New Breed of Hybrid Tires

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  1. Admin

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    After running a trials tire with great success for many, many years I'm interested to hear feedback from people that are using some of the newer Hybrid Tires.

    I've used the cheater once on my 300RR, but I got the wrong size (120) and really didn't like it much on my trails. I buddy who is a AA racer in our series has been running the IRC gekkota with a worn out mousse and says he loves it. Anyone have any experience with this tire? or the Kenda IBEX?

    IRC, IX09 GEKKOTA TIRE

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    November 23, 2016

    PRODUCT: IRC’s IX09 Gekkota tire is specially designed with a two-ply carcass for flex, and the knobby compound can only be described as “gummy.” The lug design features a large, spaced-out layout that helps clean debris, along with allowing the knobs to flex, bend and grab on a wide variety of terrain. In simple terms, the Gekkota is a hybrid tire that features a trials rubber compound and a motocross tread pattern for maximum traction.

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    POSITIVES: The nastier the conditions get, the better the Gekkota performs. We rode in everything from dry and dusty to rocky and wet conditions, and the only thing that really changed was how fast the tire would wear out. This tire provides huge amounts of traction, sometimes maybe even too much, making us tone down the amount of throttle applied just so we didn’t end up looping out when going up hills. With a compound so soft, we were also surprised at how long it lasted. With the speeds being slower and the throttle application less, the tire itself broke loose and spun less, so the knobs just ground down instead of chunked off.



    NEGATIVES: The Gekkota does not like speed. The two-ply carcass flexes a lot, giving it a feel similar to having a flat tire. [​IMG]Coming into a corner or exiting a corner at high speeds, the rear end does not plant like a traditional tire or break loose like a traditional tire for that matter. IRC only offers the IX09 Gekkota in one size: 110/100/18.

    BOTTOM LINE: When used in the proper application, the IRC IX09 Gekkota tire is one of the best on the market. With its two-ply carcass and crazy-soft knobby compound, the Gekkota will find traction on any type of terrain or weather condition. IRC is making tires available to the general EnduroCross racer that a few years ago were only available to factory-level riders. The Gekkota can also be a great transition tire for the off-road guy who can benefit from a trials-type sticky compound but still needs a tread pattern that cleans out fast in sticky, muddy conditions.

    PRICE: $121.95, 110/100/18

     
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  2. GMP

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    Twice the cost of a Cheater! Also very soft carcass, so probably more cut prone. I had an IBEX. Pretty good but again more $$ than a Cheater and didn't last as long. Right now, on my two rear wheels, I have 505 and 525 Cheaters, both 110s. I've used the 525 in mud and even sand and its good. For what we do, I think the pair will cover it pretty well. I didn't like the 525 at higher speeds in broken, flat slab rocks at angles (RRMC harescrambles) as it squirmed and deflected, but anything else its good, and should be a winner at home in the muddy spring, that at times can overwhelm the 505 or a TT in spots. 505 all summer, no brainer.
     
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    I might try one, I can get them for about $10 more than the cheater...the list price is way too high, maybe why there isn't more interest or info on them.
     
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    Try it. Probably good. I question if it's too soft for Tubliss though. Looks like a very light sidewall. Probably pretty squirmy in the faster turns too, but not a big concern here.
     

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