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If you’re looking for a new set of dirt bike sand tires to shred the dunes, you’re in the right place. We carry sand tires from great brands like Skat-Trak, Michelin, Sedona, STI, and others. There are two types of sand tires: paddle tires and knobbies built for sand riding. We have several options of both types.
Paddle tires have become synonymous with sand tires in some circles. They feature a tread pattern that is smooth except for several flat paddles (sometimes also called scoops or cups) that protrude from the tire’s surface. The paddles allow the tire to dig into the sand and propel the bike forward, offering a level of control in sand that simply isn’t possible with traditional off-road tires.
Many riders who have never experienced a paddle tire ask if the difference is worth it – the answer is a resounding yes. If you’re planning a trip to the dunes and you plan on riding exclusively in the sand, do yourself and favor and pick up a set of paddle tires in advance so you can more fully enjoy your trip. Paddle tires aren’t expensive, and they’ll make a world of difference for your ride.
If you’re new to paddle tires, you’ll naturally be curious about how many paddles or scoops you should get on your tire. The answer largely depends on what bike you have. The more paddles there are, the better the tire will accelerate. However, more traction requires more power to turn the tires.
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question regarding the number of paddles. It depends on factors like the moisture in the sand, the granularity of the sand, your riding habits and your bike’s gearing. That said, there are a few general guidelines you can follow.
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If you are in the 8-10 paddle range and don’t know which to go with, you might consider starting with eight paddles. While some 250 two-stroke or 450F riders prefer 10 paddles, many find eight paddles to be more enjoyable.
Keep in mind that these are only guidelines. Your preferences might vary. If you can, you might want to ask a friend who is familiar with the location you plan on riding at.
The problem with paddle tires is that while they are excellent for sand, they are not good tires to ride on anywhere else. If you need a tire that can adequately handle sand but can also work well for trial riding on the same trip, you should probably consider a set of knobbies that utilize a sand-friendly tread pattern.
Knobby sand tires often feature a tread pattern with the lugs arranged in a paddle-type formation. This allows the tire to hook up in sand similar to paddle tires but still perform well off of sand as well. They’re excellent hybrid tires.
You can browse our selection of sand tires on this page according to brand and type. If you want to narrow the selection according to size, you can use the filter on the left. You can also place your bike’s make and model directly into the Parts Finder at the top of the page to identify compatible tires that way. Pick up a new sand tire today!
David in FL
I ride a 2018 KTM 450SXF. I live in West Central Florida and I ride mostly high speed whooped out sand tracks. I swapped from a new (not worn at all) Dunlop MX3S rear, which is a good tire in its own right, to the Pirelli soft 410 rear and kept the MX3S front for now. First impression was wow the cornering grip this 410 has in the soft sand is epic. Lean it over as far as you want and it just bites hard and never lets go. The MX3S in these same corners would slide out all over the place at lower speeds and less throttle input vs the Pirelli. Straight line traction is also markedly better with 4th gear power wheelies on demand even in the deepest sand. I Will definitely be switching the front tire over to the Pirelli 410 to match after experiencing the performance change from the rear. I highly recommend these if you ride sand. I picked these over the Michelin Starcross 5 sand after seeing the Starcross 5 rear in person at a dealership. The knobs are so soft on the Starcross 5 sand that you can easily fold them flat against the tire with just your thumb pushing down on them. That’s terrifying if you ever used them on anything but very soft sand the knobs will just fold right over on you and you will lose control of the bike. The Pirelli knobs are very hard and sharp by comparison and you cannot bend them at all.Read All Reviews
PAUL in VA
Love this tire, crazy aggressive. All I will use. Sand, mud even harder pack. Very predictable in the corners. I've ripped off a lug or two riding in riverbeds out west but that's was to be expected, other wise the tire wears great.Read All Reviews