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post #1 of 19 Old May 3rd, 2019, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
 
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What are so good about carnivore tires

I need a little help with this one as my only experience I have with them is my buddy and its horrible but everybody seems to be dying for a set. My Buddy needed new tires several years ago for his XP and got the Carnivores due to the shops recommendation before they became huge. The rest of the group runs mostly Big Horns with a few Dirt Commanders. He's the only one having tire issues and it's usually side wall punctures, and not just little ones when they go it's like a gaping hole. He's tried lower pressure and higher. Holes from rocks, trees and one unknown that took about 22 plugs to be able to limp back to town.
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They are light weight and look a lot like a Super Swamper IROK! Lol! Seriously though, I have not ran any yet, but I couldn't keep sidewalls in the Bighorns. And from what I 've seen in the woods for eastern riding the Carnivore seem to hook up pretty well in a variety of terrains. I'm having excellent luck with my Blackwaters though, so it will be a tough choice to try the Carnivores when new tire time comes. I will add this story as a comparison on tires, I put a set of Super Grip Stinger tires on a Honda Trx 250 ex and had great luck with them so much so that I recommended them to a buddy with a Trx 400 ex. Well he constantly had pinched sidwalls! We rode together all the time, same trails, same speeds, exact same size tires and exact same oem Honda wheels, only 2 differences, his 400ex had a lot more power than my 250ex and how he rode. So was it the tires or was it the machine, or, and this is my vote, was it the rider?

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They are light weight and look a lot like a Super Swamper IROK! Lol! Seriously though, I have not ran any yet, but I couldn't keep sidewalls in the Bighorns. And from what I 've seen in the woods for eastern riding the Carnivore seem to hook up pretty well in a variety of terrains. I'm having excellent luck with my Blackwaters though, so it will be a tough choice to try the Carnivores when new tire time comes. I will add this story as a comparison on tires, I put a set of Super Grip Stinger tires on a Honda Trx 250 ex and had great luck with them so much so that I recommended them to a buddy with a Trx 400 ex. Well he constantly had pinched sidwalls! We rode together all the time, same trails, same speeds, exact same size tires and exact same oem Honda wheels, only 2 differences, his 400ex had a lot more power than my 250ex and how he rode. So was it the tires or was it the machine, or, and this is my vote, was it the rider?
My vote = Rider. Some people pick lines through trail obstacles while riding, others just bash through. It can make a big difference, even when both are riding the exact same trail at the exact same speed.
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Re: What are so good about carnivore tires

In addition to picking a line that will get me up/over/through an obstacle, I am constantly cognizant of where all of the components of the machine are and where and how they are going to interact with the terrain. You canít keep sliding your sidewalls into sharp objects or slamming square edges and think ANY tire is going to survive that long term.

I think the carnivore is so popular because it is an aggressive tire that is super light, much like the blackwater. My next tire will likely be one of these two in a 32Ē.
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In addition to picking a line that will get me up/over/through an obstacle, I am constantly cognizant of where all of the components of the machine are and where and how they are going to interact with the terrain. You canít keep sliding your sidewalls into sharp objects or slamming square edges and think ANY tire is going to survive that long term.

I think the carnivore is so popular because it is an aggressive tire that is super light, much like the blackwater. My next tire will likely be one of these two in a 32Ē.
I wish ITP would make a Blackwater 32" for the 14" wheel, I would be all over them.
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Re: What are so good about carnivore tires

I put on Carnivores when they first came out. I love them and I do rocky trails and all sorts of rough areas. Never had an issue. My only complaint is they do wear somewhat fast, but as soon as these wear out I will put on another set.
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What are so good about carnivore tires

Side wall damage is driver but some tires are strong enough to withstand poor lines itís hard to get a tire to do everything they grip good because theyíre soft which makes them wear fast they are light because they are thinner then others the key is getting the tire that best fits your riding I always just run my tires to half tread then sell them I want max grip


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Re: What are so good about carnivore tires

I have been looking at new 30" tires and am undecided between the Carnivore and blackwater evo, curious about the maxxis rampage also, but little info is available on them.
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Blackwaters are better in mud and wear better carnivores are better on rocks and ride better both trail and hill climb good the black water is more rounded but never caused a problem when I ran them


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Re: What are so good about carnivore tires

Between the Blackwaters, Carnivores, and Roxzilla's, which one has the strongest sidewall? I has Blackwaters on my old machine and they did fine, but I was only running a 28" tire. Looking at a 32" tire on the new machine.
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Something I noticed at Rally on the Rocks:

Carnivores are super popular here on the forums, somewhat popular on Youtube etc, but I only noticed a couple machines with them at the Rally.

STI X-Comps barely get any mention on the forums, web or Youtube and yet a ton of machines have them at the Rally.

Just an observation I noticed.

They do look like great tires, but I hear the tread wear is horrible, true?

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Something I noticed at Rally on the Rocks:

Carnivores are super popular here on the forums, somewhat popular on Youtube etc, but I only noticed a couple machines with them at the Rally.

STI X-Comps barely get any mention on the forums, web or Youtube and yet a ton of machines have them at the Rally.

Just an observation I noticed.

They do look like great tires, but I hear the tread wear is horrible, true?
Moab- Slickrock requires a different tire than other areas. For the most part what works on the east coast will not work well out there and vice versa.

IMO - the best all around tires at this point are Roxxzillas. There are probably the best rock tire available and they also do decent on loose terrain. They are very soft and do wear but they grip better than anything I've tried.
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Something I noticed at Rally on the Rocks:

Carnivores are super popular here on the forums, somewhat popular on Youtube etc, but I only noticed a couple machines with them at the Rally.

STI X-Comps barely get any mention on the forums, web or Youtube and yet a ton of machines have them at the Rally.

Just an observation I noticed.

They do look like great tires, but I hear the tread wear is horrible, true?
Moab- Slickrock requires a different tire than other areas. For the most part what works on the east coast will not work well out there and vice versa.

IMO - the best all around tires at this point are Roxxzillas. There are probably the best rock tire available and they also do decent on loose terrain. They are very soft and do wear but they grip better than anything I've tried.
These aren’t locals I’m talking about. The most popular tire is still the Bighorn, hardly a “slickrock” tire.

I chose the X-Comp on how well it would donin the Colorado Rockies every weekend and not how well it would perform the 2-3 times I’ll go to Moab a year.

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If you are a guy that doesn't pay attention to the lines you pick you need a "driver proof" tire like a rocktane or a xcomp. These tires are extremely heavy and built like truck tires. They do decent in most terrain but don't really shine at any particular one. But they will probably always get you back. If you want a "performance" or "purpose" built tire roxxzillas ,carnivores or the super atv worriers are extremely hard to beat. Both carnivores and roxxzillas have the mL7 compounds that are soft and will be shot in 1500-1800 miles or so. Tire weight is also extremely important if you care at all about suspension performance . The carnivore and roxxzillas are both one of the lightest tires in the 32" line up. Bottom line is if you suck at driving get a tire that compliments your lack of driving skills. If you can drive you have many choices. I have ran 32" carnivores, 32" roxxzillas, 32" super atv rt worriers, 32" tensor ds, 32" bfg ko2, and 32" journey p350s. My top 2 are the carnivore and roxxzillas. In third would be the journey p350. Each have a weakness and each shine in areas the other does not. I actually have 2 different sets of wheels and tires depending on the place I'm riding.
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