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Geax Aka Tire

3.32/5 (22 Reviews)
MSRP : $49.99


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The AKA was designedTo dominate in situations whereThe knob must penetrateThe ground without digging, and offer exceptional grip without slowingThe wheel down. Even adverseTerrains like gravel, sand, and grass aren’t a match forThis directional, well spaced, small blocked pattern. Gato-derived side knobs round outThe profile, providing predictable cornering even when conditions get moist. It’sThe choice of pro slopestyle rider Cam Zink, not because it’s a do-it-allTyre...becaus


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: March 11, 2014

Strengths:    I'm running these tires in speed direction on front and rear. They are fast and corner great. I was running Fast Traks on the rear and would always spin out when climbing while standing. I don't have that problem anymore.

Weaknesses:    They are a little heavy.

Bottom Line:   
Overall these tires perform exceptional. I don't know what these other people are talking about. They are definitely better than the Fast Tracks and ground control that I was using before.

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Favorite Trail:   Big Cedar

Duration Product Used:   2 weeks

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Spokes

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Ground control, fast trak, Kendra Maxxis


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by col

Date Reviewed: January 5, 2014

Strengths:    none that i can think of

Weaknesses:    terrible for climbing as lets go at the slightest sign of anything "loose" and shocking at cominbg down the hills if youve managed to ride up them on these as they "squirm" around all over the show

Bottom Line:   
worst tyres ive ever put on my bike, only a few rides old and im going out to the garage soon to pt my old maxxix high rollers back on. theyre worn to buggery but i reckon they still provide more grip than these terrible things

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Michael

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2013

Strengths:    Fast rolling

Weaknesses:    very little grip, the tiny nobs flex around under you and i makes you feel like you have less control, not good for climbing or braking. wore out in 3 weeks

Bottom Line:   
I race xc this tire let me down, it's good on riding dirt roads and that's it. it lets go on the corners and slips on climbs

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by poynerc a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: November 18, 2013

Strengths:    Good performance on un-paved trails.

Weaknesses:    Very poor traction on damp asphalt

Bottom Line:   
My only reason for posting this review is to draw attention to the fact that these tires have awful traction on damp or wet asphalt.
This weekend I had my second major wipe out due to lost traction on the rear tire under moderate braking downhill on damp asphalt.
I should have researched more before buying them because in all fairness the Geax website only gives them one start for performance in the wet.
I'm going to swap them out for something that is a better compromise (suggestions are welcome).

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Favorite Trail:   Cross County Trail in VA

Purchased At:   REI

Bike Setup:   2011 Raleigh Talus 5.0

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by J-Bone

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2013

Strengths:    roll. On flat terrain-no problem-pretty fast tire

Weaknesses:    stopping, cornering, turning, using.

Bottom Line:   
Sorry, I see some people love them but I am no fan. I ride single track in SE Michigan. Some climbs and descends going over sand, gravel, hard pack, roots, rocks you know the routine.
These tires corner poorly and stop poorly in the above conditions. Pretty bad in wet conditions too.
I have been riding mountain bikes for over 20 years-bmx for 15 before that. I am not super fast but I am pretty good on a bike in the trails and these tires are pretty bad.

Now if you ride rail trails and pavement then these are going to be great tires

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Cleared2land a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2013

Strengths:    Texas summers can be dry and dusty with little or no moisture on the trails and I picked these up as something that would hopefully provide a better ride on loose dry stuff. For that reason alone, they seem to perform as intended, but push them and you’ll find they have their limits. They seem to transition to moist and damp with unenthusiastic results. When pushed in the dry, loose stuff, they demonstrate predictable drift and slide, but give them roots and rocks and the results become less than desirable.

Weaknesses:    Damp or wet conditions are NOT for these tires! Add some dampness or even slightly wet and they get unstable and can provide some adrenaline inducing moments. Personally, any application beyond the dry loose stuff exhibits unfavorable mannerisms that do not inspire confidence. On anything wet they will provoke adrenaline spikes and fear. Quick to find your butt on the ground will be the unexpected outcome.

Bottom Line:   
Once notable tip is I found these to be a little better under hard cornering with a slightly higher tire pressure than I normally run. These are not the TNT casing that I’m writing about here. They are a bit more robust than the straight AKA’s I’m referring to here. Under 23 lbs. of pressure these tires had a propensity to roll the tire which yielded disagreeable handling that I can do without. Obviously, higher pressures eliminated this.

Some have stated they do well on dry concrete, but my observations don’t agree. On dry concrete their limits are easily exceeded. They will break loose prematurely regardless of tire pressure. To be fair though, the induced drift remains fluid, predictable, and controllable. However, these are simply my opinions and others will possibly find these traits to be attributes. Two wheel drifts on hard pack or concrete is simply not a desirable characteristic for me personally.

BOTTOM LINE: On dry loose trail, these seem to do the job. You might be able to find another tire that has more favorable characteristics on mixed terrain. They are predictable, but just not the tire I feel inspired to push hard.

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Duration Product Used:   300 miles

Price Paid:    $40.00


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by kevinrod1983

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2013

Strengths:    These give outstanding traction. If you can't ride then you'll complain... Period.

Weaknesses:    Heavier then my pythons but lighter then my xkings protection carcass.

