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    tyre direction - query

    Hi, I saw two arrows pointing in opposite direction on my MTB tyres saying : front and rear.

    Does this mean that in case of front tyre , the tyre should be installed so that the tyre rotates in the direction of front arrow and for the rear tyre, the tyre should be installed such that direction of rotation is towards the rear arrow?

    Thanks in advance

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    Exactly.
    ... ot that is the way the manufacturer thinks it will work best.

    (It does happen that doing it some other way turns out to be better for some riders in some conditions. Usually this would be installing the rear tyre the "wrong" way.)

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    Thanks. why is the direction different for both front and rear? In what case, would it help to install the rear tyre wrong way?

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    For the front tyre, you always want secure traction sideways, and good braking traction. For the rear tyre, you usually want traction for climbing, and otherwise predictable handling. So the primary requirements are different for front and rear.

    The direction depends on tyre design. For some designs mounting same direction front and back is suggested.

    A tyre may handle very differently on hard surface, loose rock, sand, mud.
    Many riders do lots of experimentation with tires, mounting everything back wards and forwards etc. etc. to find the IDEAL setup for every kind of conditions. Some just think that tyres are round and usually black, and pressure is the only thing worth playing with...

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    thanks for the response

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