Wide rims are nothing new to trail, enduro, and downhill riders. At this point, the benefits are well understood. By running wide rims with a matching Wide Trail tire, riders can run lower tire pressures, which improves traction and comfort while decreasing rolling resistance.
Now that the trend toward wider rims has reached cross country bikes, Maxxis is offering new Wide Trail (WT) specs of the Aspen and Rekon Race. Developed with input from Nino Schurter, Kate Courtney, and the rest of the SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing Team, Maxxis’ Wide Trail XC tires are optimized for use with 30mm internal width rims.
The improved traction from the Wide Trail XC tires helps control the bike in difficult sections. I can ride at the limit while still being in control of my bike.
For me, the biggest two factors in a tire are performance and durability. The WT XC tires are the best combination of both.”