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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 captures every mountain rider’s needs.
Wirebead: As it can be the economy option, it is used for downhill riding. The wire beads are less elastic than the aramid-fiber (Kevlar) beads used in folding tires, which helps hold the tire to the rim in hard cornering at lower tire pressure.
Folding: The main advantage of a folding-bead tire is its weight. The aramid fiber beads weigh less than steel wire. Folding beads are also easier to store and travel with.
EXO Protection: Proprietary woven material based sidewall, specially integrated exterior design on selected models, increased abrasion and cut resistance for optimal performance.
L.U.S.T.: An acronym which stands for "Lightweight Ultimate Sidewall Technology." The outside of the casing is covered in a lightweight material and an airtight rubber compound resulting in a durable tire with increased puncture resistance that is lightweight with excellent air retention.
TPI: TPI stands for threads per Inch. It defines the number of threads contained in one inch of the tire casing. The lower the number of TPI, the larger the gauge cords in the casing. Thus, the more durable the tire becomes. The higher the TPI, the more lightweight the tire becomes and the more supple the ride of the tire.
Dual or 2PLY: Two 60 TPI (threads per inch) casings vulcanized with butyl rubber and reinforced sidewalls make up Maxxis downhill casings, which are world renowned for performance and reliability. Maxxis DH casings provide more stability at high speeds and allow for lower air pressure without the risk of pinch flatting.
Compound Durometer: It is an international standard for measuring the hardness of rubber in Shore "A" units. The Maxxis eXCeption line of tires at 62a Durometer is more rigid than soft Maxxis Super Tacky(ST), which is 42a.
Skin Wall: Tires with very little rubber covering the sidewall are called "skin wall". This reduces rolling resistance at the cost of less damage protection.
UST Tubeless: Universal Standard for Tubeless (UST) is a technology that integrates a unique square bead with a UST specific rim/wheel. As the tire is inflated, the bead locks into place with the rim/wheel. This creates uninterrupted air retention and eliminates the need for an inner tube.