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post #1 of 18 Old 06-02-2013, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Any updates on heidenau k60?

Hello all - I am going to wear out the anakee IIs on my wee this summer and have been reading posts on the k60s but most are old posts, really old - so can anyone link me to someones longer term update or provide one here for us? Of course i am open to tire suggestions - i do about 60/40 tarmac/gravel...

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post #2 of 18 Old 06-02-2013, 09:25 PM
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Mitas E07 works well on my Wee, probably going to get around 25,000 km on the rear one.

They are similar to the K60 but cheaper to buy.

There was a recall on some of the 19" front Mitas tyres, but I was lucky as I had a Mefo Explorer fitted on the front.
All the recalled tyres have now been replaced I believe, there is a Mitas thread on ADVrider that has full information on it if you are worried about the recall.

Personally I prefer the Mitas as they have a rounder profile than the Heidenau does.

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Here in the states, there is no dealer for the Mitas. You can order them from Canada, but with shipping, they get spendy.

To answer the OP, I've put about 8500 miles on the front and 2500 on the back. I just got back from a trip to Moab. I won't run any other tire now. Front is still great. No issues whatsoever, except they are noisy.
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My K60's are at about 7,500km. Rear has about 3mm tread depth, front looks like it came from the shop except for the lack of chicken strips. Heading into winter here but I think they'll last me through to summer - I hope to get 10,000km at least.

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The only surprise has been the rear on a wet cattle grid, otherwise, fine.

You can push quite hard once you get used to having more grip leaned than upright.

They wouldn't be my first choice for riding only on seal, but they make the occasional dirt road very easy.

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Just mounted them..

I've got less than 500 miles on mine. I started to mount the front tire using spoons (as much to get some practice as anything) and that puppy has one stiff carcass. I couldn't do it. The shop commented on it. The rear was even more difficult.

They ARE loud. I can feel the lugs when I ride on pavement. I've only taken them onto gravel so far. I'll see how the go on the TWAT.

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thanks for the input

I am seriously considering these - my riding is mixed here in the shenandoah valley with some gravel roads and occasionally i find one goes from pavement to gravel to muddy slippery mess and would like to have a little more bite in those instances without giving up much on the asphalt as we do have nice twisty roads here too
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I have around 12,000 km on my rear K-60. I just measured the tread depth and have about 3.50 mm left before it hits the wear bar.
I mounted it for my Trans Lab trip and it is now my tire of choice for the rear.
I can't comment on the front as I had a TKC 80 up front which didn't hold up nearly as well as the rear K-60.
I just removed it and replaced it with a Shinko.
Should be a good combination for the type of riding I enjoy.

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Mitas E07 works well on my Wee, probably going to get around 25,000 km on the rear one.

They are similar to the K60 but cheaper to buy.

There was a recall on some of the 19" front Mitas tyres, but I was lucky as I had a Mefo Explorer fitted on the front.
All the recalled tyres have now been replaced I believe, there is a Mitas thread on ADVrider that has full information on it if you are worried about the recall.

Personally I prefer the Mitas as they have a rounder profile than the Heidenau does.
I have called the distributor twice about the E-07 to get some information on what is different about the regular tire and the Dakar tire besides the yellow strip. both times promised to call me back. As you have used the tire, did you buy the Dakar or the regular tire? Do youknow the difference?
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The K-60s have been the best I tire have experienced, but I am still uncertain whether they are worth the price. For me, they seem to last about 1.5 to 1.75 times as long as the Shinkos, but cost twice as much. Base on dollar per mile, the Shinkos seem a better deal. As far as performance, I do prefer the K-60s, but it's not a big difference.

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