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    Shinko 244 vs. 241

    simple question.....how do they perform differently? A year ago everyone here swore by the 244 and now the 241 seems to be the "it" tire. I've never gotten anything but great advice here, and before I buy my new front tire I want to be educated enough about the performance difference to make a smart choice. My OEM tire is done. Cheers! J
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    I have run the Golden Boy (244) and never found that it hooked up on roots, loom and wet clay. I went to the MT43 (trials) and have been pleased with it under all conditions, especially roots, loom and clay.
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    I can't give a definitive comparison. I've used the 241 on the front of my tw's and as a front and rear set on much bigger and poweful dirt bikes.
    Trials like tread patterned tires have kind of gotten pigeon hole because of the popularity of motoX and more specifically superX.
    If you want to ride around groomed tracks that are properly maintained, i.e. watered often and graded, with loose loamy dirt, then a motoX type of tire is what you need. And you will be trail braking into corners, downshifting, throttling up and sliding through the corner and into the straights.
    Trials tires do like to be slid around and power slid through corners. Plus they won't last long used like that.

    A lot of trail riders like the grip and control that the trial tire tread pattern offers.

    Sorry for not answering your question.
    I've become a believer in the trials type of tire. But they aren't good for everything and not for deeper mud. They work decently on road, dry or wet, and have more traction on Rocky terrain.

    I don't think you will go wrong with either. But I favor the 241 now. The pirelli mt43 is good too but weighs more and costs more.
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    I really like the 244 in the mud we have around here, but I haven't tried the 241. It seems like the 241 would be better in a drier environment with the closely spaced knobs.
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    I have the 244 now and have no complaints but I am intrigued by what I read about the 241 and will most likely try one this year.

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    I've had both tires and now run 241's on both of my bikes. The best use for the 244 is a tire swing.
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    I have had a forgotten 244 waiting to be installed. Yep, I forgot about it and bought a 241 when I broke a valve stem. After installing the 241. I'm happy with the performance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TopPredator View Post
    I've had both tires and now run 241's on both of my bikes. The best use for the 244 is a tire swing.
    If I run my 244 below 16 psi, it does wander around the trail a bit. A little harsher ride but better handling at 18 psi.
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    I ran the MT44 on my TW for a while. As previously stated it is much bigger and heavier than the 241. I had to relearn how to ride it. The tread spacing seams to be a little further apart than the 241. Also you can run some pretty low pressures on MT and the shear size of it makes it much easier to roll up and over stuff.

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    I decided to go with the 241. I ordered it on Amazon 48hrs ago for $52 and just received it. The seller was BikeBandit Parts. Kudos to them for the good price and ridiculously fast shipping. Gotta wait til Monday to get it installed. I'm expecting a big improvement over OEM based on what you guys have said. Fingers crossed!

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