in sidewall stiffness, which has allowed us to run them at lower pressures without burping air.
Is it available for every tyre?
No, not at moment – Maxxis are concentrating on the tyres that are really aimed at the Enduro market. Double Down casing is currently available in Minion DHF, Shorty, Aggressor, High Roller II, and Tomahawk tread patterns, giving riders a variety of options from fast rolling tyres (like the Aggressor or High Roller) to wet weather options (like the Shorty).
Will they work for me?
If you’re the kind of rider who pinches or tears tubeless tyres, wallops rims, or just rides hard, then give these a try. 100g weight penalty at each wheel is not a big price to pay for more reliability.
We think the type of rider who would benefit from Double Down casing is likely to pair a more aggressive front tyre with something faster rolling out back (some bloke called Richie Rude runs a DHF up front paired with an Aggressor in the rear to moderate success).
Do they cost more?
Yes, a little. A Double Down tyre will set you back about $20 more than the equivalent ‘standard’ tyre – $99.95 is the going rate, versus $79.95 for an EXO 3C tyre.
Are they suitable for wide rims?
While the trend towards wider rims has huge benefits, a lot of tyres haven’t kept pace. A ‘standard’ tyre on a 35-40mm rim can end up with a very square profile that’s not conducive to consistent cornering.
Maxxis have got on the front foot here, and released ‘WT’ (Wide Trail) specific tyres for rims with 35mm or greater internal widths. We’ve got a Minion WT at Flow HQ awaiting testing as well. It’s a beast of a tyre, so keep your eyes peeled!
Where can I get them?
Maxxis Double Down tyres are available across Australia at a number of preferred dealers. Take a look below to find a DD dealer in your state.
FOR THE RIDERS / (o7) 3891 7561 www.fortheriders.com.au
CRANK’D CYCLES PH / (07) 4728 5838 https://www.facebook.com/crankdcycles/?rf=790415367668940
New South Wales/ACT
SUMMIT CYCLES / (02) 9661 4245 http://www.summitcycles.bike/
STEEL CITY CYCLES (02) 4267 1747 [email protected]
FLOW BIKES www.flowbikes.com.au
MY MOUNTAIN / (03) 9388 8678 http://www.mymountain.com.au/
LIFE OF BIKES / (03) 5940 2299 http://www.lifeofbikes.com.au/
TBE / (08) 9277 9181 https://www.tbe.com.au/search.asp?mc=5&sc=951&b=25&slf=1
BICYCLE EXPRESS /(08) 8232 7277 http://www.bicycleexpress.com.au/
SPOKES NT / (08) 8931 3111 http://spokesnt.com.au/
SPRUNG / (03) 6334 5419 http://sprungmtb.com.au/