Maxxis Ardent EXO TR Tire - 29in
MaxxisArdent EXO TR Tire - 29in

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.

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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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer


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.

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.

best ive tried

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

2.4 front, 2.25 rear. on a rip nine carbon, so weight is not the priority. they are tough, grippy, roll fast. go with a little less juice inside and your back to even. the stiffer sidewall is evident in fast turns, these tired dont wash out at all. CC staff are great and customer support is legendary. thanks Cory.

Totally different tire than the 2.25

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had the Ardent 29x2.25 on the front and rear of my Niner Jet 9 and honestly, it wasn't my favorite tire. Coming from the Continental Trail King 2.4 they were a let down. Decent rolling resistance but not a great transition to the side knobs on hard turns. Just felt loose. Enter the Ardent EXO 29x2.4 TR (2.35 really). I run them at 24 psi front and 26 rear (tubeless on Stans Arch ZTR). Grip all day, smooth rolling....great. Completely different experience, would definitely buy again.

GREAT trail tire

Good Trail Tire

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

Fast rolling playful tire that grips when needed. I'm running it on the rear right now on a fs 29'r trail bike (Trek Remedy), but may consider a 2.4 front too. So far I've only ridden on dry terrain. I don't care about weight on my trail bike so I haven't noticed it at all with this tire.

Good XC tire

    This is a great cross country tire. It wasn't enough, even in its widest for more aggressive riding, but for my trail/xc bike, its great!

    Great for a grippy xc tire

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have had great times on a set of these in 2.4 on my hard tail. These tires roll well and still grip through the corners. Love the little extra volume to soften up the ride just that much more. Not a tire I'd want to ride on the front of a trail bike, but for an xc rig they make a great set or an awesome rear tire for an all mountain bike.

    great front

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    best front tire i've used in a long time

    Solid All Around XC-Trail Tire

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Great tread pattern that works in most conditions. Earlier in the season I was running a 2.4 front and an Ikon 2.25 rear, but now since its gotten so dry and washed out I've switched to a Minion DHR front and Ardent 2.25 rear. As other reviewers have commented, definitely not a light tire by any means but i believe the additional weight seems to be coming from the sidewalls as the stiffness in cornering is exceptional. It is a night and day difference when comparing to something lighter like a Schwalbe Nobby NIc. So yes, definitely heavier on the way up but its a tradeoff i'm willing to make to handle better on the way down.

    Nice Upgrade

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    I bought these for my sister. This is what she had to say.

    "Love them so far. Perfect cross country tires, good for hard pack smooth trails. 2.4 gives extra stability and makes the ride feel smooth. I am able to climb with more confidence and success than befoe over more challenging terrain. I was riding on Spcialized Ground Control 2.1 front and 2.3 rear previously."

    Solid front tire for a XC setup

      I run this on the front of my Pivot 429. It offers a good balance of traction and lower rolling resistance. I run it in the 2.4 and tubeless. If your main goal is traction and you're ok with added resistance I'd recommend the High Roller.

      Good tire

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I have a 2.4 up front and a 2.25 in the rear. Traction seems good so far and I haven't washed out the front tire cornering too hard. I guess they are heavy, but I haven't noticed that on my budget bike. Huge improvement over the stock tires.

      I expected more of this tire

        I wanted to beef up my tires to get more skills on descents. I was using Continental x-kings TR 2.2 front and rear, I switched the front tire to Arden TR EXO 29 X 2.25 ad Ardent Race TR EXO 29 X 2.25 on the rear. Yes I have improved on descent, but the weight of the tires is too much, Ardent 815 grms and Ardent Race 780 Vs. 660 grms for the X-king, so I have lost agility when climbing. I think I have lost more than I win with the change.