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Developed for cross country racing on hardpack or loose over hard terrain.
As you can expect, it is a light-weight, super-fast rolling tyre so you won't be giving any to the competition on the climbs or on long gruelling straights. Considering it's low knob height, it still performs admirably if it starts to rain half way through your ride.
Using a larger high-volume casing, the Maxxis Ikon is able to be run at lower pressures to give provide more traction than its competitors.
Using triple compound rubbers and the very robust EXO protection in the sidewall the Maxxis Ikon is a premium product.
In the 2.20" size, the Ikon is perfect on an XC bike front or rear, or run it on the back with an Ardent Race up front for a touch more traction. 2.20" size runs Maxxis' lightning fast 3c Maxx Speed compound too.
In the 2.35" size, it makes a great high volume rear tyre on a trail bike when teamed up with either an Aggressor, Minion DHF or MinionDHR 2. The 2.35" size utilises Maxxis' grippy 3C Maxx Terra compound, or the hard and quick 3C Maxx Speed
Favourite feature?Low rolling resistance, consistent grip and predictable slide on hardpack/loose over.
Least favourite feature?None yet!
Ikon Tyre Review
So far so good. Nice plump 2.3 carcass. EXO sidewall is good balance between tough and light. Super-quick dry conditions rear tire for hard core trail type set up. I'm running it with cushcore and doing a mix of fast xc loops and rocky technical terrain.
ConsLoose gravel on steep climbs and sandy bends caused a little slippage which could be remedied by more pronounced knobs, but that would counter the Ikon's other advantages
I purchased these Ikons for
I purchased these Ikons for BicSA's Mawson Trail ride in May of this year. I needed tyres that had grip in various riding conditions, were puncture resistant (because of the possibility of three-cornered jacks and sharp rocks which could cut the side walls), were fast on sealed and graded country roads, and could be run tubeless. It turned out that these tyres met all my requirements.
Have tried various tyres on my hardtail and dually MTBs. Just re-tyred my Ibis Ripley with Ikons, rear first then front replacing a Crossmark. Handling more predictable, better Strava times and pedal strikes testimony to better lean angles. Have to up my fork/shock pressures to compensate. Riding Ardent Race on my hardtail this week so will be interesting to compare as I found the Ardents a little slow on initial hook up but then ok, so not as confidence inspiring in hardpack and loose over hard as the Ikons.
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