Tire Test - Maxxis Rekon Race EXO TR

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Test Summary

Conclusion: 3 / 5 Recommended
Weight: 680 grams
Rolling Resistance: 31.1 watts
Puncture Resistance: 6 / 6

Maxxis Rekon Race EXO TR mountain bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Maxxis describes the Rekon Race as a semi-slick XC race tire which we feel is questionable as the center knobs are bigger than we expect from a semi-slick MTB tire. Maxxis recommends to use the Rekon Race as a rear tire with a more aggressive tire on the front for general XC use, or Rekon Race front and rear for racing on short tracks and you don't need much front grip.

Buy Maxxis Rekon Race EXO TR at Amazon.com

We're testing the 29x2.25 Rekon Race 120 TPI EXO TR which means it has a 120 TPI casing with reinforced sidewalls (EXO) and is tubeless-ready (TR). The compound is the Maxxis "Dual Compound" of which we couldn't find much information except it's harder in the center and softer on the edges. We'll be comparing the Rekon Race EXO TR to the Maxxis Aspen EXO TR (read review), Maxxis Ikon 3C MaxxSpeed (read review), Schwalbe Racing Ralph '19 TLE Addix Speed (read review), and the Schwalbe Racing Ray TLE Addix SpeedGrip (read review).

Manufacturer Specs
Brand Maxxis
Model Rekon Race EXO TR
Year 2019
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range High
Price Amazon.com
Part Number ETB00046300
TPI 120
Compound Dual Compound
Bead Folding
ETRTO 57-622
Size Inch 28"
Width Inch 2.25
Specified Weight 670 grams
Max Pressure 60
Made In Taiwan
Available Sizes 29x2.25

Test Results

Maxxis Rekon Race EXO TR  mountain bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Size and Weight Measurements

Size and Weight Measurements (Bike Wheel: 622-17C, Pressure: 35 psi / 2.4 bar)
Specified Weight 670 grams
Measured Weight 680 grams
Measured Width Carcass 55 mm
Measured Width Tread 56 mm
Measured Height 54 mm
Measured Knob Height Center 1.9 mm
Measured Knob Height Edge 3.5 mm
Measured Total Thickness Sidewall 0.85 mm
Measured Total Thickness Center (excluding knobs) 1.50 mm

Rolling Resistance Test Results

Rolling Resistance Test Results (Speed: 29 kmh / 18 mph / 8 m/s, Load: 42.5 kg / 417 N)
Inner Tube Conti MTB 29 (225 gr butyl)
Rolling Resistance 55 psi / 3,8 Bar 22.1Watts
CRR: 0.00662
Rolling Resistance 45 psi / 3,1 Bar 23.7 Watts
CRR: 0.00710
Rolling Resistance 35 psi / 2,4 Bar 26.5 Watts
CRR: 0.00794
Rolling Resistance 25 psi / 1,7 Bar 31.1 Watts
CRR: 0.00932
Use the formula: RR (watts) = CRR * speed (m/s) * load (N) to calculate rolling resistance at a given speed and load

Puncture Resistance Test Results

Puncture Resistance Test Result (higher is better)
Puncture Resistance Tread 6
Puncture Resistance Sidewall 6


Maxxis Rekon Race EXO TR  mountain bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Surprisingly, the Rekon Race EXO TR is faster than the Maxxis Ikon 3C MaxxSpeed which is something we did not expect. The Ikon 3C MaxxSpeed is lighter, doesn't have reinforced sidewalls and we were under the impression the 3C MaxxSpeed was the fastest compound in the Maxxis MTB lineup. Compared to the very similar Maxxis Aspen EXO TR, performance in our tests in nearly identical with only minor differences here and there.

Compared to the Schwalbe Racing Ray TLE with Addix SpeedGrip compound, the Rekon Race performs just a little bit worse in nearly all of our tests and measurements. We rated the Racing Ray 4 out of 5 so we think a rating of 3 out of 5 is reasonable for the Rekon Race. We still recommend this tire as the differences are small and if you like the Rekon Race, there is no need to change. If you're looking for the absolute fastest MTB tires, faster tires available (MTB Overview).

Buy Maxxis Rekon Race EXO TR at Amazon.com

RATING: 3 / 5


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