Collection: MTB Tyres

Answer 6 questions to find the perfect Tyres for you!
1. What Diameter are your wheels?
2. Do you need Tubeless Compatible tyres?
3. What type of Tread Pattern do you need?
4. What type of Casing do you need?
5. What type of Rubber Compound do you want?
Tyres are designed to fit one wheel size. You can find the diameter of your wheel printed on the rims, your old tyres, or in your bike's specifications.
  • All tyres can be used with tubes.
  • However, if you use a tubeless system, you must use tubeless compatible tyres.
  • Tubeless compatible tyres are combined with Tubeless Sealant and Rim Tape to create a stronger and more versitile tyre system for mountain biking.
  • Non-tubeless compatible tyres are usually much cheaper.
  • The Tread Pattern defines the primary use and name of a tyre.
  • Choose Faster Rolling tyres for long days pedalling or XC speed on hard-packed courses.
  • Choose Higher Grip tyres on loose or wet terrain where control & grip when descending is the priority.
  • All-rounders make great trail riding tyres in mixed conditions.
  • Many of the MTB Direct crew use a High Grip tyre on the front and an All-Rounder on the rear
  • The sidewall casing determines the strength and stiffness of the tyre.
  • Heavy-Duty Protection tyres are more resistant to punctures and maintain their shape under high force (DH & Enduro racing), but are very heavy.
  • Light-Duty Protection tyres weigh less for XC riding, but are more vulnerable to damage and 'squirming' under high forces.
  • Medium-Duty Protection casings provide a good balance for many riders.
  • Riding Style, rider weight, and riding speed influence casing choice.
  • Softer rubber provides more grip but is expensive and wears out quickly.
  • Harder rubber is cheaper and lasts a long time, but offers less grip - especially on roots, rocks, and in the wet.
  • Many riders use a softer compound for their front tyre and a harder compound for the rear.
  • Some types of Tread Patterns (Question 3) are not offered in all types of Rubber Compound.
  • Click 'Skip' to see all available Compounds for your selection.
  • Maximum tyre width is determined by what your frame/fork can fit and the internal width of your rim.
  • A rule of thumb is to purchase similar width (+/- 0.2") tyres to what came with your bike.
  • Not all models of tyre are available in all widths.
  • XC tyres tend to be >2.3", but Trail & Enduro tyres are usually 2.3-2.6".
  • MTB Direct stocks Australia's largest selection of MTB tyres from a huge range of brands, including Maxxis, Schwalbe, Michelin, Pirelli, Vittoria, & more. We've got the perfect MTB tyres for your needs whether you're into XC, Enduro, DH, or just get out for the odd casual ride.

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