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Maxxis Ardent Tire

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Product Description

An aggressive tread in high-volume casings distinguishes the newest addition to Maxxis' downhill and mountain disciplines.

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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Varaxis

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2014

Strengths:    Best rubber compound for dry, hard, dusty dirt that I've ridden overall
Secure grip on straights and berms
Quick rolling and turning
Reliable construction that outlasts the tread
Can be converted to tubeless

Weaknesses:    Washes out on flat corners, even on pavement, at sharper lean angles
2.4 so big and grippy that it changes the way the front end handles

Bottom Line:   
Swapping out a 2.3 Spec Purgatory to a 2.4 Ardent changed the way my bike handled drastically. On pavement, I immediately noticed more rolling resistance, but at the same time tenacious grip. I learned quickly from a parking lot test, the nuances of the "dead spot" from certain sharper lean angles, so I would not have that problem on trails. Sadly, it happened anyways on the trail, hence why I cannot award this 5 stars. It's a shame since if it weren't for that, it would be my favorite front tire due to how much confidence it gives me and how fast it allows me to go on the flowy trails. I am just afraid of the injuries this tire might lead to, due to its one weakness.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Brian412 a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2014

Strengths:    Outstanding grip! Lightweight. Fast rolling. Good treadwear

Weaknesses:    a little expensive (but worth it)

Bottom Line:   
I have these 2.25 60a Ardents mounted tubeless front and back on 26" American Classic wheels. I moved from Nevegals to Excavators then to the Ardents, and I absolutely love the Ardents. I run these around 23psi up front and 28psi for the rear.

These tires hook up with the trail great. I have no problems washing out on corners. I've ridden so much faster into corners with these tires and they track so well. The trails I ride in Florida have a lot of sand, pine needles, technical rocky areas, hard pack, etc. and the Ardents grip through all of it. I haven't had much experience in muddy conditions with these.
These roll very fast. I'm impressed with the amount of traction you get with these, along with the fast rolling. You can really feel the side knobs biting into the trail. They are very predictable when they start to lose a bit of traction around a corner. The tires provide great feedback during turns.

I've had no problems with these airing up tubeless. It did take an air compressor to get the bead to pop in but they've been rock solid since I got them mounted. I have no problems with the bead coming out or burping. I ride these tires very hard. I've noticed very little treadwear so far.

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Similar Products Used:   Kenda Nevegals, Blue Groove, Excavator's.

Bike Setup:   2011 Giant Trance X3 with American Classic MTB 26 wheels.

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

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2014

Strengths:    Grip in all weather, longevity of tread, huge side knobs, low rolling resistance, grip, grip, grip, grip

Weaknesses:    Really, I dont have any to list.

Bottom Line:   
Im not the type of person to put 5 chilis for a produce but these tires deserve it. They are fantastic in all weather conditions. I was using a fast rolling tire before these. I was afraid to loose that speed when I changed to something with more meat. I did not loose the speed with these tires. In addition, the read very true to the rider. They let you know well before they give out. The huge side knobs dig in and grip. All in all, these are the best tires I have owner tried. I ride in the north east so rain, rocks, roots, mud and snow are in play. These tires are great in every weather and ground condition except thick, sticky mud. The tread has lasted longer than I would have expected. Also, I run with tubes at a super low psi.

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Duration Product Used:   1 year

Purchased At:   West Liberty Cycles

Bike Setup:   Hardtail 29er

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by speyers

Date Reviewed: January 8, 2014

Strengths:    cornering on grass, loose dirt, shallow mud, gravel is awesome! rolling resistence is good

Weaknesses:    traction on road to get to trails is a bit sketchy, but you get used to it

Bottom Line:   
im running the 26x2.40 ardent on front and this tire is the best ive ridden on so far, compared to ignitor, high roller and some schwalbe's when this one gets to worn ill definitely be getting another

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by scott a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2013

Strengths:    Great traction in all conditions

Weaknesses:    High rolling resistance. Very soft, with rapid wear.

Bottom Line:   
Don't buy these if you live in Colorado. The rocks and pulverized granite shred them quickly. I had to rotate the tires in less than two months of moderate riding, because the rear tire knobs where disintegrating. The tires were so soft when brand new, I managed to put them on without a tire iron. While rolling resistance isn't as much of a deal breaker for me, it is noticeable, and might inhibit others. On the upside, the traction is quite amazing. Considering the expense and shockingly rapid wear, I wouldn't buy them again.

