2 x Mud tyres, one more tread...put on front or rear???

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2 x Mud tyres, one more tread...put on front or rear???

Postby agg25 » Sat Nov 24, 2012 14:22 pm

OK, got a 4 hour Enduro on tmrw and I predict there's going to be some goop around so the Bontrager Mud X's are going to come out.
Decision is, one tyre has more tread than the other (about 50% compared to 80%), I'm wondering whether I'd be better off having this on the rear for more power to the ground or on the front for better control...

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Re: 2 x Mud tyres, one more tread...put on front or rear???

Postby Greer_ » Sat Nov 24, 2012 14:38 pm

I'd put the one with more tread on the front. Slightly less rolling resistance, but it's more important to have a stable front, if the rear end slides out you can recover it, if the front slides, you'll faceplant!

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Re: 2 x Mud tyres, one more tread...put on front or rear???

Postby agg25 » Sat Nov 24, 2012 14:47 pm

Yeah, sounds logical, ideally would like 2 tyres with good tread but hey we're in a recession...well I am.
I suppose next Q is what psi, have heard some recommend up to 50 psi to bite into the mud but can't see this being a good idea when it comes to wet roots (the bane of my existence).

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Re: 2 x Mud tyres, one more tread...put on front or rear???

Postby cooldad » Sat Nov 24, 2012 15:52 pm

That will lead to your death on roots etc, IMO.
Pressure is personal, and depends on weight, tyre type and size, terrain etc.
I start at 25psi front, 30 rear, and fiddle from there.
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Re: 2 x Mud tyres, one more tread...put on front or rear???

Postby The Rookie » Sat Nov 24, 2012 17:59 pm

Kind of with CD......I'd start at 30 both ends though, thats more than enough to cut through mud without killing you on rocks and roots.

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Re: 2 x Mud tyres, one more tread...put on front or rear???

Postby miss notax » Sat Nov 24, 2012 18:21 pm

Is this for the Brass Monkeys tomorrow? I have just bunged a Trailraker on the front.... :?

I agree with the other - put the better tyre on the front on the basis that if you can your front wheel through the mud / over the root then the rear one will (generally) follow. I am running mine at about 30psi as usual.

Have seen the update from the organisers on facebook who claim that the course isn't too muddy - it has literally been raining for the last 12 hours, the New Forest is totally flooded, so I can't REALLY see how it's going to be anything other than a total bog-fest :shock:
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Re: 2 x Mud tyres, one more tread...put on front or rear???

Postby agg25 » Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:55 am

Whack the better one on the front, 30 psi and was a good setup, cheers guys. There was no tyre that would have gripped on some of the muddy downhill sections but the main thing was that the front never really washed out.

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Re: 2 x Mud tyres, one more tread...put on front or rear???

Postby RockmonkeySC » Wed Nov 28, 2012 13:32 pm

I prefer a Mud X rear & XR4 front. Mud tyres have very little lateral grip and are terrible on roots / Rocks. The XR4 has pretty good grip even in real nasty conditions and is ok on roots and you have the traction from the Mud X for getting the power down


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