The Maxxis Ardent Race uses a medium-height tread, making it a cross bred race tire that unearths the middle ground between the cross-country inspired Maxxis Ikon tire and the trail-ready Maxxis Ardent. The middle knobs are ramped to reduce rolling resistance, while the side knobs are angled and stepped to offer confidence-inspiring grab and traction in the corners. Additionally, the Ardent Race features the 3C Maxx Speed compound which uses two compounds in the outer layer that are specifically devised to reduce rolling resistance and further enhance traction and longevity. The result is a tire that's capable of tackling both demanding XC race courses and long distance endurance tests.
I enjoyed these tires for racing and general trail riding in SoCal. They don't look like much but they grip much better than they appear. Here in SoCal it's mostly hardpacked dirt so you don't need a ton of tread in the middle for braking. The shoulder knobs though are crucial since everything is loose over hard. These knobs dig in pretty well when leaned over and have a predictable transition. Feels a lot better in the bigger sizes.
PROS: Easy To Install, Attractive Design, Durable, Lightweight
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