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    Rekon vs Forekaster vs Mezcal (Front Tire Options)

    I need a tire to compliment a beefy, high-volume, fast-rolling rear tire. On the rear of my bikes I tend to prefer drifty, but somewhat lightweight tough tires like the Rocket Ron, Aggressor, Ardent, etc. I'm not picky about rear tires.

    I'm trying to find a good, fast rolling but predictable cornering 29x2.35+ front tire. No DHF/HR2/Butcher here. I have those tires, I need something different.

    Rekon 2.6, rolls quick, but not XC-race quick. Has better grip than most XC tires, though.

    Forekaster 2.6 (when it arrives in 29" format), apparently has good grip, but maybe not quite Rekon levels of grip. Rolls faster than Rekon, slower than Ardent.

    Mezcal, popular XC tire, but in 2.6 format may work well for aggressive trail riding up front.

    Thoughts?
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    Rekon / Forekaster COmbo

    Currently running the Rekon 2.6 up front with a Forekaster 2.35 in the rear and I really like the combo. I tried the Rekon in the back and it barely fit and felt pretty draggy. In the front it just absolutely plows through loose sand / gravel at high sppeds. The Forekaster is not the fastest rolling tire but also handles a variety of terrain very well.

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    I'm on 27.5 but I mess with a lot of Maxxis tires, especially in 2.6. I find Recon to be grippy, predictable, reasonably light on the front. Almost velcro-like on some surfaces. While I don't really feel held back by it (like a DHF), it is not the fastest tire on the front. And it is draggy on back for sure.

    Forekaster feels a lot faster to me. My guess is rolling resistance is substantially less than Recon. It spins up with about the same effort but is much easier to keep rolling fast. Perceived weight is about the same and it grips real well on soft ground and rock. However, in loose stuff I don't think it has the grip. I haven't done it yet, but I suspect it would not be hard to wash out on a fast and loose descent. So depends on your conditions and how much grip you need.

    I also run a Forekaster 2.35 in the rear and like it.

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    Thought I'd try to revive this thread to see if anyone has experimented with the 2.6 Mezcal as a front tire since the OP first asked the question.

    I've heard mixed reviews of the Maxxis tires in question when run up front, but have seen less discussion of the Vittoria as a fast rolling front tire.

    Does it give enough traction for some loose over hard terrain?

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    I'm a fan of the Forkaster. Found it lacked as a front tire though. Tried the XR4 2.4 and really liked them very fast with decent grip. But not a wet/slick condition tire.

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    I did about 7 or 8 rides on a Mezcal 29 x 2.6" up front. Never thought of it as anything other than tolerable. I was running the same tire on the back and eventually cut the sidewall on...

    ...nothing that I could find. Tubed it to get home, then took both tires off then and there. They are straight line fast and quite supple feeling, but they just don't hook up for anything other than basic, buff XC riding at moderate speeds.

    I still have the patched rear tire. Yours for the price of shipping if you want it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    I did about 7 or 8 rides on a Mezcal 29 x 2.6" up front. Never thought of it as anything other than tolerable. I was running the same tire on the back and eventually cut the sidewall on...

    ...nothing that I could find. Tubed it to get home, then took both tires off then and there. They are straight line fast and quite supple feeling, but they just don't hook up for anything other than basic, buff XC riding at moderate speeds.

    I still have the patched rear tire. Yours for the price of shipping if you want it.
    Good feedback.... I was looking for first-hand accounts like this.

    I actually have one on the rear, but it's just a bit too tall and has made contact with my frame at times. So it's coming off for an XR2. Wondering about using it as a front, but since switching tires around is a little more of a costly and messy task now that we all use sealant I thought I'd ask what others have experienced first.

    Thanks for the offer of a cheap tire, but since I have one that I don't know what to do with... I'll pass.

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    I felt like the Mezcal was similar to the Pre-Addix Rocket Ron in terms of front grip. I think the compound is just a bit hard to get really good grip in loose conditions.

    The nice rounded profile is predictable, though, similarly to the Rocket Ron.
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    I wouldn't like a Mezcal on the front, but I'm really liking my Barzo up front on my 29er SS. I'm running the 2.35, but they also make it in a 2.6 now. I like the Rekon as well. Haven't tried the 2.4 Rekon yet, but will say the 2.6 I had was barely 2.45 on 30mm rims, so I'm guessing the 2.4 will be more like a 2.35. I do like the Rekon though.

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    barzo g+

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    Quote Originally Posted by scooterman View Post
    barzo g+
    Barzo looks good, but the 2.6 only comes in 27.5 according to Vittoria's website... maybe that'll change soon.

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    OK, I don't get the bolded part of your statement, makes ZERO sense to me. I swap/switch tubless tyres with sealant in them all the time, and it is definitely not a messy process or costly. I simply remove the tyre and put it one side, then install the new/different tyre and either transfer the sealant from the old tyre if I'm not going to be using that right away on another wheel or if I am swapping it to another wheel, just install it and top up the sealant. Most I normally have to do is wipe up a little bit of sealant that may get on the rim/tyre when installing and inflating, don't rush, use good technique and you'll be fine.

    Quote Originally Posted by JScoot View Post
    Good feedback.... I was looking for first-hand accounts like this.

    I actually have one on the rear, but it's just a bit too tall and has made contact with my frame at times. So it's coming off for an XR2. Wondering about using it as a front, but since switching tires around is a little more of a costly and messy task now that we all use sealant I thought I'd ask what others have experienced first.

    Thanks for the offer of a cheap tire, but since I have one that I don't know what to do with... I'll pass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx View Post
    OK, I don't get the bolded part of your statement, makes ZERO sense to me.



    Zero? It is a little messier than changing a tubed tire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx View Post
    OK, I don't get the bolded part of your statement, makes ZERO sense to me. I swap/switch tubless tyres with sealant in them all the time, and it is definitely not a messy process or costly.
    Well I will give it a shot tomorrow evening, so wish me luck. I haven't had to change tires this early in their lifespan (full of fresh sealant) since I started running tubeless a couple years ago, but yeah... I figured I'll probably splash some sealant around, and I'll likely end up adding sealant to a wheel when I just put 4 ounces in last week (maybe costly is an exaggeration, but sealant costs me > $1/ounce).
    But who knows... maybe with your encouraging instructions it will all go off without a hitch!

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    Follow thread. I've already decided on the XR2 as my next fast rolling rear setup. My shortlist for front tire is another XR2, Forekaster, Rekon, Barzo, or Mezcal. My ideal size is 27.5 x 2.6.

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