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.
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.
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.
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.