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Peter L

Peter L

Missoula

Peter L

Peter Lwrote a review of on November 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There is a lot of fast hardpack trail around here, and I'm an XC racer, so I've been riding ikons front and rear for awhile. They're fast but don't have great traction when you get a little bit of looseness.

When I saw the ardent race it seemed like a good way to get a little more front grip without much of a weight or rolling resistance penalty, and I was right. Have raced and ridden this with an ikon rear all summer and am really happy with the combo. It's fast and I have more grip and cornering confidence.

Despite getting the non-exo version I have not gotten any cuts, where my non-exo rear ikon has not done as well. So I think if you were going to use it as a rear tire with a regular ardent or something, go with the exo casing.

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Peter L

Peter Lwrote a review of on November 3, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ordered these last summer, mostly because they were on sale and looked cool. Probably not the best criteria for buying shoes. Compared to my sidi road shoes they are narrow in the forefoot, wide in the ankle, and a little shorter. So if you have narrow feet and big canckles these will probably fit well. On rougher descents they sometimes make my feet hurt but most of the time they are liveable.

Stiffness, weight, ventilation are all really good.

After over a season of use, the lugs have started to come off the bottom and I think they are the cause of a clicking I get while pedaling. I've changed cleats and bikes and pedals and it is still there, I think from the plate wearing down above the cleat and allowing some play. Also the ratchets have stopped releasing smoothly.

Would have liked these to fit and hold up better because they are a nice shoe. Likely going to dominators or spiders next season.

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