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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 3:11 am 
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Thanks for all the replies!!!

I think in just going to go with two dart tires... Still debating =)


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 3:26 am 
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er...really really don't do that. They are bad as a front trye, as a rear they would be super crap. Where as the smoke works very well at either end.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 6:18 am 
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shutter wrote:
I think in just going to go with two dart tires...


Good luck cornering :facepalm:


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 7:29 am 
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I always found the dart very grippy up front especially cornering. I remember a downhiller using one on the rear "cos it doesn't slow me down as much when i brake" (i probably have that MBUK to quote somewhere)


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:27 am 
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captaincosmic wrote:
The Dart is great in the muck and slop of an English winter but in Summer The Dart is great in the muck and slop ahhhh just point it and close your eyes :D
Smoke front or rear just like the Ritchey Zmax a great tyre.

fixed that for you


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 12:43 pm 
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shutter wrote:
I think in just going to go with two dart tires... Still debating =)


That is a T E R R I B L E idea!

It's worth spending some time, re-reading what everyone else has posted here. Just to clarify; the DART is intended (and stamped as being) a DIRECTIONAL FRONT WHEEL TYRE - this means that it should only be put on your wheel one way round AND only on the front wheel. It is not intended or designed to be a rear wheel tyre at all.

The SMOKE is a tyre that can used on either front or rear wheel. Most people used them on the rear primarily as it had a particularly gnarly and grippy climbing profile that dug in brilliantly and much more so than most of tyres of the day for superb climbing properties, but it also cornered very well too, as well as shedding muddy crap very well.

If you want to put the same tyre on both wheels - it should be the SMOKE. If you want to put a specific directional tyre on the front, then have a go with the DART (but only on the front wheel) - you can see here that some people really like it (the DART), and others don't. However, what isn't in much doubt is that the SMOKE is a brilliant tyre that is almost universally loved, that we all wish was still in production today (especially in an amberwall finish)!

IMHO putting two DART's on both wheels would be a terrible mistake, that would be expensive to do and give you terrible handling characteristics....

There's a guy on another thread on this forum who has a bundle of brand new Smoke's that he's imported in bulk - they're about £33 each if I recall. Why not buy two of them to start off with and if you really want to, buy a DART afterwards after you've ridden them a bit from your online source in your OP and try it on the front - if it turns you don't like it, you can always re-sell the used DART on here someone will defo buy it from you.

EDIT: Reviews (Don't just take our word for it):

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/ ... yres-31780

http://www.mtbr.com/cat/tires-and-wheel ... 51crx.aspx


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:00 pm 
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Two Darts is a rubbish setup, corners ok, doesn't climb or brake worth a dam.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:34 pm 
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Hahaha oops!!! I meant to say SMOKE front and rear!

My bad!! Sorry for the confusion =)


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:44 pm 
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Suuure you did... We know your secret now, closet dart lover eh?


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:20 am 
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Can you run two smokes okay f&r?

I only ask because I broke my wrist 7 years ago riding a friends bike fitted with a rear tyre up-front. I saw this old thread re. two dart fronts and I'm wondering if the same applies to using the smokes on the front.


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