What tires are popular with the DRN members?

jeb

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I ride mostly intermediate terrain. Depending on the weather, that can mean anything from lots of mud to dusty hardpack. I've found the Michelin S12 to be the best choice for me for a rear tire. It grips very well in everything from mud and sand to almost pure rocks. And it wears very slowly compared to the rest that I've tried. I like the 140x18 (same as a 120 for most other brands) for my 400EXC but the 130x18 (same as 110) worked best on my 250.

The front is much more subjective. It has a lot to do with how you ride, suspension setup, etc, IMO. I really like the S12, Dunlop 752 and Dunlop 756 up front, in that order. They all seem to grip about the same in intermediate terrain with the 752 maybe having a bit of an edge in the mud. The S12 can get skatey for me in the hard pack but it's not severe. It wears the best of the 3 on my bikes. The 756 is the weakest in the mud. All 3 are good, though. I have at least a new one of each in my shed and I'm always torn about which to run next.
 

RM_guy

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After years with the 752's I am a firm believer in the S12 rear and 756 front. I ride mostly intermediate with some mud, rocks, loam, hardpack, real loose stuff...well just about all of it.
 

NDRO

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I'm a 752 rider from way back, but have made the switch to S-12's (F/R) and will not be going back to Dunlop. Great traction and outstanding wear!!!
 

nikki

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BRIDGESTONES!!!

I run Bridgestone M-78's (Int-Hard) and M-70's (Soft-Int). I just saw a new tire that Bridgestone came out with that is supposed to be similar but better than the M-78 (that RC and others have been using a lot outdoors)... so I might give that one a try next time around.

IMO - Bridgestones hold up a little better and longer than Dunlops and seem to hook up better for me (wash out less). Their sidewalls seem a little stiffer - helping for better tracking through corners. Plus I have been a big Bridgestone user for years now!
 

Farmer John

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Michelin/Bridgestone

I run Michelin S-12s on the back most of the time & I run Michelin's Enduro Comp 3 on the front all of the time (S-12 compound, M-12 tread, on a 6 ply carcass).

In the summer, when all moisture has left the ground I will run M-78 Bridgestones. Very predictabel & last fairly well.
 

TheMort

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May 31, 2000
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Dunlop 755 or 756 front and rear. I ride mostly sand but also some intermediate terrain. I also like the Michelin S12 combo in the soft stuff.
 

Dirtdemon

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I'm in malaysia and the track that we have here is hard with some loose surface dirt. i currently run on bridgestone M-78 rear and M70 fronts...
Currently riding a 2001 YZ426F

:cool:
 

Buzz Bomb

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The IRC M5B is a great rear tire, as I couldn't ever get this tire to break loose. The knobs are like skyscrapers, though. Another good tire is the Dunlop. In front, I have used 752s, and they are pretty good, but I will try something else next time.
 

bud

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Jun 29, 1999
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S12 rear. The front tires I have tried, from best to worst are, dunlop 756, pirelli mt44, michelin s12, dunlop 752, dunlop 755, michelin enduro comp III. I ride in mud, gravel, hardpack, rocks, sand in that order (very little sand). I'm tempted to try a 756 rear, even though most people who recommend them also recommend the 755f...
 
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CR Swade

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Dunlop 756 rear/front or Mich M12 front
 

tristan68

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i went to chaparral the other day, and they said they aren't making the 752 rear anymore. is this true, i use 756 but was planning on a 752 for longevity purposes.
 

ultrachrome

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Michelin S12 rear, M12 front. M12 rear seems to wear quicker than the S12. Didn't notice a difference between the M12 and S12 front. The M12 front seems to last longer than the S12 front. Weird.
 

HiG4s

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Wow, I didn't notice this thread this morning when I was on, but I bought an S12 a few hours ago to replace the stock Pirelli and it seems it is one of the favored.
 

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