TUESDAY TREAD: TUSK TERRABITE RADIAL TIRE

Great and affordable traction By the staff of Dirt Wheels

Off-road riders know how fantastic new tires can make your riding/driving experience, but new tires can sting the wallet for ATVs and UTVs. Fortunately, there are companies that produce tires at reasonable prices that are well worth driving on. We tested Rocky Mountain ATV MC’s Tusk house-brand Terrabite radial tires on our Polaris RZR XP Turbo. These DOT-rated radial tires start at $99.99 each.

 

The truck-style, DOT-rated tire has big lugs that allow water and dirt to self-clean out of the tread. The Terrabites are very durable with an eight-ply rating, and the tread lasts a long time.
The truck-style, DOT-rated tire has big lugs that allow water and dirt to self-clean out of the tread. The Terrabites are very durable with an eight-ply rating, and the tread lasts a long time.

 

CONSTRUCTION

The Tusk Terrabite tire is designed like a truck tire for all types of terrain. The tread pattern is more in line with a desert-style tire that has a wide surface area, but rounds nicely on the edges for cornering. The sidewalls of the Terrabite are protected by a protruding rubber design, which helps in ruts and protects it from punctures. The carcass of the Terrabite is an eight-ply, which makes it very resistant to getting flats in nasty terrain.

The tread design has good spacing between the lugs to help self-clean while going through mud, but if you tend to do a lot of muddy riding, this tire won’t suit you. If asphalt driving is in your future, these tires can be driven on-road since they are DOT-approved.

TESTING

We mounted up a 30×10-14 tire on each corner of our RZR XP Turbo, and the first thing we noticed was the steering felt a little sluggish during low-speed operation. The stock fronts are 29×9-14s, so we went up an inch in size and width. When we weighed the stockers against the Terrabites, the Tusk tires were close to 10 pounds heavier each. The weight of the Terrabites has to do with the increased amount of tread and ply rating. There is no doubt about it, this tire hooks up better and is a lot stronger than the stockers so it is heavier.

Our tester drove a lot of hard miles trying to abuse Tusk’s tires and didn’t get a flat. Over rocks and up steep climbs the Terrabites worked very well without slipping much. The increase in tire size allowed our RZR to drive over terrain smoother than stock, and when planted in ruts the sidewall tread increased traction to pull you around them with ease. The only terrain that these tires felt a little weak was in flat, loose corners; however, they made up for it in durability. We hammered Tusk’s Terrabite tires through sharp rocks for miles and relentless desert terrain, and the tread blocks looked barely worn.

CONCLUSION

The Tusk Terrabite tire competes with some great desert tires, but is easier on the wallet than most. They come in four sizes: 27×9-12, 27x-11-12, 28×10-14 and 30×10-14. The price ranges from $99.50 to $139.50. To get your own set of these eight-ply radial tires, go to www.rockymountainatvmc.com or call (800) 336-5437.

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