Many road bikes are going through an identity crisis. They feel they're made for pristine tarmac, yet their freewheeling riders are beginning to direct them more and more onto dirt roads, through gravel, and wherever else capricious impulse demands. Mavic's Yksion Elite Allroad Clincher Tire equips hapless road bikes to become ex road bikes, letting them dabble in the pleasures of all terrain cycling. The Yksion Allroad's 30mm girth and varied tread pattern recommend it for rides that transition from asphalt to less than pristine surfaces and back again. The relatively solid, fast rolling centerline gives way to shoulder treads designed with a bit more negative space in order to improve grip on surfaces that don't let the tire roll in a perfectly straight line. Gravel, dirt, even mucky or wet tarmac all fall under this Allroad category. The tire's single compound tread is supported with a nylon breaker spanning the distance between its tubeless beads, letting Mavic take advantage of the flat resistance of tubeless setups to forgo the extra expense of Kevlar.