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    Maxxis 2.6 vs 2.8 tire height

    Hey guys, so Im currently on a Schwalbe NN 2.8 plus tire. Im looking to get something with a bit narrower profile but I really dont want to lose any height. Im almost to the point of going to a 29'er because the bottom bracket is just getting a bit too low for our trails here and my liking.

    Is there much of a height difference between the 2.6 and 2.8 overall tire height?

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    My understanding is it is a 5mm difference. I searched here and there is a threat where someone lists the diameter of the 2.6 Rekon and I have a 2.8 Rekon. I measured and the difference was 5mm.

    I would like to try the 2.6 version but my BB is just barely high enough to not have too many strikes with a 2.8 so I'm not going to go there.
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    Quick update on this question. I went from a Rekon Front / Ikon Rear 2.8 size to Ardent Race 2.6 F&R and it dropped my bottom bracket height by 4mm.

    To offset this I went to a 170mm crank, I'm 6'1" and have short femurs, and ride 172.5 on all my other bikes so I don't think this is going to be an issue. I haven't ridden the bike yet but I'm expecting a quicker handling bike still with great grip and a bit better rolling resistance. I lost 0.15 lbs or 68 grams (probably a little more loss as I refreshed the sealant).

    So, at least with Maxxis it looks like 2.8 tires are 4-5mm shorter than 2.6 tires. Hope this helps others.
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