Maxxis Supermaxx ST £179
Sizes available: Front: 110/70 x 17, 110/80 x 17, 120/60 x 17 and 120/70 x 17. Rear: 130/70 x 16, 150/60 x 17, 150/70 x 17, 160/60 x 17; 180/55 x 17, 190/50 x 17 and 200/50 x 17. Weight: 5.2kg front, 7.5kg rear
Maxxis say “The Supermaxx ST delivers the very latest in radial construction technology, an all-new design which features Mono Spiral steel belts for improved structural rigidity, resulting in outstanding cornering performance. Stiffer sidewalls ensure that Supermaxx ST can handle increased loads over previous generations of Supermaxx, reducing sidewall cornering flex and delivering the secure feel touring riders demand.”
TEST RESULTS Comfort 3/5
These felt choppy and gave an overall harsher ride over the OE set. They were just hard-feeling everywhere and didn’t smooth over Bruntingthorpe’s bumps very well. Not uncomfortable, just harsh; not what you’d expect from a sports-touring tyre.
Front- end feel/agility 3/5
You need a little bit of effort to get these tyres turned, so there’s a steadier, touring feel to them. The feedback from the front isn’t too bad, but they get a bit vague if you try carrying some brake into a corner meaning you have to let go of the brake earlier, which in turn results in a lack of feel and a sensation of diminished grip.
Rear- end feel 3/5
Quite good – there was no lack of grip or feedback when the tyres were fitted to our Tracer. They don’t make you feel as connected to the back end as a more performance-orientated set of tyres, but there’s enough sensation coming back to be adequate for general, day-to-day riding.
These are good, and are totally stable at all straight-line speed ranges – even flat-out in sixth gear. They felt a little choppy when tipped over in highradius corners – a side-effect of their overall ride quality – but at no point were they unstable.
A note of caution first: it needs to be said that extreme care needs to be taken when scrubbing these tyres
in from new – they are extremely slippery and will turn even a dry, warm road into something that feels like it’s wet and greasy. If you can get past this scrubbing in period, these are decent tyres – not very sporty, but perfectly suited for steady touring or everyday commuting. Not a bad tyre at all.