Road Bike Tire Test: Maxxis High Road

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Test Summary

Conclusion: 4 / 5 Recommended
Weight: 209 grams
Rolling Resistance: 13.2 watts
Puncture Resistance: 13 (tread) / 4 (sidewall)

Maxxis High Road road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

If you're searching for the best road bike tire Maxxis currently has to offer, the High Road is the tire you're looking for. Maxxis calls the High Road "our flagship tire for elite racers who demand the best equipment" which leaves no question marks to us. The High Road is available in both a tube-type and tubeless-ready version. This is a test of the tube-type version and will be compared to tires like the Conti Grand Prix 5000 (read review), Michelin Power Competition (read review), Vittoria Corsa (read review).

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The High Road features the latest HYPR compound from Maxxis. Maxxis claims the HYPR compound decreases rolling resistance by 16% while at the same time increasing wet grip by 23% when compared to their previous compounds. They also claim these improvements had no negative impact on the durability of the HYPR compound.

The tube-type version comes with a 120 TPI casing while the tubeless-ready version even comes with a 170TPI casing. Both versions of the High Road come with a K2 anti-puncture strip under the tread which they claim provides better puncture protection than standard Kevlar or Vectran. Both the tube-type and tubeless-ready versions are currently only available in the 25-622 size.

Manufacturer Specifications
Brand Maxxis
Model High Road
Year 2019
Tire Type Tubetype (clincher)
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range High
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Manufacturer part number ETB00109100
TPI 120
Compound HYPR
Bead Folding
ETRTO 25-622
Size Inch 28"
Width 25
Specified Weight 210 grams
Max Pressure 130
Made In Taiwan
Available Sizes 25-622 (700x25c)

Maxxis High Road Test Results

Maxxis High Road road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Size and Weight Measurements

Size and Weight Measurements (Bike Wheel: 622x17C, Pressure: 100 psi / 6.9 bar)
Specified Weight 210 grams
Measured Weight 209 grams
Measured Width 27 mm
Measured Height 25 mm
Total Tire Thickness Center 2.6 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall 0.5 mm
Unmounted Casing Width 67 mm
Unmounted Tread Width 27 mm
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Rolling Resistance Test Results

Rolling Resistance Test Results (Speed: 29 kmh / 18 mph / 8 m/s, Load: 42.5 kg / 417 N)
Inner Tube Conti Race28 (100gr butyl)
Rolling Resistance 140 psi / 9.7 Bar Not Tested
CRR: Not Tested
Rolling Resistance 120 psi / 8.3 Bar 13.2 Watts
CRR: 0.00396
Rolling Resistance 100 PSI / 6.9 Bar 14.2 Watts
CRR: 0.00426
Rolling Resistance 80 PSI / 5.5 Bar 16.0 Watts
Rolling Resistance 60 PSI / 4.1 Bar 18.2 Watts
CRR: 0.00546
Use the formula: RR (watts) = CRR * speed (m/s) * load (N) to calculate rolling resistance at a given speed and load
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Puncture Resistance Test Results

Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Puncture Resistance Tread 13 Points
Puncture Resistance Sidewall 4 Points
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Maxxis High Road road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

The Maxxis High Road is a fast-rolling tire but comes a bit short to challenge the top performing tires in the all-round category. It does offer a slightly better puncture resistance of the tread area when compared to the direct competition. Another positive is a very low weight for the puncture resistance and air volume it offers.

We rate the High Road 4 out of 5 mostly because rolling resistance is the dominant ranking factor on our site. We feel the High Road is an excellent choice if you're looking for an all-round tire and you don't need those last few watts to be competitive. If wet grip and durability turn out to be better than competing tires, the High Road can be an excellent tire.

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RATING: 4 / 5


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