General Grabber ATX Review
An impressively capable off-road tire, the Grabber ATX uses an extreme tread pattern to provide grip on rocks and in mud. While the tire’s design means there’s some drawbacks in terms of on-road grip and higher noise levels, tread life is reasonably long and the price is attractive.
General Grabber ATX Review
A next-generation all-terrain tire from General Tire, the Grabber ATX delivers go-anywhere grip in any climate.
- Affordably priced
- Excellent off road (particularly sand and mud)
- True winter performance
- Some road noise
This all-terrain tire features a conventional five-row tread pattern, but it certainly doesn’t look like it. Instead of obvious rows running around the tire, the center three tread block strips are woven together to deliver exceptional off-road grip.
The unique tread layout gives plenty of grip in every direction, while also offering a more stable footprint for on-road grip and stability on the freeway.
With deep tread blocks and plenty of void space for off-road performance, these all-terrain tires are particularly well-suited for sand and mud. The even feature an alternating tread bock design on the tire’s shoulders to help dig in and toss away loose earth.
As mentioned, they’re well-suited to highway driving, despite their impressive off-road capability. They’re also well-backed for long use with up to a 60,000 mile tread life warranty. Part of this is due to General Tire’s DuraGen tread compound that helps the tire wear slowly and evenly over time.
True all-season performance is becoming increasingly common for all-terrain tires and the Grabber ATX is no exception. It comes certified by the Rubber Manufacturer Association for extreme winter driving and proudly displays the three peak mountain snowflake logo on the sidewall. And in case that’s not enough for you, they’re studdable too.
Are General Grabber ATX Tires Any Good?
Replacing the Grabber AT2, the ATX makes significant strides in off-road grip and on-road refinement, despite looking almost too-extreme for the street. The tread design is an obvious homage to the BFGoodrich All Terrain TA KO2, which is certainly a great benchmark to target. And while these tires aren’t quite that capable, they’re not just impressive for the price; they’re impressive. Period.
On-road ride quality is surprisingly good, although the extreme nature of the tire means it is compromised for on-road performance in some respects. It’s a louder option than many in the segment, plus on-road grip in the wet suffers somewhat compared to most rivals. A relative newcomer to the all-terrain segment, user reviews have been overwhelmingly positive.
General Grabber ATX Price
Pricing for the General Grabber ATX starts at around $120 per tire for a 14-inch size and goes up to just over $350 per tire for a 20-inch size.
General Grabber ATX Waranty
General Tire backs the Grabber ATX with a 60,000 mile tread life warranty for p-metric sizes and a 50,000 mile tread life warranty for LT sizes.
General Grabber ATX Sizes
How long do General Grabber ATX tires last?
The Grabber ATX is designed to last approximately 50,000 to 60,000 miles. Standard sizes will last longer, while the LT versions come with the reduced 50,000 mile tread life warranty.
Achieving these numbers is possible so long as you follow proper tire rotation procedures over the life of the tire, always keep them properly inflated and don’t abuse them (obviously regular off-road use is acceptable).
Is the General Grabber ATX any good in snow?
You can absolutely run the Grabber ATX all year round, even in colder climates. Thanks to plentiful siping and a tread compound that doesn’t freeze up, these tires offer capable grip in the snow and on cold, icy (or clear) roads. For maximum winter performance they can also be studded.
What ply is the General Grabber ATX?
In terms of sidewall plys, the Grabber ATX features a 2-ply sidewall which is typical of all-terrain tires. If you’re looking for if it’s available as a 10-ply (Load Range E) tire for large trucks, yes, this tire comes in numerous 10-ply sizes.
General Grabber ATX vs BFGoodrich All Terrain TA KO2
It’s hard not to compare the Grabber ATX to the KO2. In fact, it’s obvious that General Tire heavily relied on the KO2 when designing it.
If we can really simplify this comparison down, the KO2 still has a slight edge in off-road traction and leads the way in durability, while the Grabber ATX offers very close off-road performance with better on-road manners and tread life. Generally speaking, the Grabber ATX is more affordable too – though there are exceptions based on sizing.
Off-road the KO2 features slightly deeper treads and offers a bit more grip either on rocks or in loose earth, mud etc. Where it really stands out, however, is in durability. The Grabber ATX might have an edge in tread life warranty (60,000 miles vs 50,000 for p-metric sizes) but if you use them hard off-road they’ll both be around the same. Plus, the KO2 comes with its ultra durable 3-ply sidewall.
That extra layer of sidewall protection does, however, make the KO2 a little heavier, ride a bit stiffer and reduce fuel economy slightly compared to the Grabber ATX.
The ATX also offers a slight edge in on-road grip in the wet.
Noise levels between the two tires are similar and both are certified for true winter use and receive the three peak mountain snowflake logo on their sidewall as a stamp of approval.