Maxxis Ardent 29er Tire

4.53/5 (30 Reviews)
MSRP : $61.00

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Product Description

The Ardent SC is an all around high volumeTire withTraction beingThe main objective. Aggressive side knobs giveThe Ardent aggressive corneringTraction andThe ramped center knobs minimize rolling resistance but still has enoughTraction for quick acceleration and braking. 60TPI Long Wear Low Rolling Resistance 60a Rubber Compound Max PSI 65 Manufacturers claim 755 grams (29x2.25)

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cayenne_Pepa a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: January 1, 2018

Strengths:    ~ Weighs 746g (29x2.40")
~ Rolls HELLA fast
~ Good off-camber and cornering grip
~ Mounts effortlessly tubeless, on zero bead socket carbon wheels
~ Cool, retro Skinwall casing

Weaknesses:    ~ Only 60tpi casing available

Bottom Line:   
Designed by Maxxis contract tire designer Bryan Holwell - this tire is a beefier version of the Maxxis Aspen XC race tire. In dry forest loam conditions, this tire shines. Low rolling resistance and ramped side lugs really dig-in on loose corners. It even handles dry, Desert chunk and jagged rock quite well.

Verdict? Me likey, very much....

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Favorite Trail:   Idyllwild Hub

Duration Product Used:   2 years

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Abaxo eBay Store

Similar Products Used:   Onza Canis 29x2.25"
Vittoria Goma 29x2.25"
Maxxis Ikon 29x2.35"
Bontrager SE3 29x2.3"
Michelin Wild Grip'R Advanced 29x2.35"
Schwalbe Rocket Ron EVO Snakeskin 29x2.25"
Specialized Purgatory GRID 2Bliss 29x2.35"
Hutchinson Squale 29x2.25"

Bike Setup:   Pivot Mach 429SL

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jamies9 a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2017

Strengths:    Grip,tough side walls,brilliant in the rear,weight,steering still nice in a 2.4

Weaknesses:    Not as much warning when the front is about to let go as a schwalbe hans dampf

Bottom Line:   
Maxxis offer equivalent performance to the rest but are the best value for price so i try to favor a company that is not greedy.Have run 2.4 on the front mostly run Ikons in the rear for the last couple of years but due to sidewall damage tried an Ardent, I ride min 4 times a week maybe a bit more draggy but on my regular loop I may spin out 4 times on the Ikon. I had one loss of traction with the Ardent 2.25.Pressure set at 20 psi. In the past have always focused on rolling resistance but these still feel good and far less draggy than a Bon... XR3 2.3.

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Duration Product Used:   >1year

Similar Products Used:   Schwalbe, Bontrager, Conti

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Magic Bronx a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: August 31, 2016

Strengths:    - fast rolling for an aggressive XC/AM tire.
- good volume: reacts very neat to pressure changes, literally behaving like a much beefier tire.
- many variants to choose from; even the entry level wire bead is a fantastic budget every day front tire.
- tacky compounds; from the single compound entry level variant to the 3C top cookie, this tire feels very tactile.

Weaknesses:    - not a fast rolling rear tire; it's weird how, mounted in the rear, the Ardent almost behaves like a DH tire giving that caterpillar feel.
- this thread is made to shred, it's definitely not a two season tire... that is, if you're using it right ;)
- some have complained about the tire letting go in the mid part of the thread, especially at leaner angles however I see this behavior as positive as it provides very good feedback to the Ardent-accustomed rider.

Bottom Line:   
This may very well be the greatest all-season MTB tire pattern ever made! It's uncanny how it morphs into different tires just by modifying the pressure. It's surprising how purpose-orientated it is with regard to being mounted in the front or rear: it's a DH/AM tire in the rear and it's a XC/AM tire in the front.
This being said, it is one of those tires you get sick of looking at. I mean, it works in so many ways that you're bound to have it on your ride all year round and God only knows how us tire junkies need to feed our obsession with trying out new tires and thread patterns at least on a yearly bases.
I've tried both the 2.25 and the 2.4 and even though they have the same pattern, they're nothing alike, the 2.4 is just a different animal with a raised pattern, considerably beefier and with a tactile approach to terrain that would make any caterpillar proud.
Bottom line is that if it's just a set of tires you're after, this Maxxis is it. If you have a more tire friendly budget, you may want to get a more aggressive front tire for AM and a faster rear tire for XC than the Ardent. As it stands, this tire is one of the best of all time and a must in any self-respecting rider's arsenal.

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Favorite Trail:   woodsy

Duration Product Used:   going on a couple of years

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   CST Caballero/Beater, Maxxis Ardent/Crossmark/Ignitor/Beaver, Kenda SlantSix/SmallBlockEight/Karma, Continental RaceKing.

