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Is it bad to use different tires on front and back?(6 posts)

Is it bad to use different tires on front and back?UncleMoe
Sep 3, 2002 8:50 AM
My Specialized Armidillos are wearing out. I have a spare Armidillo and a spare Continental Gator Skin that are both new. I'm thinking about using them as a pair.

The Armidillo is a bit heavier than the Gator Skin. What is the verdict on using different weight tires on the front and back? And if I do it, which should be where? The heavier on front or back?
re: Is it bad to use different tires on front and back?GMS
Sep 3, 2002 8:55 AM
Using different tires for front and back is fine. I'd use the tire with the most grip on the front. If you lose the back end, you are probably fine. If you lose the front end, you are down before you know what happened.
You have to unless you ride a unicycle.MB1
Sep 3, 2002 9:01 AM
After just a few miles of use your front and rear tires have different wear patterns anyway. I like to run a wider lighter tire on the front and a heavier tire on the rear.

But I don't really worry about it all that much. You shouldn't either.
re: Is it bad to use different tires on front and back?Fredrico
Sep 3, 2002 9:18 AM
Long distance racers have used big tires in the front for good shock absorbtion and comfort on rough roads, while running a lighter tire in the back for more response in accelerations and climbing.

Tourists have done just the opposite: the large tire in the rear is a better cushion for long hours in the saddle, and less prone to pinch flats, while a smaller tire in front responds easier to steering input.

So you can go either way.
Both wore out at the same time?Spoke Wrench
Sep 3, 2002 9:22 AM
I think that generally the back wears out about three times as fast as the front. My general practice is to put the worn front tire on the back and use the new one on the front. If I change tire models, I generally change both at once, but that has to do with esthetics rather than performance.

I suppose that it might be possible to find a pair of tires that were so mismatched that they wouldn't ride well together, but I wouldn't worry about it. If such a pair exists, however, I wouldn't be surprised if that stiff sidewall Armadillo was part of it.
No. Put hard wearing tires on back, softer ones up front. nmSintesi
Sep 3, 2002 12:28 PM