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    Question about tires...

    I was just wondering if anyone could tell me if there is an advantage to having two different kinds of tires on your bike?

    I often scroll through the mtbr boards to check out other peoples rigs, and often notice riders have two different tires. Why is that?

    Also, if it is a good thing to do, what kind of tire would you want where? Would you put a light XC tire on the front and a heavier AM tire on the back, or vice versa?

    I currently run two Motoraptors and they are starting to wear, so I'd like to learn more about this before I go out and start researching and buying new tires.

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    Generally, you require more cornering traction from the front tire.
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    I think tires are a personal choice. Some people run the same tire front and back, some run different tires, some run a 2.3 in the front and a 2.1 in the rear. Its all about what you like. Allot of your research is going to be reading reviews and trying tires to find what suits your style of riding. good luck
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    I am getting ready to get a new set of wtb velociraptors. Although they are the same tire they are front and rear specific. With the rear having horizontal knobes for climbing and the front more traditional style for cornering. I really like this setup and find the horizontal knobes gives much better traction.

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    some people run a more agressive tread tire in the front and often its alittle wider, and the back just tracks where you tell the front wheel to go so often its skinnier with faster rolling characterisits, some tires are front and rear specific and some tires you can even run backwards in "mud shedding mode" and run them forwards for the best traction

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    Quote Originally Posted by spec4life
    I am getting ready to get a new set of wtb velociraptors. Although they are the same tire they are front and rear specific. With the rear having horizontal knobes for climbing and the front more traditional style for cornering. I really like this setup and find the horizontal knobes gives much better traction.
    I just hooked this deal up http://wheelworld.com/itemdetails.cfm?id=2167. I had just bought 2 Kenda Nevegal's for $50 a piece at the LBS (ouch ) and someone told me about this deal so I took the Kenda's back. They were probably a little better tire, but I dunno about $60 better. Im rockin the Velociraptors now and they seem pretty sick....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cubensis
    I just hooked this deal up http://wheelworld.com/itemdetails.cfm?id=2167. I had just bought 2 Kenda Nevegal's for $50 a piece at the LBS (ouch ) and someone told me about this deal so I took the Kenda's back. They were probably a little better tire, but I dunno about $60 better. Im rockin the Velociraptors now and they seem pretty sick....
    Yeah man thats a good deal but i think ill spend 5 extra a peice and get the kevlar bead version from bluesky

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    Tyres come in different profiles too - there are squarer shaped tyres that put more tread on the ground at all times, and rounder tyres that keep the edging tread up out of the way. Some folks like a squarer tyre up front with a rounder one up the back, some folks like other variations.

    The current trend seems to be away from radically different treads for front and rear tyres - take the aforementioned Velociraptor which has a different tread on the front and back tyres, as well as a differnt profile too. Same goes for the old skool Smoke and Dart tyres. Now it's pretty much a do it all tread that can be used both ends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spec4life
    Yeah man thats a good deal but i think ill spend 5 extra a peice and get the kevlar bead version from bluesky
    Well heck...you were supposed to clue me in on that deal...lol I guess wire bead will work for now and at $20 a pc...how can one go wrong...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cubensis
    Well heck...you were supposed to clue me in on that deal...lol I guess wire bead will work for now and at $20 a pc...how can one go wrong...

    My bad...you got a good deal and there really isnt that much diffrence anyhow...Ill do better next time i promise

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