Editors Note: Yeah, yeah…..another year end review! Tis the season! So, here are my favorite things that have passed through the Twenty Nine Inches review process during the past year. I want to point out a few parameters that I used for what I chose here.

1. The product had to be in the review process during the time period of December 2009 through to the end of November 2010. Reviews that are currently in process I did not include and will be eligible for my 2011 Top Ten list.

2. They had to be products or bicycles that I personally used during this period. Nothing any of the other Twenty Nine Inches staff reviewed on their own could be considered for my list. This list doesn’t necessarily reflect the opinions of anyone but me, Guitar Ted.

3. The reviewed products were provided to Twenty Nine Inches at no charge for review. I was not paid or bribed for this review. I will give/gave my honest opinion or thoughts through out.

That said, let’s get on with this

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Number 10: Maxxis Ardent 2.4″ 29″er Tire: These tires are the big brother to the previously released Ardent 2.25″ tires, but differed in that the tread was slightly different and the sidewalls had a different construction. They were wider, of course, and although different than the skinny Ardent, in this case, different was a massive improvement.

finals2010 005Why They Made The List: The 2.4″ Ardent, besides being really big and voluminous, had a slightly different tread pattern than the 2.25″er that made it work a whole lot better in more conditions, in my opinion. It also set up tubeless easier, (although it is not a tubeless tire!), which I appreciated as well. These things elevated it above the smaller Ardent, and landed it on the 2010 Top Ten List with ease.

My Two Cents: The Maxxis Ardent is a great all around fat XC/Trail tire. Probably perfect for a rigid single speed, running over rougher trail, or even as a “snow bike-lite” tire. Just keep it away from really big terrain and sharper rocks and you’ll be okay. Mud shedding was okay, and it did well in sand. The weight of this tire is respectable, and it rolls very sweetly. The difference in the tread design over the 2.25″er made me fall in love with this tire on our trails. It became more predictable in corners, and had better traction over-all. I ran the tire on some Velocity P-35 rims, and if you do this beware: The Ardent 2.4″er is so voluminous and wide it may not fit your frame! While Maxxis tires that I have tested generally don’t quite measure up to advertised size, these did. Not only did it measure up in width, it also measured up as Number 10 on the Top Ten List for 2010.

Stay tuned for #9 on The Top Ten 29″er Products Of 2010 list.

You still have time to vote in the Reader’s Choice Award competition. See this link for more on that.