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How square is "too square" beforeJL
Aug 6, 2002 4:47 AM
you change a tire. I have Axial Carbons and I was checking the rear tire. They've gone over 1500 miles on varied Pennsylvania roads (chip seal, etc.) and the rear just has a few small nicks. This is much better than the 1000 miles per tire I was getting with the Axial Pros. My question is about the "squaring off" factor. Do I just go until I see threads and start puncturing, or is this more of a personal preference? Just wondering how much is "too much".

Thanks and happy riding.

You'll probably be flatting before you see cords.Quack
Aug 6, 2002 5:52 AM
I too train on Axial Carbons and have a little over 2200 on this set. In the two rears that I have gone through over the past year, I began flatting constantly shortly after the rear tire started squaring off. I would run it until you get sick of digging microscopic pieces of glass out of your tread to avoid flatting again. Still the most comfortable high mileage tire I have tried.

Personal preferenceKerry
Aug 6, 2002 5:26 PM
I always consider a tire worn out when casing threads just start to show. I've gotten 1500 miles on tires that others considered worn out because they had squared off. How many miles you get from a tire depends mostly on your weight - rear tires wear (lose rubber) due to power transmission. Front tires age, but they lose very little weight with time.
Thanks. I decided to change theJL
Aug 6, 2002 6:22 PM
rear tire since I had to take it off to have the rear wheel trued. I have my first organized century of the year this weekend and decided not to chance it. I'll save it for the winter trainer. Also, there have been a few turns where I felt the tire wasn't holding too well and I swung wider than I wanted too.

Thanks for the answers.


P.S. Don't worry the new one is on the front.