For the last four years Mavic have been producing tyres as part of their wheel and tyre systems, and you can also purchase the tyres separately. These Yksion Elite Guard 25mm tyres are made for endurance cycling and the tread is very durable and hard-wearing, yet provides good traction in a range of conditions, from dry to slick wet roads.
The tyre uses a single compound which Mavic describe as 'super sticky' and they did indeed provide good grip during testing. Mavic have given the tyre a light tread pattern at the edge which they claim optimises the tyres' performance in the rain, but in the real-world any difference over regular slick tyres was indistinguishable.
Mavic use a 120 tpi (threads per inch) construction for the tyre casing which makes them feel quite supple over the road. Combined with the larger volume that the 25mm width provides, they're a comfortable option and ideal if you want to upgrade from a narrower tyre.
A bead to bead nylon breaker provides resistance to flats that seems to work well. I didn't suffer any flat tyres during testing, even riding along lanes strewn with freshly trimmed hedge cuttings. As lucky as I was not to suffer any punctures, the tyres also show good resilience against cuts and being speared by thorns and flint, and still look in good condition after a couple of hundred miles.
Mavic recommend inflation pressure between 100 and 120psi. I ran them at 100psi with good results and even at lower pressures, as low as 85psi, they provided a nice blend of speed, comfort and bump absorption.
The single compound doesn't offer quite the same high level of speed and traction of more expensive dual and triple compound tyres, but these are good winter and commuting tyres that will go the distance, which also makes them a good choice for Audax and touring also.
Fast, grippy and hard-wearing tyres, good for winter
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Make and model: Mavic Yksion Elite Guard tyres
Size tested: n/a
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
The new Yksion Elite Guard is the perfect blend of superior grip and high cut and puncture protection. Its tread pattern improves water evacuation to perfectly compliment its sticky compound. Its casing is reinforced from bead to bead by a strong nylon protection. The perfect training tyre.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Superior Nylon, bead to bead
This tyre has a minimum pressure of 100 psi and a maximum pressure of 130psi
Single tread compound provides ample grip and 120tpi construction keeps them supple, resulting in a nice road feel.
Reasonably fast and good levels of grip for the price, and hard-wearing and not prone to flats.
Cope with crap roads and bad conditions and wear rate is good.
At 236g they're not exactly light but not much heavier than all-out race tyres so considering they extra protection they offer, it's a reasonable weight.
The large volume provides nice comfort over bumpy roads and the carcass has a nice supple feel.
Looking at the road.cc tyre review archive these Mavic tyres strike a good price.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very good for endurance and winter riding, with the reliability and long service intervals you want at this time of year.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Nice smooth road feel and decent puncture resistance.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Not quite as grippy or fast-rolling as some tyres, but these are well priced though.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
The single compound doesn't offer quite the same high level of speed and traction of more expensive dual and triple compound offerings, but these are a good winter and commuting tyre that will go the distance, which also makes them a good choice for Audax and touring also. Very good for the price, but there are a lot of good tyres at this price
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David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.