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    Quote Originally Posted by jlbanta View Post
    I have 32mm wide rims. A wider rim would be a good option since it'd flatten out the profile as well.
    So that's 32mm between the beads? A wider rim say 40-45mm between the beads lets you run a lot lower pressure probably 12 or so for your weight. The tire, if it has a flexy 120tpi sidewall, crinkles and gives a bigger footprint with big traction in cornering and climbing. You can't get foldover. Performance becomes very dependent on the tire pressure with a pound making a difference. So you need a good gauge.

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    I'm having a little too much fun with this. haha I liked your photoshop edit so I played around with the isometric views. You've got a good point about the ardent-like tread after removing every other intermediate block. I wasn't a huge fan of the ardent either. The only thing the Rekon has going for it is the consistent cornering knobs.

    Also...removing both intermediate knobs looks scary with such a huge open channel. I may be headed down the Forkaster route after all.

    Anyone running 2.6 Rekon's yet?-rekon_isometric_sipe_comparison.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx View Post
    Well, since I had a bit of time, I decided to do some digital cutting for you and here's what it would look like if you removed those intermediate knobs on the Rekon, looks very similar to a tyre a lot of people hate, myself included.

    Now I don't know if having those HR2 type centre knobs in there which go further towards the outer knobs or the more even spacing of the centre knobs would be enough to not give it that vague feeling the Ardent has if you don't slam it over, but after my experiences with the Ardent, I surely am not willing to give it a go.

    IMHO me the Ardent never did anything good, was mediocre at best, worst Maxxis tyre I ever used, to me the Rekon is a tyre you'd pair with a DHF upfront or put on the front with an Ardent Race outback, not as a super aggressive front tyre like a DHF, it just doesn't have the stoutness in the casing or edge knobs to be that.
    There are plenty of tires without a well defined channel between the center and side knobs that most people wouldn't describe as vague, so I'm not sure the transitional knobs are to blame. One theory I've heard regarding the problem with the unpredictability of the Ardent notes that half of the side knobs are completely unsupported and look like they will fold over easily in a hard cornering situation. Perhaps they're designed that way so the inner side knobs can bend outward to line up with the outer side knobs better, but I could see how that feature might cause them to feel squirmy, vague, or unpredictable when those knobs flex.

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    still pondering changing out my dhf 2.6 to something with a faster roll but still bites on the switchbacks. our trails remain pretty hard packed with some loose which makes the FK appealing but I keep reading that its draggy on hp?

    I want a rekon with dhf cornering lugs

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    so is the consensus for a good trail/all mountain set up a 2.6 forecaster on the front and a 2.6 rekon on the rear?

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    well, i broke my radius so i have a few weeks before i can ride so i'm obsessing over a new front tire. jlbanta, any updates on your thoughts or findings?

    so i am really thinking about the FK for the front now but was hoping to get other findings on the Rekon up front in 2.6.

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    I've gotten another 30 miles or so on the 3C Rekon. I still haven't tried cutting any of the knobs...but its SUPER tempting. My only fear is destroying a $70 tire. I think the open channel would help when running it up as a front tire. I do have my eye on the FK, but may go back with the DHF. The cornering confidence it brings overrides the weight and rolling resistance gain.

    All in all, for faster aggressive riders, I wouldn't recommend the Rekon as a front tire. I would only run the Rekon up front if you are looking for a fast rolling setup rather than grippy fun/playful tire setup. I think it would be better paired with a ikon for a fast-ish XC setup rather than aggressive trail.

    Has anyone out there tried both the FK and Rekon as a front tire?

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    Agree, my recommendations would be Ikon/FK rear/Rekon front for a nice XCish type combo that rolls fast but still with good grip, then if you want more aggressive, Rekon rear/DHF front, which is what I run and love.

    Quote Originally Posted by jlbanta View Post
    I've gotten another 30 miles or so on the 3C Rekon. I still haven't tried cutting any of the knobs...but its SUPER tempting. My only fear is destroying a $70 tire. I think the open channel would help when running it up as a front tire. I do have my eye on the FK, but may go back with the DHF. The cornering confidence it brings overrides the weight and rolling resistance gain.

    All in all, for faster aggressive riders, I wouldn't recommend the Rekon as a front tire. I would only run the Rekon up front if you are looking for a fast rolling setup rather than grippy fun/playful tire setup. I think it would be better paired with a ikon for a fast-ish XC setup rather than aggressive trail.

    Has anyone out there tried both the FK and Rekon as a front tire?
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    The dhf 2.8 is not that much more than the 2.6 in weight for a front tire. Will add more grip.

