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Maxxis knows traction.

The newest tire in the Maxxis MTB line is the Ardent, and it offers riders unbeatable traction with a self-adjusting tread. In its raw form the Ardent would be an aggressive rear tire, with delta-shaped center tread sections for grabbing dirt under acceleration and braking. Most riders will stop analyzing there…but if you look closer, you’ll discover a secret: the notches in the center and side knobs are like virtual tread-cuts. These channel cuts change the simple block tread design into a grippy, toothy tire that hooks up on anything from hardpack to slickrock, while still presenting that unified delta shape that claws deep into loose and wet conditions.

Tech Specs

26 in, 29 in
Claimed Weight:
644 g
Recommended Use:
XC, all-mountain MTB

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4 5

Sick gnar

Pretty sweet tires. They came as the OEM offering on my Rocky Mountain Slayer 50. The front came in a 2.4" and I love it. It corners exceptionally well and tracks very well, especially under braking. Since owning it, I've managed to steam roll a few cactus and they keep on truckin'. I've even converted the front to a ghetto tubeless set up which works well, despite the difficulty seating the bead.

The rear at 2.25" is only so-so. High rolling resistance and doesn't seem to grip quite as well as the 2.4". But for an OEM tire, it's prettty tough to beat - hence only four stars and not five.

Overall it's a great, no-nonsense, tough and good looking tire.

4 5


Didn't have a foldable 2.35 Minon DHF in stock. So got the Ardent in a 2.4 works great so far. Still rockin minon's in dual ply though.

3 5

Blown Sidewall

I bought two Ardent 2.4's about a year ago. The front tire is still going strong. I destroyed the rear tire on the 2nd XC ride, probably on a sharp rock. But heck, it's not very rocky riding here and the tires were so new they still had their little rubber whiskers. Maxxis gave me no love, and attributed it to natural wear and tear. Whatever.

Performance-wise the tires handle well. They like to drift as you begin to lay the bike over but then hook up solidly when tipped enough to engage the sidewall knobs. This feeling is pretty predictable and often fun too.

Blown Sidewall

Do these ardents have the new EXO casing...

Do these ardents have the new EXO casing sidewall?

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Yes, the new do have the EXO casing. It is visible on the sidewall.

Love rocking the Ardent for a front tire....

Love rocking the Ardent for a front tire. Right now I have it for F and R. But curious if I should try out the Minion DHR mountain for a new rear tire. Anyone got an opinion?

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That all depends on your bike, set up, intending riding and terrain. The DHR will no doubt be a heavier but beefier tire.

4 5


good tire, I put it in the back,it grips wellgoing uphill even in loose stuff

5 5

Fantastic Front Tire

Riding a 2.4 up front. I have to say that these are probably the best front tire you can have. I've tried them all from WTB to Kenda Nevs, the Ardent for me has been an outstanding front tire. I consider myself a strong xc rider, east coast. We deal with everything from wets, rocks & roots. I've pushed this tire unable to really find its limits. My main concern has been trying to find the perfect rear tire. Ride it on the front, inspires confidence, especially in the sketchy sections of any ride.

3 5

Good for intermediate trails

I bought 2 sets of these (2.25 and 2.4).

26 x 2.25:
Rolling - rolls very good because of the center tread blocks being closely placed.
Climbing - climbs good for what I was doing, not a whole lot of climbing done on these.
Cornering- on loose to moderately loose sandy soil over hard pack they were not confidence inspiring. You have to be on top of them, the give point is much sooner than I would have expected. I did not ride them in wet conditions since we have none in socal. But I would imagine them being inadequate for wet.
Overall: I heard good things about these tires and wanted to try them. The bigger volume had more downside than upside. Comfortable ride, but think monster truck tires for a second -- not really designed to corner going fast? They're a good tire for those who like to get into terrain but aren't planning on railing turns. Basically the big volume is like riding a beach cruiser with a fat seat. It's good to absorb a lot of vibration beyond that it just holds air.

26 x 2.4:
The rolling and climbing characteristics are good as the 2.25 size (again I don't climb so I'm not worried about that).
Cornering - The Ardents are better at the 2.4 size... not sure why a 2.25 was even made TBH. Riding slopestyle and bermed tracks this tire did okay (I'm back to Minions now). I still did not feel confident and I could feel the bike sliding when other tires (minions) would continue to rail.
Weight - for the size, these are pretty light and was my main reason for trying them.
Overall: I got rid of these soon after the 2.25s. These tires are good for those who do not intend to ride aggressively. On certain bikes, these tires would rub the front deraileurs -- so the higher volume is hit or miss, depending on your set up.

