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MaxxisArdent Race Tire - 29

Sale 9% OffCurrent price:$80.00 Original price:$88.00

Item # MXX003L

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Item # MXX003L
Description

Why We Like The Ardent Race Tire

Not one to leave a stone unturned in your favorite rock garden, Maxxis looked upon its family of capable off-road tires and noticed a space between the XC-oriented Ikon and the trail-focused Ardent. Determined to fill the gap between these two beloved tires, they went back to the drawing board before unveiling the Ardent Race Tire—an updated version of the classic Ardent but with a lighter and faster tread that provides maximum speed and cornering on hard-packed or mixed trail conditions.

While the tread pattern is almost the same as the original Ardent, Maxxis removed some of the depth from the knobs while also condensing the entire pattern. Shoulder knobs combined with ramped central knobs create a tire that rolls fast while doing a great job holding its grip in corners. The Maxxis 3C compound features a blend of three rubber densities arranged across the width of the tread, with harder rubber in the base layer for longer tread life, and softer layers on the top and sides for maximum braking and cornering traction.

  • Quick-rolling MTB tire for XC courses and endurance events
  • Ramped center knobs reducing rolling resistance
  • Angled side knobs provide greater biting traction in corners
  • EXO protection reduces sidewall cuts and tears
  • Wide Trail design is optimized for rims with 30 - 35mm internal width

Tech Specs
Compound3C Maxx Speed
Size29 x 2.2in, 29 x 2.35in
Typetubeless
TPI120
PSI[max] 60
Beadfolding
Manufacturer Warrantylimited
Activitycross-country
Weight

Actual Weight

3C/EXO/Tubeless Ready, 2.2
745g
26.28oz
3C/EXO/TR, 2.35
761g
26.84oz

Claimed Weight

Claimed weights are provided by the vendor.

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[29 x 2.2in] 718g, [29 x 2.35in] 778g

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

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What do you think about this product?

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>Rating: 5

Excellent option for Salsa Cutthroat

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Great option for the salsa Cutty - rolls fast and quiet. No issues with sidewall leaking like mentioned below.

>Rating: 2

29in, 2.2: Not great for tubeless

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought
29in 2.2

I don't normally leave reviews but thought my experience could help others. I've ridden with this as a rear tire for the last 6 months and many, many miles and rides across Arizona, Utah and Colorado. 1) This was the hardest tire ever for me to get on the inside of the rim. No issues seating tubeless after that though. 2) Sidewalls are VERY thin. So thin sealant constantly leaks through them everywhere (see photo). I have to constantly add more sealant than I've added on other tires to keep them from going flat or very low on a regular basis. 3) Grip was noticeably improved over my warn Bontrager XR2s but the tire is narrower. But that's what "race" is going for I guess.

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>Rating: 5

Go to front tire

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
2.35

Just the right amount of grip and rolling resistance I pair it with the Ikon rear.

>Rating: 4

Good tire

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

This tire works for the type of riding I do (CX, UT/ID single track). Good traction, holds up well but I'm not very hard on my gear.

>Rating: 4

Great front tire for XC

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I have been running the 2.35 Ardent Race for over a year now as my front tire on my Niner RKT with much success. For starters it was super easy to mount and setup tubeless. The tire gives you great confidence since it is so predictable. Pairs nicely with an Ikon in the rear.

>Rating: 5

Ardent Race for the arduous races

I've been really pleased with the Ardent Race so far--I have the 2.2" set up on my front wheel (paired with the 2.1" Crossmark on the rear) for my bikepacking race bike. It corners well, is durable, and I haven't had issues with the tubeless seal yet. Overall stoked on this and looking forward to the 1000's of miles to come.

>Rating: 5

Great front tyre

Works great on all but very muddy conditions

>Rating: 4

Great XC Tire

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

These have low rolling resistance and provide substantial grip. I am running the 2.35 front and rear on a Pivot Les. I like the volume for the rear tire as it provides just enough cushion for the hard tail. Set up tubeless really well.

>Rating: 5

Speed with Extra Grip Please

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I love the Ardent Race for Utah mid-summer riding. The dust gets a little too deep for my Ikon's to dig in so I swap out to an Ardent race up front and all is right in the world again. I have gotten great mileage out of them and absolutely abuse them.

