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Front and rear tyres choice, mix or match?

pothole seekerpothole seeker Posts: 87
edited June 2008 in MTB general

I was looking into some new tyres and it got me thinking about what factors affect your choice for a front or a rear tyre. I've always just had the same tyres on both wheels.

What characteristics does one look for for each end of their bike?

Can it make a difference?


  • BikerbaboonBikerbaboon Posts: 1,017
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  • What I'm getting at is that there are specific downhill front and rear tyres.

    Can the same be applied to XC/trail riding,

    Effect of differnt tyre widths front and back. Tyre patterns etc

    Can you set up your bike in such a way?
  • P-JayP-Jay Posts: 1,478
    Yeah you can mix and match to your hearts content.

    Typically you need less grip from the back so that lets you use a narrower tyre or a harder compound at the rear to let it roll easier.

    For example in winter on my XC bike I run a 2.3 Maxxis High roller Maxpro (hardest compound they do) on the rear and the same tyre but a Supertacky compound on the front. This gives me my preferred balance of grip on the front with the minimum amount of rolling resistance possible (again just my preference), in summer I use a Maxpro front and rear.

    Friend of mine who's much lighter than me, runs a 2.1 Highrollers front and a 1.9 rear.

    But there's nothing to say you can't run, different, compounds, makes, types, sizes, anything front and rear.
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