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post #1 of 10 Old 08-07-2013, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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Battlewings: replace or risk?

I probably already know the answer, but the cheap ass in me wants to know. My rear battlewing has about 1mm tred until the wear bars, which indicate the last 2mm of tred. So from the top to bald 3mm. About 6k miles on this set. I have a tour coming up which will be probably 2k miles. Will it last?

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Btw, the front tire has 3mm from top to bald


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I was just faced with the same decision on a ride to the Blueridge Pkwy that I figured was going to be about 2000 miles. About the same tread left, possibly a whisker more. The ride meant a lot to me, much more than pulling a tire prematurely. And, I bet I am cheaper than you.

So, off the Anakee 2s came and the rear is in storage for remounting later should I trash my new ones. The confidence of new rubber was very nice.

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Keep in mind that thicker rubber tread is more resistant to a puncture deep enough to penetrate the tread. Less chance of a flat, better traction, especially on your return leg, less chance of a complete wear-out if you ride in a region of very abrasive pavement materials........gimme a minute to think about it.

I will pick the newest tire model from any trusted maker. The rubber compound and the tread design might be better than older models. That would be a Michelin Anakee 3 for an 80/20 dual sport tire, or a set of Michelin Pilot Road 3 or Bridgestone Battleax BT-023 for all pavement use.

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Trash time.especially if you are on a cross country trip. I tried to wear out the sides of a well worn in the middle tread on the side Battle Wing on the local mountain road and ended up with a chip seal rock puncture. Yes the worms and the tire pump got me home.
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My general experience is two rears to one front; is this also the case with the battlewings? (Should I also replace the front)


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My general experience is two rears to one front; is this also the case with the battlewings? (Should I also replace the front)


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Perhaps if you were just commuting back and forth from work, or short 1-2 hr weekend fun rides, I'd say don't replace it. But all day in the saddle riding, is going to heat up that tire all day long, which will make whatever is left of your tire wear out at even a faster rate than normal.

Bite the bullet, and slap some fresh meat on there!

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I once looked at my rear tire thinking "I will need to replace that soon" and went away on a weekend trip. At our destination I was horrified to see the steel reinforcing showing through my completely bald center section.

It was Sunday, I was with friends, and had to be back at work on Monday.

It was a very slow, careful and nervous trip home.
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