Ion Madion Bike Tee - Review

May 8, 2014
by Matt Wragg  

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Ion Madion Bike Tee

While the Ion Bike Tee may look like a standard T-shirt, Ion have cunningly packed a lot of features in here. It is made from their Drirelease material that they claim dries four times faster than cotton, neutralizes more odors than cotton and doesn't discolour with stains (ie. sweat). Looking at the care label, the material is a blend of 85-percent polyester and 15-percent cotton. There are ventilated patches of their sanitized anti-microbial material under the armpits and at the front right, there is a glasses wipe on the inside. MSRP €59.90 (Ion is not available in the US at present)
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It may look like a regular T-shirt, but there is more than meets the eye to the Bike Tee.



Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesThe first thing you may notice when you have the Ion Bike Tee in your hands is how nice the material is - it feels thick, comfortable and soft. You wouldn't guess that it's 85-percent synthetic fiber from touch alone. The quality of the workmanship is top notch too, with big, precise seams inside and great little touches, like a second layer of fabric around the inside at the back of the neck. We also like the glasses wipe - riding aside, this is something that is going to be used a lot for shooting photos this summer as we usually never have a lens wipe to hand when we need one. On the bike, the Madion Tee did seem to be that little bit easier to live with than cotton, although we need to wait for long, hot summer rides to say for sure. We weren't entirely sold on the odor-neutralising technology Ion claim it contains - if you want something that resists odor, merino wool has always been the best option. Visually we like the shirt. It is discrete and we would quite happily wear it off the bike. If you are looking for a riding top that doesn't make you look like a Power Ranger, but want something that doesn't have the drawbacks of traditional T-shirts, the Ion Madion Bike Tee is a great option. We think it is even better for photographers than riders though - when you are running up and down mountains after shots, you need something that handles sweat better than a cotton t-shirt, and always having a lens wipe to hand is an utter god-send. - Matt Wragg



59 Comments

  • + 105
 Am I the only one who instantly read Iron Maiden Bike tee instead of Ion Madion bike tee?
  • + 7
 nope haha
  • + 1
 Not too shabby but a little pricy imo.
  • + 5
 Didn't realize that until I read your comment
  • + 19
 Kurtman720's take - "The first thing you may notice when you have the Ion Bike Tee in your hands is the name initially reads Iron Maiden. Then you realize the 'The Number of the Beast' is €59.90."
  • + 4
 Glad I wasn't the only one
  • + 6
 Why wasn't this shirt priced at $66.6...
  • + 1
 I litteraly had the same comment haha, i tonight it was a bit off lmao
  • + 11
 60 euro? What is that 80 or 90 canadian? Wtf no.
  • + 8
 Run to the hills!
  • - 1
 Concert Shirts are getting too expensive. I didn't know Iron Maiden was still playing?
  • + 2
 I saw it as Iron Maiden too. Hell, I'd consider buying the shirt if it had one of the Iron Maiden album cover on the front. That and if it wasn't 59 Euros - that's a LOT of beer!!!
  • + 1
 As I am drinking a trooper beer
  • + 2
 Ride to the hills
  • + 1
 Id get one if it had Eddie on it!
  • + 1
 Its-That-Guy at the time of reading your coment there is 6 likes of it no joke
  • + 45
 Reviewing a t-shirt? Must be a slow week at the pinkbike offices.
  • + 9
 ...or this type of "content" is rather lucrative for pinkbike.

@Matt Wragg: How much do you charge for a review like this? I have some Enduro shoelaces that could use the exposure.
  • + 10
 Yes, it looks like a t-shirt, but it's something in between that and a tech jersey.

We wanted a top that doesn't look like regular sportswear, but just a regular t-shirt with hidden features & functionality in a bike specific cut.

Apart from the mesh inserts and the goggle/lens whipe, it has some small (almost invisible during day) refelective details at the very end of the long back panel, as well. We just think that riding gear is always all about the small details.

For the prizing: you spend 30€ for any brand-X basic t-shirt made of cotton.
Dri Release is a quite expenive fabric that is used by other outdoor brands like Mammut or The North Face, but with at least the same prize tag, but sometimes even less features. And these guys produce like a looot of them, not like us (small upcoming brand), which makes the products even more expensive in production.

