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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!
Paul in CA
I purchased this tire because I wanted an aggressive DOT tire. I rode 3 days through the Mojave covering almost 500 miles. I use the Tubliss system and found this combination to work very well together. The tires hooked up well on the hard pack and on the sand. A bit noisy on the blacktop but they wear very well.Read All Reviews
Mark in MO
Got this based on my buddies excellent performance. I have been blown away by this tire. I ride hard. Riding areas include wet hard pack trails and lots of rock. I have 12 hard rides and it looks like I put three rides on it. Edges are slightly rounded. No tearing or ripping inspite of super soft knobs. Go figure. Have not noticed and handling quirks, steps out under control. Very little wheel spin, front lifts easily. I have used other hybrids and this is the best.Read All Reviews
Dan in MT
Mounted this tire on my 2014 Honda CRF 250L back in 2016..Have done a 1000 mile trip and a 2200 mile trip on it so far. Mostly offroad but some long 200 mile++ pavement sections also. It has probably another 1000 miles of life left in it! Unbelievable traction on pavement, dirt and rocks. Decent in snow and ice. Didn't try it in deep mud. Ran the tire at 8-10psi both off road, and on pavement. The MT-43 likes low pressure. At higher pressures it tends to wear the center out faster. Like it so well I'm now ordering another for my KTM 690 Enduro for this coming summers adventures!Read All Reviews