Maxxis Ardent EXO TR Tire - 29in

Roll over anything.

At once big, grippy, and fast rolling, the Maxxis Ardent EXO TR 29in Tire gives the large-wheeled crowd trail-smoothing volume and confidence-inspiring traction. With aggressive blocky side tread and ramped center knobs, the Ardent TR EXO corners like a boss and stops on a dime while maintaining a surprisingly low rolling resistance, making it perfect for virtually any surface — soft, hard, or loose ground.

As the name indicates, the Ardent TR is tubeless ready, so you can ditch the tubes and ride lower pressures to save yourself the hassle of dealing with punctured tubes and sketchy grip. The foldable bead snaps easily onto your rim, and the dual-compound rubber serves up a winning combination of grip, speed, and durability. Even better, the EXO casing makes this tire extra durable, so you can feel more confident about rallying through rugged terrain that might eat up other tires. At 2.25 inches wide, the Ardent TR is also the perfect width for just about anything, so you can slap it on front, back, or both and hit the trails in every condition.

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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.

        Nowhere near 2.4

          Ordered these tires because I love the high volume of the 2.4 Ardents on my 29er. These are NOT the same casing- they're a 2.2. Bead to Bead width and tread width are the same as my Ardent 29er 2.2. I can't believe they're marketing this as a 2.4... very disappointed. Also very heavy since the only option is EXO/TR.... should be 100g lighter without the extra rubber on the sidewalls and beads. One tire measured 20g over advertised too. Going to go with a set of Contis instead I think.

          First impression very good, but heavy

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          For the past 5 years I've split my time on just two brands; Continental and Vittoria. I'm more XC than all-mountain but do enjoy a "playful" ride. Before heading on a MTB trip I ripped off my Vittoria Peyote b/c they wear out way too quickly. Also, I wanted to try something that would have more flat resistance (not that those were bad, but just light). I went with the Ardent EXO TR.

          The 2.4 fits on my Yeti ASRc front and rear, I was happily surprised of that. I love volume. The grip is really, really good. Bette yet, of the three guys on the trip, the guy on Schwable got a flat (of course) and the Continental X-King guy did too. I, did not.

          These are definitely heavier than I'd like for my Yeti ASRc race style bike so I'll keep them through the winter then likely switch it up to the non TR/EXO version. I hope they hold up well, knowing it wont be as well.