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 Post subject: Newbie tyre question.
PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 2:53 pm 
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Are knobblies essential for green laning?
Just bought my first trail bike. It came with road legal knobblies fitted and a new pair of Pirelli all terrain type tyres, mt90s or 91s I think.
I can't find a spare set of wheels at a decent price, in order to swap and change as required. I will use the bike for road riding as well as for green laning and so feel a bit stuck as to what to do. Do I keep the knobblies on, or swap for the more road biased Pirellis?


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie tyre question.
PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 2:58 pm 
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Depends where you ride..a lot of southerners use trials tyres, mainly for rock and hard pack, but not much good in mud...give it a go...you can drop the pressures to about 14psi for more grip, lower if you are slow and careful..


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie tyre question.
PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 3:16 pm 
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I'll be riding in Yorkshire,Lancashire and The Peak District.


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie tyre question.
PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 4:10 pm 
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As do I, I use knoblies ,not necessary for most Peaks stuff, but most use em.


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie tyre question.
PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 7:02 pm 
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Greetings Craig,

Personal choice really my friend, depends on so many variables such as type of bike, where you will ride the majority of the time, rider comfort and confidence, mud vs rock, etc.

I use Michelin/Pirelli trials tyres on my Serow and Beta Alp 4.0 as I do not like knobblies -period :lol: I perhaps have a harder time in muddy conditions but find them just fine for my riding (or should that be falling off :lol: ) in the Lakes, Dales and Peaks. I ride both bikes with HD tubes and tyre pressures of 18psi front and 14psi rear, adjusted down for really muddy sections if required whilst out on the lanes.

Pays your money and takes your choice I'm afraid, it would n't do if we all liked the same thing.

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 Post subject: Re: Newbie tyre question.
PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 7:19 pm 
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Hugh Cleary wrote:
Greetings Craig,

Personal choice really my friend, depends on so many variables such as type of bike, where you will ride the majority of the time, rider comfort and confidence, mud vs rock, etc.

I use Michelin/Pirelli trials tyres on my Serow and Beta Alp 4.0 as I do not like knobblies -period :lol: I perhaps have a harder time in muddy conditions but find them just fine for my riding (or should that be falling off :lol: ) in the Lakes, Dales and Peaks. I ride both bikes with HD tubes and tyre pressures of 18psi front and 14psi rear, adjusted down for really muddy sections if required whilst out on the lanes.

Pays your money and takes your choice I'm afraid, it would n't do if we all liked the same thing.

TTFN

Hugh.


Hi Hugh

I use the Pirelli MT43 when I'm riding in Devon on the slippery rocks etc.

Would you agree that if Craig is doing a lot of road work, the soft compound means he won't get anywhere near as much mileage as say a Mitas CO2?

Regards

Steve

PS I use Mousses................shall we open that can of worms while we are about it :?: :roll: ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie tyre question.
PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:22 pm 
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Greetings Steve,

To be honest I have not used the Midas tyres simply because I have always been satisfied with the Michelin or Pirelli trials tyres. I also prefer them to the Dunlop equivalent which I found lethal on icy/snowy conditions. The Michelin tyres in my experience have a softer sidewall which also helps me 8-)

I don't find any problems with mileage, probably 'cos I never look at the trip meter, which is in kilometres anyway :? and I don't do goes into brain teasers, although I do hear that for more road use the Mitas might give a greater distance and probably for a lower initial purchase cost too :idea:

Let's not go near mousses, I even keep clear of them in Canada :lol: always surrounded by those wee Scottish beasties :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: Newbie tyre question.
PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:35 pm 
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Yeah, Mitas CO2's last long, but have heard they are crap on wet rock (the trials tyres friend)...I go for a very soft knobbly, with BLEEDING MASSIVE 'knobs' on it, but I have a tyre porn fetish...problem is, they don't last....but nothing good ever does (MITAS Enduro Extreme 754)


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