What the Ardent's Racier riders have been waiting for.
It's true that Maxxis makes its beloved Ardent tire in a 29-inch diameter. However, a common bit of feedback that the company fielded about the tire was that it just wasn't quite fast enough to race on harder courses, as per so many 29-inch mountain bike riders. Not one to leave holes in its lineup, Maxxis got to tweaking the Ardent's tread pattern to be lighter, tighter, and faster for 29-inch XC racers and trail riders who wanted the Ardent's toughness and do-it-all capability, but needed a bit more flat-out speed. The result? The Maxxis Ardent Race 29-Inch Tire.
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's 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 29-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.
- XC riding and racing
- Available in Race and EVO versions