Maxxis Ardent EXO 29er Tire

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Ardent EXO

The Ardent features aggressiveTread in a high volume casingThat provides unbelievableTraction in almost any situation. PlusThe EXO offers additional protection on sidewalls. AggressiveTread EXO protection High volume casing Approximate weight 695 grams Folding bead

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William Gregory   All Mountain Rider [May 26, 2016]

One tough monkey! Sidewalls will stand up to some cruel bashing. The 2.40 is a different beast than it's smaller 2.25 brethren: deeper bite, greater width with better coverage at leaning angles and the obligatory weight punishment as well. All in all, a spanky doughnut to roll 'round 'em hills!


Still feel the mid-tread should be further reinforced as it takes in a lot of punishment on relatively small real-estate.
Not really for tarmac, will feel like a caterpillar track ;)
The wirebead 2.40 is rather on the heavy side and with a higher rolling resistance. The Kevlar bead pulls in at a very respectable ~800g.
Weight is acceptable for how tough it is, weight weenies beware :>

The 29x2.40 wire bead EXO Ardent comes in at 2.237/2.356in and about 3.51mm mid-tread depth, while the 29x2.25 wire bead entry-level Ardent measures in at 2.076/2.169in and 2.08mm mid-tread depth. As expected, the two brethren will aspire to different goals. While the 2.25er will be a brilliant all-rounder, performing great from tarmac to XC and light DH, the 2.40 EXO variant shows a noticeable increase in rolling resistance with the reverse of the coin being greater, much greater! bite in corners and definitely more aggressiveness out on the DH trails. The EXO simply ensures you'll get at the bottom of that rock in one piece. I've had a couple of nasty slashing attempts at it and it's still going strong so I know I need not worry. Just wish it had extra thorn protection 'neath the tread, those things will gang up on you when you least expect 'em.
Maybe there is a slight (?) weight gain due to the EXO sidewall but this is a tire for a rider with a purpose. Mount this puppy on that rim, forget about it and just ride. It is definitely overkill for anything tarmac related, as would be expected.
There are better DH tires out there but this Ardent marks-down so many sweet spots that it's versatility never ceases to amaze. Perhaps the rolling resistance is noticeable compared to the slimmer bro but that still means the Ardent is for the All-Mountain racer in you and not the diehard DH-billy.
Tire pressure is a highly personal issue ;)) but the EXO enables one to play and get into some deep setting up: the tire definitely behaves accordingly and will emulate the terrain better than any slimy caterpillar ever did :P All kidding aside, the 2.40 EXO Ardent really is the modern-day all-mountain caterpillar-tire. It's surprising it's not a more popular tire.

Similar Products Used: Maxxis, Kendas and others not worth mentioning.
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