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How many miles are you getting on your road tires and...(16 posts)

How many miles are you getting on your road tires and...LaVieClaire
May 16, 2002 5:10 AM
what type of tires are they?
re: How many miles are you getting on your road tires and...bike_guy
May 16, 2002 5:30 AM
I'm running Continental Ultra 3000 right now with about 2100 miles on them. It looks like they should get another 4 - 5 hundred. One of the guys I ride with uses Ultra 2000 and gets about 3500 miles out of a set. He also rotates them every 500 miles. I was always told not to do this, but he has not had any problems.
rotating tireswonderdog
May 16, 2002 6:49 AM

you should rotate your tires. even with proper bike fit, your rear will wear out faster than your front tire.

to answer the original question, i got about 3500 miles on my Michelin Axial Pros. maybe more? very durable tires, but they have a very hard bead. I just threw them away though because they were falling apart.

rotating tiresbike_guy
May 16, 2002 7:01 AM
'even with proper bike fit, your rear will wear out faster than your front tire'

That is the exact reason I was always told not to rotate. Everyone always said to leave the better tire on the front, but it does not seem to hurt him.
I wouldnt rotate but if you doColnagoFE
May 16, 2002 7:31 AM
You always want the best rubber on front so if you are gonna rotate then throw away the rear when it gets too worn--rotate the front to rear and get a new front.
I'm with FEJekyll
May 16, 2002 8:13 AM
Put the best rubber up front. You will not get any more mileage out of a set of tires by rotating front to back. Just wear the rear out and if your front is still good (as it should be) stick in on the back and put a new tire up front.
re: Same Tires......jrm
May 16, 2002 3:08 PM
I statred with the original grand prixs, then when they where discontinued i went with the 2000's.

The only way i can get mileage out of them is by rotating. The key is to rotate the tires before the crown of either (usually the rear)flatten out.
re: How many miles are you getting on your road tires and...HAL9010
May 17, 2002 12:13 PM
So where do you get your Conti U3Ks from? They seem to be hard to find in San Diego. Aand are they wire or Kevlar?
All of our miles are on road tires. nmMB1
May 16, 2002 5:33 AM
Rotating tires can be a risky proposition.mixinbeatz
May 16, 2002 7:22 AM
Ever had your front tire slide out on a hilly decent? I have, and it was partially because I negligently rotated my rear worn tire to the front. I sometimes will rotate the front tire to the back and replace the front tire, but no more will I rotate on a regular basis.
what happend to mnt bikes? nmcyclopathic
May 16, 2002 10:01 AM
Rotating tiresMrCrud
May 16, 2002 8:31 AM
You guys have to keep in mind the front and rear tires wear DIFFERENTLY. The rear will mostly wear in the middle, where it contacts the road when riding in a straight line. The sides of the tire pretty much stay intact.

I dont believe in keeping the 'best' tire up front. I'm as afraid of loosing the rear of the bike in a skid as i am about the front. Both have nasty consequences, so why not just try to balance the risk?

Do you guys think the same way about car tires? Hope not!!

Just my 2 cents' worth!

Mr.Crud
I like more tread up front.mixinbeatz
May 16, 2002 8:59 AM
IME, It is much, much, riskier to get your front wheel in a slide than your back. I loose traction in my rear wheel quite often and rarely have gone down because of it. Everytime except once(a miracle where I ended up sliding on my cleats to a stop) that I can remember, a front wheel slide has led to a crash.
Rotating tiresJekyll
May 16, 2002 9:36 AM
If its true that the rear wears in the middle and not on the sides then there should not be an increase in the chance of a slide since the sides of the tread don't really wear.
Even on a car (I can't rotate my tires as my front and rear wheels are a different size) which end would you rather lose: Front (especially on the silly front wheel drive contraptions most people drive) or back? Since car tires don't use their side walls for cornering traction (at least not directly) the comparison is moot anyway. I'm not arguing for using worn tires on either end of a bike or a car but I would rather keep my front wheels or wheel under some semblance of control in the case of a failure. Put the best up front but always make sure BOTH tires are in good condition - asphalt hurts, badly.
wearing like ironzooog
May 16, 2002 8:38 AM
Have about 1700 on set of Michelin Axial pros and they are still going strong. Never though about rotating. But it does make sense to have the best rubber up front. I have another set to go when these wear out. Past experiece with specialized tires is that they wear like iron although they are a bit heavier and don't roll as well.Just my 2 cents.
depends:Alexx
May 16, 2002 12:24 PM
On one set, I have Tufo S33 specials. The last rear tire wore out at about 3500 miles. The front is still going.
On another set, I use Conti Sprinters on the rear, and a Tufo S22 on the front. The Conti's wear out at about 1200 miles, but the tufo is still ok with maybe 2000 miles. I only use the conti for the rear, because it's tread is better for that position (this set see's a lot of wet conditions, the S33 set doesn't).