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Old 05-23-15, 04:02 PM
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At what sort of mileage will a front tire begin to get flat topped?
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Unless you are a tour with front panniers the front tire could last 6000 to 8000 miles if it is a quality tire. I run Continental Gatorskin tires and get 6000 miles on the front tire. The number of flats will play a part in how long you can tolerate the tire too.
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I once used a Michelin PRO4sc tire on the front for 9000 miles before it became dangerously thin. It never really squared off like a rear tire does.
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Originally Posted by mr. peugeot
At what sort of mileage will a front tire begin to get flat topped?
"Flat top" or "squared off" doesn't matter. When the cords start to show you should be concerned.

(btw, depends on the thickness of rubber, condition of roads, rider weight ....)
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Depends on lots of variables but most likely somewhere between 5 and 10K miles.

That said, I do suggest when you replace your rear tire you move the front to the rear and put the new one up front.
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Originally Posted by datlas
I do suggest when you replace your rear tire you move the front to the rear and put the new one up front.
This is good advice, and the only reason I didn't for this 1 front tire was for testing purposes. I never would have done the test if I lived in an area with high speed descents.
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I have a front Specialized Mondo with 14000kms/8700 miles, flat topped but still OK. I replaced the rear one 2 times.
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I ride conti GP's and if I don't rotate front to back it is years before the front gives up. I've been staring down at the same red 700x23 for quite some time now! Since I don't ride with an odometer I'm not sure about the miles. A lot... It's squared some but I still have a visual on the two dots that are the wear indicators.

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