Before we tell you our first impression, lets explain the tire a little bit. This tire was developed with the help of top motocross pros. The all-new MX33 is the new industry standard for soft-to-intermediate terrain. Dunlop’s innovative new technologies offer superior grip, slide control, bump absorption and enhanced durability. Although it might be hard to see, the MX33 has all new tiny, tiny details within the knobbies to help improve cornering action and additional slide control. To name just a few, the front features Block-In-A-Block technology to aid in linear tracking and improved steering–and the all new rear features an altered version of Block-In-A-Block shape on the rear increases surface area of the rear block, while additional tread angles enhance grip, stability and slide control. Although these key features were added to the GEOMAX MX33 tire, it doesn’t take away from the sleek look and reputation of the Dunlop brand.

Dunlop’s all-new Geomax MX33—the most technologically advanced off-road tire Dunlop has ever made. The Geomax® line has been the top choice of AMA pro and amateur Motocross and Supercross riders since its introduction in 2010. Now the MX33—which replaces the popular MX3S—introduces new technologies in construction, compound and tread pattern, that sets the bar at a whole new level. This new tire delivers extraordinary handling performance even on a wide range of soft-to-intermediate terrain. The MX33 is available for a wide array of bikes from 50cc to 450cc, and includes a new 120/90-19 size.

Multiple Block Distribution. In addition to creating an aggressive look, new Multiple Block Distribution technology increases the number of knobs on the shoulders and center of the tires, and also varies the height and angles of the knobs within the tread pattern. This translates to more biting edges and more traction, creating superior grip and increased handling performance.

Block-In-A-Block Technology. After the great success of Dunlop’s patented Block-In-A-Block technology on the MX3S rear tire, Dunlop has improved this technology by altering the shape of the interior block. This new diamond-shaped block is larger, adding more surface area and two additional angles to improve traction. Dunlop has also added Block-In-A-Block technology to the front tire for the first time, creating a new industry standard for handling and grip.

Advanced Apex Design. Not only does the Geomax MX33 look remarkably different than its predecessor, but the MX33 also has many new components under the tread. The new construction of the front and rear tire features a taller, thinner apex. Known as Advanced Apex Design, the same sidewall material used in the MX3S is now distributed in a slimmer, but taller apex. Without adding weight, this technology delivers superior shock absorption, uniform rigidity in the sidewall, and a smoother ride and firmer feel. (Applies to 18”, 19” and 21” sizes.)

Carcass Tension Control System. In this new design, Dunlop optimizes the distribution of tension of the components so the tire absorbs more shock, but flexes when necessary to smooth out ride characteristics, which allows the bike to track in a straighter line.

All-New Compound. The MX33 also incorporates a new rubber compound with a higher molecular weight polymer to improve durability and a carbon micro-particle to increase grip.

“At Dunlop, we pride ourselves on listening to our customers, and not just the pro-level Supercross riders, but the everyday riders as well,” says Broc Glover, Sr. Manager, Off-road Motorcycle. “One of the main areas we wanted to improve upon from the MX3S was durability. A change in compound, and the addition of the tie-bar design between the knobs, allowed us to not only achieve this goal but also improve performance.”

ALPA MX. “The tire was an improvement from tires past. We noticed a difference right away. We rode a few laps on the Dunlop GEOMAX 3S’ before riding the MX33, and the thing we really liked was how smooth the rear tires fell into the rutts or soft corners. It was almost like a feeling of security. As far as durability, we are told the tire is meant to hold up a lot stronger than the 3S, and past GEOMAX tires. But this is something that we will need to test to further the answers.”

We were very fortunate to be apart of this global release of the GEOMAX MX33 this past week, and we are very excited to test more with these tires and put them to use.