[Review] Bridgestone Battlax AdventureCross AX41 Tires
I can see why Kyle chose it as the overall winner in his tire shootout—but the short lifespan of the rear tire, somewhat susceptible sidewalls, and iffy performance on wet asphalt mean that as good as it is, the AX41 won’t be my number one choice. However, this tire could easily become my number two or three choice if I can’t find the rubber I’m truly looking for, because I know it’s going to be with me for a good time, if not a long one. I’ll continue stubbornly looking for the one tire (or combination of tires) to rule them all, but I accept there’s likely always going to be a compromise. For myself, I’ll sacrifice high-speed stability on-road for better help when I’m riding off-road. That was my experience with the Motoz Tractionator Adventure tires, and after the dust settled on this AX41 review, I found myself pining for those Australian tires as opposed to these Japanese ones.
Pros: All-around great performance on and off-road. Stable at high speeds Smart design and quality. Priced competitively. Reasonably quiet for an aggressive tire. Readily available
Cons: Lacks longevity. Wet pavement traction is under average. Softer tire sidewalls prone to slashes and rim damage. Tire howl will irritate some riders. Tread isn’t self-cleaning in serious mud