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Hi All,
I recently got a used Wee and replaced the tires together. I rode on the originals, they had 8000 miles on them, for a hundred miles or so but the rear was squared off and the front cupped, so new ones were installed- (I could easily drag foot pegs with them, grip was not the issue)

I got the new rear and new front from different warehouses. My shop had to get the front from far away and it took a week to get. I guess they can be hard to get??? After installing them and scrubbing them in I've noticed that the front tire compound is much harder than the rear. Scrub-in on the front has taken a lot more effort. The rear scrubbed off the gloss after one ride through the hills. The front is still wearing off the gloss at the edges. It definately has taken more time at lean than I would expect. Also when I dig my fingernail into the front and do the "drag test", it's readily apparent that the front compound is much harder and less gripy than the rear.

I haven't had an issue with grip at lean angles where the front is scrubbed-in fully, but I'm wondering anyway;

Are the front Trailwings a harder compound naturally or do I have a super old rock hard tire that I should throw out?

Anyone have a similar experience?

Thanks,
Adam
 

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Thanks Mokus,
Looks like the reas was made in July of this year, and the front from April 2004! Damn it.

Oh well, seems silly to buy another right away. I'll see if I cop a feel of someone elses front tire before I decide on another tire-
 

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Rear tires naturally wear much faster. They carry more weight and have drive forces to deal with. Those forces last much longer than the braking times front tires deal with more.
 

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Thanks Mokus,
Looks like the reas was made in July of this year, and the front from April 2004! Damn it.

Oh well, seems silly to buy another right away. I'll see if I cop a feel of someone elses front tire before I decide on another tire-
If I was you I wouldn't install the front one! I would try to exchange it for a newer one at the seller. It is not "very nice" to sell a 2 and a half year old tyre!
 

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I'm not worried about it for now. I'll just pay more attention in the future. The pegs scrape just fine without any trouble up front so I'll use it until the rear wears out and replace them both at the same time again..at the rate I'm accumulating miles it won't be so long from now

Thanks for your help
 
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