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  1. #1
    Nighttime Rider
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    Is this tire still usable?

    I did the best I could with this picture. One knob was torn off leaving the threading exposed.

    Is it still usable with just trash it?


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    Senior Member BCRider's Avatar
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    From the looks of the wear on the other knobs and the almost worn away center knobs I'd say the tire sure doesn't owe you anything. No panic but it's time for new tires soon in any event. Make it a little sooner rather than later.

    Rocks and sticks could cause a puncture easier at the torn knob site but I wouldn't call it a sure thing.
    Model airplanes are cool too!.....

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    Many tire brands have problems with knobs tearing off. Kenda and Nokian are the two I see most often. Anyway, we have lots of riders who will basically continue to ride them until too many knobs rip off to maintain traction or the tire wears out, like yours is. Is the flat risk increased? Probably. Is it the end of the world? Nope.

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    it is okay if you for commuting, but not for MTB

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    DRF aka Thrifty Bill wrk101's Avatar
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    MTB tires are cheap (at least some of them). I would be moving on myself.

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    Time to replace but also has time to find a deal on price.
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