Product DescriptionThe EXO Protection is a lightweight woven fabric that greatly enhances the puncture protection of the tire. The 3C Triple Compound uses three distinct layers for optimal performance. EXC technology uses a Special compound mixed with a high TPI to create a lightweight, durable tire.
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Date Reviewed: February 22, 2014
Strengths: Good grip.
Weaknesses: I am running the ikon tr with stans. Not sure if they had a faulty batch but I have blown 2 side walls in a handful of rides. Both with a 2 cm split. So stans can't seal this and just Poors out.
Date Reviewed: April 30, 2013
Strengths: seals up perfectly for tubeless use. literally hasn't lost any air since I mounted them 4 days ago>
very durable rubber
corners very well, much more so than my race king race sports
rolls smoother than the race king race sports
Weaknesses: none that i've discovered.
I purchased these tires after a pair of continental race king race sports FAILED on me after 150 miles due to a sidewall puncture on a seemingly smooth trail.
The race king's sidewall on the rear was badly wearing and showing threads after my first ride, albeit a 50mile single track ride.
the conti's NEVER held air from day one and weeped stans massively all over the sidewalls. I went through 6 CO2 cartridges on the first two rides w/ the conti's.
in contrast, the Ikon's sealed up and haven't even dropped a single PSI over 4 days. I used 3 oz of stan's b/c the conti's left me paranoid of the tires not sealing. the conti's burped, and weeped sealant all over the place.
the ikons are just plain solid and work extremely well when set up tubeless on a UST rim (easton ea 90xc).
The conti's rubber felt slippery and smooth.
the rubber on the Ikon's feels sticky and tacky--very grippy.
It's just a stronger tire.
I browsed reviews of the high end xc tires on mtbr, and the only tire I found that actually does what it was designed for and doesn't fall apart after a few rides are the Maxxis Ikon EXO's.
Stop wasting your money on continental's poorly designed tires that utterly fail, and pick up a set of the Ikon's.
I've ridden them around the rocky front range trails, and have yet to see any sidewall wear or notice any loss of pressure.
They roll super smooth and corner very predictably.
Duration Product Used: 60 miles
Price Paid: $68.00
Purchased At: www.excelsports.com
Similar Products Used: continental race king race sport 2.2
Bike Setup: 2013 BMC fourstroke FS01 XTR
Date Reviewed: January 14, 2013
Strengths: -Lightweight at 558g and 559g on my scale
-tough sidewall (exo version)
-Good price ($50)
-cornering is good for this low profile tire
-volume is pretty good but not as good as race king 2.2
-long thread life
-no noise on asphalt
Weaknesses: -minimal traction (uphill)
-breaks loose easily when brakes are applied in the rear.
Duration Product Used: 180 miles
Price Paid: $50.00
Purchased At: online
Similar Products Used: race king 2.2
crossmark exo 2.1
small block 8 2.1
Date Reviewed: October 6, 2012
Strengths: Handle well
Weaknesses: Not the best fit on Crossmax wheelset, very loose, and delamination (see explanation below)
I have contacted Maxxis however they have not responsed to my inquiry. I contacted the retailer, who has been in touch with Maxxis. Maxxis informed them that they would not warranty the tire as their stated warranty is only for six months from purchase. The retailer has honorably given me a credit to keep my business. This credit will not be applied to a replacement Maxxis tire.
If you need a basic tire that handles well and is light this might be an alright tire. If you prefer a tire that you can expect to to ride for an entire season, that is safe, this may not be the your first choice.
Purchased At: Speedgoat
Similar Products Used: Kenda Small Block 8
Bike Setup: Crossmax 29er's
Date Reviewed: September 30, 2012
Strengths: Super light, fast rolling, plush ride, wear slowly.
Weaknesses: Needs Stan's refills every 3 weeks or so, but haven't flatted out while its got Stan's in there. Floaty over thick sandy areas.
Duration Product Used: 4 months in dirt and pavement
Price Paid: $60.00
Purchased At: Bikerbobs
Similar Products Used: Crossmarks, nevegal, small block.
Bike Setup: Pivot Mach 4 on arch EX wheelset
Date Reviewed: September 2, 2012
Strengths: Fast rolling, light weight, great traction,
Weaknesses: I haven't found any yet.
In closing, I am using this tire on Stans crest wheels and running about 25 psi in the front with no problems. So go buy this tire for the front and rear and rip up the trails. As a side note; This tire compliments the Cross Mark in the rear very well. See you on the trail!
