Posted by: Hepcat
Nice topic! That Rekon has outsized grip for what it is, rolls fast and is light. Expensive choice though as the small knobs just disintegrate. I used up 3 of them, and I run tires to bald.
OP, the one big thing you didn't ask those recommending is to state their weight and bike they're riding, that makes a huge difference. Me personally, I have found the Rekon+ 650Bx2.8" version in 3C that I have to have held up really well over the 4+ years I've had them, rear is a decent bit worn, front doesn't really show much. Now I didn't ride them exclusively in the least, just for about a year or so, mainly used one as a rear on my B+/29+ Monkey setup and then they went on to my loaner/rental bikes. They have held up in the regular EXO casing to our coral, which is saying something. FYI, geared to ride I weigh about 185lbs and most of the riding was on a rigid Karate Monkey, i35 rim, also, yes I found they rolled really well, just ab it faster than the 2.8" Nobby Nics they replaced, but had so much more grip when it got wet compared.
I would highly caution against an "SS" type tyre with aggressive side knobs, the Minion SS I tried in 29x2.3" the side knobs always seemed to be in contact with the road/trail and so it wasn't much faster than much knobbier tyres and I was running it on an i25 rim. Eventually I trimmed the side knobs down to try and help keep them out of the way on the flats/while not cornering and it helped a bit, but as another poster said, in 29", they get in the way stock.
Below is my only personal experience with a Ground Control tyre, this was it's 2nd ride, sent it back to Spesh and gave the replacement to someone, that casing is SHITE compared to EXO, despite EXO generally weighing less.