New Maxxis mud tyre

New Zealand Company Vehicle - - CONTENTS - Story by Damien O’car­roll Photo by Mark Baker.

The lat­est of­fer­ing from highly-re­garded off-road tyre man­u­fac­turer Maxxis is an ef­fort to bridge the gap be­tween tra­di­tional mud tyre de­signs and less ag­gres­sive de­signs. Mud tyres have tra­di­tion­ally been about off-road abil­ity at the ex­pense of on-road re­fine­ment, noise and wet weather grip.

Best of both

Maxxis is a re­spected maker of both off-road ve­hi­cle and moun­tain bike tyres. Now the Tai­wanese com­pany claims its lat­est of­fer­ing, the Maxxis MT772 RAZR, com­bines the su­pe­rior off-road abil­ity of a tra­di­tional mud tyre, and brings a whole new level of on-road quiet­ness, re­fine­ment and han­dling. Avail­able in a num­ber of sizes to suit a wide range of 4x4s – utes or SUVS – the MT772 RAZR has deeply sculpted tread blocks with a two-stepped de­sign that Maxxis says pro­vides max­i­mum off-road trac­tion and a quiet ride. A day out in a Ford Ranger fit­ted with the tyres sug­gests they know what they are talk­ing about.

Proof of the pud­ding

The MT772S were only frac­tion­ally nois­ier than the Ranger’s stan­dard A/T tyres and even qui­eter than some A/TS we have ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore, while grip lev­els and han­dling were eas­ily as good. Maxxis say this is due to a com­bi­na­tion of the two-stepped tread de­sign and the tread block ar­range­ment of the MT772. What­ever the clever de­sign and science be­hind it – it re­ally does work well.

Im­pres­sive al­right!

Our west Auck­land drive en­abled us to try the tyres on rock-strewn gravel roads, deep black sand, rut­ted hard dirt and, of course, mud. The MT772S im­pressed with an eerily quiet ride on gravel (thanks to the mud and stone ejec­tors on the shoul­ders of the tyres fir­ing gravel and rocks away from the wheel arches) and some se­ri­ously ca­pa­ble per­for­mance in the sand. As would be ex­pected of a mud tyre, the MT772S per­formed ex­cep­tion­ally well in the mud as well. Head­ing home, the tyres showed their re­fined on-road per­for­mance: pre­dictable into cor­ners and un­der brak­ing and giv­ing good steer­ing wheel feed­back to the driver.

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