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.
I love any kind of mountain biking, but especially all-day rides with plenty of climbing and descending.
Used to race a lot and I still do the occasional endurance event or stage race. Most of my rides now are just about enjoying my time in the woods.