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    well, thanks to the great return policy of bc/ c/c i am swapping out the dhf for a fk 3c. in 4 weeks, i will try it out rekon/r fk/f

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    mounted up the Forekaster yesterday, measured 66mm (2.59") at 40 psi, reduced to 20 this Am with little change on Ibis 741 i35 carbons. Actual weight was 800grms. interesting tire, when compared to a NN on my friends bike with i36 rims, the forekaster is much flatter and has more pronounced side lugs. center blocks are similar, maybe a mm or 2 higher than the nn but they are similar. I am thinking they should hook up in corners very well. compared to the Rekon, again, the cornering lugs are larger and overall tread is more aggressive and taller. Since i cant ride, i only pedaled down the driveway a few times. on the paved, there is def' lower RR than the DHF (as expected). i am curious to see how these roll. Despite very dry conditions, the trails are still hardpack with a thin layer of sand with some corners having a little more and some kitty litter.

    interesting that on the packaging on the tire, Maxxis rates this tire for Loose over hard, medium, loose & wet- but not mud. 3 stars cornering and 3 stars Rolling Efficiency. this is different from the web description which only lists "Mud & Wet"

    Anyone running 2.6 Rekon's yet?-forecaster.jpgAnyone running 2.6 Rekon's yet?-forekaster-tag.jpg
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    Thanks for the update RidetheBoat!! Looking forward to your comparison of the Rekon and FK. It does look quite a bit more beefy than the 2.3 that I have. I like the idea of a flatter profile to help with sidebite too.

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    Ready to see this in 29x2.6 along with the Rekon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlbanta View Post
    Thanks for the update RidetheBoat!! Looking forward to your comparison of the Rekon and FK. It does look quite a bit more beefy than the 2.3 that I have. I like the idea of a flatter profile to help with sidebite too.
    its quite a bit beefier than the Rekon and really does resemble the NN just less bulbous and better side lugs. im on i35 rims so those rollin' on narrower rims may find them more rounded, its pretty much the same rounded/flat profile as the Rekon 2.6 at 20psi.

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    I just ordered a Griffin 2.3 to try out thinking it might roll almost as fast as the Rekon but with better cornering. Anyone have experience on Griffin and Rekon to compare?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RidetheBoat View Post
    its quite a bit beefier than the Rekon and really does resemble the NN just less bulbous and better side lugs. im on i35 rims so those rollin' on narrower rims may find them more rounded, its pretty much the same rounded/flat profile as the Rekon 2.6 at 20psi.
    Any update on the Forekaster 2.6 up front? I am looking for something with more grip that an Ikon 2.35 (which is similar to Rekon), but not as draggy as the HR2 (2.4) that I currently have.

    Starting to think the Forekaster might be just perfect.
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    ...and does anyone know why among the 3C compounds the Forecaster is only available in Maxx Speed, while Rekon is available only in Maxx Terra? Seems like many would want to run a spiky Forekaster Maxx Terra in the softer Terra compound on the front with a Rekon Maxx Speed in that harder compound on the rear, right? Or am I missing something?

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    ^^^I agree. Why a harder longer lasting compound for the front? Maybe Maxx Speed is for the rear, but at 120 tpi not sure about that. I have a 27.5x2.6 on an i30 rim waiting for soft conditions locally. I'll give feed back after a few rides.

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    I have a Rekon 2.6 I would sell for $40 plus shipping used about 4-5 times looks a little rough from sidewall rubbing on rocks but is uncut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wines of WA View Post
    ...and does anyone know why among the 3C compounds the Forecaster is only available in Maxx Speed, while Rekon is available only in Maxx Terra? Seems like many would want to run a spiky Forekaster Maxx Terra in the softer Terra compound on the front with a Rekon Maxx Speed in that harder compound on the rear, right? Or am I missing something?
    I got a logical answer for this from Maxxis: "When balancing weight and all-around cornering performance on the Forekaster we found that the 3C MaxxSpeed offered improved tactile feedback on such tall-and-small knobs. MaxxTerra rubber works much better on the heavier tires with chunkier knobs but can lead to a squirmy feel on lightweight casings with smaller knobs."

    Makes sense to me.

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    Maybe so, but in my real riding experience I did not like it on the front at all. Not here in W.Pa. on slick roots & rocks, just did not instill confidence like a DHF or even a Nic.

    Didn't want to waste money so I put it on the rear and have not ridden it yet...

