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Product Review – Pirelli MX eXTraX Tyres.

Author: Aaryn Minerds

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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Product Review – Pirelli MX eXTraX Tyres.
The release of the new MX eXTraX tire from Pirelli just happened to coincide with us getting our hands on our Suzuki RM-Z250 so it made sense to contact Link International and have a set of these new tyres mounted to the rims of our bike.

The new tyre from Pirelli has been designed as an all round tyre for use in conditions that range from Soft-Medium through to Medium-Hard, with a reasonably aggressive tread pattern combined with a durable compound all designed to resist tearing and giving a longer life.

The good news for us was, the Variety of terrain I have been confronted with in the two months since we had the new rubber fitted has been some of the most diverse I have ever ridden over, in such a short time frame.

A lot of my initial riding on the tyres was done on hard pack surfaces, ranging from slippery wet hard park, to rock hard dried out blue groove. The new tyre offered great feel on the hard surfaces, a real improvement compared to the feel I was getting with the stock tyre that came on the bike. Even in the wet slippery conditions when the hard pack surface had been rained on or watered the front still rode well and the back end stayed consistent and would go where I wanted it to.

The next few rides were again on tracks that started a little loamy before turning to hard pack, with near blue groove conditions in spots, with the performance and feel of the tyres continuing to confirm my initial thoughts of how well they hooked up on the dry hard surfaces.

With plenty of riding on the hard pack surfaces done, the next test was going to be in the complete opposite surface type, with some knee deep sand whoops to contend with at Ceduna in South Australia's South West during the first round of the state Motocross championship.

Product Review – Pirelli MX eXTraX Tyres.
The rear tyre has been impressive, providing plenty of traction on all surfaces, while holding together well, after plenty of time spent on some nasty hard pack surfaces..
Again I could not fault the tyres, with the rear hooking up and driving the RM-Z250 forward and the front end doing what it needed to, giving me plenty of confidence that is was going to do what I would ask of it each and every time. Would I have been better off with a sand or soft terrain compound tyre? I am not sure it may have helped but the MX eXtraX was doing the job nicely.

It was a good test as well, with Hattah slowly approaching I was not sure if I would need to change to a full sand tyre for the event this year, going by the performance at Ceduna I think it is unlikely and fresh MX eXtraX may be on the cards come early July.

The other thing that has been impressive is how well the tyre has held up with all the hard pack riding, the rear tyre is not in what I would say perfect condition, no tyre would be after the tracks we ride in summer, the knobs have been rounded and have been worn down a bit, but they have not torn or started to rip off any where, there are some nice cuts through the tops of some of the knobs, but all in all the rear has stayed in one piece.

The front does still look reasonable new, again the edges have been rounded out but that is about it, I'll get a lot more time out of the front tyre, the rear I will look at swapping before my next race meeting, though it will not be thrown out, there is still plenty of life left in if for practice days.

All in all the new MX eXtraX has proven to do what it was designed for, a good all round tyre that will perform well on the majority of track surfaces and give great wear.

We are running: Pirelli Tyres

Type: MX eXtraX

RRP: Front from $89 Rear from $105

Main Photo: The new Pirelli MX eXTra X has proven to be a great all round tyre.

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