Review: Dunlop Geomax MX32 and MX52

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Dunlop Geomax MX32 and MX52 Tires

The Good
These tires are really, really good. Even at my “I can’t jump more than 30 or so feet” level, the increase in control was evident.

The MX52’s gave me greatly improved lean angles and I could feel an extra little bite in corners where I’d normally be accustomed to none. The rear was equally as impressive. You could feel it connect, even on the harder surfaces of the freshly shaven Veteran track. It gave me more confidence because it gave me more control over regulating excessive wheel spin.

Dunlop Geomax MX52 Tires

During the latter part of the day, Frankie was chopping it up on the main track with who he would later find out was Miguel Duhamel. Miguel is the winningest rider in AMA SuperSport and second winningest rider in AMA SuperBike who now spends most of his time schooling guys half his age on the motocross track or mountain bike trail. He also happens to be one of Frankie’s heroes.

Frankie pulled off the track at one point and began gushing about how well the improvements to the Geomax line translated to their feel on the track. The block on block design really helped in the loamy berms and front tire tracking. It took a minute, but I realized he was still riding the MX52’s at this point. 20 minutes later, with tires swapped and another four laps on the main track, Frankie pulled back over with a look of disbelief and said that the MX32 was far better than the tire he’d just been praising.

One more thing we should add: The entire 450 podium at Anaheim Supercross this year were MX32’s and Ryan Villapoto hasn’t raced a pro race on anything but MX32’s since he first got his hands on a prototype in Daytona last year. In the 2013 season, prototypes of the production Geomax MX32 and MX52 tires were used 187 podium appearances in AMA Pro Supercross and Motocross events.

Dunlop Geomax MX32 and MX52 Tires

The Bad
In terms of riding on a motocross track, absolutely none. We’re sure that we’ll continue to see companies strive to make new breakthroughs in this arena, but we don’t think this tire does anything poorly or that any other tire does anything better.

We are curious to see what knob life is like and how the MX52 does in settings geared a little more in our wheelhouse. If this tire can keep up in terms of use, this could be a beast in the dirt tire arena. We can’t wait to get this tire out on the trail to see how it handles all of what nature has to throw it.

The Price
The new Dunlop Geomax MX tires launch to the public next month. The MX32’s retail for $127 for the front and $134-$150 for the rear. The MX52’s retail for $123 for the front and $134-$150 for the rear.

The Verdict
The Dunlop Geomax MX32 and MX52 and fantastic tires. The knob on knob design, paired with their new rubber compounds and knob placements, actually produce improvements that translate down to guys like us who love riding dirt tracks but are far from professional. We’re excited to dive deeper into what this tire can do.

 

  • Clint Keener

    You guys should write a MX beginner guide. I really want to ride MX, but don’t want to deal with the crazy double jumps. Are there any tracks in SoCal with only table tops?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Great idea. The short answer is to try vintage MX. Old MX bikes are super crazy extra cheap (like $1k) if you shop right and the racing itself is much lower pressure. It’s just a fun day out riding in the dirt.

      • zedro

        Or a modern DS bike which should be as capable as a vintage MX but legal/ridable everywhere.

        Was originally hoping this was a DOT off road tire review. If you want controversy, search under “best off road DS knobby tire that does everything”.

      • luckyguy1098

        There’s no way I would recommend starting MX on a vintage bike. Newer bikes are light years ahead in the suspension department, which makes them much safer to learn on. Going long on a jump or coming up short can have major consequences. Newer, full on MX bikes have a built in safety net when it comes to suspension. You can’t read a book or get advice on learning the timing of jumps. The only way to learn is to get out and start jumping. I started on street bikes at 18, have road raced and done 50+ track days, and got into MX at 27. There is very little that transferred from the street/road course to dirt. Having a bike with good quality suspension saved my butt many times. You can buy a mid 2000s 125 for less then 2k. Make sure the bike is up to date on maintenance and go have a ball.

  • Jason 1199

    Wes really let himself go according to that first pic

  • Lurch

    I think it’s a great idea too.

    I’ve introduced a few road riding buddies into mx and can say If you’re serious and keen to ride (and perhaps race) mx just buy a 250F and jump in the deep end. Most tracks (where i’m from anyway) have novice sessions where you won’t have to worry about riders landing on you. Also.. join the gym and get fit… man what I would pay for someone to go back in time and tell me that 10 years ago!