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    2.4 Ardent front, 2.35 Ikon rear at the moment.
    Tanwall would look good though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgw7000 View Post
    Mountain King 2.4 is junk like all Continental tires.
    I like the X-Kings on my 26" hardtail SS.
    Better climbing grip than the Ikons.

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    Anyone running the Ardent race 2.2 in the rear with a Ardent 2.4 up front. I'm split between the ardent race 2.2 or ikon 2.35

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    I don't have either (yet), but I have read quite a few threads regarding these tires. My take away is to use the Ikon 2.35 if you have the clearance. There are A LOT of folks singing the praises of the larger Ikon as long as your trails are not overly steep/rough/loose. Unfortunately, I believe I would run the risk of seat tube rub if I used the Ikon, so I will likely give the ardent race a try.

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    2.35 Ikon front, 2.2 Race rear... my race day set up... Day to day riding I've popped a MKII 2.4 up front (bit more grip). AR staying put, it's that good ^^

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    I ended up with IKON 2.35 F/R on my Kona Process 111, no clearance issues whatsoever. But I did buy the 2.2 for the rear first then I changed my mind. I based my decision on these observations

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgw7000 View Post
    Mountain King 2.4 is junk like all Continental tires.
    Maybe, where you buy em ^^

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    How does the Ikon 2.35 compare to the Nobby Nic 2.2?

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    Just curious if this will work. Any one tried an Ikon 2.2 tire on a 30mm rim w/o burping?

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    Quote Originally Posted by akazan View Post
    Just curious if this will work. Any one tried an Ikon 2.2 tire on a 30mm rim w/o burping?
    There's no reason a 2.2 would be more likely to burp on a 30mm rim. Probably the opposite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt-Salsa View Post
    I switched to IKON's for the Whiskey 50 in Prescott AZ this past weekend. We had stream crossings, technical sections, 7,000 feet of climbing/descending and the IKON's did great. Traction on steep, loose, rocky climbs were no problem. Like them so much that I plan to leave them on and use them for all of my riding here in Phoenix.



    I have them mounted on Roval Traverse SL Fatties (30mm inner width) does ad extra volume/low pressure and great in corners!

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    Have you tried mounting a 2.2 Ikon on your 30mm rim w/o burping? Did you try it on front or rear tire. I just want to try it for XC since I have 30mm LB rims.

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    My new favorite tire set up for desert XC riding is...

    *Maxxis Ikon 2.35 (r)
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    Any problems running 2.35 ikon in front on 19mm inner width rim? (P-xcr 0 27.5, 25mm external)

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    i used the 2.35 on 19mm on my ss
    its great

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    no i use it on wtb i19 on my ss

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matija899 View Post
    Any problems running 2.35 ikon in front on 19mm inner width rim? (P-xcr 0 27.5, 25mm external)
    You should be fine I've run 2.35 on my 19 mm.
    You will have people tell you that you should get wider rims it does have advantages but is not necessary.
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    Thanks! I'll give it a go. I'm currently using 2.2 ikon front/rear, but am used to x-king protection 2.2. Looking for better grip on slippery roots

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    Can anyone compare or even guess how this new Maxxis Forekaster would be up against the Ikon in 2.35? Seems like a solid choice and about the same weight too!

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    Looks like a much slower, albeit grippier, tire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NH Mtbiker View Post
    Can anyone compare or even guess how this new Maxxis Forekaster would be up against the Ikon in 2.35? Seems like a solid choice and about the same weight too!

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    I just picked one up, to replace a 2.35 front ikon. Waiting on my rear ikon to die, so I can swap out the front. Killing this ikon is taking longer than I thought. The forekaster has some big nobs for a tire that weighs pretty much the same as the big ikon. I doubt it will roll as well, the rubber feels fairly soft, but I'm also hoping it's a more do all tire for me as I only use the ikon out front part time. The big exo ikon is my favorite rear though. Rolls, corners and grips great on everything but mud.

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    does anyone known the measurement of an ikon 2.35 mounted on 30/36mm wheels ??

    my roro 2.25s measure 57mm and I'm wondering how much wider are the ikon to see if I have clearance to try one out. thanks

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    if i remembers correctly 62mm on american classic widelighting( 29.3mm)

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    Love my Ikon 2.2 exo rear but tried Ardent 2.25 as a front but it came out to be smaller than the Ikon 2.2
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    ??? Summer set up: Should I try Ardent Race up front or Ikon 2.35?
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    I have ardent 2.4 exo front and back as my heavy duty set up and love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TACK72 View Post
    Love my Ikon 2.2 exo rear but tried Ardent 2.25 as a front but it came out to be smaller than the Ikon 2.2
    HT 27,5.

