Just as we’re getting some trail time on the Maxxis Rekon in a marathon friendly 29×2.25″ size, Maxxis have released the tyre we’ve seen the likes of Nino Schurter on for close to 12 months – the all-new Maxxis Rekon Race.
While the Rekon has taller, ramped knobs and strong L-shaped edge knobs, the Rekon Race is much lower profile, scaling the Rekon’s tread blocks down to create a semi-slick in 29″ with a 2.25″ width. This is aimed right at the XC World Cup crowd, and for that reason it should make for a fast marathon tyre.
Maxxis have two models – non-EXO at 610g and EXO at 670g (both claimed weights). So for weight, that’s about the same as an Ikon 2.2″, or even a Rekon 2.25″. But the lower rolling resistance is where the gains are made – and the larger bag size that works better with wider rims compared to the Ikon.
The tyres use Maxxis MaxxSpeed dual compound rubber on the 120tpi casing with Tubeless Ready beads.
This isn’t really a ground breaker for marathon and stage racing, but it is another choice to reach for from the Maxxis range. Their EXO-equipped tyres have been the go-to for our team for years thanks to their mix of performance, grip and durability. And while The TreadLite was ok – the Rekon Race will likely take that semi slick role in a far more capable way thanks the to larger bag size, and with the shortest centre tread compared to an Aspen or Ikon.
Maxxis suggests the Rekon Race suiting a rear only use, with an Ikon or Aspen up front for more grip.
We hope to put some time on this new tread pattern in the future – but for now you can check out our comparison of some of the current Maxxis treads.