13 of 14 customers found this review helpful.
Long live the new king. This Maxxis Ikon, run tubeless, at 23-25 psi, has been an awesome rear tire, in varied Oregon trail conditions...better than the fairly new Crossmark it replaced (which was my prior best all-around 'racey tire'). This is one fast tire, and it finds very good traction in hardpack, loose over hardpack, sandy dirt, and rock. Very consistant cornering traction. The Ikon will find it's limits in wet, andor very low-traction conditions, just like any low-knob tire...so if traction trumps everything else for you, consider other options. Speed, really fine traction, and consistency, sum up the Ikon. Mine was bang-on spec, at 578 grams. The super-light (and more fragile) Maxxis Aspen was lighter at 525 grams, but with less traction and very thin sidewalls.
Also, it seems to wear quite well, and it sets up flawlessly on Stan's rims, using only a floor pump. My Nanoraptor, Crossmark, Fastrak, and Aspen tires will probably stay on the hook. When my front Racing Ralph fails, I'll likely buy an Ikon to replace it.
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