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How many miles do you get out of a rear tire?(13 posts)

How many miles do you get out of a rear tire?yzfrr11
Mar 24, 2002 1:57 PM
My front looks good. But my rear has a bit of wear already. I have about 1000 miles on them so far this season. Hear is my question: Axial pro's do not have any tread, so how do you know when the tire is about to wear through? Or do you simply wait for it to wear through until you can see the casing threads and replace the tire at that point?
re: How many miles do you get out of a rear tire?zooog
Mar 24, 2002 2:04 PM
I usually get about 1000 miles back, 1500 front with the axial pros. Once went a whole season (4000 miles) with one pair of specialized.... tough tire but not the fastest. Wear...its all in the eyes of the rider( and your wallet)
re: How many miles do you get out of a rear tire?JimP
Mar 24, 2002 2:30 PM
Yes, when you start to see the casing show through the tire needs replacing. Rear tire life is very dependent on the thickness of the rubber and the compound. However, I usually get a cut in the tire before it really wears out so I don't know how much over 1500 miles I could get.
1500-1800 milesC-40
Mar 24, 2002 2:31 PM
That's what I get from a Continental GP3000 (my favorite) used only on the rear. The front, lasts at least twice as long. I buy tires in threes. Two for the rear, one for the front.
I'm pushing 4000 now, but ...Humma Hah
Mar 24, 2002 2:43 PM
... been thinking I ought to replace the rear since about 2500 miles. At present, its squared-off like a car tire, no tread left in the middle, swiss-cheesed with dings from glass, and generally looking pretty badly abused.

I'd have replaced it by now, but Schwinn's website has been useless ever since Huffy took them over, and I'm having a devil of a time getting proper Westwinds for it.
1500 from 175gm Veloflex Paves. ...........CT1
Mar 24, 2002 3:23 PM
Rotate front to rear so the total mileage per tire is 3K.

I change the rear when it's obviously flat spotted and I start to get flats.

interesting......are of average weight? nmSpirito di Finocchio
Mar 24, 2002 5:03 PM
interesting......are of average weight? nmCT1
Mar 24, 2002 7:29 PM
150# with lots of aggressive hill work .... some are max sprints where I'm sure the tires are getting used up real fast. The kind of sprints where the rear of the bike is almost skittering off the pavement.

Interesting to note that the Pave tread is exactly 2mm when new and 1.7mm at around 1500 miles. I was surprised at how small a difference in thickness it takes to make these tires look and feel shot. Although there is actually a fair amount of tread left at this point, the cuts and general wear make the tires a little sketchy.

The fronts show almost no wear in the same period of time..... about 6 weeks.

re: Just changed one yesterday...Mike Prince
Mar 24, 2002 6:54 PM
After 2600 miles. Probably could have ridden on it for another 500 miles at least, but decided to put a new one on anyway. For the record, the tire is Michelin Axial Carbon and I weigh 200-205 lbs. The tire was pretty squared off but definitely had some life yet. Maybe the new one will last 3000.

Depends on rubber thickness and rider weightKerry Irons
Mar 24, 2002 7:43 PM
And also a bit on riding style. On a Conti GP, I have gotten 5-6K miles at my 180 lb. weight. My wife gets 2X that mileage at her 125 lb. weight. On a GP-3000, which has thinner tread, I get 2-2.5K. Everyone has their own gauge of when a tire is worn out. I wait for casing thread to just start showing, though you can see it as a sort of rippling of the tread before it actually comes through. I've not seen an increase in flat freqency as tires wear down. Others seem to pitch a tire as soon as the tread squares off, which seems wasteful to me. If you spend a lot of time standing up and don't have a smooth style, you'll see some drop in mileage.
re: How many miles do you get out of a rear tire?Mike P
Mar 25, 2002 4:23 AM
I was getting 2500 to 3000 on Axial Pros. I have switched to Corsa CXs on the rear and get 2000 or so. Still running the Axial Pros on the front and get around 4000 on them.

As far as when to change the tires. I do the visual inspection before each ride looking for cuts and such. When the tire gets a squared off look, I change it.

Heavier Loads Get Taxed MoreSingleThreaded
Mar 25, 2002 7:30 AM
My rear Continental GP-3000 was squaring off at 500 miles, side cuts with protruding tube at 800. I tried milking it to 1K, but thought better of it and retired it at 950 miles. I actually took the tire inside Saturday night to make the change and was going to take a digital photo to show the wear. Apparently the drastic temp change 30 -> 70 was not good for the protruding tube, 3 minutes later. POP! Never flatted on the road though. Had some pretty nice foreign objects in the tire that never made it though the inner wall. I was lucky.

FWIW, my weight varies from 235-245 lbs daily and I ride fairly aggressively. The front wheel now at 1K looks like it should last to 3K -- looks pretty new. I replace the Continental GP3000 rear with an Armadillo Lite to try to get some mileage out of it.
re: How many miles do you get out of a rear tire?brutus
Mar 25, 2002 4:46 PM
Used my Axial Pros all last season and still using them without any casing visible through the tire. Have about 7000 to 8000 km thus far. One thing I do religiously is take some air out of the tires after each ride. Then pump them up to the proper pressure each ride (ie 100 psi). Seems to work for me.