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    Maxxis Ardents Should I? Rigid SS use

    Looking for some new mucky weather rubber for my Rigid 29er SS.

    Most rides have a bit of road and hardpack but with a little mud so not really looking at an all out mud tyre.

    Ardents seem to be poping up on a lot of peoples builds, good choice?

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    Yes.


    Like mine on the front, a bit of overkill on the rear for my riding. Using an Ikon back there.

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    yes! I am running Ardent 2.4 front and rear on my 29er SS build (squish on front) on Stans Flows rims. I haven't completed my build yet but the Ardents were recommended by a few people so that is what I went with.

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    I really like my Ardent, but, i don't ride mud. Some ppl think it packs up too much Maxxis Ardent 29"er Tires: First Impressions .

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    I ran it (2.4) for a while on a geared rigid.

    Good grip etc but kinda heavy...

    I've been pretty happy with a racing ralph up front on my rigid singlespeed in the 2.4 tubeless variety.

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    2.4 front & 2.25 rear here. I run the rear in reverse as traction is more important than rolling where I ride.
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    I want to climb them.

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    Ardents and mud is a disaster in my experience.
    Im talking scottish mud, they have no bite and squirm over/get clogged.
    No doubt that they are probably great tyres but just not in my part of the world.
    For muddy tyres, im delighted with my geax gatos. Use them on my x10 speed rigid and ss rigid.

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    Have to agree with Octavius, Ardents suck in mud BIG TIME, much better tyres out there. Also suck on loose over hardpack gravel, not even close to my fav Maxxis tyre, except for the volume, that they got right.
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    Maxxis Ardents Should I? Rigid SS use

    Ardents were not designed for mud, so of course they will not perform well in those conditions. Far better with a Maxxis advantage on the front and a smaller ardent on the rear. The combination works well in mixed Scottish riding conditions.
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    Purgatory 2.2s are the best combo of mixed/wet conditions performance and volume I've found, any wetter that they really cope with and I'm on 2.0 muds - Contis or Storm Controls. Recommended to me on here a while back and I've been really impressed by them. Work fine on harder ground too - great all-rounders. I only go back to the Ardent 2.4s in dry conditions now, ie rarely )

    I liked Ardents in general / damp conditions at first but in hindsight I think that was just new bike / 29er contact effect - the more I rode them in wetter conditions the more I agree with others, they're poor performers in the mud, low directional stability when you hit muddy ground. Great in the dry/soft ground they're meant for though, or fun on the back (2.25 version) with a purgatory on the front in the wet.

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    Maxxis Ardents Should I? Rigid SS use

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    I run a Continental Mountain King 2.4 up front on my rigid SS 29er and I love it in all conditions. Over one full season, in all conditions (Northeast) never once did I notice that it was caked, even on days when I noticed other people's tires were. Excellent performer in the front, weight is good and rolling resistance seems fairly minimal (?).

    I am also in the market for a new rear tire, also something for all conditions. I was leaning towards a Navegal 2.2.

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    I run Racing Ralphs 2.35 on the front of my 29. Nice and fat and I love them, but the sidewalls are paper and make me nervous everytime I'm out on them. On my all rigid 650b I have Nobby Nics - again 2.35. The side walls are much tougher but they don't seem as plump as the RaRa's. This bike is still in the build process so I do not know how they will ride. I might go the way of the Ardent, but I really don't like the weight.
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    cheers for the info guys.

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