Honey, I shrunk the treads.
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