Bike Setup:   Right now I've delegated the 2.25 Ardent to the rear for more aggressive off-roading.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by JOÃO PAULO BSRT

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2014


Weaknesses:    PESO RAZOÁVEL

Bottom Line:   

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by verbatim

Date Reviewed: June 28, 2014

Strengths:    This is a really good option for a front tyre, with a Maxxis Crossmark on the back. A lot of tyres focus too much on weight and don't have adequate length side lugs for cornering on a loose surface. The Ardent provides this cornering grip on the front, while the Crossmark on the rear offers lower rolling resistance. I don't mind the rear sliding around a bit...but sliding is a bit more of an issue on the front!

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Get one

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by vack

Date Reviewed: February 15, 2014

Strengths:    Grip (When it's New), Sidewalls are good on the UST version

Weaknesses:    Grip (When it's at 1/2 Life)

Bottom Line:   
29er Tires....sigh. My opinion on these things are they are crazy overpriced....but that seems to be across the any 29er tire I review will get 3 chillis. However this one is a good tire. When it's new it really works well. Lots of grip, both for front or rear. However, at about 1/2 it's life the performance takes a nose dive. Maybe it's just the nature of the beast with these tires....but at 75 bucks a pop.....I would hope to get a full season out of them. I got about a 1/2 season out of this tire. Granted my area is super rocky, so that may have attributed to the decline of this tire. But I think it's a good tire, hence why I gave it a 3 chillis review. It's definitely better then other 29er tires I've used. All kidding aside, one of the best I've used so far....but still, my review stands as is because I'm not sure there is a good 29er tire out there that lasts very long.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by unrooted a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: October 31, 2013

Strengths:    Really wide
Low Weight for such a wide tire
Easy to set up tubeless
great grip

Weaknesses:    Almost too wide-not much clearance in my 2010 reba
Wear fast

Bottom Line:   
I put a 2.4 Ardent EXO on the front of my bike 2 months ago and I've been loving it! It corners really well, rolls smooth on pavement, and floats well in the sand (flow ex rims help as well).

The softer side knobs are already showing wear, which doesn't surprise me since they are really soft compared to the center, but front tires have always lasted me a really long time.

Unlike a lot of companies this tire is much closer to it's claimed width, just be sure you have room in your stays/brake arch before buying!

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Favorite Trail:   Tahoe-Armstrong/Sidewinder/Corral

Duration Product Used:   20months

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   Amazon

Similar Products Used:   Conti Mountain king, Specialized Purgatory

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bryan1113 a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2013

Strengths:    Traction, traction, traction

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Put these bad boys on my bike about 4 months ago and seriously changed my riding confidence! Grip is incredible on desert singletrack i ride on. If you're going to upgrade anything make sure to start with the tires....Maxxis rocks

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Favorite Trail:   Bell Mountain Loop

Duration Product Used:   4 months

Purchased At:   Art's

Bike Setup:   Cannondale SL4 29er HT

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Russell

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2012

Strengths:    GRIP in everything

Weaknesses:    none yet

Bottom Line:   
I replaced my stock front tire (maxxis aspen) to the ardent 2.25 and it is a very grippy tire, it even saved me from a crash, I was riding too hard into a turn with mud and slid sideways and the side knobs grabbed and brought me back up. I will be buying these again.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by FallDownGoBoom a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: June 14, 2012

Strengths:    Strong casing, great tread pattern

Weaknesses:    The 2.4 NEEDS a WIDE rim to get the most out of cornering blocks, more a comment than a weakness.

Bottom Line:   
So, I have a few rides on the 29 x 2.4" tire, so this may be a bit premature, but I'm enjoying this tire quite a bit. The majority of my riding is in NorCal and Tahoe, with a lot of dry rocks and very limited mud.

First ride, I had to drop the PSI a few times to get the sweet spot. Compared to my previous Rampage tires, this has a much stiffer casing. That's a good/bad thing, as the stiffness will supposedly prevent slashes (never a problem with Rampage) and reduce the tire flop at lower pressures, BUT you really need a low PSI to get these to conform over 3-4" obstacles. That's not a bad thing, but I am always concerned about setting my rig for optimum ride over smaller bumps (99% of all the things I ride over) when that last 1% of bigger hits comes along and wails my rim.

After dropping almost 3-5PSI compared to the Rampage tires, these really improved, and so far I have yet to bang my rim.

*** These are big tires, and a big rim is needed. Running these on a 21mm (crest) or smaller rim will not get you the profile you want. I just switched to the Flow EX (awesome, but that's another story) really helped flare out the corner knobs, and the tire really performs now (1 ride so far, so take that for what it's worth).

