Rear tire, varying terrain, recommendations, 250 xcf-w

My S12 is half worn in the center luggs. Is it time to replace? The outside lugs look like new.

I have been reading how the Michelin S12 doesn't do very well in rocky terrain. I ride in the south east and the terrain can go from wet one day to hard the next with rock gardens mixed in with creek crossing and dirt hill climbs. Anybody have a recommendation on what tire to go with? Another S12?

I really like the maxxis desert IT on my 450. It grips good in mud, hardpack, and rocks and is predictable. Here is what it looks like after 65 miles, with a little pavement to connect to trails.

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pirelli mt43 trials tire

6-8psi

hooks up like you wont believe in various conditions its like cheating

Lasts about 3,000 miles

I have read really good things about the Maxis IT and Pirelli MT43. How does the Pirelli do if it just rained on the normally dirt trails?

pirelli mt43 trials tire

6-8psi

hooks up like you wont believe in various conditions its like cheating

Lasts about 3,000 miles

Plus one.

I use the Maxxis IT, non-desert model. I feel the sidewall on the desert is too stiff and gives a harsher ride.

I have read really good things about the Maxis IT and Pirelli MT43. How does the Pirelli do if it just rained on the normally dirt trails?

the pirelli works great for me

the only place I have had problems with one was in snow over 6" deep

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