For more budget oriented buyers, we also have a 49,- € Drirelease t-shirt, which misses the mesh & goggle whipe inserts, but hey, it is 10 euros cheaper.
Sorry, we were not able to get the price tag more down than that. Therefore we would have to produce ten thousends of these, and we are not sure if, or when this will happen.
  • + 1
 the fact that IONbike weighed in on this makes me feel silly for thinking the same thing! haha! i was like "wtf a frigging t shirt? really?" but i was surprised how engineered a t shirt could get! its really impressive. but at 60 bucks? not for me ta, and just to set the record straight, anyone who pays 30 quid for a t shirt in their day to day life is a mug! i would go a tenner max, and for this t shirt, maybe 25... maybe, but then i am a cheapskate Wink
  • + 18
 But, how did the sleeves perform?
  • + 18
 Did I seriously just read a review of a t-shirt??
  • + 4
 Yep...and so did I! Ugh...
  • + 3
 no no no you came to read the comments on a review of a t shirt because it seemed so ridiculous
  • + 3
 Next week's review: shoelaces
  • + 14
 "The first thing you may notice when you have the Ion Bike Tee in your hands is how nice the material is - it feels thick, comfortable and soft."

What the hell is going on?!
  • + 7
 This is the biking equivilant of Kanye's "hip hop tshirt" that sold for $120 apiece. So dumb.
  • + 0
 Oh my friend, you know little of the so-called hypebeasts.

Btw, $120 is nothing for a tshirt in the world of high fashion.
  • + 1
 Yeah but difference between that and this is he isn't going to wear this to a launch party where he will drink expensive wine and eat cheese's with names that use more than their fair share of syllables. He's going to wear it riding where it will hit tree branches and get covered in sweat and mud. I do see your point though.
  • + 5
 One could say the same about pretty much every dh/moto jersey out there. Why not just wear a long sleeve hanes from costco?

Because we can, thats why, and thats the point of this shirt.

It gets a little annoying reading all of these comments of people complaining about high-end gear.
  • + 3
 A long sleeve hanes shirt would be made of cotton, whereas moto shirts are made of synthetic, perforated material. Big difference. The difference between this t-shirt and an under armour, adidas, nike, et al for a 1/3 of the price. Not much.
  • + 2
 high end gear.... it's a t-shirt! ..(with vents)
  • - 1
 @gamblor true about the ua/adidas/nike point, ya got me there.

But no matter how you view it, having exclusive brands to the sport/niche products and thus high prices is part of mountain biking/cycling in general. Really when you consider it, mtbers are some of the most affluent people when it comes to all of the extremem sports out there, so one has to expect that you will run in to products that might seem like a stretch price wise.

Thats all I'm saying.
  • + 0
 Fox has been doing that for a while, I think they're called fox tech material and they're only around $20. Good stuff but not even close to as wicking as a jersey. I rock them at the bike park but you'll be soaking wet at the end of an Xc ride with em
  • + 2
 Might be worth it, but only if it doesn't smell. Seems like a lot of these 'wonder' fabrics that wick moisture make you smell like a foot after about 30 minutes of sweating.
  • + 3
 Anyone know how to get this in the US? Found some killer shorts on their site.
  • + 4
 wiggle sells worldwide I think: www.wiggle.co.uk/ion
  • + 1
 Thanks for the reply! Sure appreciate it
  • + 4
 Ion Madion! Excellent... Widdle-iddle-iddle!!
  • + 1
 This should definitely have more props
  • + 2
 Holy crap. A glasses wipe isn't going to make me drop $80 on what is a standard polyester blend t-shirt.
  • + 3
 Does it play Piece of Mind when I wear it?
  • + 1
 Can we get our shirt reviewed too? It's so #Enduro www.pinkbike.com/photo/10928607
  • + 1
 Sounds nice.... but the price is maybe a little steep for what is essentially a sport specific t-shirt?
  • + 3
 I don't think its "a sport specific t-shirt". I would wear it hear and there.
  • + 3
 Actually the fabric looks pretty much like normal cotton fabric and I was worried at first that it would be too warm. After wearing it few times in indoors climbing, it seems to be as cool/warm as every other sports t-shirt.

And in my opinion if you're going to review some product made by Ion, it should be the knee and elbow pads! They fit amazingly well and are comfortable to ride with.
  • + 1
 ive waited for years and didnt know which tee i should buy had to run around naked thank u pinkbike u are so awesome
  • + 2
 Captain ILS Smile


(imaginary lat syndrome)
  • + 1
 60 euro for t shirt from not very known company with poor design ??? JOKE!!!!
  • + 3
 Didn't even iron it.
  • + 1
 I would buy it if the logo was a little bigger.
  • + 2
 I shop at Walmart!
  • + 1
 And people wonder why the only good paying jobs with benefits are slowly becoming only found in the oil fields.......

But that will be gone too soon enough. Instead of importing oil from China we will just import their workers to take our last good paying jobs.

Soon none of us will be able to afford to enduro. Frown
  • + 2
 they... took... our... JERBS!
  • + 1
 I spent all my money buying bike parts! haha
  • + 1
 burn that shit & lose the name... have some dignity.
  • + 1
 Looks like a normal t shirt
  • - 1
 Is that an enduro specific t shirt?
  • + 0
 Built for Lopes

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