The Maxxis Receptor is a semi-slick gravel tire

Maxxis Receptor gravel tyre
(Image credit: Maxxis)

Maxxis has launched the Receptor for those riders who want to roll over off-road terrain with the lowest possible resistance.

This is a new tarmac and gravel tire from the American brand, that promises to roll with tremendous efficiency. If you are riding a combination of tarmac and occasional off-road terrain, the Receptor’s minimalist tread will have an undeniable appeal.

With the Maxxis product hierarchy, the new Receptor tire is positioned between the brand’s Velocita slick and Rambler gravel tire.

In terms of structure, the Receptor features a 120 TPI casing, which is a comparatively high thread per inch count, meaning the Receptor should provide a supple ride and be more responsive to both absorbing terrain and executing riding inputs. Beyond delivering a more responsive casing, the 120 TPI rating also reduces overall mass.

Maxxis Receptor gravel

The smooth centre will roll quickly on hard surfaces (Image credit: Maxxis)

Available in two sizes, 650bx47 or 700x40, all the Receptor variants are below 500g in weight and there are both black and tan wall options.

The 650bx47 tires are 484g, and there are two different ratings for the 700x40c. If you order the larger size in black, it weighs 429g, while the tanwall 700x40c Receptor is 441g.

Maxxis engineers are aware that gravel bikes are venturing onto more adventurous off-road terrain than ever before, with journeys that pose a much greater risk of punctures. To counter this, the Receptor has EXO sidewall protection - developed for the brand's trail and enduro mountain bike tires - to prevent sniper roots and rocks from gashing the casing to ruin.

The usage recommendation from Maxxis is 70/30, with a bias towards paved riding. With its minimalist tread and tiny shoulder tread blocks, the Receptor could make for a great dry weather riding tire. Or for those who ride in areas with a lot of sealed gravel roads, which are compacted and have slick surfaces.

Maxxis is yet to release pricing for the tire. Full product details, check out

Lance Branquinho
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Lance Branquinho is a Namibian-born journalist who graduated to mountain biking after injuries curtailed his trail running. He has a weakness for British steel hardtails, especially those which only run a single gear. As well as Bike Perfect, Lance has written for, and Cycling News.