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Tire life expectancy?(3 posts)

Tire life expectancy?kushogun
Mar 4, 2003 10:46 AM
Hello everyone, hope everyone's crit and RR season is starting off well. My question for the crew today is what the expected tire life should be for 700 x 23 set of Michelin Axial Pro? I've got about 3000 Kilos on the set right now. Unfortunately there's no wear indicators on the tire so how do you know when the tire needs replacing. I don't want to wait until the threads go on a 50 mph decent. Just some background information. I'm a lightweight 143 lbs during the season. Ride on fairly good road surfaces. Sensible riding habits (avoid doing maneuvers that may quickly ruin tires). Anyways, just wanted to get your thoughts. If these are toast, any suggestings on what to replace them with. I'm thinking either Michelin Pro Race or Vredestein Fortezza TriComp.
re: Tire life expectancy?spc15
Mar 4, 2003 11:42 AM
I have gotten approx 2000-2500 miles on the rear for a pair of Axial Pros. In most cases I have had to ditch the tire due to cuts rather than the casing wearing through. I weigh approx 180-185.

Have now begun to use Pro Race tires and I have heard they have a similiar lifespan.
Depends mostly on rider weight and tread thicknessKerry
Mar 4, 2003 5:21 PM
When a tire is worn out is largely personal choice. I ride them until the casing threads just start to show through the tread, while others replace them when the tires get "square." I've gotten 1500 miles on a tire after someone else decided it was worn out. I have not experienced increases in flat frequency as tires wear, though others claim they do. My 125 lb wife gets 2X the mileage that I do at 180 lb. Only the rear tire actually wears out (loses rubber) while the front tire ages. Given all this, tread thickness is a key factor - I get 2X the mileage on a Conti GP compared to a Conti GP 3000. At your weight, I would guess around 4500-5000 km on a rear Michelin.