The Maxxis Ignitor Mountain Bike Tire's wide spaced tread sheds mud and rocks like mad, so you can rip in full-on mank without your bike gaining weight every five feet. Pentagon-shaped nobbs and a medium tread compound help you corner well in a wide range of trail conditions. With many World Cup victories under its belt, this Maxxis tire gets the job done on race day.
Strengths: Light, rolls fast, a good race tire for DRY conditions. It's like using racing slicks in dry conditions.
Weaknesses: Doesn't shed wet dirt mud or sand very well. It's like using racing slicks in wet conditions. Sucks if the condition are anything but dry.
This review is for the 29er 2.1 version. I think for the budget XC racer, this is a great choice. It's relatively cheap, is comparatively light for 29er XC tires out there so it's a budget weight weenie pick. And rolling resistance is quite impressive in DRY conditions. (sand, hardpack, dirt, clay). It also performs well over rocks, logs, cornering berms.
Where these tires really fail is if the conditions get wet. Everything sticks to these tires (sand, dirt, clay, mud, ice) and they don't shed any of it well. My best comparison is racing slicks used for motorcycles or racecars on asphalt race tracks...they are awesome in dry conditions , grip well and are very predictable. But if there's any rain, the last thing you'd ever want is to use slicks in the rain cause the grip is gone. Same thing with the ignitors...in the wet, it gets so caked up, any semblance of tread or knob or grip is gone. I think these are are condition specific light, fast XC tires for dry conditions, but not a versatile all-around tire choice.
Weaknesses: Quite narrow. Fair bit of rolling resistance due to knob design (as would be expected with MTB tyre however).
I run these tyres front and back. I find they respond well and can take the dry dusty conditions that most of my local trails offer. They are predictable and give enough warning when grip is being lost to save it. Other tyres often give out to quickly in the dusty conditions. They corner and climb quite well also.
It could possibly be a good idea to run something wider on the front but they still feel quite capable as a set.
Strengths: Corners well Especially in loose conditions. Squarish profile works well for me.
Weaknesses: Maybe not the fastest roller. I think the benefit of the extra speed through the turns more than makes up for it.
I've ridden lots of tires over the years. The profile of this tire tends to be one of my favorites. For me, it really bites the corners in all conditions. It's very predictable. I generally only use it on the front and use a WTB nanoraptor on the rear. It would be cool if they came out with a 2.35. Now that I'm not racing anymore I'd like a little more traction, cush, etc...
Date Reviewed: September 9, 2012
Strengths: predictable, roll fast, corner well
I have tried a lot of tires, usually going through 2 or 3 of the latest/greatest each season.
The Ignitors have changed that.
These are my last choice for riding XC in Utah. They roll well, they are durable, and they are predictable.
Any tire will slip if pushed hard enough. The Ignitors grip really well, but when they do slip they do it in a predictable, controllable way - allowing you to recover. They don't just completely let go like many xc/freeride tires, dumping you on the ground before you even realize there is an issue.
Weaknesses: Everything! One of the worst tires I've ever bought.
I've always had the philosophy, since I'm not rich, that I would buy the best tires I could afford and replace as necessary. I have rode on a lot of cheap tires. This time I decided to buy what my LBS recommended regardless of cost. They sold me a Maxxis Ardent front (an awesome tire) and a Ignitor for the rear. This tire is insanely crappy. Things that I got used to being able to pedal up on my WTB Weirwolves (a cheap tire) are no longer possible. A rock with dust on it will make it spin for sure, god forbid you hit an off angle root. Pinch flat on my first ride. Rolls slow. I could go on but I think I've made my point.
Strengths: - Treads worked better than the stock Kenda's on my bike
- Had better stopping power when coming around fast corners when only using the front brake to avoid sliding out.
Weaknesses: - tire size is smaller than my original set of tires. my stock tires were a 2.1 as are these. however the tire height is around 1.5" from the rim to the edge of the tire tread.
I ended up picking this tire as an emergency fix at a bike race i was doing today. I accidentally put the front tire of my bike to close to the exhaust pipe of my car. needless to say it melted the tire, tube, rim tape, and the crap plastic reflector. I was able to pick this up and race. it worked better than i expected, especially since i put it on literally 3 minutes before my race began. i just wish the tire was a little more beefier. other than that the tire is solid.
