With the Forekaster on your bike, you can forget about the weather and hit the trails. Mid-height tread blocks are spaced evenly to allow penetration through loose trail conditions and openly for better mud-clearing compared to other race tires. Wide cupped knobs down the middle provide excellent braking on the sloppiest singletrack. The Dual Compound tread provides the perfect balance of speed, grip and durability. EXO protection beefs up sidewalls to protect from cuts and tears with very little weight penalty. When the leaves start falling and the weather becomes more unpredictable, the Forekaster is the late-season tire of choice.
Aggressive XC Tire for varying conditions
Optimized for loose or wet conditions and varying types of terrain
Dual Compound provides a great balance of speed and grip
Tubeless Ready (TR) with lightweight casing and folded bead
I got the tire for my Meta TR 4.2 because it came stock with a Minion SS in the back, which didn't handle the tech climbs very well (would slip on roots), nor the damp (have a DHF in the front).
The tire has been great for exactly what I wanted it for. It hooks up on roots while climbing, has a round profile and good shoulder knobs for cornering, has fairly large spacing in the tread so it actually handles mud fairly well (not UK-style mud, mind you, but damp trails with some mud), and the knobs are short enough that the tire still rolls well, and the tire is quite light (lighter than the SS).
The only caveat is that the spacing between the tread and the lighter carcass probably means it's susceptible to thorns and sharp objects (not as issue where I ride).
The EXO casing is as tough as usual, but I plan on bring my TR to the local bike park in spring and I'm not sure how well it'll hold up. We'll see, I guess.
I think the Minion DHF/Forekaster is a great (ideal?) combo for aggressive trail riding on techy XC trails. If I were more XCish I'd run two of these, but I like the DHF in the front for its predictable cornering grip.
PS I've tried Nobby Nics before and it felt like a slip 'n' slide. Much prefer these.
I bit the bullet and bought a dual compound 60TPI 2.6 Forekaster. After 1 ride, I am impressed with the grip and predictability. No, it does not have meat shredding maxx grip DHF traction, but it is not bad at for a trail bike. It blows the 120TPI Rekon out of the water. The forecaster has MUCH better grip (same 20psi), and does not feel squirmy like the Rekon. Likely because of the stiffer sidewall in combination with the bigger lugs. For weight, I didn’t really expect to notice the reduction (170grams), but I did instantly. Compared to a heavy 1020g 2.5 DHF, I gained that quick nimble feeling and didn’t feel like I was riding a tractor tire.
All in all…for those that are looking to ditch their Minion for a lighter option, I’d definitely recommend the 60TPI dual compound forekasters over the Minions. Still not sure about the 120TPI 3C maxx speed option due to my bad 120tpi rekon experience. My new base setup will be a forekasters front and rear (2.6 front and 2.35 rear) on 32mm carbon rims. Definitely an underrated all around good tire.
I recently sliced the sidewall of my Schwalbe Rocket Rons 2.2 on the rocks. After spending hours of researching what tires I should get, I finally settled on Maxxis Forekasters 2.4 and I couldn't be happier! I run them tubeless at around 26 psi. They are so grippy that it's actually hard to skid even if you want to. The downside is greater rolling resistance compared to Rocket Rons but I feel it only slightly on paved roads or smooth and flat fireroads. Overall, I would highly recommend the Forekasters which are advertised as aggressive XC tires and they certainly live up to it!
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