Really hugs and tracks the terrain, making it confident and locked-on, in both wet and dry conditions
Designed as a front-specific tyre, the Mavic Charge has an excellent rubber compound and carcass that really hugs and tracks the terrain, making it confident and locked-on, in both wet and dry conditions.
It comes up small for a 2.4in, with mid-height tread blocks that are slightly more spread out than most. The Charge pumps up tubeless first time, with a squared-off shape that lays down a lot of rubber. On the trail, it deforms well over tricky rocks and roots, without ever feeling too squishy when leant over.
Little cuts or sipes in the tread help it mesh into the ground, and the pattern clears OK, but the blocks aren’t tall enough to pierce into deep clag or loam. The super-soft 40a durometer compound brings with it a relaxed rolling speed, but that’s not such a big issue on the front.
Even at lower pressures, Mavic’s stiff, double-ply, Guard 2 casing is supportive and doesn’t twist when leant over, encouraging you to ride harder. It provides superb puncture and rip protection too — we’ve yet to damage a Charge tyre after years of using it, which is pretty remarkable.
As a year-round option that excels on damp roots and rocks, the Charge is a tough tyre, but a taller knobbed, more open tread will take you further in deep loam or muddy terrain.