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  • What tires do you guys run ?

    Been a long time since I have posted here. Looking at new rubber. I've always used Maxxis IT's, front and rear, primarily because they last a long time. They probably aren't the best - I find the front tires break down and all the side knobs tear off.

    What are you guys using for riding McNutt that you find work well ? I don't want to put a trials tire on the back.

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    For the rear: There's a number of riders using the Motoz Mountain Hybrid. I'm (and a few others that I ride with are) using the Kenda Equilibrium. The Kenda is apparently several pounds lighter than the Motoz - the suggestion is that on a 250F, the lighter tire will rob less power from the engine. Either way, I'm really happy with the Kenda - it (and the MotoZ) are supposed to be hybrid tires, somewhere between a knobby and trials tire.

    I haven't experimented much with the front, though.

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    • #3
      The most famous McNutt tire has to be the IRC M5B rear. I use it whenever it might be wet and pair it to the pretty good everywhere VE35 front.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by KTM-Bryon View Post
        The most famous McNutt tire has to be the IRC M5B rear. I use it whenever it might be wet and pair it to the pretty good everywhere VE35 front.
        I can't get enough of the IRC M5B!!! that tire is so awesome! run really low pressure for crazy grip in the gnarliest possible conditions. But not too low or the side knobs rip off! For me 7-8psi seems the magic number where they last evenly.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by KTM-Bryon View Post
          The most famous McNutt tire has to be the IRC M5B rear. I use it whenever it might be wet and pair it to the pretty good everywhere VE35 front.

          Awesome, thank you. I will check these ones out, time to try something new!

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          • #6
            I didn't realize how good the MB5 was until I went to a stiff Michelin. :( Been using a trials tire a fair bit and it is amazingly good, just need to run a bit more pressure than the trials guys use. This year I'm gonna try a Goldentyre 523X to go with the 216 fatty on the front. The distributor tells me the 523 is meant for 4-strokes while the 216 rear is meant for 2-strokes.

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            • #7
              Kenda equilibrium
              Just had it mounted , running it at 8 lbs.
              I ride Tamahi in Chilliwack and it was pretty lousy there
              with that tire . I look forward to trying it at McNutt , I heard it was a great tire for Blue Mountain conditions

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              • #8
                I have the Kenda Equilibrium, running it at 7lbs with a TuBliss system and find the grip really good at Blue Mountain. It was pretty good at Vedder, but not quite as good as Blue Mountain, maybe. Haven't ridden Tamahi, though.

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                • #9
                  I'm running a kenda Ibex. So far the best tire for ultimate traction. It's almost wore out and still grips really really good.. running it with 6psi on tubliss.

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                  • #10
                    Well...I don't know a lot about tires. I just bought a used dirt bike. It really needed new tires. I found a pair of BRAND NEW unused MAXXIS Desert IT tires. Got the pair for $100. I thought it was a good deal. However, I haven't really ridden anywhere except Popkum park so I don't know how good or bad they are. I have fun at Popkum. I don't know that im a good enough rider to really be able to gauge a tire and its performance given the conditions. Will be putting in a bit of research and see what I can get when they wear out.

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                    • #11
                      For tires, you'll get lots of opinions. Tire pressure is important, don't run the pressure too high or you won't get good traction. Too low without TuBliss, Mousse etc. and you're likely to get pinch flats. I, personally, run the TuBliss system and a Kenda Equilibrium tire on the rear at 6psi and a Metzeler Unicross tire on the front (TuBliss setup as well) at 10psi. How low you can go depends on if you have rim locks or not, what tire you're running, if you're running TuBliss, a mousse or tubes. It's important to maintain traction as much as possible, traction gives you momentum and momentum gets you up and over obstacles. No traction and you're just digging holes that make it harder for you and the next rider etc. It will also depend on the weather conditions - some tires work well in the wet, some better in the dry.

                      Check out the Trail Information pages - lists the trails, with links to them, most with a pretty basic description, some with links to YouTube videos of people riding that trail, so you can get an idea of what the trail is like before riding it. https://bluemountainmotorcycleclub.c...l-information/

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                      • #12
                        McNutt is in summer conditions right now so Desert IT's will work fine. But once it starts raining the tires to run at McNutt are the gummy ones. Kenda IBEX and Shinko Cheater 525 are both popular. The Cheater 525 is almost a copy of the IRC M5B but with softer rubber. I just bought one so I am ready for the rains.

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