This tire delivers on its promise of excellent cornering traction. Ive used it in dry and wet conditions and have been very pleased. I purchased the 29x2.4 as a front tire for a little extra volume under my 2019 SC Tallboy. I like it a lot! Its mounted to a rim thats 27mm internal width. It was easy to setup tubeless with a standard pump, but I did first set the bead with a inner tube. Then I pulled the tube out by breaking just one side of the bead. Easy breezy!
Most people do not want to change wheels or tires every time conditions change or you go to a different trail. The Maxxis Ardent I feel is my number one all rounder with the Ikon being second if you want slightly better rolling but a little less traction in bad conditions. I like biketiresdirect as well and have been using them for years. Getting a discount and Appling some points reduces the pain of purchases.
I've gone through a long list of MTB tires from very refutable manufacturers. There are a lot of good ones out there. But when it comes to fast rolling performance and grip on the flats and through the roots and rocks, durability, and long lasting tread I have settled on the Maxxis Ardent 29" EXO/TR tire. You can't go wrong with this tire!
It was time for fresh tires on my Specialized Epic MTB, and I wanted to change up the look with these Maxxis gumwall tires, Ardent front, and Ikon rear, Great look on my bike, and most important, excellent riding tires for the terrain on our trails here