Maxxis Mountain Bike Tires: A Guide to Understanding Compounds and Casings

If you’re on the hunt for Maxxis tires, we’ve got you covered. Maxxis tires have developed a cult following amongst mountain bikers, but with so many compounds and casings, it can be tough to figure out which one you need. Let’s get down to it and talk about the different compounds and casings.


First off, let’s talk about compounds. Maxxis has three solid options to choose from: 3C MaxxTerra, 3C MaxxGrip, and Super Tacky.

3C MaxxTerra

The 3C MaxxTerra is perfect if you’re looking for a tire that can handle just about any terrain. It’s got a triple-compound design that balances grip and durability. The base layer is hard, the center layer is softer, and the outer layer is even softer. This gives you a strong tire foundation that still has some serious grip. This compound is a favorite in dry and rocky areas like Colorado, Utah, and beyond.

3C MaxxGrip

The 3C MaxxGrip is great for dealing with loose or wet terrain. It’s softer than the 3C MaxxTerra, which means you’ll get more grip. However, it’s not as durable as the 3C MaxxTerra, so keep that in mind. This one is perfect for downhill and enduro riders who are all about that grip. It does especially well in wet and soft areas like the PNW.

Super Tacky

The Super Tacky is the softest and most sticky compound Maxxis offers. This one’s for the extreme downhill and freeride riders who need ultimate grip. It’s not as durable as the other two compounds, but it’s perfect for the gnarliest terrain out there when grip is key above all.


Now let’s talk casings. Maxxis has three different options: EXO, DoubleDown, and Downhill.


The EXO casing is great for cross-country and trail riders who want a balance of durability and weight. It’s made of a durable material that helps prevent punctures and cuts from sharp rocks and debris. It’s not the heaviest option out there, which is great if you’re looking to keep things light.


The DoubleDown casing is designed for enduro and aggressive trail riders who need maximum durability and puncture protection. It’s made of a dual-ply material that provides an extra layer of protection against punctures and cuts. If you’re rough on your tires, this one’s for you.


The Downhill casing is for the riders who want the ultimate protection against punctures and cuts. It’s made of a triple-ply material that’s built to take on the gnarliest terrain out there. If you’re all about that downhill life, this one’s for you.

So there you have it, friends. Maxxis has a tire for just about everyone out there. No matter what kind of riding you’re into, a compound and casing combo is perfect for you. Stop by the shop and we’ll get you set up with the perfect Maxxis tire for your ride.


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