Dunlop Geomax MX14 Review: Did It Survive At Glen Helen

The much-anticipated Dunlop MX14 tire unveiling took place at Glen Helen today, providing a thrilling experience for the media personnel gathered from all over Southern California.

This dirt bike tire, specifically designed for sandy and muddy terrains, was demonstrated in the private rental environment organized by the Dunlop and Glen Helen team.

The track wasn’t as deep as a national race track, but it came quite close, offering a better context for the tire’s testing.

But, the main question I will answer in this review will be: Is this the best dirt bike tire for you? Let’s find out!

Dunlop Geomax MX14 Review


Pro & Cons

  • Increased knob height by 18%
  • Improved traction
  • Enhanced contact patch by over 20%
  • Increased stability
  • Rearranged and reinforced scoops

Features of the MX14 Tire

In response to the feedback received about the MX12, Dunlop made significant enhancements to the MX14. The new tire is not exclusively a sand tire; it offers a well-rounded performance for various conditions.

To improve its versatility, the knob height increased by 18%, and the contact patch enlarged by over 20%.

The design has been tweaked to sweep back the angle, spread the scoops further apart, and reinforce them for better durability.

Increased knob height by 18%Improved traction
Enhanced contact patch by over 20%Increased stability
Rearranged and reinforced scoopsEnhanced durability

In addition to the improved features, the tire’s design aims to:

  • Perform optimally on soft, deep, loamy, and muddy terrains.
  • Shed material and drive through various conditions.
  • Offer improved lean angle performance.
  • Perform on hard-pack terrains and be usable in different situations.

Comparison to Previous Models

Dunlop’s paddle scoop tires have evolved over the years, with the MX11 becoming the MX12, and now, skipping the 13, we have the MX14.

The MX12 was criticized for being too sand-specific and overly aggressive, leading to its poor performance when the conditions weren’t deep enough.

The MX14 rectifies these shortcomings by offering a more balanced and versatile performance.

Impressions from the Track

The MX14 offers impressive performance on sandy, silty berms, allowing for efficient power off straightaways.

The tire’s ability to maintain traction and drive instantly aids in keeping the bike squatted, offering a fun, lively ride.

Even in conditions where one might anticipate the tire to slide, such as hard-packed rollers, the MX14 provides consistent performance.

Tire Popularity and Use

Though sand tires make up the smallest segment of Dunlop’s motocross tire sales, they are frequently chosen by professionals, especially in the Grand Prix.

This trend is gaining traction in America, too, with numerous riders placing on the podium at Redbud using this type of tire.

The MX14’s improved performance on varying track conditions addresses a key area of concern for professionals, enabling them to use the tire even when the track starts to break down.

Available Sizes and Distribution

The MX14 range caters to a wide array of bikes, offering sizes from a small 12-inch tire to larger sizes suitable for big bikes.

Options for big bikes include 100, two sizes of 110 (90 and 80), and a 120 80 19. Big bike tires are being shipped to distributors, while the mini bike line will be available in the next few weeks.

Concluding Remarks

For more in-depth information about the MX14, including its construction changes and knob height, follow the button provided below.

The MX14 brings an element of fun to riding, offering a unique experience that would be worth trying for those with the appropriate tracks nearby.

For any specific questions about the MX14 tire, feel free to ask in the comments section below. The recommendation is clear – if you’re considering trying out a scoop tire, you should give the MX14 a shot.

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