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Different front tyre to rear

chopchopchopchopchopchop Posts: 98
edited October 2014 in Road general
Hit some glass this morning and slashed my tyre, it's a write off.

I am going to have to wait until next month to replace it but will I be OK with a 28mm Schwalbe Marathon on the back and a standard 25mm tyre on the front?

Probably a stupid question but thought I would ask.
Specialized Roubiax elite
Pinarello Uno
Shwin MTB


  • lawrenceslawrences Posts: 1,011
  • Yes, having different front and rear tyres are fine.
    Realistically you'll be using them independently as they have different levels of grip in different situations just due to the natural weight distribution and forces acting on the bike, so different tyre brands would just shift these slightly, and you'd adjust your amount of braking on the front/ rear or hard cornering accordingly.

    If you really wanted, you could use any combination of brand and tyre diameter (that are compatible with your wheel/ frame) that you wanted. The only reason most don't is due to looks.
  • Thank you. I will be replacing it with a 28 Schwalbe for comfort but I will keep on riding this week and next on 2 different tyres
    Specialized Roubiax elite
    Pinarello Uno
    Shwin MTB
  • mm1mm1 Posts: 1,101
    Conti do this with Force and Attack (I forget which is which), with the rear fatter than the front.
  • dennisndennisn Posts: 10,503
    No problem doing this except if you're expecting some sort of performance advantage or something of that nature. :?
  • nweststeynnweststeyn Posts: 1,574
    I run a 23 front and a 25 rear...

    Reason: Not enough clearance for a 25 on the front.
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 8,868
    I run 28 on the rear and 25 on the front, started for the same reason as yourself but decided it was more comfortable. Didn't make any other difference that I can tell other than in comfort.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • Manc33Manc33 Posts: 2,157
    Are you getting Marathon or Marathon Plus?
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