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Maxxis Ardent EXO TR Tire - 29in

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Big ‘n burly.

What’s the best way to make short work of serious gnar? Apart from 200mm of travel and nerves of steel, it’s the Maxxis Ardent EXO 29in Tire. It’s got the size to roll over the chunkiest trail furniture like it’s not even there, the blocky side knobs to corner like it’s on rails, and the ramped center knobs to roll like it’s got somewhere to be. The rolling resistance is surprisingly low, but the stopping power is enough to come to a halt on a dime and bring back nine cents change.

The Ardent’s also situated to run tubeless, so you can enjoy the grip that comes with lower pressures and not have to fuss with tubes. Its dual-compound rubber is perfectly balanced between sticky grip and hard-charging durability, and the EXO casing delivers an extra dose of durability, so big hits into sharp rocks are no big thing.

  • Maxxis' revered do-it-all trail tire
  • High-volume casing for superior traction and damping
  • Large block side knobs offer cornering stability
  • Center tread offers braking and accelerating traction
  • Ramped knobs minimizes rolling resistance
  • EXO sidewall protection resists sidewall tears
  • Item #MXX003R

Compound
Dual
Size
29 x 2.25in, 29 x 2.4in
Type
tubeless
Casing
single-ply
Protection
EXO
TPI
60
PSI
[max] 65
Bead
folding
Claimed Weight
[29 x 2.25in] 800g, [29 x 2.4in skinwall] 850g, [29 x 2.4in black] 864g
Recommended Use
cross-country, enduro, trail
Manufacturer Warranty
limited

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 5

Great tire for desert riding

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

Caught one of these thrown into the crowd at an Epic Rides event last year, and was blown away by how fast it rolls for the amount of grip! It works really well for desert and foothills riding with a mix of rocks, hardpack, and sand. More grip might be nice for really steep terrain, but I don't get to ride that stuff often enough to justify a slower rolling tire. This tire can make the difference between making it up that big rock step or getting hung up.

>Rating: 5

A good all around (& good looking) tire

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Ordered these in 2.4 for my trek fuel ex8 29er. The skinwalls look great on the all black bike, and the tires perform well. Set them up tubeless, and they bleed very little sealant initially. They have held up very well in the interior/Kootenays of British Columbia on everything from flat and dry to steep and muddy to rocks to roots and also roll fast on the pavement. No flats yet, wear evenly, no complaints, would purchase again. They also come on sale once in a while, which always helps!

Ordered
>Rating: 4

Terrific Trail Tire

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Great tires that roll well and stand up to rocky terrain. I got them in the 2.4 size and put them on my Santa Cruz Chameleon and they have worked great. They roll fast and I havent had any on trail issues yet.

>Rating: 5

Maxxis ardent

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

These tires work great for cross country trail riding. Recently replaced a hardtail with these tires. They are lightweight and easy to setup tubeless.

>Rating: 5

Black Magic

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Tires are a complicated, confusing topic regardless of the vehicle and the surface. Finding the perfect tire for all conditions, in all-terrain is an impossible task. Add in the fact that bikes are radically changing every couple of years, and things get near impossible to figure out. Experience is the only real way to start to try. Sometimes we also have to rely on the experience of others. In my case, I ride a 2017 Trek Fuel Ex 9.8 in the central and western regions of North Carolina. The tire size I use is the 29x2.4 in tubeless fashion. Conditions range from mud covered in leaves/needles to hard pack with loose over top. With 120mm of travel, I stay more towards the cross country style of riding with occasional all-mountain rides. The Ardent seems to be close to the perfect do everything tire for these conditions. Enough tread to dig through loose stuff in the dry season, but enough space between blocks to allow the tire to clear itself effectively. The tread compound allows for great traction on rocks and roots even as they get slick and steep. The great part about newer bikes is the clearance to run wide tires, as well as the inclusion of 30(ish)mm wide wheels to mount the tires to. The wide wheels allow the sidewall to get properly tensioned, so that you can run lower air pressure while still having good cornering stiffness (turn response) from the sidewall. Because of that these tires have great response as you lean down into the side tread blocks, and transition side to side with good feel. I run these tires at around the 20 PSI Front/23 PSI Rear ranges in most cases. I'm only 140lbs, so some people could say that you could go lower, but it's important to remember that tires need enough air in them to respond in the turns. So if you are a hard charger and/or have a full suspension mountain bike don't get sucked into the idea that lower is always better. I think this is where some people's opinions of this tire being "vague" in cornering situations occasionally comes from. Balance wise, if you decide to go Ardent Front and Rear, the bike for me tends to have too much rear grip for dryer/grippy conditions, aka the front tire wants to tuck. So I tend to run an Ardent on the front wheel and the Ardent Race on the rear, which also helps get some extra speed. For slicker conditions, you at least need the regular Ardent on the rear unless you are a capable bike handler. I'm still looking for the right step up from the Ardent to put on the front for a "need grip desperately" type of day. Finally, I've yet to have any issues with punctures, burping, etc... from rough terrain and riding. Including some landings on rock that I though were hard enough to kill a wheel. NC trails have plenty of tiny tree stumps and other sharp objects to test the sidewalls against and the EXO seems to do a supreme job.

