Anyone try a Maxxis IT on an 06?


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  • cowboyona426

Posted April 12, 2006 - 07:46 PM

#1

I need to ditch my stock front rubber, I hate that piece of crap and I was wondering if any of you have experience with the Maxxis MaxxCross IT front tire. I had an HT rear on my 426 and really liked it, but figured the IT would be better for softer/muddy stuff. Any opinions? PS I'm on a budget and can't afford a $60 Michelin tire... cheap but durable and works well is what I'm shooting for.

  • kawirider

Posted April 12, 2006 - 08:37 PM

#2

Cheap and durable... Sounds like you are a good candidate for a Sakura Dirt Shark. My dad has them on his WR250F and even after 30+ hours of riding they have barely started to wear. I am not sure where you can find them because I just saw them at my local shop. Since you are on a budget you will really like them because a front tire is like $30. Rear tire is like $40.

  • bumblebee

Posted April 12, 2006 - 09:54 PM

#3

the maxxis IT tires are the best. pain in the arse to mount but they last forever and hook up great.

  • ripntear

Posted April 13, 2006 - 03:49 AM

#4

I run the Maxxis SI up front. It seems to be an excellent front tire and I recommend you try it over the IT. You will like it :thumbsup:

  • fastenuf4u

Posted April 13, 2006 - 04:57 AM

#5

This is a side question relating to the Maxxis I/T rear. Is it as stiff on the sidewall as the Dunlop 756? I had the misfortune of putting one of these on last weekend and I have never felt a tire as stiff as this one, and I have put on at least 3-4 D756's in the past. I litterally had to use 2 tire irons just to seat 1-2 inches of the tire onto the rim. After pinching 2 tubes and making my knuckles bleed in a few spots I said "F it" and took it in, I'll let it be someone else's problem that gets paid to do it for a living! :thumbsup: Thanks.

  • probracing1

Posted April 13, 2006 - 07:36 AM

#6

I'd like to second ripntear...I found the IT front to wear damn well but IMO tended to push a little b4 it hooked up. The SI is just an excellent front that is not that expensive and doesnt push on me at all.
I still run the IT in the rear...I'd like to try the Desert IT though, heard great things about the wear on the desert IT.

  • BC61

Posted April 13, 2006 - 07:41 AM

#7

IT rear has a very stiff side wall. anyone who ever mounts one comments on it.

  • grayracer513

Posted April 13, 2006 - 08:01 AM

#8

I run the Maxxis SI up front. It seems to be an excellent front tire and I recommend you try it over the IT. You will like it :thumbsup:

I agree with that. As much as I rave about the IT rears, I can't really say as much for the IT fronts. The rears give very good traction and wear extremely well. The IT front does neither of those things for me. I haven't tried the SI personally, but people say...

  • NYMXer

Posted April 13, 2006 - 10:42 AM

#9

I have the Maxxis IT up front and like it. It's the first time I am using this tire so I can't comment on the wear yet. I can tell you that w/ this tire I can easily take an inside line that takes effort on my YZ250 w/ a differant front tire.

  • shanedut

Posted April 13, 2006 - 05:46 PM

#10

I run the IT on the rear and an ST on the front as others have said the IT tends to push a little too much. The IT holds up well but doesnt give as good of cornering on softer stuff. The ST to me holds up pretty well but grabs a lot better on the soft stuff.

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  • cowboyona426

Posted April 13, 2006 - 09:11 PM

#11

Is the SI a soft terrain tire? Most of my riding is on hardpack stuff with lots of rocks/roots so a soft terrain tire may tucker out on me earlier than an intermediate. Thanks for all the input everyone!

  • grayracer513

Posted April 13, 2006 - 09:29 PM

#12

Yes, it's a soft terrain tire, by label, at least, but you might try it, nevertheless. Another candidate for a good intermediate to hard tire that still works in softer stuff reasonably well is either the M401 or M601 Bridgestone.

  • ray51

Posted April 13, 2006 - 09:42 PM

#13

I run the IT in the rear and the SI in front. I was given hte SI by a local racer. I mostly ride hard pack stuff and the SI worked very well on wear and grip very well. I'm hooked on that combo!!!!!

