Best Mountain Bike Tires for Sand 2020 Reviews - Thunderhead Alliance

Best Mountain Bike Tires for Sand 2020 Reviews

Maxxis High Roller II Single Compound 2Ply Wire Tire, 27.5-Inch x 2.4-InchMaxxis High Roller27.7 x 4 x 27.7 in2.76 lbCheck current price
Panaracer Fire XC Pro Bicycle Tire (Wire Bead, 26x2.1, Black/Black)Panaracer Fire XC Pro25.5 x 25.5 x 2.5 in1.57 lbCheck current price
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Panaracer Fire XC Pro

Panaracer Fire XC Pro Bicycle Tire (Wire Bead, 26x2.1, Black/Black)

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Maxxis High Roller

Maxxis High Roller II Single Compound 2Ply Wire Tire, 27.5-Inch x 2.4-Inch

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Geax AKA

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The right tires make a huge difference to the way you ride, how you apply your skills and how much fun you have on the trails. Using this simple Guide you’ll learn how to choose the right tires for you with confidence.

There are particular features, tire types, tread patterns, widths, rubber compounds, TPIs and other specifics that can enhance and inhibit your performance on different types of terrain. Part of choosing tires is deciding how much to spend.

What To Consider when Buying Mountain Bike Tires for Sand


Identify your current tire size. The first number is the rim diameter in inches, when measured at the bead. And the second number, after the X, is the tire width in inches. Your new tires must have the same diameter but you can choose a different width

Tubed or Tubeless

Identify which of the tire systems you currently ride. Many cyclists are big fans of Tubeless setup for these reasons:
– there’s no risk of pinch flatting the tube, because there is no tube
– You can run lower tire pressures, enhancing grip and rolling efficiency over rough terrain
– Small punctures are sealed by the sealant inside the tire

If you’re not on Tubeless, maybe it’s time to switch, which may mean converting your current rims using a quick and easy tubeless conversion kit.

Riding Style

Really have a think about what type of riding it is that you do – downhill shuttle runs and nothing else? Perhaps you ride groomed cross-country trails with a monthly XC marathon race? Maybe it’s a mix of hardcore Enduro and technical cross-country riding. If you’re a mix of styles on the one bike choose your most dominant style as a starting point for tire selection.


What type of terrain will you be riding? Don’t just choose the tires your mate rides! He may have chosen wrongly Is it loose and rocky, sandy, loamy or hard-pack? Muddy, wet, hilly, and on it goes. Is the terrain technical, or not? A combination of several types, or just one? Add that to your list.


How does tire width affect your ride? Use the Tire Width Comparison Guide to decide which width is best for you

Choose your advantages

What do you want your new tires to do the best? In what ways do you want that new tire to enhance your riding?

Now you’ve got a list that tells you exactly the type of tire for sand you’re looking for and you can be confident it’ll be the right tire for you.