Maxxis Su­per­maxx ST £179

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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.

Sta­bil­ity 4/5

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.

Over­all 13/20

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.

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