The Ardent SC is an all around high volume tire with traction being the main objective. Aggressive side knobs give the Ardent aggressive cornering traction and the ramped center knobs minimize rolling resistance but still has enough traction for quick acceleration and braking.
Long Wear Low Rolling Resistance 60a Rubber Compound
I have these on my SantaCruz Tallboy Aluminium front and back. Night and day compared to the stock crossmarks. Not to wide but not to narrow either. They roll pretty fast considering the weight. I am running them with super light tubes. On dry conditions, they roll fast, but onces the trial gets moist. You can feel the weight. But overall I would recommend these tires if you are not worried about weight and ride on fairly dry trails.
Considering the knobs and the volume, this tire rolls pretty darn fast. I am running them with super light tubes front and back and so far no complaints. I gave it 4 stars because I have only ridden it a couple of times and could not account for durability.
This is the second set of Ardents for me. The track well in just about everything except mud. I ride more cross country than down hill so the 2.25 has a nice amount of volume for my style. I get a good amount of wear out of them probably 500 miles of dirt and some pavement.
Even though this is not the tubeless-version, I was told by multiple sources that it would work tubeless with stan's fluid. Put a hole in it on my first ride, then after patching it and re-mounting, part of the bead ripped off and leaked air. Apparently for aggressive riding on rocky trails, the tubeless version or perhaps the 2.4 width are necessary.
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