Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    My Bikes
    Trek5000
    Posts
    950
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Mounting Conti 2000's

    Today while mounting new Conti 2000 tires, I noticed 2 arrows indicating the direction to mount the tires. What's weird is that the front tire is mounted in a different direction than the rear tire.(According to the arrows) The rear tire seems to be mounted so the tire rotates against the tread. Has anybody noticed this? This is the first time I've used these tires and have never encountered this situation with other tires.

  2. #2
    have bike will tour catfish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Wisconsin
    My Bikes
    Trek 5200, Trek 520, Trek 2120
    Posts
    380
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    yes Ive seen the arrows. I use Conti's allthe time on the touring rig and I like the ride and they seem to last a good many miles you are right the arrows go in two directions for frount and rear I mount them the way the arrow shows and havent had a problem i dont know the reason for the different directions other than maybe a traction thing but i am not an engineer


    Quote Originally Posted by TomM
    Today while mounting new Conti 2000 tires, I noticed 2 arrows indicating the direction to mount the tires. What's weird is that the front tire is mounted in a different direction than the rear tire.(According to the arrows) The rear tire seems to be mounted so the tire rotates against the tread. Has anybody noticed this? This is the first time I've used these tires and have never encountered this situation with other tires.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Portland, Oregon
    My Bikes
    Spec Roubaix Apex, Cannondale T2000, Cannondale Rize, Stumpjumper M5 Comp
    Posts
    819
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Your front is where most of your stopping power is, the rear is where you get your traction from - each action requires the tire to drive against the pavement in a different direction, hence the opposing tread direction.
    Specialized Roubaix SL4 Disc, Cannondale T2000 (touring), Stumpjumper M5 (Mtn - hardtail), Cannondale Rize4 (Mtn - full susp)

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    NoVa
    My Bikes
    Tour Easy recumbent, Giant Boulder SE with an Xtracycle attachment
    Posts
    300
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If you check your car tires, you'll see the same thing. It's called directional tread. It is designed to rotate in one direction for optimum performance and tread life. I think it's overkill for a bike tire, but I do it anyway. I don't want to find out that huge chunks of tread will start flying off like an overheated retread tire if I get it wrong. :-)
    Last edited by Hal Hardy; 11-03-05 at 06:55 PM.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •