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Author:  naffa [ Thu Nov 17, 2011 3:33 pm ]
Post subject:  Quick question, tyre width related.

Hope I'm in the right section.

I've just bought a pair of tyres off this forum they're 2" and 2.5" widths.

I use the bike for canal towpaths (getting muddier and wetter by the day), riding 1.3 miles to work and a few tarmac miles when I feel like it, but wanted some grippy tyres as the winter draws in.

Would I be best to put the wider tyre on the front or rear is my question?
Or wont it make a blind bit of difference?

Thanks Nathan

Author:  dbmtb [ Thu Nov 17, 2011 3:42 pm ]
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I'd put the wider one on the front for shock absorption and better steering control.

Depends what tyres they are though.....

Author:  orange71 [ Thu Nov 17, 2011 3:44 pm ]
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as above, but if the tread pattern isn't suited for front use then I probably wouldn't.

Author:  cyfa2809 [ Thu Nov 17, 2011 6:23 pm ]
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I remember a couple years ago stock bikes came with bigger fron tyre. Think theyre pretty much all the same size now.

Author:  naffa [ Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:10 pm ]
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Well I tried the widest tyre on the front but it was rubbing on the arch on the top of the forks so its ended up on the back, no rubbing.
The tyres are these here http://www.tartybikes.co.uk/26_inch_tyres/tryall_26_inch_tyres_and_tubes_deal/c33p10994.html

Author:  FluffyChicken [ Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:15 pm ]
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I always used to ride widest back, shortest front. On a front sus bike (call them retrobikes now as it as BiTD) as the shocks can then do some work while keeping my bottom comfy and extra rear grip.

To be honest for what you do, it's not going to be matter and I'd go for comfy bottom or as you've found out, what fits :)


Just looked at your link.

they are fornt and rear specific and easy to identify.
- Try-All Stiky 26" tyres, black, 2.0" Front and 2.5" Rear.

Author:  naffa [ Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:12 pm ]
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Thanks I hadn't looked to see if they were specific front and rear, jhust that they're directional.

Author:  MikeD [ Fri Nov 18, 2011 11:05 am ]
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Those are observed-trials-specific tyres, hence the enormous rear and tidgy front -- trials bikes spend most of their time on the back wheel, including having said back wheel lamped into edges and corners and rocks.

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