Coming to the Maxxis gravel line is the all-new Reaver. A fast-rolling, low-profile tread design and lightweight construction have quickly made the Reaver the top choice for our elite gravel racers. Keegan Swenson (Santa Cruz htSQD) set a new course record on the Reaver at the grueling Crusher in the Tushar in July, and Andrew L’Esperance (Maxxis Factory Racing) won the Blue Mountains Gravel Fondo with it in June.
The tread design uses diamond knurling to reduce rolling resistance and enhance grip in dusty or loose conditions. Paddle knobs arranged in sets of three provide extra bite under hard braking, while the side knobs are spaced closely together and are staggered for consistent cornering performance. A sipe (groove) in each of the side knobs allows them to flex and conform to the terrain, improving traction.
Compared to the venerable Rambler, the Reaver is faster rolling, lighter and has higher puncture resistance in the tread area. In mixed conditions or deeper gravel, the Rambler is more versatile, but if off-road speed is priority number one, the Reaver is the clear choice.
At launch, the Reaver is available in a 700x40c size with our lightweight gravel construction, consisting of a 120 TPI tubeless-ready casing with EXO sidewall protection. Riders also have a choice between an all-black or tan sidewall. Suggested MSRP for the Maxxis Reaver is $70 US. A 700x45c size will be available in the coming months.