Melamed Ripping the Shore

Photos John Gibson
Video Scott Secco
Date Apr 29, 2016

The Plus-sized tire debate is not even close to decided. In fact, it isn’t even a fair fight yet, since the tire and rim manufacturers haven’t had enough time to get everything perfected yet. Maxxis’ recent release of the Ikon+ and Rekon+ added a couple of contenders to the pile. I had a chance to ride them during testing of the Hightower (full review coming soon) and I’ll share some thoughts then. I can tell you that as a rear tire in typical Shore conditions, Ikon+ is a little under-gunned on a lot of our trails. Jesse Melamed proves that wrong in the video below, however he’s Jesse Melamed and I’m…not.

Maxxis sent us a bunch of information about their new tires. I posted some of it below, but let’s face it, you’re here for the video. While I don’t doubt that pros like Melamed can have fun and find some benefits to Plus tires, I’m unsure of whether or not we’ll see any contenders using chubby rubber on the EWS this year. Doesn’t seem likely…yet.

Words below the line are from Maxxis.

Plus-sized tires aren’t just for new riders looking for a little more control; savvy experts are using these new, larger mountain biking tires to push themselves to the absolute limit on a new breed of long-travel trail bikes optimized around the new plus bike tire standard. EWS rider Jesse Melamed demonstrates that very point by trying to find the limit of the new Maxxis 27.5×2.80 Rekon+ and Ikon+ tires on some classic technical North Shore single-track.

rider: Jesse Melamed

Melamed flashes the crux move on Dale’s Trail on Mt. Seymour in North Vancouver. If that rock face looks scary from here, you can bet it’s a lot worse when you’re creeping over the top of it.

Riding Rocky Mountain’s new Pipeline bike, Melamed puts Maxxis’ new Ikon+ and Rekon+ tires through their paces. Both tires let him glide comfortably and speedily over chunky trail obstacles and offer increased traction and performance in order to go harder and faster down familiar trails. According to Jesse, “These tires are so much fun! I can get myself into all kinds of stupid situations and come out alive and unscathed.”

rider: Jesse Melamed

Shooting a gap on Seymour with that trademark fast ‘n low style.

Designed as a front and rear combo, the Rekon+ takes the lead as an aggressive trail tire with large enough knobs to push dirt around and find grip at the harder ground underneath.  The Ikon+ pulls from our best-selling XC tire and offers familiar speed and ease of pedaling while retaining taller cornering knobs to keep up with the additional grip of the Rekon+.

Weights start at 715g for the 27.5×2.80 tires, using optional high-thread count 120 TPI construction in order to provide a high-volume casing – without the weight you would expect from such a large tire.  In order to maintain our reputation for having the most reliable and best performing tires on the market, we’ve made these tires available with EXO protection and 3C triple rubber compounds.  Both tires are also available for immediate purchase at and will be available at your local bike shop in coming weeks.

rider: Jesse Melamed

Balloon tires do not provide extra hang time. They do make for more forgiving landings, though.

Maxxis is confident that both the Ikon+ and the Rekon+ will be popular with plus-bike riders looking for more aggressive tires, who will soon have an even wider range of choices: Maxxis will introduce plus-sized versions of the Minion DHF, Minion DHR II and High Roller II by late summer. “We think these new plus tires have it all, with the comfort and grip that a new rider needs, and that an experienced rider can take advantage of to get a faster, more fun ride,” said Maxxis Marketing Specialist Bobby Brown. “We’re excited about what these new products can do.”

Rekon+ was capable as a front tire on the shore, but what we’re really looking forward to trying are the plus-sized High Roller II and the Minions.


Trending on NSMB


DJ  - April 29, 2016, 9:24 p.m.

i don't know what he normally rides and races on, but is this video saying that he wouldn't be as comfortable on these trails, riding like this on his high performance enduro bike? that's the impression i get.


sospeedy  - April 30, 2016, 5:08 p.m.

His EWS bike:

I'm willing to bet he'd be very comfortable on this bike on the shore.


qduffy  - April 29, 2016, 5:43 p.m.

I saw him and his video guy up on Fromme filming the Floppy Bunny part - I should pay more attention to what these guys are riding. I might have had a scoop.


Cooper Quinn  - April 29, 2016, 2:23 p.m.

Looks like he had to put some serious pressure in those tires to get 'em to perform. Which is somewhat unsurprising given the sidewalls.

I'm also unfamiliar with that section of Dale's on the top of Fromme, apparently.


Please log in to leave a comment.