WHAT IS IT? The MXA wrecking crew hasn’t seriously
tested Metzeler motocross tires since we raced Maicos at
Saddleback. When tire guru Doug Schopinsky sent MXA a
set of Metzeler MC360s, we were confused, because Doug
told us that the MC360 was a street-legal, DOT-approved,
on-road tire that could be used for anything from street to
gravel to trail to ISDT to motocross. We had our doubts
about that claim.
WHAT’S IT COST? $129.04 (rear), $99.95 (front).
www.metzeler.com or your local dealer.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand
out with the Metzeler MC360 Mid-Soft tires.
(1) Rear tire. We started by running the rear Metzeler
MC360 first mated to a Dunlop MX3S front tire to isolate
the rear with a known front. Surprise! The MC360 was
a very good intermediate-terrain rear tire. It was very
secure-feeling, hooked up well in a straight line and rolled
into corners with very little slippage. Plus, it wore really
well when used on the correct dirt (Metzeler makes an
MC360 Mid-Hard for hard-pack dirt).
( 2) Front tire. MXA test riders only like a small handful of front tires while they will tolerate most rear tires.
The MC360 front looks like a sand tire. It has five rows
of knobs, with the tall center knobs aligned longitudinally
with the side knobs. The land/sea ratio is widely spaced
down the center, with larger blocks on the sides for cornering. In action, it feel like it presses the center knobs
into the ground for bite and then supports them with
maximum rubber on the sides.
( 3) Performance. Bottom line? We would gladly race
on these tires (on the proper terrain). Metzeler’s compound
know-how allows them to build a tire that grips the
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? We won’t be riding the
Metzeler MC360s on the pavement, but we will in the dirt.
The MC360s were a shocker. Not because
they worked on a motocross track, but
because they worked well, in spite of being
designed as a do-it-all set of tires.
METZELER MC360 MID-SOFT TIRES
MXA TEAM TESTED