Our man Michael Quinn likes to play dirty. When he’s not here at Bicycle Sport, you can usually find him on the mountain bike trails. And once cyclocross season starts, he’s at the start line of most every area event with the Slippery Sasquatch team. So when it comes to tires that can perform off the pavement, Mike really knows his stuff. Here’s his take on a couple of mountain bike models from Maxxis!
Get a Grip with the Right Tires
My around favorite mountain bike tires are Maxxis. In general they have a great tread patterns, set up tubeless easily, and each tire model is going to have different price points, sizes, and options. Here are a couple of my favorite’s depending on where your riding, time of year, and trail conditions.
If you’re looking for a fast rolling tire with tons of grip in dry conditions, this is a great choice. I’m currently running this tire on both of my mountain bikes. These tires will clog with mud fast, but since the trails are closed in Charlotte when it rains, these dry conditions tires are perfect for Charlotte area trails.
Maxxis Ardent Race
If you’re looking for a little more grip but still want something that rolls well, try the Ardent Race. They have tightly spaced center knobs with a slightly more aggressive side knob which make them great for cornering! A favorite combo is Ardent Race as the front tire, with the Maxxis Ikon in the rear. Fast rolling and the front digs into the corners!
These are great if you ride in a variety of conditions, ride all year and don’t want to spend a bunch of time switching out tires. They are aggressive without being slow. They are a great all-around tire for training, but there are other options for cross country racing.
If you have any more questions about rubber, let’s talk tires any time you like here at Bicycle Sport!