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post #1 of 16 Old 05-07-2018, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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It this cupping?

Noticed this strange wear on my front Anakee-2 this morning. I need a new tire, but it's a bummer because there is plenty of use able tire left there.

Is this cupping and is this a normal cupping pattern on an Anakee-2?
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Cupping or feathering. Those were known for that. Doesn't mean the tire has to be removed. might make some noise or a bit of a vibration at certain speeds. More air pressure can lessen the development, but there is a tradeoff there too.
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post #3 of 16 Old 05-07-2018, 02:15 PM
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Yup. That's gonna make it feel funky at slow speeds and comping to stops. I remember asking myself "did I forget how to ride?" when my tire looked like that! hahah
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Ok, good to know I can run this one out a bit longer. I wasn't expecting that in the slightest, thanks!
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Yep, that's what it looks like. My front Shinko 705 is even worse; the knobs are starting to look like the teeth on a meth addict.
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Every front tire I've had on my Strom has cupped. Lose about 20% of the life of the tire because of it.


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post #7 of 16 Old 05-07-2018, 02:44 PM
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I run my fronts at 42psi, they don't seem to cup that way. You should check out the Anakee 3 as a replacement - they improved quite a bit over the 2.
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I run my fronts at 42psi, they don't seem to cup that way. You should check out the Anakee 3 as a replacement - they improved quite a bit over the 2.
Whoa that's high. Isn't 36 what's recommended? At 42, the tire probably never fully warms up which means you have less traction in turns. It also means you have less grip when you fully apply the front brake, because it's not heating up and also because it can't compress as much to expand the contact patch.
Test it for yourself. After a ride (at 42psi), put your hand on the center of the tire and see how warm it is. Then try similar ride at similar ambient temperature at 36psi. Should feel a lot warmer to the touch.
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Normal, run it until the front end starts shaking enough to bother you.
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Many people will disagree but ... flip it. On my Vee I remove the wheel and simply flip it. The nay sayers will say but that is going against the tire indicated rotation. My answer is slow down on wet roads. Dry roads no issue, dirt roads I slow down.

My tourances didn't cup but my k76's did.

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