Maxxis Rambler Gravel Tyre review

We went Rambling on Maxxis' gravel tyre

(Image credit: James Stout)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

These tyres mounted extremely easily, with no issues over tubeless leaks. The Ramblers are a good choice for hard packed gravel roads, and they're light enough to perform well on hilly routes. On the road, these didn't impress us so much and on trails that might be considered more suitable for a hardtail mountain bike, we found them lacking - but there are more suitable options for this style of riding elsewhere in the Maxxis range. 

Reasons to buy
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    Predictable grip from middle to shoulder of the tyre

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    Easy to mount

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    Tanwall option

Reasons to avoid
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    Feels slow on pavement and slippy on rocks

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    Possibly undersized on standard rims

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Just like gravel bikes, gravel tyres are a hybrid between mountain bike and road products. There’s always a compromise to be struck between the speed of a slicker road tyre, and the traction of a knobby off-road tyre. All gravel tyres will fall somewhere on the spectrum between a full slick and a full-on gnarly mountain bike tyre.  Generally, gravel tyre manufacturers fall somewhere in the middle with a tyre that has a slick central bead and then more aggressive knobs on the outside for cornering traction.

Maxxis’ Rambler is a stalwart of the gravel market, having been released in 2015. It definitely leans towards the off-road end of the spectrum with raised rectangular knobs and crosses in the middle of the tread and raised knobs on the shoulder of the carcass for better grip when you’re really getting stuck into a berm.

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