Trials Tire Brands Cost & Performance

Discussion in 'Trials' started by motobene, Jul 1, 2013.

  1. thegraydog

    thegraydog 2 wheels X 6 ways

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    It's good to have an engineer in the conversation.

    I have a DR650 for travel, an old KTM for dirt, a trials bike. All have rim locks, all have more or less true rims, all have wandery treads. Kendas on the DR are noticeably truer than knobby tires, but I've never balanced a wheel on a motorcycle.

    The trials bike has a lively front wheel, but except at Ute Cup I never thought to worry about it. My bikes have such an unpredictable pilot that I've always focussed on that....
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  2. lineaway

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    The old Sherpa T that I`ve ridden lately has balanced wheels front and rear!
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  3. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    The Pirelli MT43 is the onlt DOT Trials tire I know of that will last at speed on a dual purpose bike.

    I use the Dunlop Trials tubliss on my 200XCW with great results.
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  4. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    My trials bike came with D803s in good shape and I haven't worn them out yet. I'm happy with performance and have not had any flats.

    I've been told that the ultra-light Michelin tires are easy to slice/damage/flat in rocky stuff and saw a few fail at the ryan young class. Probably worth it for weight savings to a really serious competitor. To a ham-fisted type like me who's likely to plow rather than waltz through rock sections, they'd be trouble I think.

    MT43s are great "trials" tires to run on dirt bikes. I definitely wouldn't run them on an actual trials bike. Much too hard and stiff (bias ply).
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  5. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 44 years

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    The issue with my new Michelin Trials Comp and wandering tread was not from the rim lock. The carcass was very true running in the rim, which was refreshing because some times those damned beads just refuse to run true! The wandering in my one fluke tire wasn't until the outer row of knobs to the center rows.

    Now I've got the Michelin Lite front. It'll go on after I do the engine work.
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  6. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 44 years

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    That's why this time around I went with at most the Lite front. What's interesting is the weight savings is not that great over the previous design. I'll weight the fronts when I swap them. be surprised if it was more than 5-10% difference.
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  7. wind pusher

    wind pusher WIND PUSHER

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    Go Shinkos for meee:D
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  8. broncobowsher

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    When the tires wear out, I get a new bike.

    Now that I ride more and have less money, I may actually have to think about tires. I doubt I will wear them out so much as they will age into something that is unusable.
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  9. thegraydog

    thegraydog 2 wheels X 6 ways

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    Hey Bronco, what we do is raid Dooley's tire pile. He's a tire snot and tosses them after one trip around the mountain. Other people get a year out of the discard...
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