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Thanks for the thorough review. I was considering running the ardent/ardent race combo just as you stated you have it set up so you just confirmed it’s worth a try. John S

>Rating: 4

Great all around tire

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Easy to mount up and rolls fast with good traction. One of the best tires for loose to hardpack conditions.

>Rating: 4

Great all around tire

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

This tire does everything, it’s quick rolling and can really take a beating. I have ridden this tire in all conditions all over the country and it hasn’t disappointed me yet. If you’re looking for a fast rolling and reliable tubeless tire, this is the one.

>Rating: 5

Great rear tire

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Just added this as a rear tire to my Trek X-caliber along with a Minion DHF in the front. Even with the big beefy knobs of the Minion I dont notice any loss of rolling speed from the stock Bontrager tires (which is a +). I converted to tubeless along with swapping the tires so that could be influencing it but I have a ton more confidence on the Georgia trails with the new tire combo. Highly recommend a Maxxis set!

Just
>Rating: 4

Rolls Fast!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Really impressed with how fast these roll considering their size. Spent a weekend on some of the longer rolling hill type of rides in Moab, was really impressed with efficient and fast they are. Curious to get them on some steeper rides to see how good they hold.

Really
>Rating: 4

Rolls pretty fast for how big it is

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Lightish and rolls pretty fast for a 2.4

>Rating: 4

Rolls Pretty Well, Grips Great

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Great all around tire for dirt roads or singletrack, and the skinwalls look sweet!

>Rating: 5

Great all around tire

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I've been using these front and rear in the 2.4 size for most of the summer and fall on a Niner WFO. These have a great volume and profile on a 29mm Stan's Flow mk3 rim and are true to size at just over 2.4 inches. Here in Northern Colorado, the terrain is steep and technical with sharp rocks, slick rock, hardpack, and loose over hard conditions. None of it phases the Ardents. I use these for all-mountain riding and I can charge descents with confidence and never wish for more grip. These tires carve high speed corners fantastically well and give me the confidence to push hard. I have had zero issues with sidewall wear or punctures and after several hundred miles of very hard use, the rear is just starting to show some wear while the front still looks new. These are a touch on the heavy side but I'll live with that since they do everything else so well. I was previously running Continentals on this bike and was tired of blowing out sidewalls and wearing them out. I'm sold on Maxxis and the Ardents and just ordered another pair.

>Rating: 5

Great XC Tire!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

This is a great XC tire! The tire provides plenty of grip and traction for all types of riding. I would highly recommend this tire!

>Rating: 5

Just go with Maxxis

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Riding in Utah means finding a tire that hooks up and holds up. Maxxis seems to have that figured out. Depending on your bike and riding style, they have something that will work. Personally, I like a bit more bite than this model, but it's good as a rear.

>Rating: 4

Great Traction

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

the 2.4 has great traction in anything from hard pack to loose over hard conditions. A great front tire for northern UT where you encounter frequently dry and dusty conditions. EXO offers great flat protection.

>Rating: 4

Maxxis makes the best

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

A very good rolling tire with good grip. It's not THE best grip but you also do not lose a lot of speed. Aggressive XC tire fore sure...and the compound makes up for anything lacking.

>Rating: 5

Great efficient front or rear tire

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

have used it front and rear and performs well in both. probably better as a rear, but complaints using it in the front. has held up to abuse and handles the local park city trails with no issues

>Rating: 5

BEST REAR TIRE SO FAR

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

REALLY GRIPPY AND FAST ROLLING TIRE. THE TOUGH SIDE WALL MAKES IS EASY RIPPING DOWN THE TRAIL THROUGH ROCKS.

>Rating: 4

Grippy and fast

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

The Ardent's tread pattern allows for a super grippy and fast rolling tire. I usually run this as a rear, but have no question in my mind if I were run them front and rear that they would still hook up really nice and keep speed.

>Rating: 5

Best all around tire on the market

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

The Ardent is a super versatile tire that performs well under most conditions and most kinds of trail riding. On 29ers, I typically run Ardents front and rear in the spring when conditions are loamy and will switch the front out to something like a Minion DHF and keep the Ardent in the back as a lighter, faster tire. Something like a Schwalbe is going to be lighter weight but i like the sidewall stiffness of the Ardents better and they also will wear a lot better than a Nobby Nic.

Peter, do you notice that the DHF is slower on the up than the Ardent?

>Rating:

Will the MAXXIS Ardent EXO TR Tire - 29in x 2.4in fit a DT Swiss wheel (M 1900 Spline) that has a 22.5mm inner diameter?