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Different size tires front and rear

Old 08-26-15, 07:36 PM
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Different size tires front and rear

Just bought a 2005 Specialized Allez Triple.

I notice that instead of the spec 700x23c tires, it's fitted with a 28 front and 25 rear. They're Michelin Dynamics.

Is it common to put a bigger tire on the front? The 28s take a little effort to push past the brakes when putting the wheel on.

If I wanted to replace these (because they're worn too), what would be a good tire to go with for the following conditions:

1. I'm a Clyde, so need something to hold the weight.

2. Riding mostly on smooth bike paths, or smooth road.

3. Don't see myself riding in the rain much - probably only if I get caught out...

4. I like a nice ride, but would forego it for more durability as I'm riding on smooth surfaces anyway.

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Old 08-26-15, 07:39 PM
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I'd put the bigger on back if I had to choose
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Old 08-26-15, 07:42 PM
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A bike typically has more weight on the rear, so that is where a larger tire should be.
In fact I am currently running one bike with a 25mm front and 28mm rear just because I am using up the stock I have on hand before buying more tires.
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
A bike typically has more weight on the rear, so that is where a larger tire should be.
In fact I am currently running one bike with a 25mm front and 28mm rear just because I am using up the stock I have on hand before buying more tires.
Right, but on the rear, the chain stays and seat stays may not have the ability for the wider tide. But, if the wider tire will fit on the back, then that is the way to go.

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For off-road the bigger tire goes on the front so the increased tread area can provide more "bite" in a corner.

For the road the bigger tire goes on the rear to deal with the increased weight on that wheel...
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