Side note: I'm on minions DHF 2.5 ST and DHR 2.5 3C. They are heavy but the tradeoff is well worth it as these tires feel like they stick to the ground. Night and Day difference.

Good for intermediate trails
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Was riding the 2.35 Minion. I'm on the fence as to the better tire. Both are great, but I haven't made up my mind yet.................

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yeah, I originally rode with 2.35 Minions before going bigger to 2.4 Ardents. The 2.35s are great tires but if you go up to a 2.5 size (which is actually narrower than the Ardent 2.4) its a noticeable difference in handling. Trust me, you'll kick yourself in the rear end for not doing it sooner. Also the super tacky or 3C compound has unbelievable grip. It's like riding with Vans shoes and then switching to 5Tens.

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Ya, I am on the fence right now too. I rocked the Ardent 2.4 3c for a year and a half. From Porcupine Rim to Aspen to Keystone bike park. Really liked them, but I am curious if the minions would be a better choice for pushing the downhill limits of my 6" bike. Any advice out there?

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I love these tires because they roll well and have a great weight/sturdiness ratio. For most riders, they are fine. They are also way more comfortable than a tubeless HighRoller for instance. And that allows me to ride the rough stuff more easily. But if you ride hard, they are still a little wimpy. And all that blank space between the center tread and side knobs doesn't give you a good cornering feeling through the drift. I'm back on a 2.5 MinionFR DH casing on the rear wheel, (and you are right: they are actually narrower than the 2.4 Ardent) and a Minion FR EXO casing in front. This seems like the best so far in terms of rolling/pinch flat prevention/grip performance.

3 5

Stay On the Trail...

They work fine as both front and rear. Smooth rolling, great absorbtion.
However, these tires do not corner or climb very well...would not recommend for all-mountain use.

Stay On the Trail...
4 5


Nice tires, a little surprised with the size of the 2.4 as Maxxis is never true to size, much larger profile than Minions I have run in the past. After getting my pressure right these tires rip! Ultra bite in the corners and fast on the straight aways. More spacing between the knobs lead me to believe these would perform in Mud as well. Planning on going tubeless eventually. Another killer tire from Maxxis.

5 5

Best Tire Out!

This Tire rips! True to size as well which has not been so for Maxxis in the past. I have the 26x2.4 3C and run tubeless. Works great. Good Grip, predictable slide, great bite in the corners. Good front or rear. Great, versatile tire.

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Yo Christian,
What was your method of going tubeless with these tires?
I didn't think there was a UST version. I've been rocking these front and rear for a season and like them a lot. I was going to get them again, but wanted tubless. Let me know, thanks.

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I set these up as tubeless on a pair of CrossMax SX 09 for light but aggressive XC/AM riding. That didn't last long. The front one got a 1/2 inch cut right down the middle. The Stan's goo kind of sealed it for a while but it wasn't holding. And one day on a small drop, the rear popped completely off the rim in a loud bang... I love these tires because they roll well and have a great weight/sturdiness ratio. But if you ride hard, they are still a little wimpy. I'm back on a MinionFR DH casing on the rear wheel, and Minion FR EXO casing in front.

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I installed them F&R on my Mavic Crosline wheels, I just placed two rounds of notube´s tape and the original rim tape with a notube´s valve. They hold pressure and sealed pretty good.

Do these come in UST?

Do these come in UST?

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No UST version available on these right now. I guess you could go and stans no-tubes glue-it if you wanted?

what is the differance between foldable...

what is the differance between foldable tires or not?

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"Foldable" tires usually have a kevlar bead as opposed to a wire bead. It is possible to fold a wire bead tire, but more difficult. Folding is good if you want to carry a spare tire.

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Folding Kevlar beads save 80 grams or more of rotational weight while offering the same strength as a steel bead. Folding bead tire sometimes cost more.

4 5

hook up into any turn on any ground

I'll admit, I have been riding Kenda for a while now but these MAXXIS Ardents have turned my gaze back to Maxxis. The 2.4 is the perfect tire for those AM,FR,DH riders looking for solid tires without a ton of weight. My most memorable experience with these tires was hooking up into a turn that was off camber that I usually slip out on. Not with the Ardents. The rubber material is perfect for rock, loam, roots; they stick on about anything. The only weakness that I can find with these tires is rolling resistance...but if you are ripping at any reasonable pace you wont notice it.

4 5

Super Grip

These tires offer excellent traction. On wet, slushy roads they performed alright to acceptable to me, however on rocks, dirt, and on sandy/rocky soils they outperformed compared to other brand tires I have had before. Would recommend for dry to moderate wet surfaces, would not recommend for heavy water conditions or mud. Overall a great deal on a great traction tire.