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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.
scott in CA
I put a lot of miles on my last Maxxis Maxxcross Intermediate Terrain tire and liked it a lot, so I just bought a new one for a replacement. I mostly ride hard-pack trails but I sometimes get on the track, or in soft dirt, mud, or rocks and this tire seems good to me. I really stretched the tire life by riding about 1,300 miles and wearing it down to small, rounded nubs. Near the end of its life it still hooked up on hard-pack, but of course the sandy stuff was slippery. Seems as good, or better than any other tire I've had.Read All Reviews
JOSEPH in CA
Rocky Mountain completed mine order with lightning speed and excellent details on quality even wrapping the tire in plastic which has never been done by other part houses. Love pirelli tires even though they soft-but grip like clue. this is the first pirelli scorpion I've purchased made in China as opposed always being made in Germany so far so good great Tyre.Read All Reviews