    ??? Summer set up: Should I try Ardent Race up front or Ikon 2.35?
    Ride aggressive XC.

    I have ardent 2.4 exo front and back as my heavy duty set up and love it.
    The two setups I've been running is:

    2.4 Ardent Front/2.35 Ikon 3c EXO Rear on my Niner Rip 9 RDO.

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    2.2 Ardent Race EXO Front /2.2 3c EXO Ikon Rear on my Jet 9 RDO.

    Both are great setups with the Ardent/2.35 Ikon offering a bit more traction and confidence, but the Ardent Race/2.2 Ikon being a little lighter and faster. However the differences are not that great.

    You may want to try just swapping out your rear Ardent for the 2.35 Ikon and see how you like the set up.

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    has anyone tried the ikon 2.8? any side by side picture? I'm thinking the 2.35 rear 2.8 front, but don't know if it'll work with a 27mm id rim

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    If new tires are fine, I'd also be looking into the 2.35 Ardent Race - basically the Ikon casing, but AR tread [I'm fairly excited about that]. On a 27mm IW rim, that would be pretty nice.

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    Yes...I know...older thread...

    I just picked up a 2.35 Ikon and tossed it on the front of my Stumpjumper HT. Its the 3C/TR variant (non-Exo). Weighed in at 690g. Running on older Roval rims that are 19mm inner, measures at 2.2 @ 20 psi. Crazy good tire. I'm 165 and ran it down to ~18 psi with no issues.
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    Just why? Can't imagine why you'd run the biggest Maxxis casing on offer, that's not a PLUS tyre, on a rim so narrow. I cannot even, really don't want to imagine how horrible the tyre roll must be down at 18 PSI

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    Yes...I know...older thread...

    I just picked up a 2.35 Ikon and tossed it on the front of my Stumpjumper HT. Its the 3C/TR variant (non-Exo). Weighed in at 690g. Running on older Roval rims that are 19mm inner, measures at 2.2 @ 20 psi. Crazy good tire. I'm 165 and ran it down to ~18 psi with no issues.
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    ^^^Really? Felt completely normal to me yesterday on my first ride. Speed/handling no worse than what I had on there (2.1 Specy S-Works GC). I am going to be lacing up some new rims in a few months (wider) and figured I may as well get this since I was replacing my tires. I did some reading on it before I purchased for fear of what you are alluding to and most folks said it was just fine...and it is. I started out ~22 psi which is what I used to run the GC at and quickly felt I had too much air. Knocked some out and it felt better. Measured with my digital gauge when I got back to the car and was shocked to see ~18psi..it really is fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TiGeo View Post
    Yes...I know...older thread...

    I just picked up a 2.35 Ikon and tossed it on the front of my Stumpjumper HT. Its the 3C/TR variant (non-Exo). Weighed in at 690g. Running on older Roval rims that are 19mm inner, measures at 2.2 @ 20 psi. Crazy good tire. I'm 165 and ran it down to ~18 psi with no issues.
    to my experience the none EXO IKON is like paper everything rip them apart

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    Did a ride on them in the mountains yesterday on lots of rocks....no issue.

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    Bit of an old thread here but it looks like there are still some active contributors...

    I've got a question regarding the Ikon 29x2.35 and rim width. I'm currently building up a bikepacking rig and have narrowed it down to this tire. I'm considering either the Stans Flow MK3 rims or Arch MK3 rims. Does anyone have any pictures/measurement of the 2.35 Ikon on a 29mm and 26mm internal width rim? I'd like to go with the Flows to increase the volume of the tire but I don't want to flatten out the tread a ton and increase the rolling resistance while on pavement/hardpack sections of routes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by niles25 View Post
    ... the 2.35 Ikon on a 29mm and 26mm internal width rim? .
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    Quote Originally Posted by niles25 View Post
    ..... I'm considering either the Stans Flow MK3 rims or Arch MK3 rims... .
    FYI - Might wanna look @ the ARC 27 rim also.
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    i dont have pic right now need to look for it
    but if i remember correctly the width is either 62 or 63 mm
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    Nope, sorry no pics, but can tell you that I ran one on an i39 rim and it worked fine, casing did not get wider than the tread, but was about right inline, took away the balloon effect. Also ran it on i25 rims and they weren't quite enough for me, definitely think an i30 rim would be much better to help keep volume and add better support to it.
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    Bit of an old thread here but it looks like there are still some active contributors...

