November 13, 2021
One of the top FAQ's I receive is "what's the difference between Donnelly MXP and Donnelly PDX cyclocross tires?" That question isn't surprising, as the two tires look similar, are both in widespread use, and are both generally labeled as all-rounder tires for racing and training.
Pros have multiple wheelsets and can choose the perfect tread shape for the conditions of the day from 3 or 4 options - file tread, mud, and so on. For the rest of us, we often ride the same tread all season, regardless of conditions. All-rounder tires: the Donnelly MXP and PDX, Challenge's Grifo, Schwalbe's X-One series and others - are good choices for riders who plan to ride a single tire all year.
Let's take a look at which characteristics these tires share, and how they are different.
Donnelly MXP tread pattern
Donnelly PDX tread pattern
Carefully consider how likely your local courses are to be wet and muddy. If you ride consistently in wet and mud, the PDX is a better choice, because it clears mud better, but still works well in dry conditions. If your races tend to be on dry courses, I like the MXP better - it has more knobs for grip.
Whatever you choose, good luck this season.
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