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    Maxxis Ikon EXO on Stan's Crest Tubeless?

    I need to replace a rear tire on a Stan's Crest rim (see my post yesterday about my Specialized 2Bliss fiasco in 'Wheels and Tires'). Does anyone have experience with mounting/running a Maxxis Ikon EXO on a Stan's Crest rim with Stan's sealant in a tubeless configuration?
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    Worked fine on my bike. No issues with that exact setup.

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    Works fine for me as well.

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    Check out the thread about the bubbling issue...

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    Weird. I've been running them on both my Niner's, and haven't had an issue. Wonder if there was a bad batch or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisgardner73 View Post
    Weird. I've been running them on both my Niner's, and haven't had an issue. Wonder if there was a bad batch or something.
    That's what I was wondering too. I have got a lot of racing scene and industry contacts in my country and I have never heard of the bubbling issue until I saw that topic. Lots of riders racing Ikon's here in the Netherlands.

    Offcourse, the MTBR forum works like a magnet for faulty products, but those topics say nothing about the quality of the tire in general. We simply do not know the total number of tires sold and returned.

    My Ikon EXO's work great on Crests. Very easy to seat and seal. Great tire. Grippy, durable, reasonably allround and fast.

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    As far as I can tell, Maxxis had an issue with older tires and ammonia heavy sealants. It's been a while since anyone I know has had a bubbling issue, so I believe it to be taken care of.
    For what it's worth, I'm on Bontrager rims, but running Maxxis tires (Ardent front/Ikon rear,) tubeless for some time now. I've set up a few customer's bikes with Ikons on Crests, easy set up.

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    I have that exact setup on my Tallboy with the same tires since February. No issues at all, seals well and it is a great tire. I need to replace rear and I am going to get the same one. The only thing is check your pressure before every ride, they tend to airdown a bit faster than my Kings.

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    I mounted an Ikon EXO on my crest rim with a tube (per several poster's recommendations) the first inflation did not fully seat so I sprayed some soapy water on the bead. The second inflation seemed to seat properly. I will let it sit overnight and then set it tubleless w/ Stan's.

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    i have arch and arch ex rims and have only used maxxis tires exo and exc for the past 2 years with no issues. i personally have used the ikon exo this year tubeless with stans...no issues.

    funny mention about the bubbling?! my friend had that happen to one of his ignitors.
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    These set up flawless for me with a Lezyne Floor Pump. Got the beads to seat in less than 30 seconds with no sealant or anything in them... Super easy!

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    needed my compressor to get it sealed up, but works perfectly.
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    I used to run Ikon EXO's on my American Classic 29 tubeless wheels with no dramas.

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    I run them on Arch Ex rims. I bent the hell out of a wheel last week and the Ikon still held air and showed no damage. Great tires

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    I picked up a new wheelset last week with Arch EX's and bought a set of Ikon EXC's to go with them. I'm a noob to tubeless and found that although the tyres were initally a little tight to get on they aired up no problem with my floor pump. With sealant, the tyres have held their pressure pretty well. I guess time will tell in regards to durability with this set up but the first few rides have been pretty impressive...
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    I have a pair on crests for about a year- sealed up with floor pump, no soap. ghetto'ed: a layer of gorilla tape and WSS 1.0 homebrew sealant.

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    This setup will never work.

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    Got mine seated to crest rim after a bit of sweating and swearing with floor pump, generally happy with tyre, ive had a few scary moments cornering on loose stuff, i think im going down, then the tyre grips again :-)
    Running 24psi up front, should i try a bit higher?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron1017 View Post
    This setup will never work.
    Personal experience?

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    Not sure what your issue was with the Specialized tires but I've run them tubless with stans for years with not one issue. I've always found them to be very easy to seat and normally can be done with a floor pump. But I know all rims are different. Case in point could not get a set of Conti Race Kings to even com eclose to seating.

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    Ikon Exos on flows no issues at all for last 7 months. Mounts easier than Geax tires (Still a Saguaro fan though).
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    Sounds like some people may just don't know how to install tubeless tires....

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    They fitted so well, I thought this tire was specifically developed for this rim.

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    I've been running this setup since December, ridden a few races and ride about 6 days a week, and have never had a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronpass View Post
    Sounds like some people may just don't know how to install tubeless tires....
    Sounds like some people just don't write English so good

    To be fair, the poster probably had it right. I replaced the rear tire with a Maxxis Ikon. The whole process went smoothly. I still think a sidewall tear is a bigger issue with a tubeless setup; Stan's just won't seal the tears as well as punctures. That said, I will probably continue to roll tubeless for the advantage of running lower tire pressure

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