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post #1 of 39 Old 08-18-2018, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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Bizarre tire wear

This is the front tire of my '08 Wee. This wear developed over the course of a several thousand mile trip. There was a little bit of evidence of oil leaking from one front fork, so I'm replacing the seals (my attempts to clean out dirt from the seals didn't find anything). I have no idea how old the fork oil is.

I've never seen anything like it -- each tread block is worn at the trailing side, but much thicker on the leading edge. It's the same all the way around the tire.

Secondary question: how dangerous is this?
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That front is done, looks like a bad belt or something.
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Air pressure is often the cause of weird tire wear. The lack of any cornering is evident too. You still have all the sprues on the outer tread block.
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Mine feels like it's worn that way. Hard braking maybe?
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Suspect that the leaking fork may have contributed....toast tire!

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My forks were puking from St Paul back to LA and had no weird tire wear.
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If you didn't feel much while running it has got to be a bad tire like Big B said. Take it to a tire shop (any) and see what they say. They probably have seen similar distortion / wear.
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Mine feels like it's worn that way. Hard braking maybe?
Unlikely that it's due to hard braking, I'm a pretty moderate rider.

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A blocky tread like that tends to wear unevenly on pavement. Might still be ok for dirt or low speed pavement, but higher speeds, like 50mph+, could result in a dangerous wobble.

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Were you riding in high crosswinds?

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