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6 Best 18 Inch BMX Tires (In 2023)

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Are you searching for the best 18 inch BMX tires that work on streets, at skateparks and trails?

Note: Because I cannot test an 18″ tire properly, I reached out to a bunch of my young dudes on IG to share their experiences with me.

Here we are now with the best 18″ tires after months of testing and reviewing.

Everyone said that the Cult X Vans tire is the absolute best they ever rode, but all the other five are many’s favorites.

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Note: I also have a collection of the best BMX tires if you need more (20″) options. And don’t forget about picking the best BMX inner tubes!

Best 18 Inch BMX Tires

1. Cult X Vans Juvenile 18″ Tire

cult vans 18 bmx tire
The Cult X Vans tire for 18″ BMX bikes is one of the most popular out there.

It works well for streets and skateparks, and even trails, with its grippy, waffle pattern that’s signature to Vans.

The tire is available in 2.3″, which gives it enough “fatness” but not too much.

If you need a reliable 18″ tire that also looks good, then the Cult X Vans is the one I highly recommend.

And what’s really cool is that you can get it in multiple colors!

Max. pressure: 65PSI
Recommended for: All-terrain (including trail)
Price: $24.99 (may vary)


2. Sunday Current 18″ Tire

sunday current 18 tire
Sunday Current tire is a sturdy option for all the kids out there who are rocking an 18″ BMX bike.

It has a nice and grippy pattern that will keep you shredding on various terrain comfortably.

The Current tire is available in 2.2″ width and also supports up to 65PSI (which is actually more than some pros pump their tires – hey, Nathan Williams!).

Max. pressure: 65PSI
Recommended for: Street, park & trail
Price: $22.99 (may vary)


3. Fly Fuego 18″ Tire

fly bikes fuego 18 tire
If it works for the one and only, Devon Smillie, you know it’ll work for you.

The wide-spread Fly Fuego tire also comes in an 18″ version, and I’ve seen many dudes ride it, having only good things to say about it.

The Fly Fuego youth version comes in four color choices and is 2.2″ thick.

If you don’t need a too thick tire and you mainly ride on smooth terrain, then this is the tire you should go with. (Not trails-friendly.)

Max. pressure: 65PSI
Recommended for: Street & park
Price: $29.95 (may vary)


4. Salt Tracer 18″ Tire

salt tracer 18 bmx tire
The Salt Tracer 18″ BMX tire is a flexible solution for the younger dudes with an option to go up to 65PSI.

The 18″ version is available in multiple color options and 2.2″ thickness.

The walls were also greatly improved over the years, giving the tire extra strength to ensure it lasts you long.

Max. pressure: 65PSI
Recommended for: Street & park
Price: $23.99 (may vary)


5. Rant Squad 18″ Tire

rant squad 18 tire
The Rant Squad 18″ tire is one of the most affordable on the market.

But after talking to 10+ youngsters, they all agreed that it’s an excellent beginner BMX tire. Someone even said that he uses it for trails, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it.

It’s a slightly thicker tire at 2.3″ with an awesome thread design that’s grippy but, at the same time, fast.

I highly recommend Rant’s Squad tire if you’re on a budget.

Max. pressure: 60PSI
Recommended for: Street & park
Price: $19.99 (may vary)


6. Salt Contour 18″ Tire

salt contour 18 tire
Salt Contour 18″ BMX tire is the thickest amongst the top options, coming at 2.35″. (Hey, that’s the width I was rocking for the past two years, but finally moved to 2.4″.)

Contour has a fantastic thread design that’s smooth but not too smooth.

This gives it enough grip for rail and wall rides (even on more slippery skateparks), but it’s still fast enough for riding transitions. But if you want to go fast, I recommend pumping it to at least 60PSI, if not 65.

Max. pressure: 65PSI
Recommended for: Street & park
Price: $20.99 (may vary)


How to pick the best 18 inch BMX tires?

While I only recommend these six tires for your 18 inch BMX bikes, you don’t really have too much work to do.

You also don’t really have much thinking to do because I only included strong and reliable tires.

But it’s important that you think about what you’ll be riding the most: street, park or dirt?

However, because you’re probably just starting out, you’ll want to touch all terrains, right? I know I did!

For this reason, I recommend going with Cult X Vans tire.

It is a tough tire, with the right amount of thickness, excellent thread pattern (waffles FTW!), and comes in multiple color choices.

FAQ About BMX Tires

What size tires does a BMX bike have?

In the case of 18″ BMX bikes, you can only put an 18″ wheel and tire on it. It’s not compatible with any other size.

Why do BMX bikes have fat tires?

A fat BMX tire is great because it absorbs impact easier, gives it more contact with the surface and simply looks better.

What BMX tires should I get?

It all depends on the riding styling you’re into. But I recommend going with an all-terrain tire if you choosing a new 18″ BMX tire, like Cult X Vans tire.

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