Other notable differences, substantially lower rolling resistance compared to the Rampage, and similar grip on the ups and cornering. The side knobs on the Ardent seem to be even more capable handling off-camber riding than anything I've tried.

Riding in dust or soft soil these tires have absolute control (so did the Rampage), these really shine in this dept. I just wish I had more soft loamy stuff to play in.

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Similar Products Used:   Rampage
Geax Gato, Saguaro

Bike Setup:   Niner RIP, 140mm fork

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Team Rourke

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2012

Strengths:    Grips in everything, Durable, Great all-around tire.

Weaknesses:    If you want speed and lower weight..... don't buy this tire.

Bottom Line:   
I've used tires from the Ardent family for two years. Often running them on the front and back. I've used the 2.4 on my rigid KM and 2.25 on my 2012 SF. This tire, simply put, gets the job done. For a tire that offers a fairly aggressive bite it also delivers speed (tubeless, 28psi). I cannot say a bad thing about these tires. I've ridden them all over our trails in Upper Michigan (Marquette, Copper Harbor) also in Traverse City (sandy) and Wisconsin (Camba Trail system) and they have never let me down. Never gashed a sidewall. In a very dry conditions with loose on top of hard pack I have had some interesting moments going into and through corners fast...... but the tire lets you know its letting go in time for you to adjust before you end up on your head. I've ridden them in races - great tire..... Not the fastest but I never purchased them for speed/racing.... I purchased them for an all-purpose go do everything tire. Which they have done!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by classrc a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: April 27, 2012

Strengths:    Great Cornering Traction, Large Air Volume (2.4"), Low-ish Rolling Resistance, puncture resistance

Weaknesses:    Heavy-ish,

Bottom Line:   
The Maxxis Ardent 29r 2.4" is a LARGE tire. It has a high volume casing, but a not-so supple casing. I've found that, to maximize traction and compliance, that I have to run it down at 18 psi (not a bad thing). I am running this tire tubeless, mounted on a Stans Flow Rim. I am using a Niner Carbon fork and have PLENTY of room for the 2.4" tire. I have yet to flat or burp at these low pressures.

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Price Paid:    $65.00

Purchased At:   JensonUSA

Similar Products Used:   WTB Wierwolf LT, Kenda Karma

Bike Setup:   Full RIgid Canfield Nimble 9

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by dblspeed

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2012

Strengths:    Excellent weight to volume to grip to rolling resistance to puncture resistance to price ratio!

Weaknesses:    Weak in the wet.

Bottom Line:   
Truly great dry weather tire, I use it as rear tire on my Scandal ( I guess it's one of the few frames where it will fi, if not the only one). In my opinion it is ideal in the back of a hardtail where it adds a nice cushioning effect while keeping rolling resistance to a reasonable level (less than a WTB stout for example). I would use something smaller and more aggressive up front where the suspension forks makes it unnecessary to have such a big tire.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pelotoner a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: April 22, 2012

Strengths:    Great traction for the Colorado front range riding conditions.
Mounts up tubeless with little trouble.

Weaknesses:    Nothing to think of.

Bottom Line:   
I am running a 2.4 EXO Ardent up front and a 2.25 Ardent in the rear tubeless on my Giant Talon and they hook up great. You do need to trust them and lean into turns, but overall they work great.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by rob1035 a Cross Country Rider from Charlotte, NC, USA

Date Reviewed: February 14, 2012

Strengths:    Big Volume, beefy, durable sidewalls, great traction, easy tubeless setup.

Weaknesses:    Weight

Bottom Line:   
My favorite front tire. Hooks up super easy tubeless, both on the current Stans Crest rims, and my previous WTB Laserdisc Trail hoops. Voume is great, after few days of riding the casing is true to size. The knobs are beefy, and the tire hooks up great in all the conditions I ride in. Rolls decently for something that grips as well as it does, fast enough for occasional racing (I'm a backmarker, just doing it for fun). The sidewalls feel beefy and have proved durable on rockier tracks. Absolutely a must for rigid riding in my opinion, the size and grip makes for a comfortable, precise ride, really easy to hold lines, where other tires might give up. I will buy another after this one wears out, and will probably run one in the rear as well for winter (ie wetter) conditions. It could be lighter, but its worth the tradeoff

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Favorite Trail:   BYT

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $74.00

Purchased At:   Ultimate Bike on Sar

Similar Products Used:   Bonty 29-3 Front, WTB Weirwolf LT 2.55, Stans Crow, Maxxis Ignitor

Bike Setup:   Misfit Dissent singlespeed, Niner Carbon rigid fork (occasionally use a Reba), Stans Crest wheelset, Magura Marta brakes

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