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Rotating Cross Tires...& Tire Recommendations(6 posts)

Rotating Cross Tires...& Tire Recommendationsjrm
May 7, 2002 12:20 PM
I've found that my rear venstellen (sp?)32cc tire is almost bald, whereas the fron tire has almost a full thread. Also the rear sems more prone to flats in its condition. Can i rotate them or would the rear tire on the front compremize control?

Also, need some tire recommendations. Is there such a thing as a black wall 25 to 27cc semi slick with a tough casing that i can use on the road and in the dirt?
re: Rotating Cross Tires...& Tire Recommendationsatpjunkie
May 7, 2002 7:32 PM
I think both avocet and ritchey make a 28 semi slick, I've rode the Specialized semi's (32) and they work well on the road. Don't rotate, the rears just wear out faster on both road and cross bikes. It's just the way it goes, buy 3 tires at a time.
re: What about Bonty AC CX'sjrm
May 8, 2002 7:13 AM
i ordered some based on their description. Sound good..
re: What about Bonty AC CX'satpjunkie
May 8, 2002 12:12 PM
should be good. also check ebay, can find good tire deals there as well. do a parts search under cyclocross
Standard advice on rotating tires is...timfire
May 9, 2002 6:40 AM
...when the rear tire starts to wear, rotate the front tire to the rear and get a NEW tire for the front.

The front tire will always outlast the rear by 2x or even 3x. This is because the rear wheel is more weighted and because it accelerates/ propels the bike.

Most people advise that you do not rotate the back tire to the front because if the rear tire blows, it's possible to still control the bike. However if the front blows, there's goes your steering and you're almost guaranteed a crash. Thus, it's preferable to have a fresh(er) tire upfront, or at least not to have a worn tire upfront.

That being said, the issue is one of safety and what you're comfortable with. Some people do rotate their tires and are fine with it.

***HOWEVER, while rotating your tires may be theorectically OK, what you NEVER want to do is try to extend the life of a worn tire. If your rear tire is worn, it would be better just to replace it. If your going to rotate your tires just make sure you do it BEFORE the rear tire begins to wear.***

--Timothy Kleinert
I don't know how well the conventional wisdom applies to crossRay Sachs
May 10, 2002 6:11 AM
I have Bonty Jones tires on my cross bike. These have pretty small, but even knobs over the whole surface of the tire. When the knobs in the center of my rear tire wore most of the way down, I started having trouble getting traction on steeper dirt climbs. There was still plenty of rubber there and I wasn't concerned about it flatting due to wear, the knobs in the center just lost whatever bite they had when new. I stuck that one on the front and moved the front (still with good center knobs) on the back. It's actually a better setup because the front still has good knobs on the edges, where I need them for grabbing in turns, but is like a semi slick in the middle and probably has slightly lower rolling resistance. The back tire now has good knobs in the center for traction when climbing and good knobs on the edges for cornering. I suspect when the knobs on the back start to go, I'll get another new one for the back and move the rear tire to the front. I don't see a problem with this approach with knobbies.