Fatter front tyres

deadliest
deadliest Posts: 471
edited March 2009 in MTB general
Really stupid question I know but what is the benefit of having a 2.3 tyre on the front and a 2.1 on the back ? I see a lot of people with this sort of set up but dont know what it gains ?
Bikes are drugs and Im pedalling

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  • stumpyjon
    stumpyjon Posts: 4,069
    Better grip on the front due to a wider contact patch (depends on the tread) where you least want to lose traction. Thinner on the back to reduce rolling resistance, cut through the mud to find the hard ground underneath and keep weight down (extra weight hurts the most on the wheels, back wheel more so as you have to overcome the inertia when accelerating).

    Works for me anyway.
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  • deadliest
    deadliest Posts: 471
    Going to put a 2.3 on the front tonight and see what it feels like at the weekend when we go up the Peaks and do Cut Gate.

    Cheers for the advice stumpyjon
    Bikes are drugs and Im pedalling

    http://sherwoodpines.yolasite.com/