❏ Off-road riders know how fantastic new tires can make your riding/
driving experience, but new tires can
sting the wallet for ATVs and UTVs.
Fortunately, there are companies that
produce tires at reasonable prices
that are well worth driving on. We
tested Rocky Mountain ATV MC’s
Tusk house-brand Terrabite radial
tires on our Polaris RZR XP Turbo.
These DOT-rated radial tires start at
The Tusk Terrabite tire is designed
like a truck tire for all types of terrain.
The tread pattern is more in line with
a desert-style tire that has a wide
surface area, but rounds nicely on the
edges for cornering. The sidewalls of
the Terrabite are protected by a protruding rubber design, which helps
in ruts and protects it from punctures.
The carcass of the Terrabite is an
eight-ply, which makes it very resistant to getting flats in nasty terrain.
The tread design has good spacing
between the lugs to help self-clean
while going through mud, but if you
tend to do a lot of muddy riding, this
tire won’t suit you. If asphalt driving
is in your future, these tires can be
driven on-road since they are DOT-approved.
We mounted up a 30x10-14 tire on
each corner of our RZR XP Turbo,
steering felt a little sluggish during
low-speed operation. The stock
fronts are 29x9-14s, so we went up
an inch in size and width. When
we weighed the stockers against the
Terrabites, the Tusk tires were close to
10 pounds heavier each. The weight
of the Terrabites has to do with the
increased amount of tread and ply
rating. There is no doubt about it, this
tire hooks up better and is a lot stronger than the stockers so it is heavier.
Our tester drove a lot of hard miles
trying to abuse Tusk’s tires and didn’t
get a flat. Over rocks and up steep
climbs the Terrabites worked very
well without slipping much. The
increase in tire size allowed our RZR
to drive over terrain smoother than
stock, and when planted in ruts the
sidewall tread increased traction to
pull you around them with ease. The
only terrain that these tires felt a
little weak was in flat, loose corners;
however, they made up for it in durability. We hammered Tusk’s Terrabite
tires through sharp rocks for miles
and relentless desert terrain, and the
tread blocks looked barely worn.
The Tusk Terrabite tire competes
with some great desert tires, but is
easier on the wallet than most. They
come in four sizes: 27x9-12, 27x-11-
12, 28x10-14 and 30x10-14. The price
ranges from $99.50 to $139.50. To get
your own set of these eight-ply radial tires, go to www.rockymountain
atvmc.com or call (800) 336-5437. ❏
By the staff of Dirt Wheels
We installed 30x10-14-sized tires on
all four corners of our Polaris RZR XP
Turbo, and they worked very well in
multiple types of terrain. We mainly
utilized them in the desert, and the sidewall construction helps protect the tire
The truck-style, DOT-rated tire has big
lugs that allow water and dirt to self-clean out of the tread. The Terrabites
are very durable with an eight-ply rating,
and the tread lasts a long time.