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What Is Considered Normal Tire Wear(7 posts)

What Is Considered Normal Tire WearStuartHB
Oct 7, 2002 6:25 PM
Just curious as to how long road tires should last ?
I know tire pressure plays a role and road surface is
a factor also.

My tires in question are Continental 3000 70x23c tires. I usually ride between 30 and 50 miles every Sunday morning.
I keep both tires inflated to the maximum PSI which is 120.

Do different tire brands have better longevity records. Example of this would be Continental 3000 vs Michelin Pro Axial.
Oct 7, 2002 7:00 PM
This is probably as close as you'll find for serious info, but it's still a collection of anecdotes, not a controlled study:

In about 40,000 miles of riding, I've worn out exactly one tire. All others have been cut up well before wearing out. Based upon my observations of medium to high priced tires, I'd expect a rear to last at least 1500-2000 miles and a front twice that, barring cuts. YMMV

Cuts and punctures usually determining factors...Breakfast
Oct 7, 2002 8:40 PM
...more than wear of tread. I've had tires that will show the carcass under the tread in a spot caused by a skid when the tire is near the end of it's service life. However, I chuck the tire usually because I've gotten a puncture where sharp debris has entered the casing through a cut ending my confidence in it's integrity.

Best mileage for me and a rear tire was 3000 miles on Michelin Axial Pro clinchers.
re: What Is Considered Normal Tire Wearbigrider
Oct 8, 2002 3:36 AM
I get around 1000 to 1100 miles on a rear tire and 3000 on a front tire.I used to throw tires away from cuts when I ran michelins. They rode so sweet but would get cut to pieces. Now I ride performance kevlar belted tires and have ridden a total of 5 tires to the threads with only one cut which was in the sidewall( I patched and kept riding).
re: What Is Considered Normal Tire WearPEDDLEFOOT
Oct 8, 2002 4:39 AM
I purchased a pair of Conti Grand Prix at the beginning of the year.I haven't rotated them so far but I've ridden close to 4500 miles on this pair with only one flat.The rear is starting to wear a flat spot but the front is showing no wear.The only problem on the rear tire is the sidewall casing is starting to show.I'm planning on replacing and rotating the front tire to the rear.

I've heard that the GP 3000 wear a little faster than the GP.You may want to switch to the GP.The ride is very smooth and they have great traction in both dry and wet conditions.I reccomend them to all my friends.

i also started inflating to 110-115 rather than 120 .I feel the ride is even better and haven't noticed any loss of speed.
reply with a questioncommuterguy
Oct 8, 2002 8:12 AM
I am lucky to get 1200 miles from a rear tire; front tires last 3x longer (at least).

Question: does anyone else find rear tire handling increasingly squirrly as the tread wears down? That is what usually does it for me--even routine, lowkey turns become hair raising as the tire tries out a variety of lines, especially if there are bumps or gravel involved. Replacing the rear tire returns me to my normal cornering-on-rails.
reply with a questionUncleMoe
Oct 8, 2002 1:41 PM
A few months back I posted a question about why my rear rim was feeling squishy. I suspected maybe the tire was out of true (not of the crooked variety, but being out of round - not sure of the technical term), or something else perhaps. I had a variety of answers, one of which was lose headset, but none of the responses fit exactly.

The rear tire had been worn down a little, but I didn't think much of it. I ride Specialized Armidillos and they are damn thick. I did notice the read tire had "squared off" a little, but I figured it still had lots of miles to it.

I finally replaced it last week and what do you know, the squirmy feeling from the rear whell is GONE! I still suspect I could have ridden more miles on it due to its thickness, but after a year and maybe 2500 miles on it, I got a decent payoff in mileage for the $30 I paid for it.

And to answer the original question, I to usually trash a tire from a gash or sidewall rip before the tread is worn out. Thats why I switched to the Armidillos. I also read good reviews on the Conti Gatorskins. I went with the Armidillo because I commute in the dark quit often and the less chance of a flat I have, the safer I feel, but I do give up some in the smooth ride department. Next Spring I might try the Gatorskins to test the durability during the times I don't ride in the dark.