Maxxis Cross Mark
By: Vineet Sharma
Also featured in Issue #12 | Nov 2012
Many riders love this tire, many hate it too. We spent last month testing the 26 X 2.10 Maxxis Cross Mark which offers a nearly continuous center ridge for low rolling resistance on hardpack dirt, with enough spacing to grab wet rocks or roots. Slightly raised side knobs add cornering grip. We must admit that it’s faster than any tire we’ve ever checked and really good for light off roading. Cross Mark delivers outstanding straight line speed and excellent grip on hardpack and even on tarmac!
Is it really good for roots and rocks? To some extent it can be ridden, but the side walls feels bit fragile when going over these obstacles and most of the times I had to wrestle with the bike so that I don’t slip while banking fast. We did not test the tire in hardcore wet conditions yet, but going through some wet patches was just fine, thanks to the unique tread pattern designed by Maxxis with the help of Swiss mountain bike hero and World Champion Christoph Sauser.
Overall the tire performance was really impressive and Cross Mark certainly goes like the wind in a straight line. It can be a very good choice for weekend riders or people who commute on mountain bikes. Maxxis Cross Mark retails for INR 1000 and is definitely a value for money. It is being imported by Suncross bikes in India.