Date Reviewed: July 10, 2012
Strengths: Fast rolling, decent cornerin treads, smooth transition to side nobs.
Weaknesses: A little loose in gravel, but better than most other race tires.
Similar Products Used: Maxxis Alpine, Kenda Small Block, Geax Sagauro, WTB Wolverine, ...
Bike Setup: 5" FS
Date Reviewed: April 26, 2012
Strengths: Nice round profile, smooth transition as you lean the bike.
Weaknesses: Packs up between the knobs with dirt if it's even a little bit damp, causes traction loss.
Date Reviewed: December 7, 2011
Strengths: Rolls really well and has generally predicatble cornering on hard pack in dry conditions, good also on pavement (if you do that type of thing; but why would you???)
Weaknesses: hopeless in the wet and in the mud. I ran these both front and rear but have washed-out up front and lost climbing traction too many times to count, I have removed them.
If you'r a genuine all mountain / cross country rider (as I am) then I would advise that this is not the tyre for you.
Duration Product Used: 3 months
Price Paid: $90.00
Purchased At: Geard Cycles
Similar Products Used: You name it, Ive tried it. the best all rounder for me and the ones that I keep going back to are kenda nevegals for my duelie and racing ralphs for my hard tail 29er.
Bike Setup: I ran the Ikon's both front and rear on a Giant TranceX, tubeless at 32psi.
Date Reviewed: July 13, 2011
Strengths: Volume, fast rolling, gription, EXO sidewalls
Weaknesses: price and availability (LBS distributor did not have them)
I could really feel the larger volume on the back wheel vs. the Crossmark. I like this a lot. Sidewalls took all the loose and embedded rocks on the course fine. Cornering grip was never an issue except on one switchback where I oversteered but was able to correct it. Course was mix of ski area access road, hard packed single track, black mud in some freshly logged sections (it's been raining there on a regular basis), rocks, roots, silty fresh cut single track, embedded river rocks & loose rocks. Most everything but sand. Slipped on a few wet roots but I never stopped going forward. Braking was fine. Finished 3rd, Sport Men 40-49.
I tear sidewalls. Thus I was happy to add some weight for stronger sidewalls vs Crossmark and Captain S Works – I think these are actualy lighter than the Spec. I've DNF'd from my last three xc races due to mechanicals, 2 being tire related (one a pinch - totally my fault due to too low pressure and fix fail - and another a torn sidewall) and really wanted to reach the finish line. In hindsight I never noticed weight yet had faith in sidewalls and once I got turning grew to trust medium tread pattern on front tire. It's good to go hard without doubts. Tires def show some scuffs but no tears or damage.
After the race we had to ride back to the ski area from Fraser on an asphalt and concrete bike path where the tires rolled super easy and were nearly silent. I will prob buy two more for the new tubeless race wheels and keep these on the current wheels, which I'll prob convert with a Stans kit (I'm a latecomer to tubeless). With lower pressure they ought to be more grippy and have a smoother ride
PS: Just did Wednesday night short track: Super tired and thought of bailing but decided to keep going and practice my handling skills while redlined. Tires were very good. Still with tubes. Front: 29, back: 31, or so. Was not too concerned before the race. Feel confident with tubes at lower psi due to sidewalls and volume and no rocks on this course. Sharp turns on loose and grass were fine. On a short steep up with little momentum going into it they had good traction, never spinning out as far as I can recall. Good tires. Too bad discount at biketiresdirect is over.
So far, after two races and a couple of ez rides between these are 5 star tires but costs a bunch so call it 4.
Price Paid: $54.00
Purchased At: bikestiresdirect
Similar Products Used: crossmark,. this is first smaller knob front and rear
Bike Setup: 2008 Yeti ASR Carbon with XT
Date Reviewed: July 6, 2011
Strengths: Fast rolling, strong sidewalls, slow wearing so far, incredible grip
Weaknesses: I bit heavy for a race tire, but it is worth it if you have issue's tearing sidewalls.
Duration Product Used: 6 months
Price Paid: $45.00
Purchased At: Maxxis
Similar Products Used: Maxxis Aspen, Maxxis Crossmark, Maxxis Larsen, Schwalbe Furious Fred, Specialized Fast track
Bike Setup: Trek Top Fuel 9.9
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