Any issues with ...
Running a fat knobby tyre in the back and slicker type tyre in the front?
Because I am running this on my Giant that I use for paths and thrashing round on rough trails and stuff and I am wondering if this could be dangerous or put any unneeded pressure on my bike or whatever?
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Most people do it the other way around, get all the steering and control from the knobby. let the slicker tire just do the pushing.
Originally Posted by born2bahick
More of your weight would be biased over the rear tire when you sit and pedal...the rear slick would make it pedal easier. Only advantage going with the knobby in the back and slick in front would be if you just climb all the time and need the bike...then there'd be no reason for a slick up front.
Thanks guys, you're real helpful, I will swap it around when I get home from school tomorrow.
I ran this setup(SS in back / knobby up front) for a bit and really liked it. The rolling resistance of a semi-slick is so much lower than a knobby.
I rode last night with a new panaracer knobby on my back wheel for kicks and could certainly feel the difference. Almost felt mushy with 55lbs of pressure... didn't like it so much.
Only time I'd put a SS up front is if I were riding on a lot of hard pack.