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    Which 2.6 rear tire to compliment Rekon 2.6 3C EXO front?

    I'm currently running 29x2.35 Rekon Race rear with 2.6 Rekon 3c EXO MaxxTerra front. This is on a hardtail and on 27mm iw rims. Rekon Race is a great tire. Works well on trail and gravel, measures almost 2.4, durable enough. But I would not mind 2.6 in the rear for extra volume. Rekon 2.6 front has a great profile on a narrow rim.
    The bike is mostly ridden on forest roads , gravel and XC singletrack. Some pavement and occasionally a black trail. Lower rolling resistance is a priority, but I don't want flats.

    Choices:

    - XR2
    The lightest. Probably the fastest. I'm afraid it'll be too round and would not have enough sidewall support on 27mm rim.

    - SE2
    ~900g. Maybe a hair slower than XR2. Good sidewall support but still too round.

    - Rekon 3C EXO MaxxTerra
    Light, good profile. Not enough sidewall support. Probably slower than XR2.

    - Rekon 3C EXO+
    ~900g, good profile, stiffer sidewalls. Probably the slowest?

    - Rekon Dual
    Mid-weight. Maybe stronger than 3C? Maybe rolls a hair faster because of the harder rubber?

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    Ikon 2.6 Good volume, light enough, grippy enough. I keep hearing they're gonna have a 2.6 Ardent Race (the 27.5 x 2.6 AR is very good) but I still haven't heard anything and I assume maybe they scrapped it. Their customer service is abysmal, I don't ever hear back from them for weeks if at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BmanInTheD View Post
    Ikon 2.6 Good volume, light enough, grippy enough. I keep hearing they're gonna have a 2.6 Ardent Race (the 27.5 x 2.6 AR is very good) but I still haven't heard anything and I assume maybe they scrapped it. Their customer service is abysmal, I don't ever hear back from them for weeks if at all.
    Thank you! I totally forgot about the Ikon. It's a better comparison for XR2 and a better match for Rekon front. It looks like Maxxis 2020 catalog lists both MaxxSpeed and MaxxTerra 2.6, and some retailers, including WWC, have the Speed. I'm leaning towards trying this one. Interesting that Speed is heavier than Terra for this particular tire.

    No AR 29x2.6 in the 2020 catalog

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