    I've got a question regarding the Ikon 29x2.35 and rim width. I'm currently building up a bikepacking rig and have narrowed it down to this tire. I'm considering either the Stans Flow MK3 rims or Arch MK3 rims. Does anyone have any pictures/measurement of the 2.35 Ikon on a 29mm and 26mm internal width rim? I'd like to go with the Flows to increase the volume of the tire but I don't want to flatten out the tread a ton and increase the rolling resistance while on pavement/hardpack sections of routes.
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    Going with 23mm Light-Bicycle carbons over my 19mm Rovals....should be better with those.
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    Excellent, thanks for the input everyone. I think I'm leaning towards the Flow MK3's at this point. It doesn't sound like it will square off the tire at all. I also like the idea of the added strength; knowing that my bike will have an extra 30lbs. of gear strapped to it for weeks on end.

    I appreciate the ARC suggestion client_9 but I haven't had great experiences with those rims in the past...and I get a great deal on Stans.

    I'd still love to see a 2.35 ikon on a 29-30 inner width rim if anyone has a picture.

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    Don't have a picture, but have them mounted to Roval fattie (30mm) and DT Swiss (23mm) and they look like different tires. I had to double check to make sure the one on the DT Swiss was not a 2.2! I also think profile on the 30mm is perfect. Unlike my 2.35 Nobby Nics that square off on the wider rim.

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    Maybe just bad luck but I got two sidewall cuts in three rides on two different ikons. I was running them on some flow ex rims at 30 psi. I liked the volume and traction but my dhrii tires hadn't let me down once. Are tires with 120 tpi that fragile compared to 60 tpi? They were both exo sidewalls. I'm thinking of trying the ardent 2.4 to get the larger volume for my hardtail.

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    I'm going from Ardent 2.4/Ardent Race 2.35 to Ikon 2.35/Ikon 2.35 on Flow EX rims on my hard tail 26er. I'll be running my normal 18f/20r psi unless it's really rocky where it'll get bumped 2psi each end.
    I can't imagine running 30.

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    Does the Ardent race 2.35 compare in volume to the 2.35 Ikon ?


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    I was running 30 psi because I am 270lbs now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by funnyjr View Post
    Does the Ardent race 2.35 compare in volume to the 2.35 Ikon ?
    I think the Ardent 2.4, Ikon 2.35 and Ardent Race 2.35 are the same carcass.
    The width difference is in the knobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jsmith1 View Post
    I was running 30 psi because I am 270lbs now.
    That'll do it.

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    I am still running Ikon 2.35 on the back of my Hightower, great rear tire until it gets loose/deep.

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    I run Ikon's and they're great unless it is muddy. they tend to pack up IMHO
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    Just picked up an Ikon 2.35 that I'm not sure will be better front or rear? I was thinking front initially, but seeing others here running rear as well, or both f and r. The other new tire I have to go along with it is a Barzo 29x2.35 TNT that I had planned for the rear. Both wheels have 30mm internal when I want to go up in tire size. These 2 xc tires will get the most use and will probably air them up and see which has the most volume. The tire that wins (volume) will most likely go on the front. High hopes for both tires and crossing fingers for much traction/speed!
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    I run the Ikon 2.35 both front and rear and really like the tire. Looking at the tread pattern of the Barzo, it reminds me a lot of the X-king, another tire I really liked, and if having both tires, my decision would be to try the Barzo up front and the Ikon out back. The Ikon has almost a center tread that might roll better under your weight than the Barzo, while the Barzo has a offset lug that I'm thinking will cater to grip up front. Just my worthless two cents. Honestly, it's probably a coin toss! I also think your idea of putting which ever one ends up fatter up front is another good thing to try. Who knows, maybe the Barzo out back would be better too.

    Interested to hear your opinions on the Barzo. I personally have always run the same tire front and rear so curious about your impressions.

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    Just installed Ikon 2.35 Front and rear on my 29er full susp. Was impressed on how easy it was to setup tubeless with a floor pump. Excellent grip and feel. I have to say though I was expecting they would roll a bit faster. Might be my imagination though. Previous tires were 2.35 Ground Controls. Running them at 20 psi, RW is about 165.

    The interesting thing is on the same course with these tires I'm finding I'm using a bit less travel in the fork and rear shock. I'm assuming it could be due to how voluminous these tires are and that they may play a more significant role in the overall suspension.
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    my singlespeed set up is Ikon 2.2 on the rear (light, fast and good bite) and Rocket Ron 2.2 on the front (light, fast and great bite in corners). Both tires on wide carbon rims and look and feel bigger than 2.2 size would indicate.

