by Jeff Price
Firstly, a huge thank you to Gomez and Maxx Bikes for a fun packed couple of
months since I took control of the MAXX Huraxdax full suspension fat bike
As more bike manufacturers are getting on the full suspension fat-bike-wagon I knew
it was going to be interesting to see what this ‘new’ bike was all about.
Once I first found out I was going to be testing the Huraxdax I was curious to see if
there was a need for rear suspension, or if suspension in general is needed on a fat
bike? These curious thoughts were soon answered after my first ride on a local loop.
Where I would descend with great care and with the odd dab, the Huradax would just
soak every step & drop off making all the off piste track easily rideable. Comparing
my times from an app on my phone, it is easy to see that my descending has
improved drastically. For example, I improved on a 2 minute 45 second section by
over 25 seconds!! Now I know they are different bikes but you can clearly see that
descending is where the Huraxdax comes into its own.
On looks alone, you know the Huraxdax is going to be quick when pointed downhill.
For me, as you may have gathered from my fat bike video’s, I’m more of a take it
easy type of rider. However, the suspension the Huraxdax is armed with, gave me so
much confidence when going downhill, it made me feel like a young fearless rider
from years gone by! It excelled on tight twisty singletrack with responsive steering.
Even on the rough stuff like gravel beds and rocky sections, the Huraxdax glided
over the lumps and bumps to give a smooth controlled ride.
But this is not just where the Huraxdax excels. Even on the climbs my performance
improved. This could mostly be down to the tyre choice on the bike. 4” Schwalbe
Jumbo Jims mounted on the superlight DT Swiss BR2250 rims made climbing an
ease. The tyres’ centre tread offered little resistance but the side treads gave me all
the grip you need into the corners. I also mounted a pair of 4.8 Jumbo Jims as they
fitted the frame with ease but given the terrain I had locally I felt they were over kill
for it. For me the DT Swiss BR2250 rims were an instant hit, as I felt there was no
weight or self-steer due to their lightness and they also look great.
The gearing I used on the Huraxdax was the super reliable Shimano XT shifters
controlling an 11-36 cassette. Up front, a 36-22 was enough for the manmade trails
and natural terrain on offer during the test. Another bonus was my choice of the
Raceface Evolve bashguard, as it came in handy on a few occasions judging by the
dinks on it!
The braking system was the Shimano Zee set up. A 203mm front disc and a 180mm
rear were impeccably controlled via the short dimpled lever in which one finger
braking was more than possible. During the course of the test, I had no squealing
from the brakes in wet or dry conditions. This said to me that the braking pressure
was even throughout the pad and no performance was ever lost. I had the upmost
confidence that if I needed to slow down I most certainly would and in a controlled
As for the personal fit of the Huraxdax, it fitted me like a glove, with no alterations
being made to the set up at all. This I believe is all down to the Configurator on the
MAXX website. This is where you pick the spec for the bike but more importantly you
input your height, inseam length, saddle height, your weight and then the nitty gritty
measurements such as the centre of seatpost to centre of the grips etc.
With this perfect bike fit and the 680mm wide bars on an 80mm stem the Huraxdax
seemed to urge me to go faster than I have done for a long time especially on tight
I also picked the Kindshock LEV DX telescopic 120mm seatpost with the remote
mounted on the bars. Now this was the first time I’d used a remote seatpost and I
must say that when hurtling down the local singletrack at speeds I’d not done before,
it was reassuring to know that for the steep sections I could improve my ride by
dropping it. Again during the 6 weeks of testing, the drop post performed perfectly.
Now the main part of the Huraxdax is obviously the suspension it offers. The
Rockshox Bluto offering 120mm of air sprung suspension made light work of the
rough stuff. With the added bonus of the lockout lever mounted on the bars, it was
simple to switch the suspension on or off.
The rear Rockshox Monarch RT3 performed excellently. Even though I’m a
lightweight rider (70kg), the shock absorbed the larger bumps but also the smaller
bumps which made riding the Huraxdax a very comfy one but also and more
importantly a confidence boosting ride. As I said earlier, with this great suspension
coupled with awesome braking, I was riding over terrain I would not have looked at
before. The confidence it gave me was, on reflection, quite inspiring as it certainly
improved my riding skills vastly in just a few weeks.
So the ‘how much questions’. She weighs in at a tad under 40lbs although she
doesn’t feel that heavy. This could be down to the low weight of the rims and
therefore centralising the weight of the bike. With the high end spec I picked she’ll
cost you €4500 which is a lot of money but you do get a lot of bike which will
certainly put a smile on your face.
The combination of the benefits of full suspension and of big tires certainly make for
an all new kind of ride, especially on the MAXX Huraxdax.
The good points:
Handles great, confidence building
Fast rolling tyres
Suspension urges you to try anything
A great configurator on the MAXX website
The not so good:
Space a little too tight for a bottle and cage
For more nformation about MAXX visit – www.maxx.de