Dunlop 756 EX Tire - Product of the Week

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$170

This week we have a test of Dunlop’s 756 EX tire that has a super soft, gummy compound. Test Rider Michael Allen put some hard time on one and here is how it fared.

“If you go through the pits at an Endurocross or extreme off-road race, you will notice all types of different tire compounds, and patterns, but if you’ve paid close attention to the pro’s bikes you’ve likely seen the Dunlop 756 EX rear tire. This tire has been in use by anyone could get their hands it, but now Dunlop is making it available to the public. The tread pattern is Dunlop’s classic 756 but what makes this tire so special is the EX’s not so classic gummy compound. Basically, Dunlop made a 756 with a trials tire compound making it legal to race in events in which trials tires are illegal.

“I had the chance to try the 756 EX at the 2015 Last Dog Standing extreme enduro, and when Dunlop says it’s a gummy tire they really mean it. Simply feeling the compound with your fingers reveals how soft the tire is – you can twist the knobbies with your fingers and flex them into each other with minimal effort. Installing the tire onto the rim takes very little effort, it just flexes over with light pressure from an iron. I knew the tire was soft so I filled the tire with 12 psi not wanting to go too low due to the soft carcass (I also had a Tube Saddle in to help prevent pinch flats).

“At the start of the race in the motocross sections I noticed the tire lacked stability in corners because the knobbies were just rolling over instead of digging onto the ground, but once the speeds slowed down and the terrain got nastier the positive traits of the 756 EX started to shine. As soon as I started letting the bike lug and letting the tire roll over the obstacles it was clear that Dunlop had created a “cheater” tire. When the rocks were staggered and loose the bike seemed to just roll over them and never bounce of or deflect in an unwanted direction. Also when going over wet logs the tire didn’t seem to spin like a traditional tire would.

“Yet, when it came to hill climbs the 756 EX showed some of the same traits as it did on the motocross portion of the track – the knobbies didn’t seem to dig into the hill like a traditional tire would, making hill climbs more challenging. Once I learned how much I could lean on this tire and how it bites into hills, it was well worth being able to ride through rock gardens with ease. To my surprise, after the event the tire was not completely destroyed. The edges were definitely worn off but the majority of the knobbies were still intact after 25 miles of tire piles, downhills, roots, and rocks. If you happen to have $170 lying around and want to make your buddies look bad when you go on a rocky ride, I recommend giving the Dunlop 756 EX a try.”