- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Been running the Rekon 2.4 on my Nukeproof Scout 275 and will admit I had concerns when purchasing these tires. Everybody runs something like the Minions or Assegai, but I see the slopestyle pros running lightweight xc and racing tires like Ikon, etc. and hitting massive jumps. Tires like the minions weigh in at 1000g a piece and these are only 765g (1050g x2 = 2100g or 4.6lbs, 765g x 2 = 1530g or 3.6 lbs), so that is a 1 pound difference in rotational mass saved. With the idea that I wanted a do-it-all trail tire, but still spend time hitting jumps and riding the bike park, I decided to go for the Rekon front and back in 2.4". This gives me a chance to see how the tires perform on the rear and on the front before I begin switching things up. As of now, I have commuted to work, road the paved trails near the creek, done easy, intermediate, and black diamond level trail riding, and have done some jumping. These tires are designed to be run at 35-55psi range; however, after chatting with a few reps and the lbs, I am comfortable running these tubeless at 20-30psi. Interestingly, these tires seemed to shine the most when I was riding dh (nothing huge, 4ft drops max) and felt like I wasn't quite pushing these tires to their limit. Even when I bottomed out my Marzocchi Bombers with tokens on a lipped drop, my rims were fine and I had no burping. My setup is Stan's No Tubes Flow MK3 32mm with 29mm internal width and the tires fit like a glove. I like the firm side at 22-27psi front and 25-30psi rear, mostly for speed and rim strikes, as I tend to ride aggressively. I will say that these tires are very fast and well-suited for both front and rear. Even on icy climbs I was making pace. I will say, that going uphill, you can spin these tires easily on rocks/mud/ice, so be weary on techy climbs that you might have a hard time with the rear tire. Definitely a solid tire, and I can't wait to experiment with more from Maxxis.