The most anticipated entry of the Maxxis Padrone is exciting for the tubeless road tire market. More choices is a good thing. One important characteristic of the Padrone is that it uses an impermeable butyl inner liner and bead cushion for an air-tight seal that retains pressure longer than its competitors.
Maxxis uses its carefully match dual tread compound for low rolling resistance and long tread ware in the center and a stickier compound on the side tread for enhanced grip in the corners. This tubeless road tire also employs Maxxis's proprietary Silkworm material for puncture protection, along with a high-strength carbon fiber bead.
This is the first tubeless tire I've run after using Conti GP 4000S clinchers for many years. The biggest difference I noticed was the exceptional handling on corners and fast descents. Ride comfort is comparable to the 4000S mainly because these tires are a skinny 23mm wide mounted up whereas the 23c Contis I had measured a fat 25mm wide on my 23mm wide rims. Unfortunately there is no 25c version available and there are very few 25c tubeless tires made in general. Can't speak for durability yet, but have ~500 miles so far with negligible wear and cuts. Mounting was relatively easy with no levers needed.
Pros: Exceptional handling
Cons: Skinny width/volume
I've ridden many many tires over the years and have always wondered why road tires were still so poor, given the improvements in tire technology in other fields. The Padrone is the next level of tire development, corner speeds and straight line speed are so confidence inspiring that you feel like you're riding a race quality motorcycle tire. The tubeless ride is super smooth, and the install was straight forward, best tubeless I've ever used, won't be changing anytime soon.
Pros: fast smooth grippy