WHAT IS IT? The Dunlop Geomax MX32 front tire is
a soft to intermediate terrain tire built to replace the
Geomax MX31 and MX51.
WHAT’S IT COST? $127.51.
CONTACT? www.dunlopmotorcycle.com or your local
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that
stand out with the Dunlop Geomax MX32 front tire.
(1) Replacement. Dunlop’s Geomax line has been
upgraded. Instead of having three tires (MX31, MX51,
and MX71) for different terrain, Dunlop engineered two
tires (MX32 and MX52) to do the job of three. The
MX32 was developed for soft to intermediate terrain
(the MX52 is for intermediate to hard conditions). Dunlop
tested the MX32 and MX52 on the AMA Pro circuit
prior to releasing it to the public.
( 2) Changes. Dunlop’s MX32 front resembles the
MX31. The similarities are more visual and terrain-based
than performance-related. The MX32’s technological
upgrades are as follows: a directional tread pattern (pay
attention when mounting), an enhanced carcass tension
control system, staggered middle blocks, elimination of
the tie-bar design and race-proven knob placement.
( 3) Performance. Is the MX32 better than the
replaced MX31 and MX51? Yes. In terrain conditions,
such as mud, sand and loam, the MX32 is at its best.
Surprisingly, the tire does not lose much performance in
dry conditions. Can a tire have too much grip? At 12. 5
psi, our intermediate and Pro testers thought so, but our
less-skilled riders welcomed the extra grip. It was most
noticeable in ruts. The side knobs would adhere to the
inside of ruts, making the front wheel turn in. Yes, the
MX32 aided in corning, but for our more advanced riders,
the bite was deemed inconsistent. We called our go-to
Dunlop guy, Brian Fleck, and he said to go up 1 psi to
13. 5. On the track, 1 pound made a big difference. Vet
and Novice riders should start at 12. 5 psi. Faster riders
should go straight to 13. 5 psi.
( 4) Durability. Riding the MX32 at our favorite “dirt
dynos,” ranging from sand to hard-packed conditions, the
knobs started to crack at about the 15-hour mark. If used
in sand and loam, you can double the tire life.
( 5) Value. With the Dunlop MX32 front, you get what
you pay for—performance. Dunlop’s suggested retail price
is high, but keep in mind your local dealer’s price will be
much more reasonable.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? If abused or misused in the
wrong terrain, the side knobs will begin to tear.
The MX32 front had more grip than we knew
what to do with. It works best in sand, mud,
disced dirt and loam.
DUNLOP GEOMAX MX32 FRONT TIRE
MXA TEAM TESTED