Spin Doctor Tech Tip – Rotating Your Tires
February 9, 2010 3 Comments
Who doesn’t want to get a little more life out of your tires? Since your rear tire wears faster than your front one, the traditional method to extend tread life has always been to ride until your rear tire is squared off and then swap the front and rear tires. But our Spin Doctor Tech Tip team has a modification to this tire rotation strategy that will keep your bike handling like new.
Rotating your tires front and rear is a great idea to increase the longevity of the pair but…..
If you like to ride on the edge, whether cornering like a pro or shredding technical singletrack, THINK TWICE!
Most steering control, both off-road and on, comes from the front tire while more tire wear happens with the drive forces on the rear. So putting a road tire worn flat or a MTB tire with worn lugs on the front will lessen traction when cornering hard.
To prolong the life of your tires and keep high performance traction:
1. Ride your tires until the rear is worn out
2. Remove the rear tire and dispose of it
3. Move the front tire to the rear
4. Put a grippy new tire on the front
Of course, that’s just our take. What’s your experience with getting the most life out of your tires? Please share your tips in the comments below.