WHAT IS IT? The Dunlop Geomax MX52 front tire
is an intermediate-to-hard-terrain tire that was built to
replace the Geomax MX51 and MX71.
WHAT’S IT COST? $120.89.
your local dealer.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that
stand out with the Dunlop Geomax MX52 front tire.
(1) Replacement. Dunlop’s Geomax line has been
upgraded for 2014. Instead of having three tires (MX31,
MX51 and MX71) for different terrain, Dunlop engineered
two tires (MX32 and MX52) that do the job of the three.
The MX32 was developed for intermediate-to-soft terrain,
while the MX52 is for hard-to-intermediate conditions.
Dunlop’s new breed of tires hasn’t been a well-kept
secret, as Dunlop has been developing these tires on the
AMA Pro circuit for the last few years.
( 2) Changes. Dunlop’s biggest advancement in their
new breed of tires is the progressive cornering block
technology on the rear tire. It is basically a knob within
a knob. Dunlop places a small knobby into an existing
one. The MX52’s staggered design of the center blocks
enables the tire to spread the load to assist with impact
damping and stability. Dunlop designed the MX52 to be
directional, so be mindful when mounting it.
( 3) Performance. The previous MX51 front seemed
to be in a consistent state of looseness. The MX71
gripped well on hard dirt but was very terrain
specific. To the casual tire aficionado, it seems as if
Dunlop mated the MX51 to the MX71 with an eye
toward taking the best genes from both to come up with
the MX52. In hard-to-intermediate terrain, the MX52
performed exceptionally well. None of the MXA test riders
had any issues. What they liked most about the MX52 was
that there were never any surprises. You always knew
what it was going to do. That is unless you took it out of
its intended range—as in sand, mud or deep loam. If this
is your terrain of choice, opt for an MX32.
( 4) Durability. We had absolutely no issues with
durability. The tire held its edges for a sufficient amount
of time. All the knobs stayed intact with no breaking or
cracking. The MX52 wore evenly. The wrecking crew was
impressed that a performance-based tire had this much
( 5) Value. With the Dunlop MX52 front, you get what
you pay for—performance. Yes, the price does sound
high—and it is. However, keep in mind that is just the
suggested retail price. Your local dealer’s price will be
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? The tire is great for the
conditions that it is made for. If you get the MX52 out
of its comfort zone, make sure you have an MX32 in
The MX52 front tire replaces both the MX71
and the MX51, and it is better than both
of them. Keep in mind that it is a
DUNLOP GEOMAX MX52 FRONT TIRE
MXA TEAM TESTED