New Maxxis mud tyre
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.
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.