WHAT IT IS: MAXXIS RAZR XT
The Maxxis Razr XT is the latest steel-belted radial UTV tire from Maxxis, and it’s built with the desert racer in mind. Maxxis is giving up to $1500 to anyone who wins a BITD race using this tire. Contingency awards are also up for grabs at TexPlex, King of the Elements, IXCR and the Mid-America XC series. Details can be found on Maxxis’ website: www.maxxis.com. According to Maxxis, the tire has a high-density, double steel-belted carcass construction. The tire only comes in one size: 32×10-15. Weighing 43 pounds, the RAZR measures slightly taller than 32 inches, and the rounded shoulder gives it a smaller contact patch than a typical 10-inch-wide tire.
We tested the Maxxis RAZR XT tire on a recent Baja trip where we put over 1100 miles on the tire in every type of terrain imaginable. We rotated the tires once at the 500-mile mark. The tires were mounted on OMF Performance billet center beadlock wheels.
First of all, on hardpacked trails, the tires rolled as smoothly as a car tire. There was no vibration from the knobbies and zero flat spots in the morning as with some tires. Take-off traction was right on par with other tires we tested. The tires are heavier than most, but they didn’t seem to bog the Teryx KRX down at all during the entire test. We didn’t even think about the extra weight; it was a non-issue.
Turn-in performance was great. The tires would carve any corner with confidence and total control. If you wanted to break the rear end loose and slide corners in two-wheel drive, you could do that, too. During our trip in Mexico, we purposely tried to run over sharp rocks, cacti and trash to see if we could puncture these tires. One nail found its way into one tire, but the tire didn’t leak. Wear was slow. After the entire trip, we measured one of the middle knobs, and only 10 percent of the rubber was gone.
Our only complaint is that the tire initially didn’t grip well on hard-packed, off-camber (side hill) trails. Once the tires had about 100 miles on them, the grip improved. Or, if we lowered the pressure to 16 psi, they hooked up much better. Typically, in high-speed desert riding, you want to run 20 psi. Overall, the tires performed excellently everywhere we took them. No matter if the trail was muddy, sandy or hard as concrete, the tires provided grip and confidence. In the rocks, the grip was great, too, and puncture resistance was excellent. These qualities, combined with the durability, make the Maxxis RAZR XT an easy winner in our book.
PRICE: $290 each
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