Maxxis Ardent Exo
Rolling resistance: ;;;
Ease of installation: ;;;;
The Ardent is at its best when it’s laid over
hard, because the square profile has a fantastic
side knob for cornering. Maxxis tires are the
benchmark for downhill riding, and it shows
in this trailbike offering. While there are
faster and lighter offerings from Maxxis, the
Ardent provides a great blend of cornering
control, rolling resistance and all-around performance. We just wish it came in a tubeless-ready version.
Rolling resistance: ;;;;
Ease of installation: ;
The Cobra is a fast-rolling tire that
sports ultra-stiff sidewalls for flat pro-
tection and durability. The Cobra isn’t
the lightest in the test and proved to be
exceptionally difficult to mount. We
broke multiple tire levers in the
process. It also proved to be the small-
est volume, with a short profile and
less-than-2-inch width. The traction of
the Cobra is helped immensely by the
aggressive side knobs, which hook up predictably and surprisingly well.
We actually enjoyed our time on these tires and really liked the fast-rolling center knobs mated to the squared-off knob profile. The tread
provides better traction than it looks like it should. Put this tread pattern on a lighter and higher-volume casing and we’ll start adding stars.
Rolling resistance: ;;
Ease of installation: ;;;
The Kenda Nevegal has been a favorite of the
wrecking crew for years. The Nexcavator is a
newer tread designed by Eric Carter, with a
more open tread pattern for better conformity
to the trail. We like the traction the Nexcavator
provides. It’s very predictable in corners, has
exceptional bite when laid over aggressively and
provides excellent braking control. We were,
however, disappointed with the 2.35-inch
claimed width that measured only 2 inches. On top of that, the tire felt a
little sluggish, and the weight was higher than other tires in this test.
The tread pattern has great potential, but Kenda fell short with the execution on this one.