42" PITBULL ROCKERS - BY BILL "BILLAVISTA" ANSELL

42" PITBULL ROCKERS - BY BILL "BILLAVISTA" ANSELL

42" PITBULL ROCKERS - BY BILL "BILLAVISTA" ANSELL

Pitbull Rockers - Tire Review by BillaVista - Pirate4x4x.com 42" Pitbull Rockers By Bill "BillaVista" Ansell Photography: Bill Ansell & Lonny Handwork Video: Adrian Weber & Andrew Copyright 2008 - Bill Ansell (click any pic to enlarge) Introduction I wasn't particularly looking for new tires - I thought I was happy with what I had. So when Mike at Pitbull Tires contacted me to talk about the new 42" Pitbull Rocker I wasn't sure what to expect. We talked about the tires and before you knew it I was changing tires the night before a 12-hour trip to the biggest event of the year.

It was a bit of a gamble - after all we were off to the inaugural Virginia Tech Memorial Ride at Big Dogs Offroad where the plan was to run with XRRA / WE Rock / KOH competitor Doug Bigelow and his competition moonbuggy - I did not want to get left behind! Did the gamble pay off? Read on and see - here are the details: Mike shipped the tires exactly when he said he would - no muss, no fuss.

That may not sound like a big deal, but you'd be surprised how many industry folks promise all sorts of things and end up falling a little (or a lot) short!

As I was on a ridiculously tight deadline I appreciated Mike's efforts and have found that you can tell a lot about a company and how it treats its customers from how they follow through on their agreements. file:///C|/Users/Bill/0 Pirate4x4.com.tech/billavista/Pitbull/index.html (1 of 27)18/08/2008 7:03:16 PM

42" PITBULL ROCKERS - BY BILL "BILLAVISTA" ANSELL

Pitbull Rockers - Tire Review by BillaVista - Pirate4x4x.com Happiness is a truck-load of new tires! Just like the label says the 42 x 15.0-16.5 LT are a Load Range C (6-ply rated) bias-ply tire. The tread on the Rockers is unique and really aggressive.

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42" PITBULL ROCKERS - BY BILL "BILLAVISTA" ANSELL

Pitbull Rockers - Tire Review by BillaVista - Pirate4x4x.com There are many different shaped lugs... ...plenty of large voids... ... and tons of biting edges, some of them unlike anything I've seen before. Many of the tread blocks also have built-in siping. file:///C|/Users/Bill/0 Pirate4x4.com.tech/billavista/Pitbull/index.html (3 of 27)18/08/2008 7:03:16 PM

42" PITBULL ROCKERS - BY BILL "BILLAVISTA" ANSELL

Pitbull Rockers - Tire Review by BillaVista - Pirate4x4x.com The Rockers also have a really beefy and aggressive shoulder / sidewall tread. And they have lightning bolts too! Rockers! file:///C|/Users/Bill/0 Pirate4x4.com.tech/billavista/Pitbull/index.html (4 of 27)18/08/2008 7:03:16 PM

42" PITBULL ROCKERS - BY BILL "BILLAVISTA" ANSELL

Pitbull Rockers - Tire Review by BillaVista - Pirate4x4x.com Unmounted tire. And of course they have Pitbulls! Pitbulls and lightning bolts - cool! Even the tread-wear indicators are unique... file:///C|/Users/Bill/0 Pirate4x4.com.tech/billavista/Pitbull/index.html (5 of 27)18/08/2008 7:03:16 PM

42" PITBULL ROCKERS - BY BILL "BILLAVISTA" ANSELL

Pitbull Rockers - Tire Review by BillaVista - Pirate4x4x.com ... nothing, and I mean nothing, on these tires is like anything I'd seen before. Specs and Dimensions So they have plenty of unique and cool-looking features, but how would they perform? Before we get to the performance, a few more dimensions and pics for your info / pleasure.

MMMMM . . tires! The 42 x 15.0-16.5 LT Rockers have a max load rating of 3640lbs at 30psi cold. That's nearly a 1000lbs more than some competitive brands!! They are bias-ply construction with the tread and sidewall both constructed from 4 plies of nylon. They weigh approx. 98lbs each.

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42" PITBULL ROCKERS - BY BILL "BILLAVISTA" ANSELL

Pitbull Rockers - Tire Review by BillaVista - Pirate4x4x.com The specified rim width for the 42 x 15's is 12-14" The tread depth on the 42's is about 29/32" Here a 42 x 15 -16.5 is mounted on a 16.5 x 8.25 inch rim, inflated to 30psi and measured. As you can see, they come in at 41.75", which is closer to the nominal height on the sidewall (42") than any other tire I've seen. file:///C|/Users/Bill/0 Pirate4x4.com.tech/billavista/Pitbull/index.html (7 of 27)18/08/2008 7:03:16 PM

42" PITBULL ROCKERS - BY BILL "BILLAVISTA" ANSELL

Pitbull Rockers - Tire Review by BillaVista - Pirate4x4x.com Compared to the same (nominal) size tire of a competitor the Pitbull Rockers are slightly lighter, slightly narrower, and slightly taller. The comparison is made unmounted as the width of the rim and air pressure used will affect the tire's mounted dimensions. The beads are a massive 3/4" thick and the sidewalls nearly 1/2" thick. TEAR IT UP Technology™ is Pitbull's term for for the proprietary construction/rubber design used in their tires which is said to be the secret as to why their tires are so cut resistant, puncture resistant and heat resistant.

