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    Tires Depth Thread

    Rookie here, first post. Purchased a used speacialized dual suspension. I have a question. What is considered a worn tire? My front tire has a deeper depth tread than my rear one. Please advise. Thx
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    Worn is when it doesn't stick to the ground lol.. Xc tires are smaller knobs.. Great for hard packed dirt but they don't really grab well when the terrain gets loose. The rears wear faster because thats where the weight and power is.

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    Do you have the same tyre model front and rear?
    Manufacturers and riders often mix models, so that there's more grippy tyre in front and a better rolling tyre in the rear. A more worn rear tyre can give the same effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert2420 View Post
    What is considered a worn tire?
    That one looks like it's in good shape. Some folks consider them worn when those little lines in the knobs (sipes) disappear. I consider them worn when they stop behaving how I'm used to them behaving, or I start ripping knobs off (looking at you, Kenda)...

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    Adding to what others said, worn can also be considered a tire with good threads, but with a worn rubber due to long exposure to humidity for instance.

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    The front tire has a diffrent pattern. There also tubeless

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    Some people seem to replace their tires every ten minutes or so. They say they've worn the edges off the knobs.

    In terms of mechanical function, you can wear a tire down to wear the fabric casing is exposed.

    I think some middle ground makes sense for most of us. If there are design features that you've worn away, and you believe they did something, that's not a bad indicator. It also implies that your tread's lower than it used to be.

    Much as I hate to admit it, I tend to get bored of tires, or sometimes do some structural damage to them, before I wear them out.
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