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Russhole

   12 of 14 members found this review helpful 12 / 14 members

Last spring I was looking for a tire that would last a whole season of riding. Sedona's MX-208SR tire crossed my radar and its steel belted, dual compound construction made me wonder if I'd found what I was looking for? 

The Dead Blow Hammer” Tire
Sedona describes the MX-208SR tire as having energy dispersing “dead blow hammer” anti-rebound properties. It's supposed to take the bounce away from square edged hits while also allowing lower tire pressures because of the stability of the lightweight steel belts.  The belts are also supposed allow for better traction with softer sidewalls and a moldable tread face, while still maintaining tire stability. Sounds awesome on paper, but what are they like on the trails? 

Initial Impressions
Holy crap! This tire looks huge (120/90-18)! In reality it's not any taller, but its very deep tread and pattern gives it that illusion. I tossed it on the scale and it came it at 17lbs. The gummy tire it replaced was 13lbs., so approx. 30% heavier; it certainly felt heavier in hand.  I didn't weight the front because it felt average when picking it up, despite also being steel belted.

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I put some body weight on the rear tire to see how much its carcass flexed and as expected, it's super stiff. This made me not look forward to spooning it on. Unlike the rear, the front flexes a bit, so mounting should be typical.

Installation
Figuring that the rear was going to try to give me a run for my money, I left the tires in the sun all day to soften them. I decided to get it over with and started with the rear. Since I run the Tubliss system, my install procedure is a little easier than with tubes and it actually turned out not to be all that bad. Once I got the the wheel inside the tire, it spooned right on. The super stiff sidewalls didn't want to spread apart to slide the wheel into, but I made it happen with some creative iron work. The front tire installation was typical and involved much less cursing. Mounted and beaded up property, I was ready for the fun part.

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Riding Impressions
My initial ride was 50 miles of desert trails through washes, boulders fields and some high-speed dirt and gravel roads. Sedona suggested that I start out with the rear tire at 8psi. I was pretty skeptical, but gave it a shot for about 4 miles. It was waaaay too stiff and to get very minimal flex out of it, I ended up at 1psi; pretty much no air. At the suggested pressure, the tire's "dead blow" feeling was lost, but worked as intended at extremely low pressure. Fortunately the tire continued to break-in throughout the first ride. In contrast, the front tire performed well at 8psi and I settled on this value through the summer.

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I did a follow up ride a couple days later in an area that has sandy soil and wild grasses and the traction excellent. I had trouble keeping the front end down on hill climbs and the tires dug into the sandy MX track quite well.  I had another ride in the high mountains that included 60 miles of dirt, rocks and creek beds. Riding in a good variety of conditions, here's what I learned about Sedona MX-208SR tires:

  • The rear tire doesn't seem to wear out. I was unkind to it and it barely wore past the pockets in the center lugs. There were no signs of chunking or weird wear patterns. 
  • Optimal traction comes when there is a little moisture in the ground. The rear seemed to struggle in loose technical terrain where a gummy tire performs.
  • High-speed sections are where they shine. The tires do act like a dead blow when smashing through stuff with an aggressive approach w/ the right psi.
  • Lean angles are not compromised with the dual compound tread. You can really ride like a squid with these things!
  • The tire's hefty weight was never an issue. I cannot say if it was a plus or minus. 

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I ended up running the set until early fall with about 800 miles on them. While the lugs were still pretty deep, performance did drop off considerably for my riding style & needs (more technical stuff).

Pros

  • Durability
  • High speed confidence
  • Reasonably priced for what you're getting
  • Great traction in the right conditions

Cons

  • Heavy (but not a noticeable performance loss)
  • Struggles in dry, loose technical terrain and wet rocks

Bottom Line
Are steel belted off-road motorcycle tires any good? In my experience, for the right conditions, they're great. If you're desert racing, running GNCC stuff or just want something that lasts, Sedona MX-208SR steel belted tires are right up your alley. They take a beating and keep on working. If you're running hard enduros, you probably won't appreciate their strengths as much.

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Tackle Anxiety

   13 of 15 members found this review helpful 13 / 15 members

I do not like this tire! I tried this rear tire on my dual sport based on its description and its DOT rating and my previous experience with Sedona tires. Tire works pretty good in the dirt if it's snotty or loose. On hard pack or gravel roads it's pretty shaky and doesn't hook up well but oh man is this thing absolutely squirrely and dangerous on the asphalt. I've run plenty of both DOT legal and even non DOT rated knobbys on my dual sports on the asphalt that are way better than this. yes I do balance my wheels on my dual sports too. This Sedona 208 tire is very heavy probably the heaviest dirt bike tire I've ever run. I really don't see an application for this tire except for maybe on a big bore four-stroke used strictly off-road.  I've only run the rear but have talked to a few people that have tried the front also and they say it's an even worse tire than the rear. I've run the Sedona 907 rear on several bikes in all conditions in all seasons riding everything from hard single track fast cross-country to dualsport use and much prefer this tire in fact the 907 is one of my favorites. Very durable will not chunk and it even works really well on a dual sport (although not dual sport rated) . If you're looking for a very durable Tire with a really stiff side wall that can be run at low PSIs and gets amazing traction in almost any situation try the Sedona 907. I have run the 907 successfully without any pinch flats as low as 8 PSI with a conventional tube on hard single track fast cross-country off-road and dual sport. It works even better with Nutech Tublis at 4 PSI. I've got an SR208 that's nearly New. I'm about to take it off and throw it in the dumpster.

Side note: I went through 14 tires on my dual sport last year from December to July. Yes I ride a lot and have been for 40 years. I'm not exaggerating when I say this new Sedona 208 is the worst Tire I've ever tried. 

 

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