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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.
Jarem in UT
Just spent Labor Day Weekend riding badlands (think swingarm city). This tire might just be the best I've ever used out there. I am eager to try it in the sand washes of Moab. 1 weekend doesn't give much opportunity to judge longevity, but I don't see anything alarming so far. (running on a YZ250 with tubliss)Read All Reviews
Junior in CA
I'm not tire expert but this is what I'd call a soft-knobby tire, meaning that if you're used to something stiffer it will feel kind of unsteady under you. But I've come to like the feel because it has a bit of forgiveness that has been great for the desert terrain I mostly ride. I did up it to 13 PSI (I usually run 11 PSI on stiffer tires) and that helped. Don't take that to mean it isn't tough--two weeks ago I rode the last 30 miles of a 40-mile NHH race with it flat (partially thanks to Tubliss) after a thorn pierced it (Slime didn't seal it for some reason).Read All Reviews
Brian in IL
I bought this for my trip to moab. I wanted a tire that wouldn't chunk out in a day. This one lasts forever. Also rode this one on the street quite a bit and just rounded the corners. Still has some good knobbies if you wanted to cut them. It is horrible in the sand though. At slickrock, I couldn't find traction in sand.Read All Reviews
Dominic in NY
I replaced my worn stock tires with Maxxis Maxxcross IT tires and have not looked back. While priced higher than the competition, the traction and durability of these tires is awesome. I just replaced my rear tire at 44 hours! Even with 75% of the tread worn down, I still had excellent traction on rocky, hard packed, hilly terrain. I love the yellow Maxxis logo on the tire but they only put 1 logo on one side of the tire. 2 per side spaced 180 degrees apart would look great!Read All Reviews
Jeff in NY
These tires are great. Put them on just before completing 3 days of the NEBDR and they were so much better than the stock tires on my DRZ400. Gave me alot more confidence on the tough trails but still rode well on the pavement.Read All Reviews