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Last week, Maxxis hosted media from various mountain bike publications at the Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-A-Way. They teamed up with Pivot to provide bikes for us to ride on the nearby Pinhoti and Bear Creek trails, as well as Mulberry’s new jump line and pump track on their property. Over the long weekend, we rode bikes in between talking tire tech with engineers, pigging out on Mulberry Gap’s delicious food, and throwing back Terrapin’s various brews.

Maxxis didn’t have any brand new tread patterns on hand for us to try out as they’re focusing on expanding size and spec options. Chief among these are several existing treads in 2.6″ widths (for both 27.5″ and 29″), and increased puncture protection as an option on certain plus tires. I rode Pivot’s Switchblade, which is compatible with 29″ and plus wheels. I tried it first as a 29er and then as a plus bike with Maxxis’ reinforced Rekon 27.5×2.8 tires. The bike pedaled well and offered excellent climbing traction in either mode, but at the end of the day, I preferred the 29er setup as it better suits my riding style and terrain.

Check out highlights from the weekend in the photos below.

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Checking out the new jump line at Mulberry Gap that ends in a pumptrack

I chose to ride Pivot's new Switchblade trail bike; 135mm rear travel, 150mm front

I chose to ride Pivot’s Switchblade trail bike; 135mm rear travel, 150mm front

Fox Factory 36 Boost

Fox Factory 36 Boost

A beautiful baby blue paint job on the Switchblade

A beautiful baby blue paint job on the Switchblade

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Here’s the Pivot Switchblade with plus wheels. This is Brendon’s (Pivot’s demo driver) personal bike, which explains the slight differences in spec.

The Maxxis Rekon is now available with a layer of protection that goes from bead-to-bead; Maxxis says these tires are good for large, aggressive riders, or chunky terrain

The Maxxis Rekon is now available with a layer of protection that goes from bead-to-bead; Maxxis says these tires are good for large, aggressive riders, or extra chunky terrain

Charlie from Maxxis, keeping the trains running on time

Charlie from Maxxis, keeping the trains running on time

Loading up for a shuttle on Bear Creek

Loading up for a shuttle on Bear Creek

It's all smiles when you get a ride to the top

It’s all smiles when you get a ride to the top

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Pivot is using a taller bottom cup on the headset to preserve geometry when using plus wheels; the cups can be found on the Les, 429 Trail, and Switchblade

Regrouping at the Gannett Poplar on Bear Creek

Regrouping at the Gennett Poplar on Bear Creek

Dylan Stucki tearing up the pumptrack

Dylan Stucki tearing up the pumptrack

3D printers give Maxxis' engineers a chance to review designs with athletes before cutting a mold

3D printers give Maxxis’ engineers a chance to review designs with athletes before cutting a mold. This allows them to easily change knob heights and spacing.

This was a pretty cool story. Before the 2016 Olympics, Nino Schurter and his team did independent rolling resistance testing and found that the Maxxis Aspen came in at the lowest. He came to Maxxis and asked them to make tires specifically for Rio. These may look similar to the production version, but they use a 170 TPI casing that is for race use only.

Before the 2016 Olympics, Nino Schurter and his team did independent rolling resistance tests and found that the Maxxis Aspen was the fastest rolling tire available, even faster than the Dugast tubulars he typically rides. Nino came to Maxxis and asked them to make tires specifically for Rio. These may look similar to the production version, but they use a 170 TPI casing that is for race use only.

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Maxxis’s rubber expertise isn’t limited to bike tires; they make products for everything from passenger cars to rock crawlers like this one

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They also make tires for side-by-sides

1000cc, 3-liter engine, with Fox X2 shocks at all four corners

1000cc, 3-liter engine, with Fox X2 shocks at all four corners

Terrapin, for hydration

Terrapin, for hydration

Shaggy jibbing while waiting for the group

Shaggy jibbing while waiting for the group

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The weekend started out chilly, but the sun eventually shone through

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Stucki finishing up the Pinhoti 2 descent

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When you’ve got fire and a jump, you combine the two

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Brice Shirbach hucks into the darkness

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# Comments

  • kay oh

    Mulberry Gap is the holy land of Georgia MTB. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

    Bear Creek to Pinhoti 1 and 2 is an essential course.
    Pinhoti 3, 4, 5 and Dennis Mill is an incredible ride-out, shuttle back experience. Bring your legs!

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