Race day ready.
With Maxxis' Ardent tire being devoured by riders left and right, it was no surprise when they released the Ardent Race, and now, with riders craving more traction and a plush addition of pneumatic suspension, Maxxis offers the Ardent Race EXO/TR Tire in a lofty 27.5 x 2.6 profile. This tire combines the tweaked tread of the Ardennes race with its quick-rolling tread and beefy, stepped side lugs that grip loose corners with the wide-trail casing, bringing lugs out further for grip on steeper banked turns, and allowing you to run the low tire pressures you desire on rims with a 30 to 35mm inner width.
Those familiar with the original Ardent tire will certainly be able to draw some visual familiarity between the two models, while also being able to clearly tell which of the two earns the "Race" designation. The Ardent Race takes the standard Ardent's tread pattern and condenses it, with tighter spacing between now-shallower knobs, to create a faster-rolling contact patch, although the profile and job functions of those knobs are basically the same. Small, ramped central knobs keep straight-line rolling quick and smooth, and shoulder knobs deriving in design from the Maxxis High Roller and other of the company's high-speed gravity tires bestow the Ardent Race tire with comparable levels of cornering grip for hardpack or semi-loose conditions. The Ardent Race doesn't lend itself well to loose and muddy terrain, with its narrower tread pattern, and prefers firmer, dustier trails to the loose loam, making it an ideal XC race day tire, or tire for heading out on backcountry trail epics.
The EXO version of each tire includes Maxxis's EXO sidewall protection, which is a densely-woven layer of especially tough fabric that's integrated into the tire's sidewall. Made for especially rocky and technical conditions to prevent abrasion and cuts, choose the EXO version of the Ardent Race if you occasionally find yourself in the (much) rougher stuff
- Race-ready rubber for those with wide-trail intentions
- EXO sidewall protection shields from tears and cuts
- Tubeless ready for running on rims with 30 - 35mm internal
- Wide trail casing stretches tread further for cornering
- Stepped side lugs hold you in on steep banked turns
- Straight-line rolling stays smooth with small ramped knobs