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When you think of trials tires, you probably assume that they’re for trials bikes. If so, you’re right – and wrong! Trials as a riding discipline has been around almost as long as motorcycles have, and the unique requirements of trials competitions have bred tires that are designed for a high level of traction. But just because trials tires work incredibly for trials bikes doesn’t mean that other dirt bikes can’t harness their traction as well. For years, off-road enthusiasts have been putting trials tires on their standard dirt bikes instead of traditional knobbies.
So how do you know whether you should use trials or knobbies? If you ride trails in the mountains or woods, you should definitely consider trying out a set of trials tires. They hook up where knobbies can’t. They really excel on difficult hill climbs and technical areas of the trails. When you’ve got trials tires installed on your bike, you’ll have the confidence to tackle obstacles that your buddies would never even think of trying. Another great thing about trials tires is that the tread pattern is relatively gentle on trails compared to knobbies.
Trials tires are also popular among enduro or hare scramble racers. The superb traction they provide can give your bike an edge in an off-road race. Some trials tires are also DOT approved, so there’s no problem if the course travels across public roads.
The one type of riding that isn’t as great with trials tires is motocross. In loamy track soil where traction is already optimal, trials tires won’t give the same performance that knobbies will.
Because trials tires are built a little differently, there are a few other considerations you’ll need to make when using them on your bike. You might want to switch to a heavy-duty tube (or even better – an ultra HD tube) to help prevent flats. You also need to be aware that since the tire profile is shaped differently than other types of tires, your handling won’t be the same at higher speeds or around sharper turns.
One advantage that trials tires will give you is their ability to soak up small obstacles, providing a more comfortable ride and making it easier to handle your bike.
There’s only one way to discover the difference that a trials tire makes – you’ve got to try a set for yourself! We’ve got an excellent variety of tires available from several brands and in multiple sizes. Check out the product description for more details on an individual tire, and don’t forget that you can rely on customer reviews for first-hand experience about how a specific tire worked out for other riders. Don’t put it off any longer; pick up a pair of trials tires for your dirt bike today!
Darren in AZ
Great tire for hooking up in the rocky and dry Phoenix AZ Desert!! Great price also. Wears out fairly fast (due to it being so soft) but what can you expect for great traction in nasty unforgiving terrain. I will buy more them for sure!!!Read All Reviews
Jacob in OK
Just had my first ride on this tire. The install the bead is stiff make sure to lube well going on an 18” rim. As for traction in rocks climbed effortlessly while others were slipping. Cornering I wasn’t completely confident in the sidewall bite. The tire didn’t deflect off of everything like traditional knobies, but kind of rolled over everything putting power to the ground. Can’t testify to life being a soft compound, but for single track GNCC it works very well. Even in soft muddy sections powered right through with traction while other got stuck. It was a little slippery in mud and unstable going fast, but got me through. 2013 Yamaha Yz250 2 stroke.Read All Reviews
adam in CA
Amazing when paired with a Michelin Desert Race front for California's mixed terrain. Not so good with mud but even works well in sand. They don't do so well in the rain but it's really a DOT knobbie vs a dual sport tire. It's a different kind of riding vs traditional off-road tires but they don't destroy the terrain, which is great in an eco-concious environment and ensures that i do my part to keep trails open and available.Read All Reviews