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Having a good set of tires can make or break your ride. There are a few factors to take into consideration before ordering new dirt bike tires. Firstly, the terrain. Much like ATV/UTV tires, dirt bike tires are constructed to handle different types of riding. The terrains of dirt bike tires are:
Tires can be in any of these terrains specifically, or in a range, i.e. soft-intermediate. It’s important to pick the terrain of tire that corresponds with where you are riding. If you’re riding somewhere rocky or with lots of sharp, potential trail hazards, a hard terrain tire should be the go-to. Comprised of softer, more flexible rubber, this tire will flex around the debris on the trail and decrease your chances of popping a tire. On the flip side, any loose, soft, relatively-hazard-free terrain should be navigated with a softer terrain tire. The harder rubber gives bite and traction to keep your bike from slipping. As for riding in sand or the dunes, sand paddles are going to be the best option.
Another factor worth considering is the type of dirt bike tire—radial, or bias. The difference between the two comes down to the placement of ply cords. Radial tires are constructed with ply cords extending from bead-to-bead at a 90° angle. This makes them stiffer, but provides longer tread life. Bias tires are created with ply cords extending diagonally from bead to bead at 30-60° angles. This gives the tires better flexibility, which makes them more comfortable on those rocky or rough terrains, but also less durable than their radial counterparts.
When it comes to the size of your new dirt bike tires, it’s best to stick as close to stock as possible. There isn’t much room for height and width changes on a dirt bike, and committing to a drastic change could mean rubbing and damaging of other components. So check your owner’s manual, the sidewall of your tire, or our Tire Information page before investing in some new rubber.
If you’ve taken the time to decide what type of tire you need, or just want to browse to see what’s available, don’t worry. We stock top brands like:
With a large stock of brands and sizes in all terrains and constructions, look no further than our selection here at Rocky Mountain ATV/MC.
James in WI
My 19 yr old son races Wisconsin cross country on this rear tire. We like it. After a whole season, the lugs are still quite square. Excellent durability. I realize it says "desert". We take that to mean the compound is relatively hard and durable, and that's for sure true. Seems to me the traction up here in the woods and soft ground comes mostly from the tread shape, and so I have no complaints from my rider. 350 KTM, usually towards the front of the pack!Read All Reviews
Eli in UT
On my second set of this tire on the rear, YZ 450. Lots of open desert, rocky single track, hard pack desert roads, sand, etc. Excellent grip, and wears even better than the Maxxis Desert IT that my riding buddy runs. His tends to chunk out more.Read All Reviews
RYAN in VA
Extremely good off road traction. Grips wet roots and bites into mud pits. Very pleased w off road capabilities (8-10 psi w tubliss). On road handing is meh (20psi). Likes to catch and track imperfections in black top. Tread life may be on the short side. Have about 350 miles on it so far, and showing some decent wear.Read All Reviews