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    Anyone try running these tires on a narrow width rim? Got a set of wheels with 23mm internal hoop. Wondering how the 2.6 or maybe 2.8 will work on this rim? Just cant spend the cash on wider hoops now but want the to run some wider tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThrottleAbuse View Post
    Anyone try running these tires on a narrow width rim? Got a set of wheels with 23mm internal hoop. Wondering how the 2.6 or maybe 2.8 will work on this rim? Just cant spend the cash on wider hoops now but want the to run some wider tires.
    My guess is that would be pushing it. A big bene of the 2.6 is lower pressure, but that won't work with that narrow of a rim - too squirmy.


    2.6 on i35 is great. I'm curious to know how it's working out in a i30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThrottleAbuse View Post
    Anyone try running these tires on a narrow width rim? Got a set of wheels with 23mm internal hoop. Wondering how the 2.6 or maybe 2.8 will work on this rim? Just cant spend the cash on wider hoops now but want the to run some wider tires.
    I'm not an expert but the Maxixs 2.6 tires are the Wide Trail design even though it's not designated on the side wall like the 2.4 and 2.5 are. Maxxis recommends i30-35 for their WT tires. So you would probably not benefit from the tire design as much on an i23 rim.

    I personally wouldn't even think about running a 2.8 on that rim. When my 6fattie was new it was spec'd with i29 rims and 3.0 tires and I hated it. I've since gone with i38 and 2.8 tires.

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    Back to the drawing board. I was hoping to run some bigger tires on it for awhile until new wheels could be purchased. Its only a 115 lb rider that isnt particularly aggressive.

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    If it's a lighter, less aggressive rider, then I'd say you'll be fine with the 2.6" for sure and the 2.8" can also work. My main B+ wheels are i35, but I've also mounted a Trailblazer 2.8" and Nobby Nic 2.8" onto i23 rims on a lonaer bike and they work fine, but as said, you can't run as low pressures as you can with i30-35 rims.

    Quote Originally Posted by ThrottleAbuse View Post
    Anyone try running these tires on a narrow width rim? Got a set of wheels with 23mm internal hoop. Wondering how the 2.6 or maybe 2.8 will work on this rim? Just cant spend the cash on wider hoops now but want the to run some wider tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx View Post
    If it's a lighter, less aggressive rider, then I'd say you'll be fine with the 2.6" for sure and the 2.8" can also work. My main B+ wheels are i35, but I've also mounted a Trailblazer 2.8" and Nobby Nic 2.8" onto i23 rims on a lonaer bike and they work fine, but as said, you can't run as low pressures as you can with i30-35 rims.
    Cool. Thanks for the info. What type of pressure would you recommend for a rider that size?

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    So, had a ride last night where that bike was used, set pressure by the squeeze test, when I checked pressures today it was 16 r/14 f, rider weight of about 160-179lbs, so I'd say that or a bit higher would be a good starting point for your gal, higher for faster, harder cornering, lower for slower stuff.

    Quote Originally Posted by ThrottleAbuse View Post
    Cool. Thanks for the info. What type of pressure would you recommend for a rider that size?
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    Hi

    Some advice please. I have 2.8 High Roller 2s. They are amazing and the grip is mind-blowing but unfortunately the drag is killing me. My rides are usually 50k/100k+ usually all natural riding and usually very muddy. Iím finding with the drag Iím just not fit enough on 2.8s to ride that far. My 2.4 HR2s were fine. So Iím trying to fix this. Do you think 2.5WT HR2 will be better, grip v drag. Or Rekons/Forkaster (or another) 2.8 or 2.5/6 again grip v drag.

    Thanks very much for your help. Really greatly appreciated

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    Im running a 2.6 dhf front and a 2.6 forecasters on the rear (swapped out the 2.6 rekon for winter) awesome balance of grip and resistance

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    Good to hear. Trying to workout all of my options. It was almost easier when I used 2.4 HR2s!

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    I mounted a set of Rekon 2.6s on my single speed recently. Made it about half a mile into my first ride and murdered the rear tire on a rock. These tires are EXO casing but they seem to be a lot less hardy than other Maxxis tires I have mounted up. I had great luck with the Ardents and Minions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DualRollers View Post
    I mounted a set of Rekon 2.6s on my single speed recently. Made it about half a mile into my first ride and murdered the rear tire on a rock. These tires are EXO casing but they seem to be a lot less hardy than other Maxxis tires I have mounted up. I had great luck with the Ardents and Minions.
    i think maybe you just got unlucky, my Rekon made it thru a season on the north shore, squamish and whistler (even the bike park for a day) no problem, it will be going back on again at the end of spring.

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    Running them on my Pivot LES SS and love them. Just enough cush without the bouncy feeling of the 2.8's. Pretty good combo of rolling and grip also.
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    Has anyone put a Rekon 2.6 side-by-side with a Rocket Ron 2.6 and compared them? It sounds like they run a bit smaller, is that correct?

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