For years we've relied on the same tires for both ends of our bike when, in reality, the job requirements are different for the front as compared to the rear. This is the reason that Mavic's racing tires are built specifically for each end of the bike. This Yksion GripLink Tubular Tire has been created with a dual tread compound for the express purpose of keeping your front wheel glued to the tarmac when you lay your bike into a sweeping high speed corner. The smooth black sidewall is more than just window dressing. The tread rubber is thickest, of course, in the center where it experiences the most wear and thins progressively towards the bead. The result is a sidewall that resists cuts on gravel strewn roads as well as looks great when paired with black carbon fiber rims. Inside the vulcanized casing rubber is a fabric that contains 25% Kevlar threads. This adds to the puncture protection along with a nylon breaker that Mavic includes underneath the tread. Even with these safeguards, the Yksion GripLink Tubular is a lightweight, race-ready tire. And true to its name, it corners like crazy thanks to Mavic's dual compound design that places rubber with a 60a durometer in the high mileage center portion of the tread and a grippier 60a S+ high silica rubber on the shoulders. The 60a center is even softer than their PowerLink rear tire counterpart, but with the typical rear heavy weight bias on road bikes, the softer tread is more than durable enough to wear evenly with the rear tire while yielding far better grip through corners. The 290tpi casing is extremely supple and responsive. After all, what good would sticky rubber be to a brick-stiff tire. The Mavic Yksion GripLink Tubular Tire is Black and is designed for tubular rims. It's available in 700 x 23c only.
Weaknesses: Not the best grip in the wet, moderate resistance to cuts.
Very nice tires!! Excellent road feel and VERY fast... Very low rolling resistance. They seem to wear pretty well, and while maybe not the toughest as far as cuts, no flats so far. OK wet grip, but not the best tire I've used in the wet. One of the best tires I have ever used for clean, dry roads. If you race on dirty or wet roads, you may be better off with something like a Conti Comp. Excellent tire, but Im giving at a 4 because its not a do it all tire IMO.