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post #1 of 21 Old 12-08-2017, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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Your thought about mixing different tires

Hi, I've already put a new rear Mezeler Tourence. This coming winter I'll ride in a relativly cold and wet conditions and I was thinking I want to put a more street & winter oriented tire up front. Specificaly, the Mezeler roadtec 01.
I was wondering if there could be a negative effect on grip, using two different tires?

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I don't know if anyone could say for sure about mixing. I've mixed before and it's been fine. Given that you are winter riding and not going for spirited rides in the twisties, I'd guess the Tourance would be fine. But I really know nothing about how they handle in wet. I've got only a few miles personally in the nearly new set that came with my bike.

I think the manufacturers narrative is that front and back treads are designed to work togethe. Maybe. But if the Roadtec gives better traction then the Tourance on the front, I doubt it would make things worse on the rear.

Keep in mind I know nothing about tires really and don't mix treads for much of my own riding. But my riding is usually very spirited sport touring. I probably wouldn't hesitate to do what you're talking about. Then again, I'd probably swap the set just because.
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I’ve done it for years and years in all riding conditions, I’m still here and kept the bike up on 2 wheels.
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Hi, I've already put a new rear Mezeler Tourence. This coming winter I'll ride in a relativly cold and wet conditions and I was thinking I want to put a more street & winter oriented tire up front. Specificaly, the Mezeler roadtec 01.
I was wondering if there could be a negative effect on grip, using two different tires?
I can't speak to the Roadtec but have had great experiences with the Tourance in cold and wet conditions.

Most of the mileage on my Stroms has been on Metzler Tourance (regular model) with the Metzler Next taking over the front about 150,000 km of riding ago and the rear being a mix of Regular and Next since then.(The NEXT is much better on the front of a Strom than the regular Tourance. No headshake.)

In my riding I have ridden with both flavours of Tourance on the front in temperatures down to -18°c/0°f and been very happy with the amount of traction available. This year for the first time I put on a set of Anlas Winter Grip Plus tires and, while they seem to work well, I can't say they are any better than the Tourance's in cold and wet. (I haven't had them on snow yet so that may be a difference.)

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Last season I put about 10,000 miles on with a Michelin PR4 on the rear and Metzler Sportec M3 on the front and didn't have any issues. IMO mixing and matching is not a big deal.
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If you consider Moto GP any standard of tire choice - they constantly mix match front and rear tire compounds.
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Personally I don't mix but that's mainly because I am particular and hate seeing mist matched tires

However I believe its fine. I think the main cause for concern is if you run a hard compound up front and a soft rear. That could cause you to "feel" like you have grip right until your front washes out. However a soft front and hard rear are super common

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Under "normal" riding, the front tire doesn't know or care what tire is on the rear. My goal for tires is longevity and I found of all the rears, Anakee 3's got the best mileage (14k). Best front tire so far has been Battlewing (18k and still looking good when I sold the bike). The Anakee 3 front, on the other hand was done at 9k miles. YMMV.
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Wink Front grip

Over the years I have mixed tyres, the most important thing is that the front has more or equal grip than the back. A slipping back end is not so life threatening. In my youth the cost of the tyre was the most important thing, I only had my bike bike for transport so keeping it road legal was essential, looks and best behavior secondary. These days I can afford best quality matching sets of tyres. You pays your money you makes your choice.
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