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Item # MXX000L

Description

Low profile tires might roll fast in the right circumstances, but the one constant in mountain biking is that conditions constantly change. That's where this race-ready, 2.2in-wide Maxxis Ikon EXO Tubeless Ready Tire comes into play.

It's a lightweight, tubeless-ready tire that mixes biting knobs with three rubber compounds to create a truly versatile tire. The Ikon uses a 120tpi casing with EXO protection. What's this? Well, EXO protection consists of added pinch flat and abrasion protection at the sidewall for an enhanced resistance to cuts. Even better, it does this with overloading the tire with bulk.

The casing is then wrapped in a tread pattern that favors both buff and loamy conditions. This is possible due to the spacing between the center lugs and the raised side knobs. Those center lugs are also ramped to resist folding under braking and acceleration. However, the 3C compound is what really allows this tire to bridge the traction gap from packed to loose.

Maxxis made the center knobs from a harder compound. So, it resists wear and flex in the knobs. The supple casing, however, allows it to conform to irregularities, and it also permits the softer side compound to grab. As a result, you gain a positive traction over wet roots and rocks. Also, as a three compound tire, the transitions from straightaways to turns are utterly seamless.

The Maxxis Ikon EXO Tubeless Ready 29in Tire is UST compatible and is available in a 2.2-inch width.

Tech Specs

Compound:
triple compound
Size:
29 in x 2.2 in
Type:
tubeless
Protection:
EXO
TPI:
120
Bead:
folding
Recommended Use:
all mountain
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited
Actual Weight:
3C/EXO TR, 29x2.2: 640g

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Fav Rear

    Rock this in a 2.35 on a Tallboy LTc in UT. In the super loose stuff you need to be a little careful, but it grips great for what it is. I love climbing fast but also like ripping fast techy descents. This tire does it all.

    Faaaaast amd grippy

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    As low rolling resistance and light weight tires usually suck, this is an definite exception to the rule. Its no minion but it is a ton lighter and hooks up great in cross country and light all mountain use

    Low rollers

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've been running these on my single speed 9er for about 4 months now. The tread pattern and hardness is the perfect combo of uphill grip and down hill speed.

    Low Rolling Resistance

      I would disagree with other comments that this a great front tire. I only run this as a rear tire on my Pivot 429. It offers low rolling resistance but can be a bit loose when cornering hard. I run it in a 2.35 with a Ardent 2.4 in the front. It gives pretty solid corning abilities for the Salt Lake and Park City riding conditions.

      Great front tire

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I bought these a couple of weeks ago on the advice of a friend. They are probably the easiest to set up tubeless tires that I've ever used. They have nice traction for the somewhat loose trails in SE michigan. Compared to the schwalbe racing ralphs that I previously used the sidewalls are a bit stiffer - I'm not sure if that's inherent to the tire or because I went tubeless with the Ikon's while I was using tubes with racing ralphs.

      Best front tire

        I have tried Conti's, shwal, etc. This is the best front tire I have ever used. Durable and hooks up well in the corners with great rolling resistance.

        Avg. ride time: 1h 22m per week
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        Chucked after a few rides

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        These tires came stock on my SC Highball, and I was not impressed. I felt they didn't corner well, especially in loose dirt over hardpack, and just didn't feel confident with them. I swapped them for a set of Racing Ralphs and haven't looked back. Now they hang sadly in a corner of my garage.

        Chucked after a few rides
        Avg. ride time: 10h 32m per week
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        These are the bomb and bomb-proof!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Raced these at Leadville and Barn Burner with no issues. Trained on them for months. I've cut one sidewall in a couple thousand miles of riding, mostly on Southern California's very rocky trails. I tried Conti's and Schwalbe, both of which seriously disappointed. Maxxis is money.