Road Bike Tire Test: Maxxis High Road

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  • Maxxis High Road
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)
Pro Members get 9-point radar charts

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


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
EAN4717784034584
TPI 120
Compound HYPR
Bead Folding
ETRTO 25-622
Size Inch 28"
Specified Width (mm) 25
Specified Weight 210 grams
Max Air Pressure (psi) 130
Made In Members Only
Available Sizes 25-622 (700x25c)

Maxxis High Road Test Results

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

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements


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Size, Weight and Thickness Measurements
Specified Weight 210 grams
Measured Weight 209 grams
System Adjusted Weight
(tire + inner tube (100 gr)
309 grams
Measured Width 27 mm (un-round)
Measured Height 25 mm (un-round)
Total Tire Thickness Center 2.6 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall Members Only
Unmounted Casing Width 67 mm
Unmounted Tread Width Members Only
All size measurements are taken at an air pressure of 100 psi / 6.9 bars on a 17.8 mm inner width rim.

Rolling Resistance Test Results


Rolling Resistance Test Results
Inner Tube Conti Race28 (100gr butyl)
Rolling Resistance
140 PSI / 9.7 Bar
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
Members Only
Rolling Resistance
60 PSI / 4.1 Bar
Members Only
All numbers are for a single tire at a speed of 29 km/h / 18 mph and a load of 42.5 kg / 94 lbs.

Use the formula: RR (Watts) = CRR * speed (m/s) * load (N) to calculate rolling resistance at a given speed and load.

Puncture Resistance Test Results

Maxxis High Road road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Total Puncture Score Tread 53 Points
Total Puncture Score Sidewall Members Only
Tread Puncture Force Sharp Needle 13 Points
Tread Puncture Force Blunt Needle Members Only
Tread Total Tire Thickness 2.6 mm
Sidewall Puncture Force Sharp Needle Members Only
Sidewall Puncture Force Blunt Needle Members Only
Sidewall Total Tire Thickness Members Only

Conclusion


  • Maxxis High Road
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)

Pro Members get 9-point radar charts

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: 4.0 / 5
TEST VERDICT:
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