Technical Review

Dunlop launches Trailmax Mission and SportSmart TT Trail

Dunlop has announced the introduction of two new tires at opposite ends of the adventure scale: the Trailmax Mission for serious off-road adventures and the SportSmart TT Trail. These two tires sit either side of the recently launched ‘all-weather crossover’ Mutant and the Trailmax Meridian, designed for road and trail performance on the most powerful adventure bikes. The Mission delivers solid off-road performance to match some dedicated trail tires, but pairs this to high levels of durability, ride quality and stability. Dunlop tested over 30 different types of Mission prototypes before signing off the final specification. One of the main objectives of Dunlop engineers was to enhance the tire’s durability. Dunlop’s own testing showed that riders can expect to get very high mileage with this tire: the production version of the Mission rear tire delivered 12,800 kilometres in testing. Developed for the long-haul adventure rider, the Trailmax Mission is perfect for riders travelling long distances on-road but still requiring the tread depth and performance to venture off-road at their destination. A major contribution to the performance comes from Dunlop’s Staggered Step technology in both the front and rear tires. These steps give tread more rigidity and lug stability to prevent flex, and create more biting edges so, as the tread wears, the next biting edge “steps up” to cling to the terrain. The Mission has distinctive lugs that add rigidity and durability in rocky terrain, allow lower pressures to be run off-road and help riders navigate deep and uneven ruts. The sidewall is strengthened to add higher durability and puncture resistance. The Mission comes in a range of 19” and 21” fronts and 17” and 18” rear sizes to suit models such as the Honda Africa Twin, Suzuki V-Strom, BMW GS, KTM 1290/1290S, 790R/790S, Yamaha Ténéré, Triumph 800/900/1200 models and many more. On the other hand, riders who look forward to exhilarating performance on road as well as racing circuits, can rely on Dunlop’s Trail version of its test-winning SportSmart TT superbike tire. The performance of the Dunlop SportSmart TT Trail is achieved through a combination of race-derived technologies including the distinctive Speed Vent Tread. This intricately calculated tread groove pattern opens and closes when the tire turns, creating a vent-like effect to improve heat dissipation.

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