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Favorite Trail:   Hall Ranch, Lyons, CO

Purchased At:   Excel Sports, Boulde

Bike Setup:   Frankenbike built around Titus Motolite frame.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by mudfoot

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2013

Strengths:    No

Weaknesses:    Weak Cornering
Loose fitting bead, does not stay on rim during side loaded landings
Difficult to impossible to inflate tubeless

Bottom Line:   
26 x 2.25 mounted on Stans Flow
To be fair, perhaps I got a lemon of a tire. My experience with this tire has been horrid, and I'm not being dramatic. I bought this tire in a hurry from a local LBS on a Sunday morning, after shredding the sidewall on my usual tire of choice, Schwalbe Nobby Nic, the night before. Drove to the trailhead with plenty of time before my riding partner got there.
First Fail: Could not get the tire to inflate on a Stans Flow. I was frustrated and there was sealant everywhere by the time my partner showed up, and I threw a tube in and hit the trail.
Cornering, not so great. But I won't waste words on that, pretty well covered in other reviews.
Here's the kicker: This tire will not stay on the rim. The first time it came off, was during a 24hr race. Landed a jump over a road at high speed, a little side ways, and the entire side of the bead came off the rim. Lost position as I was on the side of the trail at 3am changing the tube.
Yesterday, same thing, landed a little sideways.... THE ENTIRE TIRE CAME OFF THE RIM. The tube was still inflated, wrapped around by rear triangle and brake like a wad of black intestines. The tire was crumpled and jammed near my seat tube, and the rim was naked.
Later on the same ride the sidewall bubbled.

I wouldn't even feel good giving this tire away free.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mikey b

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2013

Strengths:    grip in all conditions when on the front. fast and corners very well. best tire i have ever ridden in the front.

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
This is a great front tire and one that wont let you down. Fast in all conditions and the price is pretty good as well. it has never done anything that would make me question this tire!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Matthew Norris

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2013

Strengths:    I'm running a steel frame with a solid fork, no suspension, a HIGH ROLLER in the front and ARDENT in the back, and i really like it. Another reviewer has said it's not a front tire and i would agree with that since I am running this combo on dry loose pack. For me, this combo is great and the Ardent seems to climb pretty well with at times a little slip, but that could be my riding technique. Good XC tire though in the front.

Weaknesses:    Climbing on dry loose pack it can slide a bit, but that could be me. The tire seems to corner well and grip good. I run it in the back and a High Roller on the front. Front stays solid, back slides. I'd say this is a predictable tire. Can't wait to ride more on it.

Bottom Line:   
XC, front and back. AM, Put it in the rear an a Highroller in the front. Maxxis makes good tires.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Andrew Frosch a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2013

Strengths:    rolls fast, good climbing traction as a rear tire - EXO version sidewall is tough

Weaknesses:    Sketchy and slippery as a front tire - not confidence inspiring

Bottom Line:   
Ive used a 2.25 EXO Ardent on the front with a Crossmark in the rear for about 5 rides. I had Nevegals on before and just wanted to try something different with less rolling resistance. Ardent up front was sketchy and could not rail turns as usual. Had to slow too much to make some turns, but it was fast in the straights. Riding on rocky and hardpack singletrack with some sand/kitty litter on top.

Moved the same Ardent tire to the back and put a Nevegal up front for a couple of rides. I liked the Ardent as a rear, and it negated the speed penalty when running a Nev front and rear (way to slow for me). It gripped and climbed up short, rocky technical grunts no prob. (The Crossmark that was on rear would slip too easy on roots/rocks).

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Favorite Trail:   Soquel Demo (CA), Grapevine Northshore (TX)

Duration Product Used:   1 month

Price Paid:    $68.00

Purchased At:   cant remember

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by willbur

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2013

Strengths:    Tread wear seems good, climbing traction, rolling resistance seems low for a good climbing tire.

Weaknesses:    Cornering and side-hill traction

Bottom Line:   
I have about 150 miles on dirt with these tires covering most trail conditions. This tire is great until you lean the bike over or are riding on a side-hill angle. The traction just goes away. I dont know why Maxxis decided to recess the intermidiate knobs between the center and sidewall knobs but it clearly has a negative affect on cornering. I'll ride these till they wear out but will not be replacing them with the same model.

