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

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

A good winter cross tyre, although the low central tread profile results in some slipping in muddier conditions.

Reasons to buy
  • +

    Wide tread spacing avoids clogging

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    Roll well on road

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    Fortified sidewalls

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    Range of tyres with same tread at different price points

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Reasons to avoid
  • -

    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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Paul Norman

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.