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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!
Asher in CO
This thing is a great tire. Traction everywhere! I was previously running the 505 which is also a great tire, but let me down in certain places. ie soft stuff, loose downhill braking, mud, ect... So I thought I'd pick up the 525 to help in those situations and it did exactly what I wanted it to, but at a cost...it wears about twice as fast as the 505. Especially if you ever ride fast wide open desert, or REALLY rocky stuff. If I rode exclusively wooded single track I would never switch tires. Here in CO we ride a bit of everything except that super slick PNW stuff. Now this tire still works great in the soft and hard pack desert but it definitely gets chewed up. I will be trying the a motoz arena hybrid gummy next in hopes of getting the same traction but better wear.Read All Reviews
James in WA
Purchased this tire for a trip to Moab. Shocked at how soft this compound is. Tread life is terrible. While in Moab, I was in Mad Bro's shop & saw the Pirelli MT43, which is a hard compound. I'll get this one for the next trip to Moab.Read All Reviews
Roman in WA
Put this tire on, and forget all your worries! you basically dont even have to ride anymore! the bike will do everything for you! for real now, tire grips excelent, especially while used with a tubliss kit. feels a little squishy at first compared to a stiffer side wall tire, but once you trust it, its awesome! Decent traction in loose conditions too but it shines on hard pack trails with some rocks and roots. Installed a 120/100 18 on my 05 WR450F. Fits fine.Read All Reviews