Burris Racing 6″ Tire Review

Well since no one else is going to do a full review of the new Burris Racing 6″ treaded tire on a Onewheel I guess I will ?

*The compound I tested was the tx-33
Keep in mind this is all personal preference and completely subjective to me and my riding style. Feel free to disagree in the comments. Let’s get some healthy discussion going on here!

*disclaimer* Burris sent me a free tire, but they didn’t request a positive review or anything so I’m trying to be as un-biased as I possibly can.

Alright, let’s get started!

Ordering and shipping:
The tire shipped in 1 day which was CRAZY FAST! Sure they are located in the same state as me, but I was impressed with the speed nonetheless. It arrived in a really small box which was weird because the tire was folded in half. it took a bit of muscle (of which I am in short supply) but I was able to unfold the tire without too much trouble. Side note: I think it is really cool that Burris has a dedicated section on their website specifically for Onewheel. No more “is this the right tire?” posts!

Installation:
Now time to mount it! I’ve installed a bunch of different models of tires. Vegas, Hoosiers, Unillis, Maxxis, the list goes on. I can say without a doubt, the Burris was the easiest tire to install by a long shot. The only other tire that comes close to mounting this easy is the Unilli. The hub just slipped right in no problem and I was able to get the 2nd bead on the hub with only my hands and I usually have to put a knee into it with other tires. Setting the bead was a little trickier. The first bead popped no problem around 25psi. The 2nd bead didn’t pop by 60, so I strapped it and was able to get it to set around 85 or so. Not the worst I’ve seen, but definitely not the easiest bead to set. It’s possible that the 2x thick sidewalls on this tire attribute to the slightly more difficult bead set. It’s not a deal breaker by any means though and I would rather do tire changes with this tire than a Vega or Maxxis any day! Also, the Burris 6″ treaded had zero rubbing issues compared to the Hoosier 6.5″ treaded which usually does.

First ride: 
Once the beads were set, we were off to the races! I started out at 20psi. Instantly, I could feel it was too much psi for this tire. It almost felt as if there was a big flat section on the middle of the tire, then as soon as you turn, it kicks to a different beveled section of the tire. The transitions into and out of turns felt clunky and un-natural. I dropped the psi down to 18 and took it for another spin. It was absolutely better, but still needed to go lower. I set it to 15 and that seemed to be the sweet spot. Initial impressions were pretty good, but not game-changing great. After my first lap around the block I thought it was an ok tire, but I wasn’t in love with it. Although keep in mind this was a brand new tire so it wasn’t broken-in yet.

City/street riding:
I heard from Jamie Juchter that this tire broke-in fairly quick so I took it for a few 5-10 mile loops around the city. The more I rode, the better the tire became. After about 20-ish miles, the tire felt completely broken-in. Compare this to a Vega which takes 600+ miles to break-in and I would say that’s pretty damn fast! 
I am so used to riding a slick that I will say having the treaded feels funny on the street. The treads cause the board to ever so slightly vibrate under your feet while you ride. Also, it does make more sound as you ride compared to a slick as you can hear the treads buzzing while they rip over the asphalt. Again, not a deal breaker, but it’s an issue you are going to have with any treaded tire compared to slick. 
I noticed that this tire climbs curbs like a BEAST! It’s extremely grippy and is arguably the best curb climbing tire I have ever ridden. However, this grip comes at a cost since it grips the curbs and makes parking block slides very difficult. To sum it up, this tire is pretty fun for around town city riding, but if you 100% ride asplalt and concrete, you might be happier going with a slick.

Dirt/Trail riding: 
Now here is where this tire really shines! I took it out to the country last weekend and rode about 20 miles of dirt trails. this tire straight up RIPS offroad! The roundness profile of the Burris 6″ treaded is perfect for trails. the flat middle lends enough stability so you don’t have to always be on edge like the 5.5″ hoosier. The treads grip like crazy so you have a ton of confidence bombing as fast as possible with less of a worry of breaking the tire loose. With the tire riding best at lower psi, the bumps and roots were handled no problem and the ride was smooth as butter. I haven’t had a chance to take it up to Tahoe and really put it to the test on the big boy trails with Dave Stewart, but I’m thinking I’ll finally be able to keep up with him now! 
To sum it up, THE BURRIS 6″ TREADED IS THE BEST OFF-ROAD TRAIL RIDING TIRE IN THE GAME RIGHT NOW. (sorry for yelling)

Summary:
This tire is sick. Straight up, I’m a huge fan. It’s pretty good on street, amazing off-road, good blend of stability and carvability, installs easy, sucks at curb slides, but great at curb climbs, and has a ton (maybe too much for someone like me who like to break the tire loose) of traction. 
I think it is a great choice of tire if you are an average to advanced OW rider who rides at least 15+% of their time off-road. I am for sure keeping this tire on one of my XRs and will be riding it on every off-road specific ride I tackle.

Here is a quick ranking of some of the most popular OW tires currently on the market. Again, this is completely subjective so feel free to disagree with me in the comments.

Carvability Ranking (best to worst)
1) Hoosier 5.5″ treaded
2) Hoosier 6″ slick
3) Burris 6″ treaded
4) Unilli 6″ slick
5) Vega (stock)

Stability Ranking (best to worst)
1) Vega (stock)
2) Unilli 6″ slick
3) Burris 6″ treaded
4) Hoosier 6″ slick
5) Hoosier 5.5″ treaded

Grip (best to worst)
1) Burris 6″ treaded
2) Hoosier 5.5″ treaded
3) Vega (stock)
4) Unilli 6″ slick
5) Hoosier 6″ slick

My Personal Preference (best to worst)
1) Hoosier 6″ slick (tied)
1) Burris 6″ treaded (tied)
3) Unilli 6″ slick
4) Hoosier 5.5″ treaded
5) Vega (stock)

Beginner Friendly (best to worst)
1) Vega (stock)
2) Unilli 6″ slick
3) Burris 6″ treaded
4) Hoosier 6″ slick
5) Hoosier 5.5″ treaded

Dirt Trail Friendly (best to worst)
1) Burris 6″ treaded (by a mile)
2) Hoosier 6″ slick
3) Hoosier 5.5″ treaded
4) Unilli 6″ slick
5) Vega (stock)

Street/City Friendly (best to worst)
1) Unilli 6″ slick
2) Hoosier 6″ slick
3) Burris 6″ treaded
4) Vega (stock)
5) Hoosier 5.5″ treaded

Float on, my friends 🙂
-Jeff 

TL:DR In my opinion, the Burris 6″ treaded the best all around off-road tire currently available.

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