ITP CLASSIC TURF TAMER & CLASSIC MX
The Turf Tamer was the original sport performance
tire. If you were racing in the ’90s, you were riding Turf
Tamers. For years and years racers would custom-groove these tried-and-true, dimple knobby tires to
improve traction in loamy or loose track conditions. ITP
has rebirthed the Turf Tamer with a reengineered carcass to better suit today’s four-stroke sport quads, and
they even offer a pre-grooved model, saving hours of
work with a hot tire groover. Made in the USA.
Price: 18x10-8, $102
STI TECH 4 MX & XC
The Tech 4 is STI’s high-performance sport tire that
is surprisingly affordable. Available in both MX and XC
sizes, the Tech 4 MX is a track-oriented four-ply tire with
a 20-inch front and 18-inch rear sizing. STI claims the
tire’s high-tech rubber compound will deliver exceptional hook-up on hardpack, while its unique tread pattern pulls it through softer terrain. The STI XC offers the
same unique tread pattern as the MX, only sized for XC
and desert. The Tech 4 XC comes with a six-ply rating
and is proving to be an excellent tire for both serious
trail riding and racing.
Price: $50–$100 depending on size: 20x6-10, 18x10-
8, 21x7-10, 22x7-10, 20x11-9, 22x11-9, 22x11-10
KENDA KUTTER II XC
The Kutter II has been race-tested and refined to be
the most competitive cross-country racing tire possible.
The Kutter II has new shoulder knobs with more biting
edge and a new rubber compound, both engineered
with traction at the top of the priority list. The Kutter II
still comes in a heavy-duty six-ply-rated casing for maximum durability. The Kutter II’s tread profile is also said
to improve steering and handling in ruts.
Price: 21x7-10, $101; 22x11-9, $123
DWT XC V3 RUN-FLAT
A super-advanced carcass technology with military-like run-flat technology and race-tested XC racing compounds with DWT’s yellow “hard” compound. This exciting, breakthrough-technology tire had already won the
2012 Baja 500 and 1000 before it was even released.
How’s that sound for hitting the ground running?
Price: 23x7-10, $139; 22x11-9, $149
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