In February I was asked by team manager Rich at Pure to test these new tyres from Maxxis, and it was instantly noticeable the low rolling resistance these tyres had, with a low profile tread pattern they roll really fast. This aids not only a quick acceleration but perhaps more importantly the ability to maintain speed, I remember riding them for the first time at Braintree and being amazed with the speed I had exiting the turn.
My first race on these tyres was at Manchester Indoor and the tread pattern certainly looks suited to the style of track surface composition, super hard with no real ‘loose surface’ that you would get outdoors. However, since the indoor I have ridden these tyres in every imaginable weather condition and subsequent track surface, notably a pair of regionals (Braintree and Peterborough) where the track could only be described as ‘full of puddles’ and ‘sloppy’. Where others were struggling with wheelspin out of the gate I did not have such problems, so for me these tyres pass the wet weather and non-ideal conditions test.
Next up, cornering. With the low profile my main concern prior to riding these tyres were how they would handle in the turn. I’ve already mentioned how these tyres maintain speed in the turn, but they grip well too. Past tyres that I have had there has been numerous times where you feel like you are on the edge, you start to drift a little and are just waiting to slide out. However so far with these Relix tyres I haven’t felt that dreaded edge, I have trust when going in for a corner move that when before corner moves felt more of a risk. At a wet Glasgow I made some high-low corner moves and also a couple of moves where I stayed low round the inside for the entirety of the turn, where some were hesitant they would slide out.
Being totally transparent I have wheelspinned twice with these tyres during practice at Glasgow national, this occurred not out the gate but on the crest of the hill. The hill was made of wood which is the only one I’ve ridden outdoors, and the situation wasn’t helped by constant heavy rain and I felt the hill was quite dirty too which again hindered traction. This problem was had across the whole age group regardless of tyre brand, model or pressure so I don’t think this was due to my choice of tyre at all.
As I side note, Maxxis uses Silk Shield puncture protection technology within the Relix tyre and I haven’t had any punctures with these tyres which is unusual for the amount of riding time I have done.