Andy B wrote:
Ideally you should run the front softer, a softer tyre will have a greater contact area, giving more grip.
I'd rather have a slide at the rear than the front, as a rear tyre slide is much more controllable than having the front end wash out on you.
Not ideally for me, maybe ideally for you
BITD I would run the front specific tires so had a continuous edge style thingy (Dart and the like). Tended to work better at higher pressures than the equivalent rear for me, as it stopped them squirming around and the front sus would take the slight discomfort.
Though, if it started to get wet and rooty and traversing was going to happen then pressure would drop, but so the tyre would change to something more suitable.
Modern stuff I have no idea about and would need to play around. Tyres and compounds have changed I assume.
the jist of it, as always, is have a play and find out what suites you, your bike and your riding style and ground