Maxxis Ardent UST 120 TPI Folding Tire 29x2.25
An aggressive tread in high-volume casing, designed with great traction in mind. The Ardent doesn't forget the racer with large block-style side knobs offering numerous edges for high-speed cornering. The center tread, while ideal for braking and accelerating traction, also features ramped knobs to minimize rolling resistance. With a wide variety of size offerings, the Ardent caters to every mountain biker's needs.
Although I could probably use slightly wider wheel like the 2.4, for the terrain around here, I say this is my favorite all around tire. Grips great, very durable, good at low pressure, outside nubs give great stability in fat turns.
So many variables in a tire review.. was the pressure right? Skill of the rider? terrain? I'm a pretty aggressive rider and threw this on the front of my Santa Cruz Tallboy. Went with the 2.25 and set it up tubeless. Probably should have went with the 2.4 but i'm in "flat country" so I figured 2.25 would be enough volume. I know a couple guys that love the 2.4 on the front. Felt like it wasn't great at anything but not bad at it either. Washed out a bit more than I expected in higher speed cornering. Rolled pretty well, true to maxxis claims there isn't a lot of rolling resistance for a pretty aggressive knob.
very good grip for any terrain suggestion use 2.4 on frot and 2.2 rear perfect combination
The Ardent is my do-anything tire. I ride in the Mid-Atlantic region, everything from fast buff singletrack to roots and rock gardens. (Even the occasional mud, but we NEVER ride muddy trails, right?) The Ardent really is the perfect combination of speed, grip, and toughness in the rocks. Sure, it's heavier than a Racing Ralph, but I've never cut an Ardent in the Frederick Watershed. Running tubeless on Stan's Flows, it holds air better than any other tubeless tire I've used.