After a couple of seasons of using the Maxxis Minions I thought I would try something new, the reason for the change was mostly due to price of the Minions and also how quickly the sticky rubber wore out. Don’t get me wrong, the Minions are a great DH tire especially if you are a racer but for me I wanted something a little more durable and less expensive.
I stumbled upon the Adrents at JensonUSA and they were on clearance for $20, couldn’t go wrong with that price and after riding on them for a couple of months now I can say that they were a sweet deal for a great all around performing tire. I purchased the 2.6 size which I was a bit hesitant about the size but they are not that much larger than a 2.5 Maxxis tire. The weight of the tires for a 2.6 which is a 2ply is: 1,320g (as per Maxxis site).
So after a couple of months riding these tires I can say that they are a great all around tire for DH and freeriding, and I assume a smaller tire size would be great for trail/all mountain riding as well. I’ve been able to test them out in various conditions from loose loamy dirt to hardpacked jump trails and they work fantastic in all those conditions, I don’t really notice too much of a difference between these and the Minions. Just recently I took them on a couple of shuttle runs through some rocky descends and sharp rock gardens and I had no issues with traction or punctures due to sharp edges.
Last week I finally ran them in muddy conditions and noticed that mud didn’t seem to get stuck too bad between the knobs, so they performed pretty well in the mud. I did notice that I didn’t feel as confident in the wet, especially in the off camber sections or on corners but then again that could just be my lack of skill riding in the wet.
Pinch flats haven’t been a problem as I have cased several jumps fairly hard and landed flat on a couple of drops without any issues.
Rolling resistance, I found that these tires roll a lot better than the Minions, I assume this is due to the lack of sticky rubber on the Ardents. I found this to be a big benefit for those long days on the trails where you aren’t doing shuttle/lift runs.
Overall: I’ve been very happy with these tires especially at the price I paid for them, they work well in most conditions and the minimal rolling resistance is noticeable so it helps for long days in the mountains. The tires have held up to all kinds of trails including rocky descents and hardpacked trails. Overall I would definitely recommend this tire to anyone looking for a DH/freeride tire.