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42" PITBULL ROCKERS - BY BILL "BILLAVISTA" ANSELL

Pitbull Rockers - Tire Review by BillaVista - Pirate4x4x.com FANG Technology™ is Pitbull's term for the sidewall traction built into the Rockers. A few more pics of the new, unmounted tires: file:///C|/Users/Bill/0 Pirate4x4.com.tech/billavista/Pitbull/index.html (9 of 27)18/08/2008 7:03:16 PM

42" PITBULL ROCKERS - BY BILL "BILLAVISTA" ANSELL

Pitbull Rockers - Tire Review by BillaVista - Pirate4x4x.com And some pics of my buggy with the new tires mounted file:///C|/Users/Bill/0 Pirate4x4.com.tech/billavista/Pitbull/index.html (10 of 27)18/08/2008 7:03:16 PM

Pitbull Rockers - Tire Review by BillaVista - Pirate4x4x.com Pics of various pressures. The following pics illustrate the right-rear tire of my buggy at various tire pressures with the tires newly installed. 30 psi 15 psi file:///C|/Users/Bill/0 Pirate4x4.com.tech/billavista/Pitbull/index.html (11 of 27)18/08/2008 7:03:16 PM

Pitbull Rockers - Tire Review by BillaVista - Pirate4x4x.com 10 psi 5 psi 2.5 psi Performance Finally, the most important part - and boy was I amazed! Talk about trial by fire - the first time I ran the tires was at the inaugural Virginia Tech Memorial Ride at Big Dogs Offroad.

Running with XRRA / WE Rock / KOH competitor Doug Bigelow and his competition moonbuggy, in two days we ran every hardcore trail in the park. We just kept lining them up and knocking them down, one after the other. In two days we did about 6-months worth of hardcore rock crawling and trail riding!

Shod with the Pitbull Rockers I conquered everything with confidence. I was extremely pleased with how well they flexed and stuck to the rocks, allowing me to stick a line. I even managed a line in the infamous "Bunny Trail" that Doug said had never been done before - you'll see this in the video. One thing that really stuck out was how well the tires would heat up and stick compared to other tires I've run. For example, when climbing a steep, rocky trail you know how sometimes you'll just fetch up on something a little and stop progress? At that point I'm used to having to back down and try again or pick a different line.

This weekend with the Rockers was different. I decided to just stay on it, and sure enough, time and again, the tires would heat up, stick, and I'd just keep going forward - it was awesome! You can see an example of this in the vide at about minute 5:30. How do I know it wasn't just a fluke or the placebo affect of having new tires? That was the neatest thing - unlike others, I could smell the tires working - when they would heat up I could smell it and you could see it on the rocks afterwards as well. And the thing is, I didn't have to redline the motor for 5 minutes to get them to stick - just a little spin and we stuck and file:///C|/Users/Bill/0 Pirate4x4.com.tech/billavista/Pitbull/index.html (12 of 27)18/08/2008 7:03:16 PM

Pitbull Rockers - Tire Review by BillaVista - Pirate4x4x.com went - it was very cool. Thanks to Adrian and Andrew, there's some good video of the tires working - it speaks for itself. Keep in mind as you watch it that my barn-built 4-seat 10- year-old pig of a family wagon followed Bigelow in his comp-tire moonbuggy everywhere he went that weekend. Here's the video followed by some stills taken from it: Hi resolution - 342 Mb - .mpg format Medium resolution - 170 Mb - .wmv format Lo resolution - 60 Mb - .mv format And a few stills from the video. Click to enlarge and check out the tires grabbing the rocks! file:///C|/Users/Bill/0 Pirate4x4.com.tech/billavista/Pitbull/index.html (13 of 27)18/08/2008 7:03:16 PM

Pitbull Rockers - Tire Review by BillaVista - Pirate4x4x.com But the dry grippy rock of Big Dogs isn't the only place the Rockers worked well. I also took them to a local offroad park in Quebec called PJF Parc PJF is infamous for big, wet, slippery rocks and plenty of mud, goo, and running water to challenge your grip. Once again, the Rockers were in their element, never letting me down, weather flinging gobs of sticky mud or somehow finding grip on the slippery rocks. Here are a few pics of the action: file:///C|/Users/Bill/0 Pirate4x4.com.tech/billavista/Pitbull/index.html (14 of 27)18/08/2008 7:03:16 PM

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