  • Jasons

Posted April 14, 2006 - 08:51 AM

#14

Is there some special trick to the maxxis IT rear?
I run 13PSI rear on a 19 and 12PSI on a 18.
I have tried them twice and hated them both times, off road and MX. Sure they last forever but that makes me hate them more because I want to change it once it's on the bike. They don't drive out of corners very well. They seem to slide more and spin up instead of driving than the Carlsbads and the new 952 Dunlops. I find these tires hook up much better than the Maxxis and last longer than the 756 or other Premium rubber. I go through a lot of tires usually changing a rear after 4-5 rides. I have run Dunlop, Bridgesone, Pirelli, Michelin and Kenda and I have not found a tire I like less than the IT. (ok, I exaggerate, the 739 is worse in soft conditions)

I have tried the IT's in all kinds of terrain from desert to mud and I don't understand why they get such good reviews.

I have been riding/racing for a long time since I was 5, I'm 34 now. Raced local Pro MX and A class offroad, though I mostly practice now since I get to ride more.

I don't mean to bash anyone's opinions, if the tire works for you great. I just keep hearing good reviews on them and it is completely opposite my experience with them and wonder why?

Jason

  • One Louder

Posted April 16, 2006 - 11:10 AM

#15

IT rear has a very stiff side wall. anyone who ever mounts one comments on it.



I just mounted one. almost broke my thumb off and ruined two tire irons.... :thumbsup: I think i'll let someone else do it next time

  • yz400fdave

Posted April 19, 2006 - 05:59 PM

#16

I tried to mount a 756 on a rim and broke the bead! I really do not understand why they are so tight. My local parts supplier claims that Dunlop makes them that way to avoid slippage for the pros. We common men just need to have a dealer mount them. It cost me two bucks for the mount and I am happy.
I still prefer the Michelin tires over all though. I ride woods in PA

  • moto_x2005

Posted April 19, 2006 - 06:11 PM

#17

i love the IT im gettin it again, if this tire ever wears out

  • Satch0922

Posted April 19, 2006 - 06:15 PM

#18

get a Dunlop952......I just got one one the rear and a 756 up front....one excellent combo.

  • motobark

Posted April 19, 2006 - 06:56 PM

#19

Is there some special trick to the maxxis IT rear?
I run 13PSI rear on a 19 and 12PSI on a 18.
I have tried them twice and hated them both times, off road and MX. Sure they last forever but that makes me hate them more because I want to change it once it's on the bike. They don't drive out of corners very well. They seem to slide more and spin up instead of driving than the Carlsbads and the new 952 Dunlops. I find these tires hook up much better than the Maxxis and last longer than the 756 or other Premium rubber. I go through a lot of tires usually changing a rear after 4-5 rides. I have run Dunlop, Bridgesone, Pirelli, Michelin and Kenda and I have not found a tire I like less than the IT. (ok, I exaggerate, the 739 is worse in soft conditions)

I have tried the IT's in all kinds of terrain from desert to mud and I don't understand why they get such good reviews.

I have been riding/racing for a long time since I was 5, I'm 34 now. Raced local Pro MX and A class offroad, though I mostly practice now since I get to ride more.

I don't mean to bash anyone's opinions, if the tire works for you great. I just keep hearing good reviews on them and it is completely opposite my experience with them and wonder why?

Jason


There's your answer, you ride too fast!
Seriously, it does make a big difference. I gave the 739 my YZ came with to a guy I work with, he'll love it. I wouldn't dare ride with one, they suck. Big difference is he's slow and I'm fast. He'll never push a tire's abilities like someone that knows how to ride fast will. I've tried Maxis tires, I didn't like them. I couldn't trust that they'd hold when pushed hard, especially in off-camber fast turns. I actually didn't think they lasted that much longer anyway, and the price difference isn't that much. For me there's not much better than a pair of 756's. (I haven't tried the new Dunlop's yet, I have a couple 756's left to go.)

I believe any tire is going to act differently at 60mph than it is at 30. If a tire works good at 30 and not at 60, somebody that never goes that fast will think it's a great tire. I think the Dunlops work good at 30 AND 60. I know I'm oversimplifying here, but I think you get the idea. I don't necessarily mean exact speeds, I mean how hard a tire is pushed to it's limits.

  • millzy555

Posted April 19, 2006 - 07:07 PM

#20

Just another spanner i the works, i had good results with the metzler mc5, but i don't race. Lasted a long time even on my husky 360





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