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post #1 of 47 Old 11-03-2013, 08:29 AM Thread Starter
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Ready for a new front tire

I have been riding now for 2 seasons, and put some wonderful miles on the wee. I am noticing a bit more vibration with the ride, and see my front tire is starting to show it's age. The back tire still has a good tread. Although I bought the Wee thinking I would do fire roads etc, I spend 99.9% of the time on hard pavement and think going to a tire more attune to this style. Looking for recommendations.
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post #2 of 47 Old 11-03-2013, 08:55 AM
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Metzeler Tourance EXP. 95% street, 5,000/7,000 mile tire set (rear/front.) Handling: PRICELESS.

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Everyone will have their favorite but Anakee 3s are working well for me in all respects. Like most folks, by far most of my time is on pavement but the Anakee 3s do fine when I do travel gravel forest roads.

For pure highway use someone will probably recommend (Michelin?) Pilot Road tires. They're probably great but I've never tried them.

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I put Michelin Pilots 3's on mine last Spring and they transformed the ride. My riding was 100% on the road.

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Tires are a very personal thing. Most people tend to recommend what they are using, so keep that in mind. I for one won't be doing that. I'm running K60s, and I think they are great for my usage. But that's not going to be the same usage as you. Since you want to ride almost all pavement I'm going to say go with the Michellin pilot road 3. Now here's my disclaimer. I don't have a bike with these tires on them. I did have the opportunity to ride a bike that had them. The wet traction was amazing, and the dry traction was very good. I do not know how long they will last as that friend traded that bike in on a Vee. But I'd guess as a sport touring tire they probably last a reasonable amount of time.
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I'm due for a tire change in the next month or so, I've been looking at the battle wings 501/502 (80-20% tire). The new Vee's coming with them so probably a good choice. I do 95% road but I like the tires "adv" look.

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I'm due for a tire change in the next month or so, I've been looking at the battle wings 501/502 (80-20% tire). The new Vee's coming with them so probably a good choice. I do 95% road but I like the tires "adv" look.
I've been running Battle Wings for a couple of changes, last rear went for 11,000 and might have had another 1,000 but had a trip coming up so changed. I do about 90-10% and have no complaints about the Battle Wings.

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Pilot 3's are the cat's meow for the street. With that little off road that's what I would use. Was down a gravel road today with mine.

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post #9 of 47 Old 11-04-2013, 08:28 PM
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Another vote for Anakee 3.
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post #10 of 47 Old 11-04-2013, 10:02 PM
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Another vote for PR3s. Of the 6 different tires I've tried they're by far the best.
FWIW Tourances were the worst, also by a wide margin.

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