>Rating: 5

Awesome XC Tire

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I used this tire on my front wheel for xc/endurance riding and absolutely love it. It grips so well on surfaces I would never imagine it gripping to. Super lightweight and durable. When I'm riding xc, I like to pair the Ardent with a Ikon on my rear wheel.

>Rating: 5

XC front tire

Choose this for loose over hard conditions and it gives confidence in most conditions. Otherwise use an Ikon up front.

>Rating: 5

FAST

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

The Ardent race rolls really really well, so performance is spot on if you're looking for a great true XC tire. I've only been running them a month but so far no mechanical issues. I've run a few Maxxis tires but this is my first go with the Ardent race. Cornering is typical of most really good XC tires I've run. they set up pretty easy and have not leaked much over time.

>Rating: 5

All-Around Awesome

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

The Ardent Race is, pound for pound, (literally) the best all-around XC race tire there is. After a season or two on a Continental X-King and Race-Kings, I decided to see what all the Maxxis hype was about, and I haven't looked back since. The combination of rolling speed, puncture protection, and grip is literally unbeatable, especially at the price. Don't take my word for it though, ask the current king of XC; Swiss speed-king Nino Schuter. The five-time world champion, and Gold medal winner swapped from Dugast to Maxxis late last season in preparation for the Olympic games in Rio, which he won. I'm gonna roll on these as long as I'm still kickin'.

>Rating: 4

Fast Tire

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

When I bought my bike last July, it came spec'd with Maxxis Ardent 2.25 29'ers. Not a great tire, but not a bad tire by any means. I finally wore those things out a few months back and bought some meats (Minion DHR and Highroller II) and slapped those on there. Great tires for aggressive trail riding or enduro. But, for the kind of riding I like to do (XC and trail riding) they were not the right tire. So, after weeks of research, I decided on the Ardent Race for the front and the Ikon for the rear. This review is for the Ardent Race... Keep in mind I have only been on one ride with this tire, but I feel that I have a pretty good impression of what the tire is about. First thing first, this tire gave me a little gruff when mounting. I couldn't get the bead to seat at first. Finally used some soapy water and it popped on. The ride of the tire is amazing. For the kind of trails we have here in my local area (Ventura County/SoCal) I think this is the perfect tire. Hard pack and a little bit of loose over hard pack. Resistance is minimum. Rolls smoothly. However, if you're into aggressive trail riding, this isn't the tire for you. It's ok if you are occasionally pushing the envelope, but prolonged agro riding deserves a tire with more meat. Overall, I am very happy with this tire on the front of my Pivot and I look forward to smashing more PR's.

>Rating: 5

Hands down my favorite XC tire

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I race with these tires on XC trails in Austin, Texas. They have a fantastic grip on limestone and granite, corner well and hold a tread longer than most other tires I've ridden, including the Maxxis Ikon, Bontrager XR1-XR3, and Schwalbe Racing Ralph. They also seem to be a fair bit better at resisting puncture and sidewall impact. Overall, it's my go to tire for weight. If I want a longer lasting tire for off season use, I'll go for just the regular Ardent with deeper tread.

>Rating: 5

First time on Maxxis. I'm impressed.

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

These setup easier (tubeless) than any other tire I have ever tried. They roll well, are sticky, and seem to be pretty puncture resistant(knock on wood). I think I've become a convert. Once my Nobby Nic wears out I think I may try the regular Ardent(non-race) on the front for a combination with a nod to xc riding.

>Rating: 5

Perfect for me

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I ride these on a Santa Cruz Tallboy, sometimes just front, other times front and rear. I use this bike as a trail bike and ride about 100 miles a week. They have great traction on Norther California dirt, are fairly light, and wear fairly slow. Overall perfect tire for this bike and our dirt.

>Rating: 5

Perfect XC Tire

Bike came with Maxxis Icons, but it was my first 29'er and I wasn't feeling any sort of large contact patch grip. So tried this on the front and now all is right in the world.

>Rating: 4

Great tire

I usually run the 2.4 ardent. The ardent race hooks up almost as well. I just run it with a bit higher psi. I have now been running it on carbon derby 35mm rim. Great combo for the rear of my SS.

>Rating: 5

Great Grip!

The Ikon on the front I was running had no grip and would washout to easily. The Ardent Race is worlds better! I still run the Ikon on the rear, great set up. I run the Ardent on a 25.5mm inner width Stans Flow Ex rim. I am thinking of putting the Ardent Race on the rear also...