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Brand: Maxxis
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Q: My opinion is that the question "good on road or not?" may depend on the point of view. Some people (like me) use their MTB not only on dirt tracks ou downhill tracks, but rather ride most of the time on road. Eventually some crosscountry ride may come up along the weekend and for this we really want a reliable tire that won't make us fall in the first corner... For this case, I would say that no tire will work perfectly for both worlds. For this, what we need is a tire that partially attends both of them as better as possible, giving good enough rolling resistance on the road and good enough grip on the dirt and a bit technical downhills. In this case, I would say that this tire is one of the best choices for a lower budget, but keep in mind that extreme cases may not be handled by this tire like a pro. In other words: If you want to ride on the road, get some nice road tires. If you want to ride on the dirt, get some nice dirt tires. However, if you cannot afford of simply do not want two bikes (assuming that changing tires all the time is not an option), I would recommend Maxxis Crossmark... Hope my point of view aligns with yours...
A: Chances are you figured it out already, but here is my take. Rolling resistance on hardpack or road is actually quit good. As a rear tire it sucks if you are in wet or muddy conditions. The sloping tread forces you to spin out on wet or grassy climbs. It works best as a front tire.

Q: Is it good on road
A: Like many other mountain bike tires, the CrossMark tires will be an energy drain and will not be the fastest option to get you from point A to point B. This is largely due to higher rolling resistance and lower tire pressures common to mountain bike tires.

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  • drewkilla
    *****

    Best setup

    Pros
    Fast rolling rear setup. Pair with Ardent up front.

    Cons
    None

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  • Steve Hansen
    ****

    Highly recommend for XC especially on hardpack or some loose over hardpack conditions

    Pros
    Super fast rolling, predictable traction, durable, easy to set up tubeless

    Cons
    Packs up with mud. Not really for super loose or muddy conditions. Slips a bit on climbs if used as a rear tire as well. Not really a con... Just that it's better suited for fast rolling conditions

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  • PacNWMTB
    ***

    I'd steer folks to other options depending on their riding style and use.

    Pros
    - better roller than Maxxis Minions
    - durable
    - easy to setup tubeless
    - good balance between rolling resistance and traction

    Cons
    - better options at comparable, or better, pricing

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  • AdeleB
    *****

    I loved my Cross Mark tires and never had any issues with them

    Pros
    - Light
    - Hard bead/side wall
    - last longs

    Cons
    - kicks a lot of mud up

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  • basshunter
    ****

    I set these up tubeless on my stock Giant wheelset after riding for a year on tubes. the fit was very loose, and hard to get set up, but they have worked alright. I love the tires for racing, as they roll fast and are predictable in corners. They do slip a little on hard cornering, but they always slip exactly the same. they very rarely actually slide out. Rocks don't seem to cause too many problems. if they make a 27,5 model, I might mount them on my next race bike.

    Pros
    FAST
    consistent cornering
    pretty tough

    Cons
    slip a little on loose climbs
    loose bead
    pack with mud
    don't play well with extremely dry, sandy trails

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  • herlsy
    ****

    I ran this as a front tire in the winter and it faired well. It was good at cutting through the mud without retaining anything. It gave me confidence cornering, but could be even better if offered in a width greater than 2.1.

    Pros
    Thick tread. Good in all conditions. Lightweight

    Cons
    Bit slim in width.

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  • PierreR
    ****

    Yes, I would recommend them

    Pros
    Wide at 2.1 and smaller diameter is good for 26" conversion.
    Light, fast, good in a variety of conditions.

    Cons
    Okay in wet but throws mud up your back.
    Load up mud and dog doo do like a politician.

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  • dozzerboy
    *****

    This tire is quick on the straights, but is lacking on the corners. Also, in loamy, loose trails, expect to wash out.

    Pros
    Quick
    UST

    Cons
    Cornering
    Side knobs wear fast

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  • fleetwood
    ****

    I got this tire stock on my last bike. I've never been a big fan of the lower profile tires, but gave these a try for a while. I was actually impressed with them, but eventually I replaced the front one with something with more grip. Eventually I replaced the rear before a trip to WV, and am glad I did. In the right conditions though, this seems like a great tire.

    Pros
    Fast, low resistance. A good tire for its intended purpose -- XC on hardpack. Lives up somewhat to its claim that it "has enough spacing to grab wet roots and rocks."

    Cons
    It really rough or slipper conditions, you will want something beefier and grippier.

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  • Nelmenator
    *****

    Excellent tire for summer race season an weekend epics

    Pros
    Fast and durable with tough sidewalls. Have had very few flats.

    Cons
    Wears fast if ridden on streets, but they all do. Washes out occassionally in loose conditions.

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  • dozzerboy
    ****

    This tire is quick on the straights, but is lacking on the corners. Also, in loamy, loose trails, expect to wash out.

    Pros
    Quick

    Cons
    cornering

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  • hknutson
    ****

    I run my 29" tubeless. Holds well and good grip for rear tire.

    Pros
    good tread and fast in 29" version

    Cons
    hard to mount tubeless but can be done

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  • Jeff Barber
    ****

    I'm riding the 29er version right now and I really like this tire.

    Pros
    Classic, time tested design combines low rolling resistance with good traction in a variety of conditions. Durable casing and solid construction.

    Cons
    This is not a tire for loose, wet, or muddy conditions.

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  • flamdrag8
    *****

    I have these front and rear, on both of my xc bikes. I love them!!

    Pros
    Super low rolling resistance. Uber fast. Good cornering.

    Cons
    lose some traction on very steep inclines.

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  • RideorDie
    *****

    I love this tire in low technical conditions when I want to FLY around corners! It doesn't look like you get the traction, but you DO! If you are experienced and lean into turns while you still crank down - this tire rocks for you! If you are going to ride Moab...get a thicker sidewall tire. This tire has a VERY thin sidewall. This is a great tire for the right conditions!

    Pros
    Great traction and cornering!!!!! Very low roll resistance.

    Cons
    Weak sidewalls in sharp technical conditions.

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