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Old 09-05-2010, 10:42 PM
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Best all-around tire??

Just wanting your opinions on whats the best snow, mud, trail after market tire and what ply. Thanks.
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Old 09-06-2010, 04:41 AM
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If your upgrading go with at least a six (6) ply tire. Don't waste time on anything below that. As for all around tires go, Maxxis Bighorns, and Bighorn 2.0 are very solid all around tires. ITP makes the Terracross that is very nice as well. All three of these selections are highly rated.

Since I ride in VERY rocky terrain I went with an 8 ply tire from GBC Motorsports. The Grim Reaper performs well on everything I have encountered so far.
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Old 09-06-2010, 05:03 AM
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I can vouch for the BigHorns. They are great on all kinds of trail conditions, save "big mud". Haven't had them in snow & ice yet though. I will -- I spend a lot of time on the ice in the winter, always used chains before.
Mine are not the BigHorn II, I understand they a bit "lighter" in construction, not sure what they did to make them lighter, but my BigHorns are "tough as nails" and "bullet-proof".
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Old 09-06-2010, 06:07 PM
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ITP XTR's are a good all round tire are radials so they ride great and last for a long time i got 1700 miles on mine and there just showing wear.
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Old 09-06-2010, 06:13 PM
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Tires seem to me to be site specific. Bighorns in the Texas mud are not going to be good here, and consequently Mudlites would be no good for rocky Colorado trail rides. You're going to need to analyze tires for your application and location. If you are looking for compromise then look no further than the stockers. My opinion - and you know what they say about opinions...
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Old 09-07-2010, 03:56 AM
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If you are looking to upgrade your tires, you may ask and look around at what people in your area are using. Then decide which ones you want to try. Use others knowledge, just like here.
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:52 PM
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Thats some pretty fair comments. Look at your riding terrain and decide what's best for your area. I like mud, rocks and high speed trails so my reapers work well in those conditions.
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:38 PM
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I'm using the TerraCross out here in New Mexico and they really seem to, "hook up" very nice out in the desert.
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:52 PM
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Same here my two favorites are both Maxxis Big Horns and Zillas. Horns are the toughest with strong side walls and radial design made to grip the road and run smoother. Zillas shine in mud and are also good in snow as are the horns, but side walls are not as tough, Zilla's actually make a great trail tire you can tackle most any obstacle with. I would have no problem running either tire. If mud and deep snow are in your area Zillas are my choice and they are also very light. 27" Zillas are a awesome tire well balanced and smooth. I've had them over 80 MPH on my Brute so can vouch they are balanced. Maxxis makes good tires is my opinion. They are not like some of the other Chinese made tires. AKA ITP, They actually have strict quality control and it makes them better than the competition. Just my opinion.
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Old 09-09-2010, 04:30 AM
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ITP has a wheel plant in china, tires are still USA made. MAXXIS tires are made in TAIWAN.
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