SEDONA MUD REBEL RT, WHAT IT IS:
Sedona is a town in dry Arizona that actually has some of the most beautiful trails we’ve ridden in the state. Sedona tires, sold at Western Powersports dealers across the country, include a tire called the Sedona Mud Rebel RT. So, being the rebels we are, we took a set of these tires on an 1100-mile ride in Baja, Mexico, where there is every type of terrain to test in, including mud.
WHAT IS IT?
The Mud Rebel RT is an eight-ply, all-terrain radial tire. Unlike a traditional mud tire, the lugs on the RT are sized closer to what comes stock on most UTVs. Sizes range from 25×8-12 up to the 30×10-15s we installed on our Honda Talon. The 1100-mile test was the perfect way to put months’ worth of drive time on the meats in the matter of a week.
Each tire weighs just over 35 pounds, which is right on par with other 30-inch tall eight-ply tires. The rubber has a load rating of 600 pounds, and we mounted the tires on Sedona’s 6-inch wide, Split 6 beadlock wheel. The wheels cost $214.95 apiece. The wheels are available in 14- or 15-inch sizes. The 30×15 tires sell for $179.95 each.
Our testing started out with 20 pounds of air in the brand-new set of tires. We drove 200-300 miles a day for five days straight. The terrain was a mix of old tarmac, graded dirt roads, solid rocks, sand and mud.
The first thing we noticed was how smoothly the tires rolled. Even with the aggressive tread patten, they rolled as smoothly as a new set of tires on your pickup truck. The knobs are tall and flex somewhat, and you can feel it; however, that flex helps the knobs grab the ground better.
Traction was another great asset. No matter the terrain, these tires hooked up well. Where they really excelled was going over slippery rocks. The flexible knobs gripped and pulled without slipping. We didn’t mind the knobbies flexing as long as they were doing their job. On dirt, the moister it was, the better they did. They hooked up great for accelerating and under braking. Slow-speed cornering was grippy, and high-speed turns were very predictable. They did better than expected in the sand. Finally, as advertised, in the mud, the tire worked great. The knobs had quick clean out and traction to crawl through the thickest goop.
At the end of each day, we purposely started driving more carelessly to see if we could get a puncture. We ran over dead cactus, sharp rocks and even piles of trash and couldn’t hurt them.
After a couple days at 20 psi, we started to lower the air pressure. On the second-to-last day, we went down to 5 psi for a few miles and did suffer a small stick puncture. We plugged it in seconds and got back on the road. We know the 5 psi test was overkill, but we had been amazed at how strong the tires were, so we had to try it. It was our only puncture of the trip, and, 500 miles after the trip, it’s still the only puncture we’ve had. Our normal operating pressure is between 15 psi and 20 psi, depending on the terrain.
We carried a brand-new Sedona Mud Rebel spare tire for 1100 miles and never had to touch it. That makes the tire a winner right there. Knowing the tires do so well in all types of terrain, not just mud, we highly recommend them if you ride more than just hard-packed dirt. These tires performed way better than advertised, so we give them five stars. In fact, these tires are so good in the rocks and almost everywhere, we think Sedona should change the name from Mud Rebel to Rock or Dirt Rebel.
PRICE: Tire, $169.95; wheel, $214.95
See UTV Action’s Mud & Snow Tire guide here: https://utvactionmag.com/buyers-guide-new-mud-snow-tires/
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