When upgrading tires and wheels it's important to consider the weight you are adding to the bike because rotational mass has the biggest effect of any weight added to your bike. While the Sur-Ron is not noticeably affected by 100's of grams or even a few pounds of weight like a mountain bike, adding too much weight in the tires can have a noticeable impact on handling, power, and range.
View our Lap Time Leaderboard to see how tires affect total performance, lighter weight does not mean faster, traction and handling can beat weight off-road! In fact BOTH our 16/19 and 18/21 crushed the light weight OEM CST tires in our lap time competition. Spoiler Alert...16/19 is the performance champion in our off-road tests.
View our Acceleration Testing to see how tire size/weight affects power
Complete Wheelset Weight Comparison (Wheels + Tires + Rotors + Sprocket)
|OEM Wheels with CST Tires||22.6 lbs|
|14" SuperMoto with 90/90-14 Michelin Tires||23.8||+1.2 lbs|
|16/19 Charged Excel Mitas Tires||27.4 lbs||+4.8 lbs|
|16/19 Warp9 Mitas Tires||28.6 lbs||+6.0 lbs|
18/21 Charged Excel K990/Starcross5
18/21 Warp9 K990/Starcross
Tire Weight Chart Off-Road Tires
- Max rear width 4.3", any larger will require custom wheel dishing or modifications on LBX and Talaria (Dunlop 16" NOT recommended)
- RST Forks maximum width 3.2"
|Mitas Terra Force-MX||Front||70/100-19||5.5||1.1||3.1|
|Kenda K785 Millville II||Front||70/100-19||5.5||1.1||3.13|
|Kenda K775 Washougal II||Front||70/100-19||5.7||1.3||3.23|
|Talaria CST Rear Tire||Rear||80/100-19||5.8||1.4||3.1|
|Tusk Recon (Sticky)||Front||70/100-19||6.1||1.7||3.2|
Mitas E-09 Superlight 21"
|Maxxis Maxxcross IT||Both||70/100-19||6.3||1.9||3.1|
|Mitas E-09 Superlight 21"||Front *||2.75-21||6.3||1.9|
|Dunlop K990||Front *||
|Shinko SR241 Trials||Both||2.75-19||6.4||2||3.15|
|Shinko 244 Dual Sport||Both||2.75-19||6.5||2.1|
|Mitas C-11 SuperLight 21"||Front *||80/100-21||7.0||2.5|
|Michelin Starcross 5||Front||70/000-19||7.1|
|Mitas ET-01 Trials||Front *||2.75-21||7.2||2.7|
|Mitas RockRider 21"||Front *||80/90/21||7.2||2.7|
|Michelin Starcross 5||Front *||
|Shinko 241||Front *||2.75x21||7.3||2.8||3.0|
|Bridgestone M204||Rear *||90/100-16||7.5||3.1||4.2|
|IRC Gekkota Ultra Sticky||Rear *||90/100-16||7.5||3.1||4.2|
|Kenda K270 Dual Sport||Front *||3.00x21||7.5||3.1|
|Mitas Terra Force-MX 16"||Rear *||90/100-16||7.8||3.4||4.2|
|Duro HF307 Trials||Both||3.25x19||8.1||3.6||3.2|
|Bridgestone X30||Rear *||90/100-16||8.2||3.7||4.26|
|Kenda K786 Washougal||Rear *||90/100-16||8.2||3.7||4.3|
|Shinko 525 Cheater||Rear *||90/100-16||8.2||3.7||4.06|
|Tusk Recon Sticky||Rear *||90/100-16||8.3||3.8||4.0|
|Tusk T-35||Rear *||90/100-16||8.3||3.8||4.14|
|Dunlop MX33||Rear *||90/100-16||8.4||4||4.37|
|IRC IX-09 Gekkota Gummy||Front *||80/100-21||8.4||4|
|Bridgestone M59||Front *||80/100-21||8.3||4||3.3|
|Dunlop MX34||Front *||80/100-21||8.3||4||3.6|
|Dunlop MX33||Front *||
|Dunlop K990||Rear *||90/100-18||8.5||4||4.17|
|Bridgestone X31||Front *||80/100-21||8.6||4.1|
|Dunlop AT81||Front *||80/100-21||8.6||4.1|
|Michelin Starcross 6 MS||Front *||80/100-21||8.8||4.4|
|Mitas RockRider||Front *||90/90-21||8.9||4.5||3.6|
|Tusk T-35||Front *||80/100-21||9.0||4.6||3.6|
|Kenda K774 Ibex Gummy||Front *||80/100-21||9.0||4.6|
|Michelin Starcross Medium||Rear *||90/100-16||9.0||4.6||4.15|
|Maxxis Maxxcross IT||Rear *||90/100-16||9.1||4.7||4.1|
|Dunlop MX33||Rear *||90/100-18||9.1||4.7||4.14|
|Bridgestone X20||Front *||80/100-21||9.1||4.7|
|Kenda K775 Washougal II||Front *||80/100-21||9.1||4.7|
|IRC VE33||Rear *||100/100-18||9.3||4.9||4.2|
|IRC TR8 DOT Legal||Front *||3.00x21||9.3||4.9|
|Dunlop MX53||Rear *||90/100-16||9.7||5.3||
|Michelin Starcross5 med||Rear **||100/90-19||9.8||5.4||4.4|
|Kenda K257D||Rear *||4.10x18||9.9||5.5|
|Shinko SR241 Trials||Rear||
|Kenda Trakmaster||Rear **||
|IRC IX-07||Rear *||100/100-18||10||5.6||4.5|
|Dunlop MX33||Rear *||
|Mitas C-18 Super Light||Rear *||100/90-19||10.2||5.8||4.9🔴|
|Shinko 525||Rear *||100/100-18||10.3||5.9||4.3|
|Michelin Starcross5||Rear *||100/100-18||10.7||6.2||
|Shinko SR241 Trials||Rear *||
|Dunlop MX34||Rear *||100/90-19||10.9||6.4||4.65|
|IRC IX-09W||Rear *||100/100-18||11.1||6.7|
|Dunlop MX34||Rear *||100/100-18||11.3||6.8|
|IRC TR8 DOT Legal||Rear *||
|Dunlop MX53||Rear *||100/100-18||11.4||7.0|
|IRC IX-09 Gekkota||Rear *||110/100-18||11.5||7.1|
|Shinko R546||Rear *||100/100-18||11.9||7.5||🔴|
|Kenda K775 Washougal II||Rear *||100/90-19||12||7.6||🔴|
|Tusk EMEX T-45||Rear *||100/100-18||12.6||8.1||4.7 🔴|
|Kenda K785||Rear *||100/90-19||13||8.6||🔴|
Tire Weight Chart Street Tires
|Mitas Touring Force||Both||80/80-14||3.9||-0.6|
|Mitas Touring Force||Both||90/80-16||5.8||1.3|
|Mitas Touring Force||Both||90/90-14||5.9||1.5|
*Requires custom wheel which might also increase the total weight gain.