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

Date Reviewed: December 5, 2012

Strengths:    front tire bite, steers great, traction, rolling, cushy, can run low air pressure

Weaknesses:    none yet

Bottom Line:   
ridden 4 times. used on the front. 2.4 x 29. great directional stability. great grip. rolls great. no weaknesses yet. art's cyclery had a good deal.. got a nevegal at the same time for the back. not impressed with the nevegals grip on hardpack/leafy climbs.......slips a very good bit. If i had to do over i think that a 2.2 ardent on the back would have been a better choice. maybe kenda can get me a free back tire in repayment for this great review of their tire:)

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Favorite Trail:   heritage park, watkinsville ga

Duration Product Used:   4 rides

Price Paid:    $52.00

Purchased At:   arts cyclery

Bike Setup:   niner emd 9

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by DYI01 a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2012

Strengths:    They aired up tubeless on Stans Flow EX easy and continue to hold air well. Low rolling resistance.

Weaknesses:    Cornering grip is horrible on these tires.

Bottom Line:   
I had issues with getting an old, worn in set of OE Ignitors to hold air tubeless so I wanted to try a new set of 29x2.25 Ardent up front with a 29x2.1 Ignitor on the rear. The previous set of Ignitors I had were super confidence inspiring and had tons of cornering grip. This Ardent slips as soon as you start leaning on the side knobs, and has led me to one very hard crash and more than a few close calls. Never will I buy another Ardent.

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Favorite Trail:   Avalon

Duration Product Used:   1 month

Price Paid:    $44.00

Purchased At:   Amazon

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Ignitor, Schwalbe Nobby Nic

Bike Setup:   Kona Kahuna 29er.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jarek

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2012

Strengths:    Grip and Weight

Weaknesses:    sidewalls are starting to fray...

Bottom Line:   
Not much to say except these tires give me confidence that they will break, accelerate and not puncture as I expect.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by siraerich

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2012

Strengths:    cool sidewall graphics

Weaknesses:    everything else

Bottom Line:   
I am rating the 29 x 2.25 tires.

these are horrible. no climbing grip and absolutely no cornering grip. these came on my bike stock and went off after 3 rides. Not dependable at all, sometimes they slip and sometimes they grip. I even siped the side knobs and they still have no dependable grip.

This is what I would call a wal-mart mountain bike tire. Yeah sure it will roll good on a gravel path, but when you want to roll on some nice single track and rock some corners these get you none. I would rather rock some holy rollers than these. DO NOT BUY THESE!

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

Date Reviewed: August 31, 2012

Strengths:    Fast, grippy, looks nice.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I've long been a huge Nevegal fan, but when I my new Rocky Mountain Slayer 70 came with the Ardent's, I decided I'd give them a few weeks to see if I liked them. Very glad I did too, as this tire has completely changed my view on what I mtn bike tire should be. Right away you can tell it's a much faster tire than the Nevegal, and so far it's exceeded the Nev in cornering too. Tight turns I usually drift around I was now railing like never before. It's the dusty season here in Seattle, but these tires grip the dry and loose trails like nothing I've ridden before. Haven't had a chance to put them to the test on wet roots yet, but given how impressive they've been so far I'd be very surprised if they didn't excel there as well.

Well done Maxxis, you've made a convert out of me!

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Favorite Trail:   A-Line

Duration Product Used:   2 weeks

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Nevegal 2.3 Sticky

Bike Setup:   Rocky Mountain Slayer 70

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Anyone tried Ardent 2.4 rear and High Roller II 2.3 front? Sb95c

Hey all, I still have the Ardent 2.4 from the OEM build kit that came with my SB95c. I found it and the ikon to be too drifty for my liking so I've swapped them out for Trail Boss rear and Vigilante front. That said, I'm interested in trying out different tires and I'm considering the Ardent 2.4 r ... Read More »

Anyone running Ardent 2.4 on their trail rig?

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Ardent vs Racing Ralph

My Niner came with Racing Ralphs, which though only about a month and a half old, are starting to lose their knobs (I've put about 500 miles on them and am not shy about locking up). I'm actually not complaining about the tires' life, but a few of my friends swear by Ardents. I ride mostly gravell ... Read More »

Tire opinions: saguaro, ardent race, others

Hey all, I'm in the market for a new tire and was looking for opinions. I live in north Texas which is typically dry hardpack/loose over hardpack with some roots and rocks. Currently my setup is: Front: 2.2 Saguaro TNT Rear: 2.0 Mezcal wire bead I'm looking to upgrade the Mezcal for a tubeless ti ... Read More »

Ardent 2.4 Tubeless Compatibility?

I'm making the jump to 29er, and have decided on the ardent 2.4 as my tire. I'm generally confused by all the variants of ardent, and am left wondering, which 2.4 versions are tubeless compatible? The skinwalls look nice. Could these be run tubeless? Thanks!Read More »

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