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May 10th, 2006, 09:28 AM   #1
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MaxxCross Desert IT tires.

I have come to the conclusion that the stock Husaberg tires (2005) are terrible in the sand. Even though I am not a sand fan that is about 50% of the terrain here.

Its now time for some new rubber and I was looking at the MaxxCross Desert IT tires. Has anyone tried them? What makes for a good sand tire?
Tall knobs? Would this tire have problems with an occasional vet MX track practice romp?




With the stock (and fairly worn) front tire anything but straight line, high speed travel can be disastrous (read trying to turn).



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May 10th, 2006, 10:14 AM   #2
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Re: MaxxCross Desert IT tires.

I have had a lot of luck with IRC's Volcanduro

http://www.irc-tire.com/mce/tires/ve-39.html#ve-39

Everyone around here uses these tires, they don't seem to "chunk" as bad as most other tires. Although the rear doesn't seem to last all that long with me riding.
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Re: MaxxCross Desert IT tires.

For the rear try the IRC M5B, great sand tire.
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Re: MaxxCross Desert IT tires.

M or S 12's I like the wear of the M 12 and John likes the big 140 S 12. Both work very well
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Re: MaxxCross Desert IT tires.

Give the MAXXIS a try Eric, and let us know!

I have been using Dunlop 756 F (racing Replica) fronts and 739 Desert A/T rears for several years now. I used to use Michelin S12's but switched because the knobs on the fronts flexed too much on the hard pack and got ripped off by the desert rocks and the rears wore out too soon for me.

The 756 F has been discontinued, but I really like it.

I was thinking of trying the new Dunlop 952s next time. They are advertised as patterned after the 756 but modified for outstanding durability.

Edit: I lied, the Dunlop web site states they are patterned after the 752, not the 756.

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Re: MaxxCross Desert IT tires.

I've got one on the back right now with two rides on it (approx 150 miles). So far wear is really good, no chunking. Didn't work real good in the mud, but worked good in the rocks. Haven't had it in real deep sand yet but seems to be OK in most sand washes. I don't think this is suppose to be a sand tire per se, as it has small knobs that are relatively close together. I have more trouble with the front in sand washes (Scorpion Pro).
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Re: MaxxCross Desert IT tires.

Thanks for all the input and Joe I just may give the Maxxis a whirl and report back. The problem is not really the back tire. Its the front. All it wants to do is wash out unless you are going straight. I am hoping that its only a tire issue and not due to the quicker handling of the 05's. If its a geometry issue I would be suprised though. Most likely a rider issue but I will not admit to that until I have exhausted all other possibilities
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Re: MaxxCross Desert IT tires.

I run nothing but Maxxis IT's, I have run the Desert It at Moonrocks and the tire held up great, worked grerat in the rocks!! Give it a try.

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Re: MaxxCross Desert IT tires.

I never rode on the stock rear tire. It had those Euro knobs on it so I gave it to a friend. The front Pirelli is a decent desert tire.

I have been fun riding and racing on Maxxis Desert ITs and like them. They are a six ply tire so they have stiffer side walls which make them feel a little loose. I run lower pressure in the rear to compensate. I like the motocross version of the IT for the front. Both work well but the MX tire flexes a bit more and seems to have better grip in the sand. I inflate them to 15psi and never any issues. We race in Baja with Tire Balls at 13psi and they rock. You can get Maxxis tires at Chapparell in Riverside for 42 bucks each. For the price you can't go wrong.

If your leaning towards 739s, go for it. I have been using a 739 on my Berg for a few weeks now. I found it on sale for 60 bucks. I have about 650 miles on it and wear is normal. Pre-running this weekend will finish the tire off. Sunday, I'll put on two Maxxis tires since the stock front will have about 1200 miles on it and the 739 lasted about 800.

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Re: MaxxCross Desert IT tires.

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I never rode on the stock rear tire. It had those Euro knobs on it so I gave it to a friend. The front Pirelli is a decent desert tire.

I have been fun riding and racing on Maxxis Desert ITs and like them. They are a six ply tire so they have stiffer side walls which make them feel a little loose. I run lower pressure in the rear to compensate. I like the motocross version of the IT for the front. Both work well but the MX tire flexes a bit more and seems to have better grip in the sand. I inflate them to 15psi and never any issues. We race in Baja with Tire Balls at 13psi and they rock. You can get Maxxis tires at Chapparell in Riverside for 42 bucks each. For the price you can't go wrong.

If your leaning towards 739s, go for it. I have been using a 739 on my Berg for a few weeks now. I found it on sale for 60 bucks. I have about 650 miles on it and wear is normal. Pre-running this weekend will finish the tire off. Sunday, I'll put on two Maxxis tires since the stock front will have about 1200 miles on it and the 739 lasted about 800.

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At $42.00 that is all the excuse I need to drive an hour and a half up to Chaparral Motorsports. I can spend 2-3 hours easy walking through the store. Their tire dept. is larger than most entire dealerships. If anyone is ever in the So. Cal. area a trip to Chaparral is a must.


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