Bottom Line:   
Can't say anything really wrong, they work... If you want a lighter tire, get them without TNT. They still ride tubeless well.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ghettocop

Date Reviewed: August 11, 2012

Strengths:    Fast Fast Fast

Weaknesses:    Weight, Volume

Bottom Line:   
Really like this tire! I am used to Conti Race King, and Kenda Slant Six. Made the switch to Tubeless and wanted a combatible tire, so this review is for the TNT version of the AKA. This tire is the faster of the three by a noticable margin. I thought race kings were fast.....the Geax is faster. The front tire tracks really well and holds a line with little steering input. Cornering is very good and predictable. Very similiar to the Race King in that it is hard to break it loose in hard leaning cornering, and when it does start to break loose it is predictable and drifty. The slant six would sometimes break loose without warning. The sidewalls are super stiff and strong which may account for weight, and lower pressures are required to mold to terrain. Acceleration traction is great, while the rear will skid under heavy braking, so a lighter technique is required.
The negatives. Volume is small for a 2.2. Looks and feels like a 2.0. Not sure if it will loosen up over time or not.
Almost impossible to mount on a Stans Rim. Once on though, it sealed up easily and feels very secure. If the bead does not stretch, I'm not sure if I will be able to get it off.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ddouble518

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2012

Strengths:    roll just as good as the small block 8 and grip in turns 2x better.

Weaknesses:    deep sand and mud

Bottom Line:   
A great fast rolling tire that also corners well. Its not built for deep mud or sand so it's will not shine there.

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Duration Product Used:   150 miles

Price Paid:    $37.00

Purchased At:   cyclesport.com


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by TheFCuddy a Racer

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2012

Strengths:    Price is less than the competition. TNT casing has tough sidewalls instilling confidence that tears will be minimal, if at all. Fast rolling, very predictable in corners in dry conditions. Hooks up well on rocks. Sets up tubeless and holds air reliably on ZTR Flow rims. Great back tire.

Weaknesses:    The small knobs wear out pretty quickly, tire is smoked at maybe 150 miles. They do not track well through mud.

Bottom Line:   
These tires work great through dry Pennsylvania racing summer conditions. I would not run them in early spring or the damp fall. The carcass is quite rugged, I would trust it through the rockiest trails of Pennsylvania. They are a little heavier than some other options but that is the price for a reliable case. I found these tires to be excellent in the corners. The knobs make a tearing noise when they claw for traction at high speed. To me, that inspired confidence as I knew exactly what the tires were doing.

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Favorite Trail:   Earth

Duration Product Used:   200 miles

Purchased At:   Bike Line

Similar Products Used:   Racing Ralph, Raven 29x2.2, Continental X-King, Nevegal 2.2, Small Block 8

Bike Setup:   Superfly100 Pro Al

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by crux

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2012

Strengths:    Tire rolls quick.


Weaknesses:    Traction & Cornering

Bottom Line:   
Bought the Aka marketed as a gripy replacement for off road and ride to the trail. If you strictly ride dry concrete these tires work great. Could also see them work well on smooth trails. On rocks, roots or even wet concrete these tires leave quite a bit to be desired. Moved the tire over to the commuter with plans of burning these tires out. Tires are much to expensive for limited traction.

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Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   LBS


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bob a Racer from Tustin, CA, Orange County

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2012

Strengths:    Using as back tire only, have a Specialized Fast Track LK 2.1 up front. Set up easily with Stans, very little air leak over 3 months. Very fast, grips corners well. Good on hard pack and loose over hard. Climbs suprisingly well, even while standing on pedals. Tough side walls.

Weaknesses:    Braking is only so-so. Wears out quickly. A bit heavy for a 2.0

Bottom Line:   
Very good and fast as a racing tire on hardpack and loose over hardpack. Need to be careful with hard braking (scrub speed a little earlier on downhill before entering a tight. loose corner) Pretty tough tire, no leaks, side cuts or damage after riding numerous rocky, technical trails. Heavier than a Small Block, but I think it corners better. Would not recommend for recreational trail riders.

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Favorite Trail:   Chutes "A" Line Santiago Oaks

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   The Path

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Small Block, Kenda Slant Six

Bike Setup:   Niner Jet 9 with all XX, 2x10 with 26x39 up front and 11/36 in back

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ChadP a Cross Country Rider from Lakewood, CO

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2011

Strengths:    Fast Rolling, great grip.

Weaknesses:    No for loose kitty litter

Bottom Line:   
This tire is awesome if you are looking for a fast rolling hard cornering grippy tire. Works amazing on hard pack, gets the job done on loose over hard pack but if it's strictly loose kitty litter they wash out. Great tire for the price when compared to $60.00 plus tires. Not great as a rear tire, doesn't track well but will climb decent if you run it with low psi.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything in Fruita, CO

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $38.00

Purchased At:   Huck N Roll

Bike Setup:   2011 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp 29er

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by meltingfeather a Racer from austin, texas

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2011

Strengths:    great traction
rolling resistance
tough sidewalls


Weaknesses:    weight

Bottom Line:   
will be trying something lighter next

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Cambria

Similar Products Used:   Saguaro
Racing Ralph
Bontrager XDX


Bike Setup:   rigid ss

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by nim388 a Cross Country Rider from Durango, CO

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2010

Strengths:    There were no problems running this tire tubeless. The tire has good uphill traction on loose terrain when it's new. The outside knobs work well for cornering.

Weaknesses:    The center tread wears fast, the tire lasted 2 months of heavy riding.

Bottom Line:   
The tire works well for dry riding conditions. I believe the biggest weakness is the design of the center knobs. The tire doesn't feel very fast and wears out quick. I mounted the tires on a stans converted wheelset with ease. The tires had no visible wobble and the sidewalls seemed stout. I wish the AKA tire came with Small Block 8 center knobs.

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Favorite Trail:   all

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Small Block 8, Hutchison Python Air light, Botrager ASX,

Bike Setup:   Turner Flux,sram x9 drive train, Fulcrum red metal 5 wheels.

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