The sleeper of the training tire category. The Re-Fuse gives Gatorskin-like puncture resistance, plus plenty of grip in wet conditions. No, it's not the fastest tire in the world, but delivers a smooth and secure ride.
A perfect tire for winter and spring training, or all-year adventure rides.
Around Portland in the winter it seems like someone constantly shoots glass on the side of the roads with a cannon. I got tired of constantly repairing my Conti Gatorskins on every winter ride. So I tried these out. Exactly one flat in two years of winter riding, on a ride where everyone got a flat. The Maxxis, however, didn't actually flat until overnight in my garage. In short, great rolling resistance and puncture resistance. They seem to wear pretty well too. So for me, Maxxis Re-fuse on the rain bike and Conti Gatorskins on the dry bike
I don't track my mileage on my tires so I can't give any specific data, but these tires last a very long time. I have never had a flat with one, and that includes occasional ruough shoulders and gravel roads. They provide a good ride at a good price.
Bought these tires for the Great Allegheny Passage and the C&O Canal. Had a puncture on the third and final day while we were taking a cut through on roads. It took a sharp steel piece of pipe on the road to slit it down the sidewall which doesn't have the kevlar belt protection. During examination after the trip, I found several other large slits in the front and rear tires, of which none had caused a flat.
I use this tire on the rear wheel in the 25c size. After 1500 miles it has been bullet-proof. It is a little heavy, but when you're riding you don't notice the weight. I would not use this as race tire, but it is not meant for that. It's a strong and reliable training tire that you don't notice while riding and you don't have to change flats.
I used many many tires on my 2 recumbent bikes. This is the only tire that I NEVER had a flat on, and I ride a rail trail that many times has glass and stone chips that play havoc with any other tire. I only wish they made a 26" for my V-REX.This is the only 700 tire I'll buy. May be a little slower than some racing tires. But its plenty fast for me. Great product.
I just can't say enough about this tire. With this tire I unintentionally ran over the broken base of a bottle. The front tire, which is another tire. Immediately popped. The back maxxis went rite over it. No problem. I never seen anything like it. Definitely named correctly.
I got the 28mm wide tires to deal with really crappy roads on my commute. I had been using 23mm tires and I had several pinch flats (even with 100psi) due to horrendous potholes. Four weeks in, I haven't had a puncture or pinch flat, and the tires don't feel slow like Armadillos or Gatorskins.
Love these tires! Discovered them while riding in Idaho on some pretty rough chip and seal. They have a far better ride than the continental gators and are less prone to flat!
Have only gone out cycling with it a few times but it rides well. I wanted a tire with some strength to resist flats. From the reviews many people got it for that reason. So far so good for me.
I thought I would try a new training tire just to see what it is like. Bad move.
The things wrong with this tire (1) puncture magnets, (2) high rolling resistance, (3) soft rubber gouges easily (4) one mounts easily, the next one can't be mounted.
Running a Gatorskin on the back, Maxxis on the front I've had five punctures in 3 months in the Maxxis, none in the Gatorskin. The Maxxis apparently swallow nails, even at 120 psi. High rolling resistance, even after the tread pattern wears off, about 400 miles of extra effort to wear it smooth. Could be the extra soft rubber. Everything, pebbles, sand, glass, nails, apparently even crosswalk paint gouges a piece of rubber out. I don't know if it is poor quality control or what, but the first one mounted with normal difficulty, the second one requires two men and a crow bar. That is no fun when fixing a flat on the road or anywhere else for that matter. The upside to this tire the lettering on the side is very precise, no smudges. If you even think of getting this tire, stop immediately and send me all your money. Better I should blow it on women, whiskey, and drugs than you should waste it on this tire.
It may be a bit heavier and harder than others but it performs great. I have used many other tires. I got tired of flatting on lighter faster tires and went to krylions those were great puncture resistance and fast tires, I was bummed when they were phased out. I decided to try these and they perform. Over 1000 miles and no punctures, including a 186 mile ride through wet, dry, construction, some glass, etc... Even though they are supposed to be slower I can sprint 35 mph regularly and up to 40 good day. Very happy with them
Thanks for your review! We're glad to hear that you're happy with these Maxxis tires, but wanted to let you know that the Michelin Krylion was not so much phased out as renamed—the new version is the Pro4 Endurance Tire. Might be worth a shot if you liked the old Krylions!
These are great tires, virtually pucture proof during the first 1200 miles or so. the front tire is good for around 1800. the tires dont really last all that long but have a good ride and handling and for the price is acceptable for the mileage.
These tires are worth what you pay for them. The tread compound sheds the small bits of stone, glass and other sharp stuff so your tires stay clean. I waited for a year before writing this review so I could be honest. I have not had a flat, not one. I had multiple flats with another brand of flat resistant tire. I highly recommend this tire and am completely happy with it.