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MotoZ Tractionator I/T Tire Review
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MotoZ Enduro I/T
I had a chance to pick up a set of MotoZ newest treads, the Tractionator I/T. This is an all new intermediate tire designed to give good all around performance in a variety of conditions. If you by chance have seen some of the earlier versions of the Tractionator, they had a pretty crazy looking tread pattern. This new I/T version is much more traditional looking.
I think that the primary reasons to look at the MotoZ as a potential purchase are price and durability. The new I/T seems to fit right into that market. This set of rubber has now seen 1400 miles of every condition imaginable, from snow to silty desert terrain. So here is the low down.
The 90/100/21 front looks like it might never actually wear out. The knobs are starting to round just a little but there has been no serious degradation (my F1 term of the day). It has a wide flat knob profile, a longer description of which can be found on the company website. Suffice it to say the flat profile is intentional. It gets great traction. It does not turn all that good, not horrible, just sluggish. For most general desert trail riding, the traction factor easily out weighs the turning ability.
The 120/90/18 rear is just at the end of its practical lifespan. The wear has been good and the knobs have not shown any sign of tearing or chunking. The durability of the I/T is about the same as the Kenda Parker or Dunlop MX51. The knob spacing is a little wide for good drive on medium to hard pack conditions. The rear would tend wander consistently under acceleration and was always a bit vague in feedback. The other more serious issue was that I suffered three flats during my time on the Tractionator. That is more than I have had in the last year, front and rear combined.
Doing a quick online search for tire deals, it looks like the rear runs $66 and the front $57. So those prices are pretty competitive.
So strong points are price and durability.
As for weakness, there tires are not going to have the same kind of pure performance as some of the large brand names.
If you are looking for an all around desert trail tire, you might consider pairing the I/T front with the H/T desert rear.