Lightweight, but more than just an XC tyre, the Maxxis Ikon has loads of sidewall protection and grip to back it up
To pigeonhole the Ikon as an XC race tyre is to do it a disservice. It’s actually a very good, fast-rolling trail tyre that’s even available in a 2.35in size for those that want extra cushioning. The 2.1in tested has thicker ‘EXO Protection’ sidewalls, which translates to greater stability and better wear.
The narrow tread is quite low-profile but it doesn’t feel like this once riding, proving itself really composed on rough sections of trail, even in wet conditions. You don’t feel as if you’re going to wash out carrying speed into a turn and the rubber just seems to stick to the trail. Braking traction is equally impressive, even on roots and loose surfaces.
Run tubeless, the Maxxis Ikon seated first time on the Stan’s test wheels. The tyre also held pressure pretty well during the test period.
If you want a quick-rolling rear tyre with impeccable manners for a short-travel trail bike, the Ikon definitely won’t disappoint. It matches the S-Works The Captain on performance, but the skipper bosses it on price.