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Maxxis Price Hike

Posted by DaveC | May 31, 2011 | 10 comments so far

Just had word from my local bike shop that the UK Maxxis importer has hiked prices with immediate effect.

Maxxis Aspen tyre

A 29er Crossmark goes from £32 to £50 and the 29er TLR Ardent to £80. Small sized tyres also affected! ;o)

Currently makes Schwalbe look like good value but word is that they are going up soon as well. Better buy them while they’re cheap folks!

Filed under 2011, News in May 2011

DaveC

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Dave's been riding seriously since about 1997 and is one of the founding Molefathers — along with Matt and Mark — that came up with the idea of a MTB website for Mole Valley riders.

He's had several different bikes but it's now mainly 29ers in Dave's stable, apart from an Orange 5.

Current Bikes: Orange 5, Salsa Spearfish and Kona Big Unit

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  1. Matt says:

    Does anyone know how the 2.25 folding 62a eXC Aspen performs re. tubeless? It’s not UST or billed as Tubeless Ready but who knows…?

    Looks an interesting deal on Next Day Tyres. Wish I get paid for that link too!

    Oh and those RRP tyre prices? Mental!

  2. Tony says:

    Blimey Dave £80 for a bicycle tyre! Crazy.

  3. pij says:

    I can’t get my Aspen’s to work on Stan’s rims when going tubeless.

  4. pij says:

    Only way I could get the tyres to seat was with a ghetto system, so yes, the yellow tape alone was not enough…. But the ghetto system is a right pain if you have to remove the tyre. I did take the whole lot down to my LBS and they just laughed at me, whilst muttering “no chance”

    As an aside, I’ve been away for two weeks, get back and there’s a 10cm depth of gravel chippings been laid on my favourite local trail. The Reigate Hill climb is no more; the hill is still there, duh, just that the lovely tree roots are now covered up and it’s all boring double wide.

    • Dave says:

      Ah, it’ll be gone in a few months. Although, this vandalism by the authorities needs to stop, so I suggest we all reide footpaths as a protest.

      Anyway, I use 2 layers of the yellow tape if it’s not a TLR tyre. That seems to help. Not tried Aspens though so it may be that they don’t work. Crossmarks work a treat.
      A proper rim strip allows you to take the tyre off really easily though.

  5. pij says:

    Aspens are quite ‘baggy’ so never even looked near to fitting. I tried as these are my favoured tyres. If anybody has managed I’d like to know how they did.

    Vandalism seems an appropriate word. 3m wide, 10cm deep 60m long section now covered in a black crushed rock. Really naff. Clearly we have no voice in the issue here in Surrey. But then today I decided to look at the make-up of our trails…. some form of crushed rock overlaid by years of tree leaves and wind blown sand, so this vandalism has been going on for years and quite possibly does work once bedded in. But it did make me think; why doesn’t the NT or Surrey council embrace us MTB’ers and build some proper trails? They could be funded by local bike shops. Wouldn’t be too hard to run a tricky rocky path down some of the double wide, and would last a lot longer than gravel.

    Dream, dream, dream. Drea-a-a-a-eam. Dream, dream, dream.

  6. pij says:

    I’ve started to chase down why a more cycle / horse / people combined approach to trail management has not been adopted by The Authorities…. Sorry this doesn’t answer any tubeless questions – please start a “Badly Managed Trails by NT / Surrey CC” thread!

    Dear Sir / Madam,

    Freedom of Information Act request.

    today I used my mountain bike to cycle up the NDW to Reigate Hill. From Gatton Park there are two routes up; one fairly flat the other a muddy, rooty section. This section is a favourite amongst the mountain bike set as it provides for a challenging yet fun climb up. Yet today I noticed that somebody has decided to cover the entire section with deep crushed black stone. Not only is it out of keeping with the area and so looks crass, it has meant that mountain bikers have been denied one of the more interesting climbs and descents in the area.

    I would be grateful for information as to the following:

    1. Why was a decision taken to cover the area in such a material.

    2. Which cycling bodies were consulted over this issue.

    As an aside I have just come back from a week’s cycling in North Wales where I used the Forestry Commission area at Coed y Brenin. Here several diverse groups are catered for, yet at the same time the authorities have embraced mountain biking and have created challenging and ecologically sustainable routes. They also blend in well and enhance the natural view of the landscape. Why has the National Trust not adopted such means to encourage mountain biking?

    Many thanks in advance,

    Phil Jenkins

    • Mat says:

      Held off from commenting on the RH bridleway until I’d been and seen it for myself. It’s actually worse than I expected, really wide. The worst thing is I don’t understand why- it’s not like there was anything wrong with what was there before, surely? There was the other path for those who wanted a dryer/flatter/smoother route, not to mention a road just the other side. It doesn’t look nice, it can’t have been cheap and it doesn’t benefit anyone.

      Wet conditions like today I should have been going sideways over roots at silly speeds coming home down there, but not any more. Alas

  7. pij says:

    There’s a guy called Zippy over at Diary who is chasing this stuff down pretty well. The gravel application does feel like spite as it benefits nobody; as if somebody in the council is having a last throw of the “screw you” dice before they are made redundant. As you say, there are two other routes down within metres of each other. Why did they do it?!?

    PIJ

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