The Maxxis Ikon is a true lightweight race tire. With a fast rolling tread design and 3C Triple Compound Technology (featuring a hard base layer compound combined with two softer outer layers), the Ikon provides exemplary performance, optimizing traction and extending tread life.
Weaknesses: Cornering, very weak side wall, expensive, climbing traction
There have been advertised as 'THE' XC race tyre in all the Australian MTB Mag's. They are terrible. First of all expensive, but if you get THE best XC tyre, then you don't mind paying a small fortune. Setting up Tubeless was a nightmare. Would not inflate, would not hold pressure and Stan's would bubble from small pin sided holes in sidewall. Because they were THE tyre to race on, I persisted and got them set up for one pre-race ride. Very fast in a straight line, loud tread pattern but were still fast. Cornering was very loose and unpredictable. I had no confidence when leaning the bike over. Nothing like the cornering ability of the Maxxis CrossMark 29x2.1 LUST that I was use to. First race; I cut a clean 3cm slice in the sidewall at 28psi. I couldn't even get a tube inflated in it, due to the size of the slice. After one hard ride and one race on these tyres, both front and rear tyre sidewalls had major damage from rubbing on rocks and roots and then threaded protection on the sidewalls were exposed. These are not worth the money and they hype.
Strengths: Set up tubeless very easily on my Arch EX rims. I have run them for about 50-60 miles without incident.
Very fast rolling tire and super light. Didn't actually weigh them but I felt a huge difference in mass from the saguaros they replaced.
Climbing traction is better than expected, does well in sand and over rocks and roots.
Cornering grip is also better than expected. Obviously does well on hardpack but is also pretty good in loam and loose dust, dirt, and clay. Certainly grippier than SB8's IMO.
Weaknesses: Can give out rather suddenly at hard lean angles. Not so suddenly that you can't catch it after a brief slide but the traction certainly is not linear.
Expensive if you can't get them as new take-offs like I did!
After about 50 miles on these tires I'm pretty impressed with them. As long as you go in with the understanding that they're not going to grip like say.... a panaracer rampage than you'll be fine. They're is a limit to their cornering grip but it's easy to find.
I'm going to try racing on them for the first time tomorrow!
a Cross Country Rider
from Phoenix, MD, USA
Date Reviewed: January 19, 2012
Strengths: Good grip, light weight, low resistance
Weaknesses: extremely fragile sidewalls. Cant run tubeless
This is probably a good tire if your run tubes but I can't handle the weight of tubes. Bought two of these, Non-Exo, ran them tubeless and both lasted 1.5 rides...Literally!!! sidewall tears on both. I have had great luck with the Specialized Renegade Controls.
Similar Products Used: Specialized Renegade Control, Shwalbe R Ralph and R Ron
Bike Setup: Niner Air 9 Carbon
a Cross Country Rider
from Sandy Hook, CT, Estados Unidos
Date Reviewed: December 2, 2011
Strengths: Light, hooks up on moister terrain.
Weaknesses: Expensive, fragile, wears fast.
I used this tire on the rear and was impressed at first. It's avery light tire and it hooked up and rode better than the 29x2.0 Fast Trak LTs that came on my Stumpy hardtail. The knobs were starting to wear pretty quickly. Then the sidewall blew out and I replaced it with a Kenda Slant Six. I like the Slant Six better in every way, it hooks up, brakes, and corners better in all conditions, and has a more supple ride as well. It also has stronger sidewalls and wears more slowly.
The Ikon is a tire for racers and weight weenies who don't mind spending a lot of money and replacing their tires often. If you're not one of them, you should look elsewhere, at a Slant Six for example.
This is for 26" version, Utah, DRY trail, some rocky sections, areas of buff turns with some small loose gravel (about 1 cm or less in size).
The 26x2.2 Ikon (rear) is a good substitute for the 2.1 RaRa (rear). I wouldn't use it on the front. About the same size and grip as the 2.1 RaRa, the tre ... Read More »
Howdy. Any of you use an Ikon TR (EXO 3C Maxxspeed) on a WTB i19? Most "tubeless ready" versions of tires have worked well with these rims, but I haven't tried any of Maxxis' rubber on them. Thanks.Read More »
Oops, make that Exc EXO's. Just got one tire in the mail and mounted it up on a DT M1700 wheel, rear tire. There has been a lot of info on the 29x2.2, but not as much on the 26 version. It came in at 540 grams, the width of the tire, folded was about 6.25 inches - 158 mm. Mounted, the tread is 52 mm ... Read More »
Has anyone come across these yet. The 29ers appear to have made it into a few shops, but I haven't seen any 26" models pop up yet. The 3C EXO version will be the perfect summer rear tire for an all-mountain/trail bike.Read More »
I ride in central Texas and I'm looking for the perfect set of tires for my HT. Trails are only open when it's bone dry. I do about 50% road and 50% trail riding so I've narrowed it down to these two fast rolling tires. Should I get Ikon for F & R? Or Crossmark F & R with a modification to the front ... Read More »