Maxxis Mud Wrestler EXO TR cyclo-cross tyre review
We've been using the Maxxis Mud Wrestler tyres through typical UK winter conditions to see how they handle muddy off-road as well as on-road riding
A good winter cross tyre, although the low central tread profile results in some slipping in muddier conditions.
Wide tread spacing avoids clogging
Roll well on road
Range of tyres with same tread at different price points
Quite low profile central knobs result in some slipping in deep mud
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Maxxis’s Mud Wrestler has a classic tread pattern for winter conditions: well spaced knobs for mud shedding with sharp edges for grip in loose conditions. The central knobs have a slightly lower profile than the side ones so that the tyre rolls reasonably smoothly on tarmac but has enough bite for traction off-road.
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Maxxis makes four models of the Mud Wrestler. They all have the same tread and quite narrow, UCI-compliant 33mm width. There’s a wire bead and a folding-bead single-compound version, with the range topped off with two carbon-beaded tubeless-ready dual-compound tyres (hence the TR in the name). The Exo refers to an extra, cut-resistant, layer in the sidewalls.
The top of the range that we’ve tested has a 120TPI (threads per inch) carcass and there’s also a slightly cheaper 60TPI version. The tyres aren’t as tight a fit on tubeless rims as some, but nevertheless I was able to get them to inflate and seal using just a standard track pump. It’s nice to be able to set up tubeless without too much of a fight.
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Maximum pressure for the Mud Wrestler is 75psi. They’re quite happy at 40psi although they don’t feel quite as compliant as some other tyres at this pressure, probably due to their beefier sidewalls. However, the extra sidewall protection is always reassuring when riding rockier paths.
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The tyre does well in muddy and loose conditions, retaining grip and not accumulating a lot of extra mass from mud and debris or being too prone to sideslip, with any mud which does stick soon clearing once on firmer ground. So overall, the Mud Wrestler is a good choice for UK winter riding off-road.
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Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.
He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.
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