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Which tire in front and why?

Old 04-05-21, 04:20 PM
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Which tire in front and why?

Currently running Vittoria Corsa Controls front & back, in 25mm width. It's time to replace one of them.
One of the tires is pretty fresh and in good condition. On the shelf though, I only have Corsa std (not "Control") 25s.
So, question is whether the faster, but less 'endurance' tire (ie. more likely to flat) goes in the front, or the rear?
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For every front flat I've had at least 5 rear flats so the less durable tire would go in front for sure.
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Originally Posted by Ogsarg View Post
For every front flat I've had at least 5 rear flats so the less durable tire would go in front for sure.
Ok. Though the danger after a front flat is some factor greater than a rear flat, right?
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
Ok. Though the danger after a front flat is some factor greater than a rear flat, right?
But haven't you already decided the risk from a Vittoria Corsa Control in front is acceptable?
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I would put the new tire in front no matter. I always rotate f to r but ymmv.
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Ok. Though the danger after a front flat is some factor greater than a rear flat, right?
But is it 5 times more dangerous?
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Originally Posted by Ogsarg View Post
For every front flat I've had at least 5 rear flats so the less durable tire would go in front for sure.
That's my experience as welll, but...why? I know there's more wear and tear on the rear tire, but I rarely flat the front. Like you, vast majority on the back tire.
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My front Corsa (also running 25mm) was the one that flatted after ~250 mi. Have seen that it's not uncommon for them to last so few miles, which is too bad because I loved the look and feel. Most of my flats have been to the front tire. Waiting and hoping for some good tan sidewall tubeless tires...
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Rear flats more.
Front matters more
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Originally Posted by surak View Post
My front Corsa (also running 25mm) was the one that flatted after ~250 mi. Have seen that it's not uncommon for them to last so few miles, which is too bad because I loved the look and feel. Most of my flats have been to the front tire. Waiting and hoping for some good tan sidewall tubeless tires...
Weird that you flat so much on the front. Like others, I'd say I'm ~4x more likely to flat the rear.

Schwalbe has some tan wall (I think they call them 'transparent') Pro One Evo Addix TLR that have started to trickle out for 2021.
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Definitely more flats on the rear tire.

Yes, flats in front are more dangerous, in theory, but it's never threatened to cause a crash. How many of you have ever had a crash, owing to a flat, front or back?

True, on a fast descent, all kinds of "what ifs" pop into my head, but even most flats wouldn't be too hard to deal with, unless it was a sudden blowout and there was a corner coming.....
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Originally Posted by asgelle View Post
But haven't you already decided the risk from a Vittoria Corsa Control in front is acceptable?
Yes, but the Corsa Control is the "endurance" tire of the two. The jury is out (for me) on the regular Corsa.
It's actually been years (3-4) since I've flatted in the front, and well over a year since a rear flat, so I'm leaning to put the less robust tire in the front.

EDIT: OTOH, it occurs to me, for those who recommend tire rotation, to always put rotate a worn tire (ie. less robust) to the rear, and the new one in the front.
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Originally Posted by MinnMan View Post
Definitely more flats on the rear tire.

Yes, flats in front are more dangerous, in theory, but it's never threatened to cause a crash. How many of you have ever had a crash, owing to a flat, front or back?

True, on a fast descent, all kinds of "what ifs" pop into my head, but even most flats wouldn't be too hard to deal with, unless it was a sudden blowout and there was a corner coming.....
It's never happened to me on a fast descent. Every flat I've ever had, the bike suddenly doesn't feel right and it takes several seconds for the tire to empty, enough time to bring the bike to a stop.
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I find I have much less control on a bike when the rear blows than I do the front-speaking from MTB experience here.
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Originally Posted by MinnMan View Post
Definitely more flats on the rear tire.

Yes, flats in front are more dangerous, in theory, but it's never threatened to cause a crash. How many of you have ever had a crash, owing to a flat, front or back?

True, on a fast descent, all kinds of "what ifs" pop into my head, but even most flats wouldn't be too hard to deal with, unless it was a sudden blowout and there was a corner coming.....
Me, fortunately it was a pinch and after taking off from the lite I hit a painted line and before I noticed it was down I was down. (front)

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