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Old 10-18-09, 08:53 PM   #1
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directional tread vs. flip flop hub

Ok, so I just got some knobbly tires (Schwalbe CX Comp) for my Rob Roy. These particular tires have a directional tread.
I also just bought a freewheel to go on the other side of my hub.
Hence, the dilemma.

Clearly, the act of removing and reinstalling the tire every time I flop defeats the convenience of having a flip/flop hub, so that is not an option.
This bike is going to be ridden on the road more than it is taken offroad, which makes me want to install the tire set up for fixed. However, the tread is likely much more important offroad, which makes me want to install the tire set up for free.

So what should I do? What do you do? Does it even matter?
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Old 10-18-09, 09:07 PM   #2
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I'm wondering the same thing about my Panaracer RiBMOs, but they're road tires. Anyway, I have them with my more used cog.
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Old 10-18-09, 09:15 PM   #3
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return the tire. buy one that isn't directional. problem solved.


if that's not an option i'd say tread with freewheel.
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Old 10-18-09, 09:18 PM   #4
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This is not a real problem.
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Old 10-18-09, 10:42 PM   #5
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Yeah directional tread is really a preference thing. and really doesn't matter.

When I ride knobbies I actually prefer some treads backwards on trails. :/
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Old 10-19-09, 01:28 AM   #6
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I ran a directional knobby for a while backwards because I accidently installed it backwards.
No problems at all, and there really shouldn't be unless you'll be riding the bike at its limits.
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Old 10-19-09, 02:51 AM   #7
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tread direction might matter for dirt, but it does not matter for pavement.
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Old 10-19-09, 02:59 AM   #8
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buy a second wheel!
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Direction tread on a road tire is just marketing nonsense.
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Old 10-19-09, 08:05 AM   #10
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Run the tire against the "direction" on the road (fixed) and swap it around "correctly" (freewheel) when you get to the trail head.
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Old 10-19-09, 10:00 AM   #11
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tread direction might matter for dirt, but it does not matter for pavement.
That's what I think too. And frankly, I doubt it matters much even in the dirt.
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They need to make a smart tire that morphs tread direction when it senses you've flipped the wheel around.
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Why knobby tires? Are you riding in the mud?
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I doesn't matter unless you're going 125 mph.
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Why knobby tires? Are you riding in the mud?
What kind of a stupid question is this? Did you just get to the word "knobby" and skip the rest of my post?

They're on my Rob Roy, which is a single speed cyclocross bike, and yes, it goes in mud. I enjoy taking it out to the local singletrack whenever I can and it gets the **** kicked out of it.

I used to go out on my 23mm slicks, but they tended to lose traction in mud and loose dirt.

That is why knobby tires.
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Old 10-20-09, 07:55 AM   #17
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I think the answer depends entirely on what direction the logo on your hub shell goes. Mount the wheel so that the logo is right side up when read from the rear of the bike. Now mount the tire so that the label is on the drive side when the wheel is set up like this. The tread is now in the correct direction, and it will continue to be correct when the wheel is flipped. This is the only important standard for tread direction.
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Since the tire--including tread pattern--is designed for dirt/mud, then have it positioned correctly for whatever cog you're going to use off-road; I assume freewheel. The tire should work just as well (or badly) on the road in either direction, so it doesn't matter.
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Direction tread on a road tire is just marketing nonsense.
After skidding a bit on the rear tire, there won't be any tread depth anyways, so it won't even matter after just a few days.
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