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Pirelli MT21 (front) review by 1K

Tyre Size

Tyre Size 90/90-21

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

75%
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Gravel Performance

Braking / cornering control
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General traction and control
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Gravel Summary

80%
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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

84%
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General

What bike was used for this review? KTM 690 Enduro R

Tyre Life

Riding styleTyre lifePrice per km
Aggressive riding 6,000 km 1.6 cents per km

General Overview

Notes: Through my first and straight into my second MT-21 front. Paired with the matching MT-21 rear is the best combination I have yet used on the 690 Enduro. Predictable, reassuring, hard wearing. Several times this front grip has gotten me out of a "well that's it, we're going over" moment, with more bite than expected when I was pretty sure I had reached the edge of what it would hang on to. Fantastic.
For whatever reason my front wheel seems to need a lot of balancing - but not sure if this is the tyre, the tube, or the rim itself. Always good to get the bike shop to balance anyway, so not really an issue, and likely nothing to do with the MT-21's.
I have found that the cornering feedback of tread on these MT-21 fronts is quite positive/direct and really helps to fine tune adjustments in front suspension clickers. If the front tends to be washing out in gravel I can dial up compression 3-5 clicks, or knifing in, dial back 3-5 clicks. Seems to give a good result, if only for a quick adjustment when stopped. I'm no suspension guru (at all) but this easy adjustment helped for me on these tyres.
Overall I rate them. Recommended.
Tyre at about 5000kms. Still performing.
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Overall review by 1K
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