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Ardent Race 29 Tire

4.25 out of 5 stars
4 Reviews
Color:3C/EXO/Tubeless Ready



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
  • Item #MXX003L
3C Maxx Speed
29 x 2.2in, 29 x 2.35in
[max] 60
Claimed Weight
[29 x 2.2in] 1lb 9.3oz (718g), [29 x 2.35in] 1lb 11.4oz (778g)
Manufacturer Warranty
Manufacturer Part Number
TB96726100, TB96742100

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 4 ratings

Review Summary

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5 out of 5 stars

March 26, 2023

Great tires!

I've used it several times

I ordered these to ride True Grit. Glad I did - wouldn’t have finished the race without them. Definitely slower than Ikons or Aspens, but Ardent Race have traction that the faster tires lack. If you need more grip, but still want to move fast these are the tires.

Greg M

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5 out of 5 stars

February 21, 2021

Excellent option for Salsa Cutthroat

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.

Josh B
2 out of 5 stars

December 28, 2020

29in, 2.2: Not great for tubeless

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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Kevin C
5 out of 5 stars

November 12, 2020

Go to front tire

I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought:

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

Michael W