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#MTSEMA18 Super-Sick Sticky Mickey

Posted in Events on October 31, 2018
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This is the company that builds the absolutely gargantuan 54-inch Baja Claw TTC tire. With a width of 19.5 inches and available only for a 20-inch wheel, the Baja Claw TTC is Mickey Thompson’s most aggressive off-road performance tire. That is, it was the most aggressive until a few days ago, when the company unveiled its super high-void, sticky-compound Baja Pro X tire. The tread on this tire is flat-out nasty. It resembles some evil rotary tool you’d use to grind a concrete cinder block down to dust. The version on display in Mickey Thompson’s booth was a very realistically sized 43x14.50-17LT and had “For Offroad Use Only, Not for Highway Use” cast into the sidewall. The compound durometer felt really soft and the vertical surfaces of the directional tread lugs were scalloped in the direction of rotation, so they’ll act like chunky paddle wheels in the thick slop. While it’s easy to initially get bummed out by the off-road–only warning on the sidewall, it’s not uncommon for tire manufacturers to release halo products like this with a more selective competition-only offering first and then trickle out the street-friendly versions later. We can only hope that’s the case with the Baja Pro X, because in an age in which tire manufacturers place increasing importance on road manners, the Baja Pro X seems to offer no apologies. It’s an off-road tire for off-road performance—and the rest be damned. We dig it!

But if the Baja Pro X isn’t for your multiuse 4x4, the company also unveiled two new treads. First, the Baja Boss is an aggressive mud-terrain tire with an asymmetrical tread design that looks like it would do well in pretty much any terrain. The Sidebiters are larger than most other Mickey Thompson offerings and extend pretty far down the three-ply sidewalls. We’ll be getting our hands on these as soon as we’re able to bring you a thorough on- and off-road review, but with popular sizes including 37x12.50R17, we think this is one tire you’ll be seeing a lot of on the trail and under street-driven off-road machines. And if the Baja Boss is too aggressive, Dick Cepek has its newest offering available, the Trail Country EXP, which has deep, chunky tread blocks laid out in a pattern that looks promising for off-road bite without sacrificing on-road civility. The Trail Country EXP will have a 45,000-mile tread life warranty, so these would definitely be a good option for your daily driven trail exploration machines.

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