Anyone had any experience with the ikon 29er tyre in the wet? Got a muddy race coming and not sure if it will be ok on the rear!
Depends on the mud, type of course and your comfort level. I would not reach for the Ikon as my go to choice for a race that I knew was going to be muddy before the event even started. I would reach for other tires.
Ikons pictured post race from some greasy clay mud:
The rain hit in the middle of the race and the final lap was sketchy no matter what tire one was running. Number plates fell off from the amount of rain, and everyone struggled to stay upright. I throttled way back, puckered my cheeks together and finished the final lap.
Ardent 2.25 front, Crossmark rear got me through some real mud bog racing last season....
The only actual mud specific tires I own are the old Kenda Klaws. I haven't raced them since 2007 or 2008, but they did fine in the slop.
Fire XC Pros are the single best tire I own for handling mud. Pretty good monster grip and would be my go to choice of the tires I own if I wanted to stay upright. They aren't light, but racing in mud isn't exactly the time to be a weight weenie and worry about rolling resistance.
If it's really muddy and the stuff sticks to your fork and frame and builds up, just DNF and live to fight another day. Or ride single speed.
I'm hoping it is a lot drier this season than last year's monsoon of a summer.
If it is just tacky mud, Ikon in the rear will be fine. Any other, more serious type of mud, I'd want some paddle wheel knobs or deep biting knobs with pretty open tread on the rear for the climbs, braking on descents and help to stay upright.