Tires for Super D and regular riding

Our friend Rob is wondering about a few Maxxis options, plus you know I have a Specialized idea.


My questions is: I am looking at a number of tires for racing Super D and Regular Riding, including wet/moist conditions. I would like to stick with something in a 2.35 in the Maxxis line-up. I want them to have low rolling resistance, but also good in wet conditions (early season and late season). When riding is dry I love my Maxxis Larsens 2.35’s (do not think the Larsens would hold up for Super D?).

The tires I am looking at are:
1) Maxxis Ardent
2) Maxxis High Roller (old faithful to many for many years)
3) Maxxis Cross Mark (not sure as it is more xc based, would it hold out for Super D riding???)

I have ridden Kenda Nevegals, 2.35 E-Stick for a season, but not much of a fan.

Any suggestions or thoughts?

On another note; I am very much looking forward to the BMX book (use for 4x training, as where I live all 4x racing is at BMX tracks) and next addition of MTB Skills Book (any idea on release date?).

Take care,


Hey Rob,

Thanks for the note. Let’s take this one thing at a time.

Super D requirements: A consistent tread that holds in any condition. Reasonably light. Reasonably quick. Durable! Because you’re pinning it so hard, I think lightness and quickness aren’t as important as confidence.

Larsens: As you know, a great tire for hardpack. For aggressive riding on mixed/wet terrain, more side knob makes sense.

CrossMark: An XC-oriented tire. Biggest size is a 2.25. Would be fine on the back. Not ideal for your uses.

High Roller: A classic favorite for a reason. Rolls pretty well. Corners well. Works in most conditions. Square profile favors aggressive leaning.

Ardent: The newest model from Maxxis. Low center knobs, exposed side knobs and a round profile. My friend/rival Will MacDonald runs this tire on pump track and assorted trail, and it works great. The 2.4 has a much gnarlier tread than the 2.25. You might consider a 2.4 in front and a 2.25 in back, or 2.25s front and rear for a slightly quicker feel.

It’s my duty to recommend a similar Specialized tire.

Eskar: Low center knobs and exposed side knobs. My current official tire. I’ve been rocking the 2.35 on pump track, dirt jump and assorted trail, and it works great. I use the Control version with the Kevlar belt. It is very durable.

If I were you, I’d try the Ardent (or the Eskar).

BMX book: I’m looking for the right printer (and the money to print). That book will be great for all mountain bikers, especially gated racers.

MMBSii: The publisher says it’ll be out this spring. That’s all I know. It’s a huge improvement over MMBSi.

I’m excited to get both books out. But I really want to get out and ride!

Rip it,

— Lee

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