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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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    • Bridgestone M59 Soft Terrain Tire

      Jarem in UT

      amazing in the badlands

      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)

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    • IRC VE33 Enduro Tire

      scott in PA

      Good hybrid tire

      Good for slow technical trails but it doesn't do too well for racing on faster paced trails

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    • IRC VE35 Enduro Tire

      scott in PA

      Great hybrid front tire

      It's great for slow technical trails but doesn't do too well fast paced racing.

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    • Maxxis Maxxcross Desert Intermediate Terrain Tire

      Brian in IL

      Tire lasts forever.

      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.

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    • Maxxis Maxxcross Intermediate Terrain Tire

      Dominic in NY

      My Go To Tire

      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!

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    • Pirelli MT21 Rallycross Dual Sport Rear Motorcycle Tire

      Dave in OR

      Good, solid tires.

      Easy to change on the trail. Good traction in rocks and mud. OK on asphalt. I've been using these tires on our KTM 690's for over 17,000 miles.

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