With widely spaced, beefy knobs designed to grab onto a wide variety of trail surfaces and conditions, the Maxxis Rekon EXO/TR 27.5 Plus Tire has earned its reputation as a favorite among the plus-sized wheel crowd. Its siped knob edges and ramped middle knobs pair high traction grip with smooth rolling speed to tough it out through loose and mucky bogs without slowing you down too much during hard and fast sections.
This tubeless-ready tire mixes biting knobs with three rubber compounds to create a truly versatile ride. The 60 TPI casing is wrapped in a tread pattern that favors loose over hardpack, and it's equipped with moderate spacing between the center lugs and closely clustered side knobs for sure cornering bite. Those center lugs are also ramped to resist folding under braking and acceleration, while EXO protection fends off ride interrupting flats. You'll gain positive traction over wet roots and rocks and seamless transitions from straightaways into turns
- A versatile plus tire for loose, mucky terrain
- More volume and lower pressure add traction across all surfaces
- EXO protection helps prevent punctures
- Soft, supple casing provides a smooth ride
- Specific knob shaping makes the most of increased contact patch
Great tire if you don't ride it
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Tire companies still don't have the 27+ thing figured out. Heavy but brittle. Not sure how that combo gets cleared by R&D. Second ride and double pinch flatted (running tubeless, of course). Not running crazy low pressure, not riding crazy terrain, just riding overpriced trash for tires. Buyer beware.
Weird - These tires came stock on my Santa Cruz Hightower and I've got 800+ miles on them without any issues. I've been running mine at 13 - 14 psi and never pinched the tire. I'm 175 lbs kitted up and ride everything from rocky (tahoe) to buffed out (demo forest) trails and they handle everything I throw at them. I even competed in the RockHopper Enduro with these tires. Maybe you got a bad set, but no issues here.
I have put tons of miles on them in the rooty, rocky hills of Mt. Tam and had none of the issues you are describing? What size rims are you running? I highly recommend a 40mm internal width rim as that spreads out the tires properly. I am running them at 12 psi front and 14 psi rear and have had zero issues.
Interesting... I have ridden this tire for almost a year, 5-6 hours a week with ZERO flats... running tubeless 16-20psi
The Ardent of Plus tires
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The Rekon offers a nice blend of traction and low rolling resistance. Rides similarly to the Maxxis Ardent. I have been running one of these as a rear tire with a little more pressure than normal and it hooks up well and still rolls fast.