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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.
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
Bradley in NM
Great tire for mixed terrain. I ride sand, rocks and forest. This tire has yet to disappoint me. Great wear life as well.Read All Reviews
Paul in PA
Best dual sport tire for my type of riding, lot of rocks, roots, forest roads, rarely on tarmac. Long lasting, I pair them with Bridgestone UHD tubes, 10-15 psi depending on conditions. I have tried other "tires of the month" but always go back to AC10s, reliable performance and value.Read All Reviews
Mark in MO
With a little less than 1000 miles on my Pirelli MT21s (front and rear), I couldn't be happier with their performance both on- and off-road on my DR-Z400S dual sport. The off-road traction (hard-packed rocked roads, dual-track trails, turf) seems great, and the traction on pavement (dry or wet) has been reliably solid. Sure, you can feel the knobbies when rolling on pavement (upright and in turns), but that's to be expected. Although this set has low miles, the wear and tear seem reasonable with no chunking. And yes, the wheels are balanced.Read All Reviews