These came stock on my kona blast and intially i wasn't too impressed they were a little too loose especially in the rear for my liking, i was also riding in fairly wet conditions at the time, fast forward to this summer after running nevegals all around i drop these on and i feel like somone turbo charged my bike the roll wayy better than the nevegals in dry conditions they work great hook up well hold a corner well and are very predicatble the rear can get a little bouncy and pops off stuff here and there but it's always very precitable and you learn to expect it and keep riding through it. for more agressive/faster riding i have nevegal up front and an ignitor out back, as i started to feel the ignitor starting to lose a bit of grip through some turns on sandy hard pack, the ignitor out back is a champ tho and if you know how to ride (i have gotten significantly better since i first ran these tires) they will treat you well and will be very fast and shouldn't give you any traction issues unless you're bogging through the mud all day long
Strengths: Great front tire, wears exceptionally well, sets up tubeless easily
The round profile of the tire works well in the front for leaning into corners. There's the right amount of knobbiness for dry and loose conditions. I've yet to ruin either of my Ignitors and they end up getting put back on when I try other tires as the others get cut or don't work as well. In the rear, you can tell it's a knobby because of the road buzz through the saddle and consequently I like it as a front specific tire.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: December 31, 2011
Strengths: Confidence inspiring cornering grip
givesd a lot of feedback,
warns you well before it's going to break loose
Rolling resistance is good, maybe not great but I've been spoiled by small block 8, larsen tt & crossmark
Weaknesses: smaller than listed size, (if that matters to you) more like 2.0 than 2.1.
Nothing inspires confidence like an early waning that you're getting close to the limits of grip. This tyre will give you fair warning that you’re getting close to the limits of grip and gives you time to correct.
Up front : I’ve found that there is plenty of grip in corners with plenty of feedback, it leans in well and progressively, braking is solid and well controlled. I’m really fond of the handling characteristics of this tyre, it’s more a matter of controllable, progressive handling rather than outright grip. It might be smaller than it claims to be but it doesn’t feel like it has lost anything by it. Works very well on all of the surfaces I ride, dry hardpack, gravel/sand over hardpack, lose over hardpack, rock and soft soil
At the rear: There is loads of climbing traction when the pressure is right, 32psi for me at around 160lb on all of the surfaces I ride, dry hardpack, gravel/sand over hardpack, lose over hardpack, rock and soft soil, but I prefer it up front and something faster on the rear like a cross mark/Larsen/sb8
I find it to be a good combination with ignitor, front and Larsen/cross mark rear. I would recommend this tyre to beginners looking to enhance their cornering confidence as well as more experienced riders looking for cornering speed and playing with slides because it wont just slip out from under you.
I’m very happy with this tyre, it doesn’t suffer by being a bit smaller than 2.1 in fact it might be lighter and faster for it.
Strengths: None, that I can think of...wait, it sealed really easily, so setup was a cinch.
Weaknesses: Bought this as a more all purpose XC tire as it was going to be a slippery week. I was running Stan's the Raven 2.2's. They never slip, even when it's wet. Put these on for anticipated extra grip and they all went sideways over every silly little root. Sucked. Tried the Stan's tires for comparison after a local XC race and they were 100 times better on slimy east coast roots than these tires. And the Stan's have minimal, minimal tread.
Also, these wash out in any corner, even damp hardpack.
Setup easy, terrible for rock and root east coast cross country races.
variation on the "best tire for the front range" theme, but I recently replaced my rear with the Maxxis Ignitor 29 x2.10 and it seems to be letting down on hard surface climbing, spining out on waterbars and rocks more than the previous tire.
Perhaps I just suck, but anyone else running these? What ... Read More »
I use a 29x2.1 Ignitor for the front and 29x2.2 Ikon exo/exc/3c for the rear which has been a great combination for me all season. My Ikon finally developed the dreaded huge blister in it but I have a couple more of those and a couple of crossmarks to burn through before I need to get more rear ti ... Read More »
Looking for a recommendation for the type of rocky mt riding -
Currently running an Ardent 2.25 rr and Rampage 2.35 frt (29ers). Have held up well but I would suggest the Ardent is a wee bit sluggish on the rear and straightline grip could be a bit better - been durable and no issues with all t ... Read More »