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    Shinko 241 vs 244

    I understand the basic difference, which is primarily weight – slight compound change etc – but if you had a bike with the 244 fitted, is it worth changing for the 241 ?

    My rider weight is 180, with all the gear – does rider weight even come into this – is it a matter of preference – or trail conditions – riding style – or even height (6ft) – so many variables

    To those of you who have changed one for the other – why – and what are your experiences of both tires ?

    I suspect this has been covered before – but perhaps it time to “update” the discussion

    Any and all comments welcome ……
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    Well I have a the larger of the two sizes of 244 now and find when it's close to or below freezing I loose traction due to the hard rubber compound. Otherwise it is a great tire in most conditions. Now the 241 has such a softer rubber that I think it will perform better in colder weather. The tread pattern looks like it will grip even better since the lug to space ratio is 50/50. Plus the slits in the lugs make then extra flexible. I plan to put it on next weekend if all goes well but I'm not sure if I want to brave the cold/snow/ice out and there. I plan to stud the stock tire for real winter driving eventually.

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    Thank you – my thoughts are the same – 244 better in sand due to the stiffer compound – 241 better on “most other surfaces”

    Has anyone noticed a difference in “lift” – when you bounce the bike off the rear and lift the front ?
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    Trials tire all the way, even in sand. I have only had the golden boy and for my riding style (aggressive), I could not get that tire to stick. Now the MT43 (trials), I have had no issues with. Mud, snow, sand, rocks, loom, roots (wet and dry) this item does it all!
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    i've had a 241 on the front for 3 years and never had a slip, great tire. i now have a xt225 with the kenda, with the same tread pattern as the 244 and it isn't as sticky. i have to be careful with it. i would change it to a 241, but the 244 is rated to carry an extra ( all most) 100 lbs ( in my 21" size)
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    244 vs. 241

    Used both. Equal on the road except 244 sounded louder.



    Off-Road. 244, used both 4.60 & 5.10. Like the 4.60 better but honestly pretty close and I never noticed the weight difference...in the tires...me is a different matter.


    Off-road 241. Currently using 241 on both TW's. Love it in all conditions off-road. I think it's better than the 244 in/on gravel, hardpack dirt, sand, rock, mud, snow, moon dust (aka baby powder) but all tires suck in this stuff anyway.

    I'd still buy another 244 but prefer the 241.
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    I forgot to mention my 244 in near new condition is being donated to a xr250 rear. I didn't want to wait to wear it out to improve my driving conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple View Post
    Shinko 241 vs 244

    I understand the basic difference, which is primarily weight — slight compound change etc — but if you had a bike with the 244 fitted, is it worth changing for the 241 ?

    My rider weight is 180, with all the gear — does rider weight even come into this — is it a matter of preference — or trail conditions — riding style — or even height (6ft) — so many variables

    To those of you who have changed one for the other — why — and what are your experiences of both tires ?

    I suspect this has been covered before — but perhaps it time to “update” the discussion

    Any and all comments welcome ……

    I went with the 241 4.0 tire last summer. all I can say is WOW so much more fun to ride now. Did not know what I was missing waiting so long. My Maxxis 6006 was totally gone and needed changed out in a bad way. So glad I went with the 241.

    ps: wife's bike has the 244 on it and my son has the kenda, (same tire) 241 is much better. I may be changing hers this summer. Son is still considering selling his bike.
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    Jeez, thanks Purple Just when I'd spent hours combing thru all the tire threads and decided on the 241!
    Thanks for all the great info on this forum folks! Incredible when trying to decide on these mods.
    I should have listened when everybody called the stock front tire a p.o.s!
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