Mountain Biking - Hutchinson Alligator Gold: Front/Rear Rotating Direction?
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09-13-02, 12:55 PM
I just purchased a pair of Hutchinson Alligator Gold for my Raleigh M800, and even though they are not front/rear specific, they have arrows pointing in opposite rotating directions for front or rear. The rear tire mounted this way looks "conventionally correct" (tread pointing forward), but the front tire would look as though it was backwards.
At my local bike shop, they mounted them both in the same direction (tread pointing forward).
What effect would I get by mounting the front tire in the direction that Hutchinson recommends, and what effect would I get if I mount it in the direction that looks "logical".
What do you recommend?
09-13-02, 01:13 PM
When you look at your tires think about this.
The knobbies on the rear are oriented to help "PUSH" or "Propel" the bike forward.
The knobbies on the front are oriented to provide better traction and control when stopping, or being "PUSHED" against!
Rear tires want to Scoop the soil, front tires want to Grab the soil.
Does that make more sense?
I hope that helps.
09-13-02, 02:06 PM
In other words, what happens if I put both tires in the direction recommended for the rear tire?
09-13-02, 02:07 PM
did you get a really good price on them?
this is a joke about the arrows being printed wrong
09-13-02, 02:27 PM
I dunno, try it! Then remove the front wheel and turn it around!
(Not trying to be a smart a$$, but sometimes I can't stop myself)
09-13-02, 03:14 PM
Most average riders will not notice the differance unless they pay close attention.
try it! Then remove the front wheel and turn it around!
If you try this make sure you do it on the same trail at the same spot, other wise it might or might not make a diff.
Also, some tire cassings are designed to handle stress in one direction better then the other. Since the stress on the rear wheel comes from pushing and the front from stoping, it would make sense to have them in opposite directions. That is providing that the cassings are directional.
09-14-02, 05:08 AM
Yes, the casings are directional.
I will change them to the recommended direction, since I think this way the front tire will clear water better. I noticed the directional tires on my car are pointed this way.
09-18-02, 09:36 AM
I finally rode my bike with the front tire in the non-recommended direction under extreme conditions of mud and rain, and two things happened:
1. It lost stability under deep mud.
2. It threw humongous amounts of mud on my face.
I ordered a downbar "T.H.E. Shroud fender" to avoid this.
I also re-mounted the front tire to the recommended direction. According to my common sense, now it's going to throw even more mud into my eyes, mouth and nose, but I'm hoping the Shroud fender to catch some of that.
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