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Dirt Bike Tires

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:

  • Soft
  • Intermediate
  • Hard
  • Sand
  • 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:

  • Michelin
  • Dunlop
  • Bridgestone
  • Metzeler
  • Shinko
  • And many more!
  • 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.

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    • Motoz Tractionator Enduro I/T

      Tony in CA

      Great tires.

      Awesome tires. Zero issues with traction. I didn’t install them myself but they work great!

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    • Motoz Mountain Hybrid Rear Tire

      Coby in NV

      No complaints

      Depends on what you are looking for. This tire hooks up on compact terrain for sure. Apparently pavement is good for it too since it is dot certified . Longevity seems to be good so far. I only gave it four stars because I haven’t wore it out yet . So I don’t know how it reacts when the tread starts running low . But so far we’ll worth what I paid for it. You gotta think about this too, I ride a kx500 2 stroke And I haven’t even noticed any knobbieloss yet. Got about 200 miles on it so far .

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    • Shinko F546 Soft-Intermediate Tire

      clare in WY

      Too stiff

      Split in the sidewalk first ride Too much feedback in rocks even with 7psi

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    • Shinko R505 Hybrid Cheater Tire

      Coby in NV

      Not complaining about this shinko

      I like this tire excuse it hooks up really good on pretty much any terrain. But on hard terrain I find it hooks up the best. But considering I ride a kx500 2 stroke any tire has a tough time in the longevity category. But I have found this tire to last pretty well compared to a Bridgestone battlecross x-40. ur that’s the only reason I gave it a 4 star rating. Plus this isn’t the first one I’ve purchased , so I knew that prior to getting this one. That being said this tire would probably still hook up on compact terrain if the knobbies were all ripped off and the tire was bald. Anyway it’s a good tire. The 120/100-18 looks gigantic under the rear fender . Keep that in mind if you run a sprocket ratio that requires your chain to barely give your last tire clearance Freon the front of the swingarm. This one at the size I mentioned would need to move back some . But a really great tire on compact terrain.

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    • Dunlop MX53 Geomax Intermediate/Hard Terrain Tire

      Steve in VA

      Not my favorite intermediate to hard terrain tire.

      Not really a fan of this tire. (I tried it due to hard terrain and the success of the MX33) At 13psi is deflected off of everything. So I lowered the psi to 9. Better tractions, but not outstanding in my opinion. The carcas seems harsh on heavy rocks. I ended up with a rear tire puncture on medium riding. (Not fast, generally following other riders needing help.) Tread seemed to wear a bit faster than I expected for a hard terrain tire.

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    • Maxxis Maxxcross Intermediate Terrain Tire

      Leonard in LA

      Competes with top brands

      We installed this on the rear of our KLX 110. Tire grips well and the treads are holding up great. Seeing how great these hold up I will try these on our race bikes. Great tire.

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