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Old 05-29-2010, 10:46 PM
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What is the best tire for Hard Pack terrain?
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IMOP, for our Utah dirt, the best front tire is a Michelin M12, Rear Maxxis Maxcross IT.

The up side to both of those tires is they wear like iron, which is why they moved to the top of my list.
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Old 05-30-2010, 06:32 AM
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I really like the Maxxis IT desert for the rear for the type of terrain Utah has to offer. I also run an IT up front but a lot of riders dont like it for various reasons. As Woody mentioned, the Michelin M12 is a really good front tire for desert/hardpack.
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Old 05-30-2010, 09:01 AM
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IMOP, for our Utah dirt, the best front tire is a Michelin M12, Rear Maxxis Maxcross IT.

The up side to both of those tires is they wear like iron, which is why they moved to the top of my list.
I wholeheartedly agree with Woody.
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So what ya running on your bike right now Woody?
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Old 06-01-2010, 03:07 PM
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The wrong tires... I do not like them.

I'm always interested to see if there is something better, and I have yet to find it. The current set is the Bridgestone M403 & M404.

I will also state that the Maxxis Maxcross SX is a great tire too. My brother is running it now and it hooks up really well and holds up well too.
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Old 06-01-2010, 07:58 PM
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I kind of like the stockers on my RMZ, which I believe were M401/402 Bridgestones, and the rear lasted a loonnggg time on our Utah hardpack. The front was just so-so but not as great as an M12 Michelin.
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Is there any chance they have you try out new tires, since your the quickest on the track and they want to give themselves a bit of an advantage? Just curious.
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I kind of like the stockers on my RMZ, which I believe were M401/402 Bridgestones, and the rear lasted a loonnggg time on our Utah hardpack. The front was just so-so but not as great as an M12 Michelin.
The 403/404 is pretty similar to the 401/402 which is what came stock on my '07 as well. I like the 403/404 better, but only slightly.

they do wear like iron though. I did burn outs 2 times with my 402 and it's still probably more than half tred. The 401 is still almost brand new (90%).

My biggest complaint about the 402/404 (rears) is they don't slide well. They hook up, then they let go. There doesn't seem to be any middle ground. The maxxis will hook up and then start to slide, but very controlled.

The fronts (401/403) are okay, but my biggest problem is they don't tend to hold traction if you are leaning at all and still on the brakes. They want to wash, and that is something the M12 would never do. Hands down though I've never found a tire as good as the M12 for our dirt. The 756 is dang good though, but the wear life is no where near what I call acceptable.

I may however be trying the geomax 51 here soon (might be getting a good deal on them) so I'll have to report my thoughts on them. They are supposed to last longer too.

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Is there any chance they have you try out new tires, since your the quickest on the track and they want to give themselves a bit of an advantage? Just curious.
If you are talking to me, the answer is no. I am the one trying different setups. I suppose I just like to know if the tire is worth a darn and can say why or do or don't run it. It's a pain having lesser tires on sometimes, but one I'm willing to live with.
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Old 06-02-2010, 04:19 PM
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Ok then.....Good enough for me.
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