Would you mix wheels and tyres of front and rear?

p1tse Posts: 694
edited June 2013 in Road general
Would you try to avoid different branded front and rear wheels, tyres and keep the pair as a match?
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  • night_porter
    night_porter Posts: 888
    Only if the fashion police were about.....

    Use what you want where you want, live life to the full and don't listen to the salesmen in life they only want your money.
  • smidsy
    smidsy Posts: 5,273
    No safety reason I can think of not too. So it is simply a matter of taste.
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  • Spikeoz
    Spikeoz Posts: 10
    Go crazy, campag front wheel, shimano rear wheel!

    what ever works and what ever you have in your quiver of wheels, but if your hanging out with a bunch of people who spend lots of money looking fast then you will be snubbed, your zipp wheels MUST have Zip tryes, and they must be tubular and they must match your frame, which must match your clothes which must match your helemet, by the time they are sorted out my 32 spoke mavic open pro front with powertap rear with velocity rims are down the road enjoying my riding!!
  • VTech
    VTech Posts: 4,736
    Ive always hated the idea of mixing tyres, I know this goes to my car background but ive always found it to be dangerous in that a true matching set of tyres are designed not only to work well, but to work well together.
    Of course on a road bike that may not be anywhere near as important but I still wouldnt do it if I were going on a long ride and knowing I would be doing high speeds and plenty of corners.
    If it were for a bike to tootle round the lake or to the shops then I would be fine with it.
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  • smidsy
    smidsy Posts: 5,273
    Even in car terms it is out of date as it related to cross ply and radial mixing.

    Get with the time Vtec :-)
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  • Guanajuato
    Guanajuato Posts: 399
    On a car, mixing brands/age etc on an axle is bad. Different compounds & treads will lead to different characteristics for a tyre, such as grip, wear rate, even rolling circumference. If one tyre wears quicker than another, or the sidewall is slightly squishier, then the wheels are effectively different diameters, so there'll be additional stress on the differential. The biggest issue is with emergency braking, the handling could be unpredictable to the point of maybe causing loss of control. Of course, if you're driving a Reliant, then it would only apply to the back wheels. :)

    On a bike, there's no such imbalance left/right to worry about and the speeds/stresses on the tyre are far lower. So I'd not give a 2nd thought to it.
  • smidsy
    smidsy Posts: 5,273
    Agreed. I was actually meaning front/back, not on the same axle. Badly worded.
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