You may have noticed that your rear tire wears more quickly than the front. That's because it performs a different role than the front tire; it carries a greater percentage of the load of bike and rider than the front. Mavic created the Yksion PowerLink Tubular Tire specifically for the rear of the bike. As such, it's optimized for its role there.Mavic gave the PowerLink Tubular a dual density rubber compound for the express purpose of reducing the rolling resistance and increasing energy transfer while maintaining superior cornering traction. The center strip of the tread uses harder 70a rubber. This gives the Yksion the hard wearing and fast rolling characteristics that Mavic intended. However, since safety and great performance depends on a good cornering grip, the rubber on the shoulders is a softer, far grippier 60a durometer.The tubular construction assures a high quality ride. The 290 tpi casing includes 25% Kevlar threads to fend off sidewall cuts and damage to the tire on coarse roads. To further maximize the puncture protection, Mavic layers a nylon breaker underneath the tread. Even though these features safeguard against flats, the Yksion PowerLink Tubular is still very much a lightweight, race-ready tire.The Mavic Yksion PowerLink Tubular Tire has Black sidewalls and is available in 700 x 23c only.
Strengths: Fast!! Great road feel! Noticeably better durability on the rear tire due to slightly harder rubber being used in the center section. Awesome on clean, dry roads.
Weaknesses: Not the best grip in the wet, moderate resistance to cuts. Not the best tire for dirty or wet roads.
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. The center section is slightly harder on the rear tire(Powerlink), and this does translate to noticeably better wear, but there is a bit of a trade-off. On wet or dirty climbs you sacrifice a bit of traction. Nothing scary, and the added durability may be worth it IMO. 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.