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Item # MXX003J

Keeping its midsize crown.

The Maxxis 27.5-Inch Ardent Tire is arguably the company's most versatile tire overall, with a balanced tread pattern for both speed and technical traction. Boosting the width up to 2.4 inches provides even more stability and traction, making for the ultimate all-around trail tire.

However, Maxxis knows that traction is only part of the trail equation. So, to prevent energy loss, the center tread features ramped knobs. And while these are ideal for acceleration, they also assist with braking traction. At the side of the Ardent, large block-style side knobs result in numerous edges for confidence through high-speed cornering.

This Ardent uses a 60 TPI casing with EXO protection. This consists of added pinch flat and abrasion protection at the sidewall for an enhanced resistance to cuts. It also features LUST, or Lightweight Ultimate Sidewall Technology, which is a rubber compound covering the casing. So, the tire becomes less permeable, meaning that it retains its air for long periods of time.

The Maxxis Ardent 27.5in Tire is available in the color Black and in a 2.4-inch width only.

  • Dual-compound rubber
  • Ramped center knobs and blocky side knobs
  • EXO sidewall protection
  • LUST Lightweight Ultimate Sidewall Technology
  • 60 TPI
  • Tubeless-compatible aramid bead

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Great rear tire!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Was time to upgrade my tires and i threw this one on the rear. It is a great tire, feels like it climbs and descends fast! Can't go wrong!

Best rear tire

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ardent is the do it all rear tire, I have the 2.4 on my all mountain suspension bike and a 2.2 on my hard tail gravel bike, great traction, cornering and weight combo.

Ardent!

    I have run this tire on a few bikes over the years, and this is a fresh one to replace the Ardent I shredded last fall. It is currently one of the tires I use for mellower trail riding. This tire is awesome for hard-packed trail riding and desert terrain. It offers a nice combination of rolling efficiency and traction at a reasonable weight. Setting it up tubeless was a 'snap' with compatible rims. Its a good do-all tire for trail riding that rolls better than a Minion DHR or similar tires. That said, on softer trail surfaces its easy to break traction with this tire - with or without using the back brake. It is also not suited for more aggressive downhill/enduro riding - sharp rocks, high speed, and large impacts will destroy this tire.

    Perfect rear tire

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Pair this one with a high roller 2 in the front, and this has been the ideal tire setup for my trail bike for the past 3 seasons. Great rolling resistance, and enough grip with a really predictable break point, so I know when the tire is going to break free and I can skid the back end of the bike around where I want to.

    EXO sidewall protection is awesome, and rubber durability is some of the best I've seen.

    Killer tire

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    My 2nd set and very happy with performance. These grip really well in corners and im surprised with the longevity of the tire. Overall this is my go to tire for all mountain riding.

    Maxxis Ardent 27.5

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

    Easy to install and has great tread. good tire for cross country/ trail riding.

    Maxis Ardent EXO TR

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Great tires! I'm running them tubeless front/rear on 3 bikes. I love them. Good traction and durability.

    Good all around tire

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Replaced the Icons on my wife's bike with these. She loves them. They roll effortlessly and have great braking and cornering control. Easy to set up tubeless and tread wears well.

    Great tire!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Love this tire . Run it on the back and I keep on buying them. Sets up tubeless super easy. Fast rolling , long lasting.

    Good Tire

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've been using this as my rear tire for a couple months now and have been pleased with it. First off - it was very easy to install tubeless with a floor pump. As for riding - it offers great speed and traction while climbing. But, in fast corners, it does seem to kick-out more often than I would like.

    Fast Roller

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Great, fast rolling tire for dry/hard conditions. Pairs well with a high roller up front. Not the most aggressive cornering tire, but is definitely a fast roller.

    My Favorite Tire

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is my all-time favorite tire. I run the 2.4s front and back. I'm super impressed with the low rolling resistance and incredible traction. I've put so many miles on mine, and they still look great. Whether I'm riding Moab, St. George, or the Wasatch, these are my go-to tires.

    Great Sedona Tires

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These tires are great for hitting the trails out here! I've put roughly 45-50 miles on them so far and I must say they grip and roll right over all the loose rock. We recently had some rains out here as well and they did better than expected on the wet slick rock, roots and off camber rock gardens. A little slick in the mud but what do you expect, it's mud. 2015 Pitch Comp 27.5x2.4 Front to back.

    Thanks for the review Josh. Enjoy the desert riding!

    YEEEOOOWW

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've put about 600 miles on my Juliana Furtado this summer, that back tire needed some new rubber! Replaced the old Ardent with the new and I'm back out rippin and a rollin' again!

    Great tire for pedaling uphill and ripping downhill. Not much else you need to know.

    Great tire

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought this tire to replace the Ikon on my rear wheel of my Yeti SB5. I wanted something with more aggressive tread, but that would still roll and climb without too much extra resistance. So far, the Ardent is living up to all of my wishes! I've been able to corner more confidently and I haven't felt any slower on the climbs, and in Crested Butte, we have a TON of climbing.

    2.25 Not great for aggressive riding

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The 2.25 came as rear tire on Santa Cruz 5010, ran tubeless on WTB ST 23 mm rim. Worked well for climbing and light descending. For anything more aggressive, even railing berms and small jumps it's totally squirmy at anything under 35psi, soft sidewalls roll over easily. took it to Big Bear (nothing gnar) and burped it hopping a 1ft roller (at 30 psi) and then tore a hole at a side lug at pretty low speed. I ordered a High Roller II dual compound to run instead, which I have on the front and has worked great.

    Avg. ride time: 3h 2m per week
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    Front or rear, have no fear

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Great tire for dry/hard conditions, decent in slick. I rode it on both coasts in tons of conditions and got reliable traction on all but the dustiest or rootiest and damp trails. A really great offering from Maxxis.

    2.4 NOT 2.4 in 27.5

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is not Competitive Cyclist's fault at all but Maxxis uses the same 2.25 casing for both the 2.25 AND the 2.4. 2.4 measures out to 2.27 wide and only 2.17 tall on a 28mm internal width rim. Only difference between 2.25 and 2.4 is knob height. For comparison, 26x2.4" measures 2.39 wide by 2.37 tall. I went to 4 LBS and measured 10+ samples, all were the same width casing within .16". Very disappointed as the 26x2.4 has been my go-to front tire for many years. Who knows, maybe it was just a bad run and it's just what everyone has right now?

    do the 27.5 x 2.4 fit a 2014 Giant Trance?

    Ardent 2.4 in front 2.25 in rear is a real nice set up for the Trance. - Spoken from experience with 2014 Giant Trance

    Thanks for the answer KevBike. Did you by chance use your stock rims on your bike and setup as tubless?