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Mavic Yksion Pro PowerLink Clincher Tire

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The engineers at Mavic have never met a piece of cycling equipment that they didn't want to improve. In the case of the Yksion Pro PowerLink Clincher Tire, this meant going so far as designing a tire to work specifically as a rear tire, capitalizing on the use-specific requirements of the point where your power output meets the road. For ultimate functionality, pair it with the Yksion Pro GripLink tire up front.

The PowerLink technology at the heart of the Yksion Pros results in softer, tackier shoulders and a hard, durable center strip. This makes for more confidence in corners, more rolling efficiency and better power transfer in the straightaways, and a longer tread life. An additional anti-puncture layer under the tread helps prevent punctures, and the tire's durability is further boosted by its 127 TPI casing, which is less supple than some tires but pays off in the PowerLink's longevity.

The Mavic Yksion Pro PowerLink Clincher Tire is designed for use on rear wheels and is available in two sizes, 700c x 23mm and 700c x 25mm.

  • Rear-specific clincher tire
  • PowerLink technology: softer sidewalls, harder center strip
  • Puncture-resistant layer
  • 127 TPI casing

Tech Specs

700 x 23 mm, 700 x 25 mm
100 - 130
Claimed Weight:
23mm 190 g, 25mm 210 g
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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Not very durable.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I don't quite get the point of having a separate front and back tire if the back tire wears out much faster than the front one. I got a set of the Mavic griplink and powerlink tires with a set of Mavic wheels that I bought (side note: I love Mavic wheels, have had several sets and have nothing but great things to say about them) and put on my bike in March. One full season (since I mounted them in March, I'm guessing 1,800 miles, mostly paved, just a few miles of gravel roads) on them and the front tire looks fine but the back one was worn down to the threads. I usually ride Continental 4000s and am accustomed to getting to the end of the season (usually about 2,000-2,500 miles) and replacing the Contis just because it's the end of the season (I have a handful of still-fine Contis in a bin in case I destroy a tire), so I didn't even think to start looking at the wear yet (and the front tire, which I look down at often, was fine). These were (kinda) free, so I can't complain too much, but I'd have been disappointed had I paid full fare for them and had them last less than a full season. Based on the wear, I should have replaced them a few hundred miles ago, so my guess is they were only really good for 1,500 miles. I'm also fairly light (150 lbs) and persnickety about always making sure I have the right pressure in my tires before each ride, so it's not that I put unusual stress on them. In terms of grip and ride quality, they were nice, but there are nice tires that wear better. Pretty disappointing from Mavic (again, other than the tires, I'm a big fan of Mavic).

This is a very good tire choice

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

See my review of this tire under Mavic Griplink clincher tire. Review applies to both Powerlink and Griplink model.

Avg. ride time: 5h 31m per week
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Good rear tire to match the GripLink

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These Powerlink tires which go on the back wheel, the one that puts power down are supple, grippy, and high performance tires. I rode these lightly from January to May, then 7 straight days for hundreds of miles through Utah's national parks and scenic byways. They do wear somewhat faster than long lasting training tires. They lasted about 600-800 miles before they had noticeable squaring. I rode them for another 400 miles through Utah's scenic byways without issue.

However, these tires are awesome, straight out of the package and then lose their grip and performance over time as they wear. I had the Griplinks in the front and same story. After about 1500 miles they were very thin and I replaced them. I had a couple punctures but due to wire off a car tire tread and a huge thorn (twice) from trees.

I'd by these again when on sale and if I wanted grippy, high performance tires. Otherwise, I'm training on Vittoria III, Continental training tires, and Hutchinson 2, which all tend to last longer for commuting and training rides.

Michelin Pro 3 width vs Mavic width

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I replaced my Michelin Pro 3 (25) with this tire in 25 as well. This tire does not run as wide as the Pro 3 in 25. This 25 is more like a 23 or 24.

Happy with this purchase.