The King of XC Tires? Maxxis Ardent Longterm Review

maxxis ardent review

 

Maxxis has long been a standard-bearer for mountain bike tires, and every few years, they come up with the “it tire” that everyone wants. At a time when momentum was growing behind pushing the definition of “cross country” riding to the fringes, they produced the Ardent, a tire of massive volume, thick casing, and chunky treads that seemed out of place for only a short time. The Ardent set the bar for aggressive, fast-rolling tires.

Its reputation as a good all-around tire has made it Maxxis’ number one top-selling tire, with multiple wheel sizes, a skinwall version for the NAHBS crowd, a lighter “race” version and even an e-bike specific version.

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Mountain Bike Buying Guide: What You Need to Know to Hit the Dirt

Mountain Bike buying guide

You’re ready to hit the trail, but where do you begin? There so many are different types of bikes, various frame materials, suspension and wheels sizes. No two mountain bikes are created equal.

But that’s good news because you can find exactly what works for you and compliments the terrain you intend to ride.

Before you start shredding singletrack, let’s walk through what you need to consider to find the perfect mountain bike for you.

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7 of the Best Trail-Ready Mountain Bike Rides under $1,500

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Mountain bikes in the $1,500 price range can vary greatly. You can find cross-country machines, focused on going up hills fast and zooming around less technical trails, as well as all-mountain rigs with 27+ wheels and tires with tons of traction, especially when the single track points down. There are many wheel-size choices, 27.5” and 29”, as well as 27+ bikes.

The other nice thing about this price point is that while the frames are usually alloy, they’re high quality. Also, the suspension forks are often brand name items, which tends to lend themselves to better performance and durability. 

For the money, our pick goes to the GT Verb Elite, which is a solid frame and full suspension, at a price that’s a steal for full suspension.

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