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MaxxisArdent Race 27.5 Tire

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Item # MXX003K

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  • MaxxSpeed/EXO, 27.5 x 2.6 ($82.80)
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Ardent Race Tire

The Ardent tire from Maxxis is one of the company's best-selling slabs of rubber, in no small part because of its incredible versatility on virtually any type of terrain. Recognizing the potential in the tread pattern for even greater speed, however, engineers got to tweaking it and ended up producing a tire so fast it threatened to cannibalize their race-ready Aspen tire. That tire is the Maxxis Ardent Race Tire, seen here in 27.5-inch guise.

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 fast, 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. Unlike the regular Ardent, the Ardent Race isn't quite ready for extreme mudslinging or very loose loam, but for everything on the firmer side of the spectrum, the Ardent Race is ready. A 120 threads-per-inch casing keeps the ride smoother than the 90, 60, or 30tpi casings of many competitors, with more threads ready to contour to the trail. Maxxis's Triple-C Maxx Speed compound used for the tread pattern is a blend of three different rubber densities assigned to areas of the tread where they will perform best. Finally, take confidence in knowing that Maxxis' TR Tubeless-Ready casing is one of the toughest and most reliable in the business.

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.

The Maxxis Ardent 27.5-Inch Race Tire is 2.2 inches in width and can be set up tubeless on nearly any tubeless-ready rim, although it can accommodate tubes as well. It comes only in the color Black.

  • 3C Maxx Speed rubber
  • Tubeless ready
  • Aramid bead
  • 120 TPI
  • Available with EXO sidewall protection

Tech Specs
Compound3C Maxx Speed
Size27.5 in x 2.2 in
TypeTubeless Ready clincher
PSI[max] 60
Recommended Usemountain biking
Manufacturer Warrantylimited

Actual Weight

MaxxSpeed/EXO, 27.5 x 2.6
3c/Exo/Tubeless Ready, 27.5 x 2.2
3c/Exo/Tubeless Ready, 27.5 x 2.35

Claimed Weight

Claimed weights are provided by the vendor.

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[standard] 1lb 6.4oz (635g), [EXO] 1lb 8oz
635g), [EXO] 1lb 8oz (680g

Actual weights are measured in-house by the Competitive Cyclist team.

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What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Love these tires!

I've used it several times

These tires are great. They give me confidence on the trail. They have a great grip, even in dry, dusty conditions. They're great in corners and even easy to mount.

>Rating: 4

great for a light and sturdy XC tire

I've used it several times

For the weight, the tread and grip is pretty great. If you're looking for a solid lighter weight XC tire this will definitely do the trick. I wouldn't recommend it if you're a bullish rider looking to save weight on a Trail or AM bike since it's not very durable on the bigger hits.

Mike, your review was helpful. What tire would you recommend for a trail/AM bike to save weight over the traditional Maxxis Ardent? I was considering the Ardent Race but that doesn't seem to be the case according to your review. I don't hit big drops/jumps but lots of rock gardens and some steep shale rock hills in New York state.

@Mark P. If you are looking for a lighter all around tire look at the Vittoria Peyote TNT. comes in 2.1 or 2.25 Both are lighter than the Maxxis Ardent.

>Rating: 4

Great For the Race

I've used it several times

I normally ride the High Roller 2 for my rear tire , but needed a tire with smaller knobs for a 50 mile ride. The tires were excellent on the double track as they had less resistance and allowed for more rolling.