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MotoZ Tractionator Mountain Hybrid (rear) review by RMOTO

Tyre Size

Tyre Size 120/100-18

Tarmac Performance

Braking / cornering control (Dry)
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Braking / cornering control (Wet)
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General traction and control
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Road noise
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Tarmac Summary

95%
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Gravel Performance

Braking / cornering control
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General traction and control
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Gravel Summary

30%
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Off-Road Performance

Rocky / stoney terrain
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Hard packed / firm terrain
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Soft / loose/ sandy terrain
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Muddy / greasy / slippery terrain
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General traction and control
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Off-Road Summary

60%
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General

What bike was used for this review? KTM 500

Tyre Life

Riding styleTyre lifePrice per km
Aggressive riding 3,000 km 3.3 cents per km

General Overview

Notes: I normally don’t run trials or hybrid style tyres for adventure riding however I fitted a Tractionator Mountain Hybrid as the review from Cross Traning Eduro Skills made me curious. He did a really good review on this tyre, as with most of his reviews, so I gave one a run to see how it would crossover for adventure riding.

I’ve now run this tyre on multiple trips over multiple types of terrain. Some with luggage, some without. Some trips with gentle terrain, some trips with extreme terrain. Overall the tyre is respectable and I have to say the life is really impressive. It performs well in most dry conditions but it is a tyre that really needs to be run at low PSI to get the full benefit.

General adventure riding I had 12 PSI in, for the technical riding I had 7 PSI in; about as low as I wanted to go with a standard tube and single rimlock. The tyre really suits a tubliss system as the lower the pressure, the better the footprint. Many riders who like this tyre have the tubliss system and will be running it at 0 to 4 PSI to get the best out of it.

In a wide variety of dry conditions is does perform respectably. On a recent trip with some fairly steep hill climbs it clawed its way up as good as the other open pattern enduro style tyres. Rocky riverbeds also saw it performing well and making its way up some fairly challenging valleys.

So those are the good bits. Now for the not so good bits. Being a fairly close pattern, the tyre doesn’t like braking at high speed on loose terrain. Gravel roads or dirt tracks covered with fine rubble sees this tyre skate over the top with no character and very little feel or braking control. This tyre caused me many butt puckering moments when coming into corners with steep drop-offs and the traction I am normally used to, just wasn’t there. This was a little surprising as climbing or descending steep hills with similar terrain offered very respectable traction. It seems that high speed is not this tyre’s strong point, but then again it was never designed to be.

Naturally, straight-line braking is also longer when compared to a more open pattern tyre. The Mountain Hybrid won’t bite in and brake, it will just skim across with limited feel or control. Again, this is to be expected from a fairly close pattern tyre designed for technical riding.

I could live with this minor downfall based on the other positives however when it comes to wet grassy terrain or greasy terrain, this is not a strong point. On a recent trip where we encountered many grassy valleys, when the grass had just the slightest bit of moisture, the tyre would simply spin on the surface offering next to nil traction. Compared to the other riders with open pattern enduro style tyres, the Mountain Hybrid fell well short.

I watched other tyres such as the GoldenTyre 232, Motoz Hybrid Arena, Michelin AC-10 and even the GoldenTyre Rally 723 crawl up wet grassy terrain with ease while the Mountain Hybrid struggled. I was forced to do a lot of pushing on that trip and I burnt up a lot of energy.

I am not the type of rider to lose my cool, I am a pretty calm and collective sort of guy. However on this trip, that rear tyre was called many different names in language my mother would certainly not approve :)

To be fair, I am trying to make a hybrid tyre work as an adventure tyre. Many riders will say that is unreasonable and rightly so. The tyre is designed for the increasing number of riders that enjoy technical riding on enduro bikes and it does that job very well. For me however, it doesn’t have the crossover I was hoping for that would suit adventure riding on a broad range of terrain; especially when wet grass is a common terrain in many of the High Country valleys I ride.

So while this isn’t the tyre for me, I can see how many riders will enjoy this tyre for technical riding and enjoy the long life it offers.
RMOTO
Overall review by RMOTO
67%
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