A Look at BFG’s Tough New Tire The KO2 All-TerrainPosted in Product Reviews on March 12, 2015
BFGoodrich released their toughest tire yet, the KO2, last September. Their launch party lasted about two weeks and was held on the perfect playground, the Baja peninsula. For two weeks, editors, photographers, and other members of the media tested the durability of the tire on the toughest terrain on the planet.
BFG has 80 overall wins in Baja since getting involved with off-road racing in 1976. The KO2 tire is engineered from the years of testing and proven race wins on BFG tires. The KO2 is the first consumer tire to incorporate its race technology into a rugged street tire. According to BFG, the KO2 is more durable, lasts longer on gravel roads and asphalt, and allows for more use out of the tire than other brands.
Check out the BFG K02 tires in action as Bryce Menzies pre-runs and preps for the Baja 500
The KO2 also has a new tread design. It features a footprint shape and interlocking tread design to provide more uniform wear over the long haul. The tread rubber is optimally blended to reduce chips and tears on the gravel. The tire also has special stone ejectors that push objects out of the tread, reducing drilling into the tire.
Sidewall punctures are the biggest cause of flats on all-terrain tires. BFG has strengthened the sidewall on the KO2. In development, BFG took a piece of steel and dug it into the sidewall on a loaded tire. Then, they took this data back to the lab and settled on a tougher, cut-resistant rubber that was originally used on the KR Series racer tires. They call this technology CoreGard. There are also special side-biter lugs in the sidewall that improve traction in a variety of terrain such as mud, snow, and rocks.
BFG’s KO2 is also rated for performance in the snow. The tire meets the industry’s severe snow service requirements and is branded with the mountain and snowflake symbol. What is this, you ask? In 2008, a law was passed in Canada preventing vehicle owners from operating a vehicle during the winter months unless it has tires specifically designed for winter driving. Tires that meet this requirement now come with a snowflake symbol. The tire features 3-D sipes that create biting edges, providing for better traction in the snow.
One thing is for sure, BFG continues to test and develop the most rugged tires on the market. We’re in; we’re always looking for ways to push our tires to the limits.