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    Schwalbe Nobby Nic 29x2.6 vs Maxxis Rekon 29x2.6 in pictures and numbers (and words!)

    I could not find any in-depth comparisons between these two tires before I invested in the Rekon, so here is my contribution to the community. The TLDR version is that they are very similar in almost all dimensions, but the Rekon is 116 grams lighter than the NN. This means I'll be popping the Rekon in my single-speed the next time I fuss with the tires, because that's the one bike with which I prioritize weight over other factors.

    Before I add in the pictures, I should set the stage. Both tires are on the same WTB Asym i35 rim. Both were inflated with tubes for these pictures. I was not keeping either tire on either wheel and got tired of trying to install them tubeless just for the pictures.

    I should flag that the Rekon was an absolute pain when I was trying to get it set-up without tubes. I use a Schwalbe Airshot at home and this instantly inflates most tires on most rims. Not this Rekon, and not this rim. For the first time ever I had to resort to soaping the bead to get it set. Even when inflated to ~50 psi the bead never gave that reassuring pop we all love so much. I feel less confident about the Rekon mounted tubeless than any other tire I have ever ridden. In fact -- in a very first for me -- the bead popped off the rim when I was inflating the tube.
    There is a slight chance I didn't install the tire correctly. Doubtful, but it could have happened.

    The NN was previously installed tubeless and had been ridden for about 30 miles. The Maxxis was brand new. So it is reasonable to think the Rekon will end up larger than the NN after some riding time.

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    Awesome, thanks for going to the work. Once you've ridden both under similar conditions & terrain, please return with a performance comparison. Thanks again.
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    Great contribution, thanks. I have found the Schwalbe carcass/compound/tread to be - generally - faster rolling, with better grip in timed climbs than the Maxxis. (Having compared Ikon Vs. Racing Ralph and Rocket Ron and Ardent Vs. Nobby Nic.) With durability going to the Maxxis. It would be interesting to see if you come to the same conclusion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSU Alum View Post
    Great contribution, thanks. I have found the Schwalbe carcass/compound/tread to be - generally - faster rolling, with better grip in timed climbs than the Maxxis. (Having compared Ikon Vs. Racing Ralph and Rocket Ron and Ardent Vs. Nobby Nic.) With durability going to the Maxxis. It would be interesting to see if you come to the same conclusion.
    Thanks for this too, MSU Alum. I've used the NNs and like them but wouldn't mind shedding a couple hundred grams of rotating weight if all else is equal. Not interested in losing performance, tho. The NNs work well wherever I've ridden them (OR, WA, UT).
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    Yesterday I measured the b2b and weight of nine 29 x 2.6" tires. Worth mentioning that the McFly is called a 2.8 and the FBN is nominally a 3.0.

    Schwalbe Hans Dampf = 156mm, 999g.
    Maxxis Rekon = 160mm, 771g.
    Terevail Kennebec = 166mm, 1002g. This is the 'light and supple' version -- feels plenty heavy to me.
    Bontrager XR-4 = 160mm, 943g.
    Bontrager XR-2 = 159mm, 730g.
    Panaracer Fat B Nimble = 174mm, 800g.
    Terrene McFly = 160mm, 874g. Light version.
    Schwalbe Nobby Nic = 159mm, 916g, 1000g (yes, I weighed two)
    Vittoria Mezcal = 166mm, 883g.

    Of these, so far I've ridden the

    Schwalbe Hans Dampf
    Maxxis Rekon
    Bontrager XR-4
    Bontrager XR-2
    Panaracer Fat B Nimble
    Schwalbe Nobby Nic

    Haven't yet found a place where I like the HD. It has grip for days out back, seems to skate up front, and seems way heavier than I need for the way I ride these days.
    Rekon is a good all-rounder, front or rear. More sensitive to pressure up front -- meaning I don't like it nearly as much when it's even 1psi too firm.
    XR4 is really good up front. Seems like overkill out back.
    XR2 is my favorite out back so far. Haven't tried it up front yet.
    FBN seems to be made of papier mache. Might be fine in places without rocks, but it was just too delicate for me, even up front.
    NN is sorta meh. Rolls OK, corners OK, traction is OK. Can't say that it particularly shines anywhere specific.

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