**Not recommended on narrow 19x1.4" OEM rims, this tire is meant for a 1.85" rim. Also the clearances are so tight knob trimming might be required.
Green highlighted tires are the stand-out weight champions for their size.
Red indicates problems with fitment on the Surron
|Wheel Weights (including rotor/sprocket)||Weight (no tire)||With Tire & Tube|
|19x1.4 OEM Front - CST||4.8||10.5|
|19x1.4 Charged 10g Front Tusk - M203||4.8||11.5|
|19x1.4 Charged 10g Front Excel||4.8||11.5|
19x1.85 Warp9 Front - X30
|21x1.6 Charged 10g Front Tusk - Mitas E09|
|21x1.6 Charged 10g Front Excel - Michelin Starcross||6.4||15.6|
|19x1.4 OEM Rear - CST||6.8||12.1|
|16x1.85 Charged 10g Rear Tusk - M204||6.8||15.5|
|16x1.85 Charged 10g Rear Excel - M204||7.0||15.6|
|16x1.85 Warp9 Rear - M204||6.6||15.3|
|18x1.85 Charged 10g Rear Excel - K990||8.0||18.4|
Charged Wheels are built with upgraded 10g spokes and 2mm HD Tubes contributing to the weight gain of the total wheel package. They are over-built for a surron and incredibly durable.
18/21 For The Lift!
For those wanting to make the Surron bigger an 18/21 combo is one of the best ways to accomplish a larger Surron. Rotational mass has a direct impact on acceleration, power, and range. In our experience, when only adding a few pounds per wheel, the difference is negligible and well worth the upgrade in traction and reliability. When shopping for an 18/21, please be very careful with tire selection, WE ONLY RECOMMEND A 90/100-18 sized tire for this setup anything larger is too heavy, and requires cutting off your right side knobs and destroying your cornering abilities. Avoid 100/100 tires for these reasons! 90/100-18 are difficult to find, but the weight is worth the wait!!
Why we LOVE the 16/19 setup so much...
We are 100% off-road enthusiasts riding primarily in the mountains and desert of Utah, with trips to Idaho, Colorado, and the PNW. Our favorite wheel/tire combo the 19/16 was designed for SuperMini motocross racing bikes which weigh 150lbs and make them the best motocross tire match for the Surron. This strikes a great balance between weight, traction, carcass stiffness, and flat protection. The traction is incredible from this setup, the weight gain is minimal, the tire selection is amazing, and it only requires building a single rear wheel, you can retain your OEM front wheelset. The tires we run depends on the terrain and the other huge advantage to 19/16 is the amazing tire selection from the motocross racing industry...there is a tire for everyone in these sizes.
Tubeless vs Tubes
Based on our experience 1.5-2mm tubes work great on the Sur-Ron with upgraded (stronger) motocross tires. All of the tires we sell are hand selected to minimize weight gains and dramatically increase traction and reliability.
There is no clear advantage to go tubeless on the Sur-Ron, as you can run 15 psi (or less) using a 2mm tube as long as you run a high quality tire with a stronger carcass than the CST. Tire pressures vary by rider weight and terrain. With a high quality tire, you can enjoy the benefits of <15psi (most riders). Also, spoiler alert, the tubliss system is not any lighter than a 2mm tube!!! For the $99 + install price you pay it's not worth it for most people.
Why don't you list a 26" or 27.5" or 29" Mountain Bike tire?
Bottom Line: We love you, we don't want to see you hurt! We believe it would be irresponsible to recommend running an ultra-light MTB tire and rim setup on the SurRon. These tires were not designed for a 110+ lb motorcycle and we have seen first hand the devastating injuries that come from front wheels exploding on bikes and motorcycles, the weight savings is not worth the risk in our opinion. If you run a MTB wheel on your SurRon, please be careful and know that you have limitations on what that wheel and tire is capable of.