This tire performs well in a variety of conditions. Very durable long lasting tread.
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I'm confused at all the good reviews here. This is one of the worst front tires I've ever had. I've tried to use it for desert racing, and I just could not stand it. It has very little side-to-side /cornering traction, and after a while the side knobs start to chunk off. It will wash out on you whether you're turning hard or upright.
The tread pattern doesn't make sense for anything besides a straight line. Don't trust a front tire that looks anything like a paddle tire.
This is a very versatile tire and hooks up on changing terrain. I run cross country, occasional motocross, trail rides and Hatfield McCoy trails in WV. This tire handles all the changing terrain great. I go with the desert model, because of the thicker sides to help avoid flats.
If you're tired of burning through motocross tires and want a tougher tire but hate lousy crossovers...get this!! I ride it on street and dirt, excellent performance on both.
I run maxxis tires on my YZ450, they hook up great and are durable even through the rough desert terrain
I run this Maxxis desert-IT front tire with a matching maxxis desert-IT rear tire in the deserts of New Mexico .
Its a great combination if your looking for a good all around tire .
Having such a thick sidewall it allows me to run lower psi and get maximum traction . The Maxxis Desert-IT set last longer then any other set I've bought in the past .
it hooks up well . There different tires on the market that hook up better but don't last nearly as long .
One thing to keep in mind when installing these tires .
They are directional tires .
I use this tire in combination with the Tubliss system. I typically run about 10psi in the tire. I generally ride rocky, ledgy conditions with some loose soil. This tire works well in sand too. The only thing it does not work well in is deep slippery mud. I get about 75 hours of life from this tire.
Bought a set of these for my sons WR250F, His CR250R, and my KLX400R. We ride on the track and on Massively rocky terrain with very sharp rocks and these tires give great grip in not only those areas but sand on the mesa in NM as well. After 20hrs of riding in the mountains on rocky terrain these tires have shown almost no wear, no torn knobs, and no cuts. I just ordered a new set for my CRF450R. great job maxis.
I've put 2700 miles of Rocky Mountain single track and high desert on my front tire since I installed it in June '13 and it is finally time for a new one. The tire has taken a beating, never had a flat tube. Tire held up extremely well considering what it has been through - sharp rocks, many miles of high speed desert blasting, did acceptably in the loam. Finally the outer lugs are chunking off and the center lugs are worn down. I am definitely ordering another!