The Maxxis Rekon tread has morphed from a Plus model to a fast trail tyre and aggressive racing tread. Where does its strength lie?
On the trail with the Rekon 29x2.25”
From the look of it, the Rekon was going to deliver as a halfway house between the racey Maxxis Ikon and the slightly more trail oriented Ardent Race. Every single edge knob is ramped, which helps for rolling resistance, and there is no channel through the tread in line with your direction of travel – so the Rekon looked like it would really dig in under acceleration and braking.
While a 2.25” tyre is hardly massive, it is still worth playing with tyre pressures to get them just right. Bigger tyres have more volume and less pressure is needed for the ride you're after. I surprised myself and ran down to 19psi in the front and 19.5psi in the back at the end of my first ride. I had no burping, and didn't hit the rim when testing the tyres on my hardtail.
The Rekon rolled really well – feeling just like an Ikon and it's scantly heavier than an Ikon EXO in 2.2”. On the front, it doesn't feel too different to an Ardent Race except sometimes under heavy braking the Rekon was more likely to slide than an Ardent Race, especially if braking too late. The Ardent Race has an edge in wet conditions, unless it's just sticky mud where most tread patterns just suck.
The 3C rubber uses three compounds optimised for reduced rolling resistance in the centre and the low centre tread height meant this tyre felt fast, but thanks to the full complement of tread once you had your entry speed sorted for a corner it also encouraged you to get on the gas on the exit. It is probably best to think of the Rekon as a bolstered Ikon as opposed to a heavy duty trail tyre. In looser or wet conditions I would still opt for a Maxxis Ardent Race or Forekaster on the front, but otherwise I think the Rekon 29x2.25” is an ideal upgrade to a pure XC tyre like the Ikon if you're after an XC tyre with a slightly larger performance window.
But about about the 2.6" model?