Maxxis gains gravel semi-slick with new Receptor in 650b & 700c

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Riding mostly pavement, but still want some tread to venture off-road? It may be time to check out the newest Maxxis tire, the Receptor. Semi-slick designs aren’t new, but for Maxxis, the Receptor is a new entry between their all-road Velocita slick, and their popular, all-purpose Rambler gravel tire.

Maxxis Receptor gravel semi-slick tire side profile

As the name would suggest, a semi-slick like the Receptor has a fairly slick center tread section with larger cornering knobs on the shoulders.

Maxxis Receptor gravel semi-slick tire tread pattern

The middle of the tread pattern looks very similar to the Velocita with a diamond-knurled design. But the shoulders change from the file tread to a more raised diamond pattern followed by actual cornering lugs. Compared to the Rambler, the Receptor is still very much a semi-slick though, and should be very fast on pavement while remaining off-road capable with some finesse.

Maxxis Receptor gravel semi-slick tire options

Based on the Maxxis Gravel Family chart, Maxxis envisions the Receptor rider to spend around 30% of their time off-road, with the rest on road. Compare that to 60% off-road for the Rambler.

Initially, the Receptor will be offered in 650b x 47mm and 700c x 40mm sizes. All models feature their 120 TPI EXO Tubeless Ready casing with a dual rubber compound. Black sidewalls will be available first, followed by tan walls in the future.

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