After running 12000 miles on our Interco TrXus MT tires we have definitely formed some opinions of them. If you haven’t read on our on road review check it out here. To get the skinny on their off road performance read on.
While this isn’t the on road review I did want to touch on the road noise as an update. They are still rolling as quiet as the day we levered them onto the rims. That’s a testament to proper tread design and acoustic chambering of the lugs to minimize road hum. Serious technology for a serious tire.
Might as well dig right in because this is a mud terrain tire after all. Air them down, roll through the mud, and go find something else to play in or on. I have gotten stuck with these tires but that’s the mud life. You go in a deep enough hole and you can’t get out without help. Both times I was looking to get as deep in the mud as the possible and really push them to the limit. The first time I buried them I wasn’t aired down either further reducing their normal effectiveness.
Here is a video of playing in some mud and water at Rausch Creek Off Road park in PA.
You can see at about the 1:34 mark I bury the axles in the mud and have to work my way out. Simply backing up and moving forward while oscillating the front wheels back and forth create the clearance I needed to get out of the ruts and redirect. Everything you would want out of a mud terrain tire.
Rocks and Dirt
The side pattern on the TrXus is reminiscent of a big bore rifle. They alternate the size and when aired down the tire contact patch expands and they become part of the main tread. So despite the thinner profile you get the same tractive ability as a wider tire with built in carcass flex. This allows the tire to form over obstacles and offer a soft bump soaking ride while delivering exceptional traction.
In all of the runs we have done off road, on trails, and over rough terrain the TrXus performs better on non-mud than it does in its native environment. They have such a soft compound and can grab the terrain so well they would be my go to even if I never drove in mud.
Is there anything we don’t like? Yes – there are a couple things that aren’t perfect. The soft compound does move around at low speeds and gives a squishy feel on pavement. It is not a bad or unmanageable situation but you notice it. I would take that softer compound – over worrying about the bit of lug movement – for the better traction you get.
Every once in a while – after the Jeep sits for several days – the tires have a flat spot. Once they heat up it goes away but it can initially feel like they are out of balance.
The final verdict however is all positive. We would buy these tires again, recommend them to any driver who does serious off road time. Like many MT tires they are on the aggressive side but we would venture that even someone who is just into styling and having a good looking Jeep could appreciate using them every day. Most of our 12,000 miles is road trips and daily commuting.
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