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Old 04-25-2014, 03:17 PM
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As you all know, I'm a beginner at this, so I can't compare to other products. I was in the market for a front tire since a few knobs seemed to be near breaking off after my first harescramble about a month ago. I was looking for a cheap tire (again, since I don't ride much or very fast and I'm on a pretty tight budget) and came across the Artrax MX Pro on motosport.com. I mounted it yesterday and it went smooth. Especially considering that one of the reviews online mentioned someone having a hell of a time putting the front on and that this is my first time mounting a tire (I used a Tusk version of the bead buddy and two tusk tire irons). As soon as I get a chance to ride I'll report back. The tire was $40.99.
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:05 PM
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I finally got to ride! The tire held up well and I only had one or two times when it felt like it was going to wash out on me... but that is most likely due to a user error . The track was not prepped and pretty dusty/sandy. I also had a friend record me and... uhmm... Yeah, I'm slow.
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:17 AM
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lol, we are all slow

Thanks for the review. I've wondered about those tires. I may have to give them a shot.
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Old 08-05-2014, 12:39 PM
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I'm embarrassingly slow. The video looks like I'm in slow motion XD I finally felt in control though and was running about 1:45-2:00 laps. A front-of-the-pack Beginner Class guy at my local track posted a youtube video and he's running about 1:30. So, I supposed once I get a little better at carrying momentum through the corners I'll feel competitive. I just hate that I don't get a chance to race because they only put on races on Sundays and I work on Sundays
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lol.. I'm slow too.......

And hey, a <$50 dollar front tire sounds good to me.

Might check the tire pressure if it is washing out. Sometimes lowering it 1 or 2 psi can make all the difference.



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Old 08-06-2014, 08:11 AM
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Yeah. I was running 15 psi, but I'm thinking of trying 12 or so the next time out to see if I can feel the difference. More than anything I need to try to carry more speed through the corners to try to be in a gear higher coming out. I slow WAY down coming into the corners and then can't build enough speed to adequately clear the jumps after the corners.
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Sand requires a weird set up and technique.
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Old 08-06-2014, 03:50 PM
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Hate the sand! I bet I even hate if more than macho does

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one of the reviews online mentioned someone having a hell of a time putting the front on and that this is my first time mounting a tire
Fronts are the easy ones. Toughest time I had with a tire was mounting a Michelin MH3 on the rear on my sons 65.
Good for you tackling your own tires, I know some seasoned riders that still have the shop swap em.
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Old 08-06-2014, 03:56 PM
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Speed is all relative... Your slow is someone else's fast. And your fast is someone else's slow.

Slick conditions are always challenging. A wise OLD man (E) once gave me this technique for improving corner speed... Figure out where your braking point currently is, use a landmark as a point of reference. Tree, change in the dirt, whatever. Next time you come around, as you pass that point, count to one before braking. Increase as you're comfortable. It helps, really!

Or, do like I did...ride a vintage bike. The brake are so poor you'll realize you can enter the corners faster than you think you can. Of course, it's because you can't really stop anyway... This technique is equally, if not more, effective.
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Haha! Thanks for the tips I always say I'm going to experiment with my suspension to see what it does and then wind up just riding the whole time XD. I'll mess with it and practice some more cornering next time i head out... I promise.
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Yes. Suspension can have a lot to do with how corners feel.

From grossly out where it feels like it wants to go straight or dive, fighting it,
to set-up for the track conditions where it will turn without much effort.

With a bike set up right for ones riding style, the bike feels good, rider confidence increases, momentum is easier carried, and all that helps to be faster through the corners.

I see sand, I choose a line, and I give it more gas.

Especially near the Red River where the sand will suck your bike into the ground if you don't move fast enough.... lol


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