    I have always done he BMX set up with a 2.35 on F and slightly smaller 2.2 on Rear but the IKON / RON combo is keeping me happy at the moment

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    I had Ikons on my bike a few years ago. There were not well suited to our conditions-very rocky, with big chunks, or loose over hard. I found them to be completely insufficient 85% of the time. I took them off after 100 miles or so and replaced them with Ardents, which I have been riding for several seasons now.

    Then one late Saturday last fall I found a deep slash on the sidewall on my Ardent rear tire. It was too late in the day to get another new replacement before a big Sunday ride, so I grabbed the take-off Ikon 2.35 (which I used as a front before) and spun it up on the rear. I rode it until it was dead.

    When I had that tire on the front of the '12 Superfly FS, it didn't work (for me). Then when I used that exact same tire on the rear of a different bike-'16 Fuel EX 9.9-it worked excellently.

    What do I make of all of this? In the few years between first trying the Ikons, my technical riding, fitness, and overall ability has gone up (sometimes way up) and the new bike has better geo and suspension. which makes exploiting the qualities of the Ikon easier.

    That all said, when I replaced the used-up Ikon, I got an Ardent.

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    I mounted 2.35 ikons on a 32 ID rim and the thing looks great. Almost looks like it was made to be a plus tire. I havent got a chance to ride yet though.

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    I have them on 26id and 28id hoops, as well as a b+ wheel/tire. I've always dug them. I might have reached a tipping point where I need something more agro up front though.

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    I have run one on an i39mm rim and it worked well, but not for the intended purpose I was trying to use it for, as with so much sidewall support it wasn't very plush, even at low pressures, had to drop pressure too low to feel good and got rim strikes (this was on my rigid on the rear), other than that it worked fantastic on the wide rim, also have run it on i29 and i25 good on those too, although prefer it on wider rims than the i25.

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    I mounted 2.35 ikons on a 32 ID rim and the thing looks great. Almost looks like it was made to be a plus tire. I havent got a chance to ride yet though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx View Post
    I have run one on an i39mm rim and it worked well, but not for the intended purpose I was trying to use it for, as with so much sidewall support it wasn't very plush, even at low pressures, had to drop pressure too low to feel good and got rim strikes (this was on my rigid on the rear), other than that it worked fantastic on the wide rim, also have run it on i29 and i25 good on those too, although prefer it on wider rims than the i25.
    I tried 2.35 Ralphs on the 32i and it was a disaster.

    The profile squared off and all the sidewall tread was touching at all times.
    This doesn't seem to be the case with the Ikons. ( Not that they have sidewall tread like the RR's but because they follow the curve that they should).

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    Finally got my new Ikon 2.35 Max Speed mounted to Hulk bike i30mm carbon rear wheel. Also had a Barzo 2.35 mounted to my front XM481 wheel. I have to say that the Ikon edges out the Barzo in the volume department. Had em both at 40 psi max and the Ikon won by about 1/16 inch. I still ended up putting it on the rear based on better tread pattern and more knobs than the Barzo for grip out back. The Barzo is also an awesome tire in its own right and has wider spaced knobs that are a hair taller too.
    Was able to really test this combo out on the trail with mixed wet/dry/mud conditions after some good rainfall. Both tires gripped very well in all conditions and felt very fast to me. The Ikon especially performed well on the back...the grip and speed were fantastic all around. Deep mud was only place these tires lacked in. Gravel, roots, rocks, hard pack (all slightly slick) felt in control. These will both be my trail and racing tire setup for this season....blown away!
    Front: 21 psi
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    More pics from above post^^ Barzo is 1st two pics, then of the Ikon...
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    Anybody able to compare the nobby nicks 2.6 vs Ikon 2.35


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    Can someone please measure the overall height aka overall diameter of the IKON 2.35 for me? Please include the width of the rim with your measurement. With all of this talk about the IKON 2.35 being a large volume tire I suspect it measures more than 29". I am looking for a touch taller tire but not a full on 29+ setup. Thanks in advance!

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    What are you running now? It's a good volume tire for sure. For me its perfect. I run it at 16f, 17r on a hardtail and I don't get rim strikes. Mine is measuring at about 29.25 diameter and that's on a 21 internal Crest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by black_taco View Post
    Can someone please measure the overall height aka overall diameter of the IKON 2.35 for me? Please include the width of the rim with your measurement. With all of this talk about the IKON 2.35 being a large volume tire I suspect it measures more than 29". I am looking for a touch taller tire but not a full on 29+ setup. Thanks in advance!
    Real close to 29.3 or 744.5 mm by my tape. Running them on carbon i30 rims at about 20 psi. The width after about 3 months and hundreds of miles comes in at about 2.42. Quite impressed with this tire out back as it handles all kinds of conditions....highly recommended!
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