MaxxisIkon 3C/EXO/TR Tire- 29in

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.

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Rolls Fast, grips well

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Currently running this tire on my hardtail. It does the job well.

Good, fast-rolling tire

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Maxxis Icon Exo Tubless tire is a solid choice if you're looking to go far at a good clip, especially if there are stretches of hard ground or even pavement. They are reasonably durable, though I did cut a sidewall on one recently, but that was after hundreds of worry-free miles.

On trails the grip is good for how well the tire rolls. I've really enjoyed it on the buff trails around Park City.

Great rear tire

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Fast rolling rear tire

Great tire

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have use it on the front tubeless; it has a low rolling resistance, great grip and durability, I have not had a flat tire.

Rear tire only.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are great for tacky and consistent surfaces as a rear tire. The EXO protection is the best in the business from what I have found. They have low rolling resistance but aren't the best when surfaces get loose.

Bigger IS better...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Increased my tire size from 2.2 to them.

Great rear tire

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Fast-rolling, lightweight, high volume tire. I mounted this 2.35" tire on my hardtail's rear Roval Fattie SL rim and it is performing extremely well. Good traction, fast rolling, and enough volume to confidently run at 25 psi.

Maxxis Ikon tire

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Great tire for cross country.

Maxxis Ikon 3C/EXO/TR Tire- 29in

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

A nice rear tire

Perfect Tire

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When mountain biking in the Ozarks, it can be difficult to find a tire that can handle all of the flint rock. I have gone through several tires on the first ride and nothing can be more frustrating than mounting a new tire and slicing the sidewall first ride. The only tires that have held up the best in my opinion when sharp rocks are all over the trail is any tire from Maxxis with their thickest compound. I have gotten the most life out of tires with the 3C/EXO/TR sidewall compound. I am also a huge fan of the Ikon tread pattern, it is super fast rolling, with alot of traction. It's a go to tire for me.

do you ride these on both the front and rear?

Yes, typically throughout the summer I will run both. Or do an Ardent or Ardent Race in the front.

I bought these

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

So, these hook up quick. They're light, and they're fast. I used two strips of Gorilla Tape and two and a half scoops of Stan's on an el cheapo set of Mavic CrossRides. Voila. Ready to rock and I inflated them, first time, with a floor pump without any of that silly 'poof of air' crap they're trying to market on us. Thing is, everybody told me I was using the wrong tape/tire/rim/wheel/approach.

This weekend, I made it up (and down) Zippety Doo Dah without putting either foot down. Not saying I'm good or bad, but that's a definite improvement over my previous attempts. Dumped some air, rode even faster.

Ride them to work occasionally, and though they're not road tires, they're fast even on concrete. If I can find these again at $38, I'll buy two sets. For the North Fruita Desert, it gets no better.

My favorite tire. Wears out fast

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are my favorite tires i have found. I use a 29x2.35 setup and the 2.35's feel great, as I am a bigger rider. They are perfect for most trail conditions, and perform quite well in sandy/ball bearing conditions. My only complaint is they do wear out fairly quickly. I have had to buy new sets 3 times per season with moderate use.

Sidewalls made of paper mache

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love the tread pattern on this tire. The first one I bought got pierced by a stick - first time ever for me, but I conceded it could happen if hit just right, so I bought another. After a few weeks a riding - the tread still looks new, I notice a bulge/slash in the sidewall. Now I'm convinced the sidewalls are made of paper-mache. Time to move on to a new tire - in fact, probably a new brand.

You were running the version with EXO sidewall protection?!??!

Great all around tire

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Riding 2.2s front/rear on a 29r hardtail on the SLC and PC Utah trails. These work well in dry to tacky (aka, hero dirt) conditions. I was able to set them up tubeless with a floor pump. The rubber wears down fast though (within 3 months of 2-3 days/week of riding)....especially pavement to trail head. Would buy again.

worked well

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am just back from riding the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. These tires were fantastic for most every terrain we crossed. My complaint is that after 1500 miles I started to get flats and more flats. So, rotate them a little sooner than you think they need it and then change them out after the first flat as that seems to be the single that they are wearing thin.

Great cross country tires

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I run the 2.35 in the front and 2.2 in the back of my Tallboy. Perfect tire for everything from dirt roads to technical singletrack. Fast rolling with good cornering. A little slick when the trails dry out but you get used to it.

Perfect for Florida!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love there tires! Light weight and grippy for our hard packed (and sometimes sandy) trails. Therese things make you feel faster!

Ikon is an Icon

    If you're after a tire that destroys climbs without sacrificing much on the downhill then look no further. Super light, but can still rail a turn.

    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