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ritchey trail mix revisited(7 posts)

ritchey trail mix revisitedsilverado
Nov 16, 2001 11:44 AM
A while back people were wondering which way the "Vector Analysis Tread Design" Ritchey Alfa-Bite Trail Mix 700x40 tires were supposed to go. I was wondering myself. A week ago I was at K-Mart looking in the bike section (I can't explain why) and I saw inexpensive tires with a Chinese name with the same tread pattern. They conveniently came with an arrow to indicate direction.

So I found I had my tires on backwards, and I turned them around, and went for a ride. It may be the placebo effect, or the fact that it rained and now the dirt is more compacted, or the fact that the last time I rode offroad it was with 700x23 slicks, but it seemed to me that the tires got better traction this way. I will attach a picture showing which way they are supposed to go on.
label on drive sideduh!
Nov 16, 2001 12:10 PM
A "mountain bike review" visitor, nice of u to visit us. (nm)Keri
Nov 18, 2001 2:06 PM
label on drive sidesilverado
Nov 18, 2001 11:04 PM
spare me your implied profanity, you ponce. why do my (2) michelin hi-lite cross tires have the labels on opposite sides if this is such an obvious rule?

etc. etc.
label on drive sidePonce
Nov 19, 2001 8:37 AM
because they are obsolete non-directional tires, dupe.
label on drive sidefuzzybunnies
Nov 19, 2001 9:15 AM
A good number of cyclocross tires are meant to be used both ways depending on conditions and still have only one side stickered. Including michelin, giax, and hutchinson. Russ
label on drive sidesilverado
Nov 19, 2001 12:58 PM

you're probably right. the tread only appears directional, and i think they became obsolete because the labels were put on the wrong side of some of the tires.