How often do you change front vs. rear tires?

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2/27/2020 11:28 AM

Do you go through 2 rear tires before changing the front? Or are you installing a new front every time you put on a new rear? About how many hours are you getting out of tires, with what displacement, and what are your typical riding conditions?


Asking because after about 30hrs on a set of Dunlop MX3S, I'm ready for a new rear, but the front still looks pretty good. I feel like I've always changed both at the same time. Also, I ride mostly sandy/soft conditions, but I don't ever recall getting this much time out of tires.

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2/27/2020 11:32 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/27/2020 11:41 AM

i typically change them both out at the same time. usually the front isn't as worn as the rear for obvious reasons, but i'd rather have similar/great traction on both than great on the rear and mediocre up front.

i'm usually riding rocky offroad stuff so moto tires break down pretty quick. I've run MX51 but won't buy them anymore unless i'm only doing the track. I've been really impressed with the Maxxis Maxxcross Desert IT. it's more for soft sandy conditions but with a hard compound it does really well in the harder/rocky stuff.

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2/27/2020 11:32 AM

Both at the same time.

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2/27/2020 11:36 AM

I probably go through rears twice as fast as fronts so I don't always change both at the same time. Some of the hard pack tracks I ride are hard on rears.

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2/27/2020 11:36 AM

I do the front every other. I'm 21 on a budget though. I do mostly track but whenever I go to the desert I get a new rear after. Its usually pretty chewed up after. Also run micheline startcross 5 medium

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2/27/2020 12:00 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/27/2020 12:01 PM

Yeah roughly 2 rears for every front, 10ish hours for a rear 20ish for a front

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2/27/2020 12:04 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/27/2020 12:04 PM

about every 2.5 rear tires. 20-25 hours

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2/27/2020 12:06 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/27/2020 12:06 PM

I feel kinda lucky in that I get to ride 1 to 2 times a week on a nicely prepped 450 that's probably too damn fast for me. I usually run a 120 rear and change it every 4-6 hours and fronts about 6-8 hours (80-100).

I've been running the new Dunlop 53s and they are stellar. They work "good" -everywhere- and really shine on hard-pack. The front seems to last forever BUT!...and this is weird due to being a very "works tire" issue...the carcas softens up pretty quickly. I add a little are pressure as it softens.

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I ripped a start from Egypt and I was happy about that.

2/27/2020 12:08 PM

Three fronts for every rear. A little timid on the gas but braking and cornering are pro-level.

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2/27/2020 12:08 PM

2 rear for every front tire typically. My local track its super hard pack so the 450 eats through rears. used to run mx3s but the front knobs would chunk off after a few rides. now I run mx33 front and back.

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2/27/2020 12:09 PM

langhammx wrote:

Both at the same time.

Pffft...

Rich Hollywood guys with big money.

Hate, hate, hate!

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I ripped a start from Egypt and I was happy about that.

2/27/2020 12:18 PM

How are some of you guys seriously only getting 10 hours on a front tire? I do about a 50/50 mix of moto and off-road and I get probably 30-40 hours on the meter per front tire. Rear tire can vary massively depending on what terrain I’m riding but I probably get 2 rears for every one front on average.

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2/27/2020 12:24 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/27/2020 12:26 PM

It’s usually both at the same time for me. Mostly because I rip the side knobs off of every front tire I buy.

But I find a lot of guys won’t switch out the front because the knobbies still “look good”...problem with that is that a front tire that looks good is generally way past the good traction phase of the tire.

I’m not a test rider though, so I’m not real picky about which tires “feel” the best...and because I ride off-road (desert hare and hound stuff) there is no such thing as a tire that works good everywhere (in sand, slick rock, pea gravel, hard pack, loose rocks, etc. I’ll see it all in a race) so I buy tires that keep the knobbies on them and don’t chunk Or tear off...so far I’m having the best luck with the Dunlop AT81’s front and rear.

But I’ve been hearing really really good things about the Tusk Recon tire from Rocky Mountain...so I’m going to try that next.

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2/27/2020 12:25 PM

JM485 wrote:

How are some of you guys seriously only getting 10 hours on a front tire? I do about a 50/50 mix of moto and off-road and I get probably 30-40 hours on the meter per front tire. Rear tire can vary massively depending on what terrain I’m riding but I probably get 2 rears for every one front on average.

I just switched out the front and rear tires with about 13 hours on them...front has side knobbies coming off...rear was toast.

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2/27/2020 12:49 PM

I put a new front on about every 2nd rear.

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2/27/2020 1:11 PM

I don't understand how you can keep a rear one for that much hours !
I have to change the rear somewhere between 6-8 hours of use depending of the track conditions (I'm riding a 125 and a 250F) ! Concerning the front I'm between 20-25 hours of use ! I'm using the Pirelli MidSoft 32

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2/27/2020 3:32 PM

I am way more sensitive to a fresh front than rear. Usually pretty even but I would rather run a worn rear than front. I love a fresh front!

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2/27/2020 3:34 PM

3-1

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2/27/2020 3:38 PM

JM485 wrote:

How are some of you guys seriously only getting 10 hours on a front tire? I do about a 50/50 mix of moto and off-road and I get probably 30-40 hours on the meter per front tire. Rear tire can vary massively depending on what terrain I’m riding but I probably get 2 rears for every one front on average.

Titan1 wrote:

I just switched out the front and rear tires with about 13 hours on them...front has side knobbies coming off...rear was toast.

What tire and what pressure are you running? That seems like an air pressure issue to me but I could be wrong if it’s not a tire I’m familiar with.

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2/27/2020 3:41 PM

3 maybe 4 rears to 1 front. I’m happy if I get 25 hours with one flip. Mostly sandy tracks. Concrete starts kill my tire. 250 2 stroke.

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2/27/2020 3:43 PM

JM485 wrote:

How are some of you guys seriously only getting 10 hours on a front tire? I do about a 50/50 mix of moto and off-road and I get probably 30-40 hours on the meter per front tire. Rear tire can vary massively depending on what terrain I’m riding but I probably get 2 rears for every one front on average.

Titan1 wrote:

I just switched out the front and rear tires with about 13 hours on them...front has side knobbies coming off...rear was toast.

JM485 wrote:

What tire and what pressure are you running? That seems like an air pressure issue to me but I could be wrong if it’s not a tire I’m familiar with.

I've ran so many different tires...the one that I just pulled off was a Dunlop MX3sf.

Maxxis, Kenda, Bridgstone (many different tires), Dunlop (many different tires)...

I generally run between 12-15psi...depending on terrain.

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2/27/2020 3:45 PM

I do a front every two rears like 95% of the time, sometimes might do a front at same time if going to some big event or something and want both tires new.

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2/27/2020 9:18 PM

2-1 20hrs rear/ 40 front

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2/27/2020 9:27 PM

I'm super anal about traction on my MX bikes, and i'm lucky enough to be able to afford changing both front and rear tires every 8-10 hours or so on the meter. On the dual sport, I stretch that easily out to 20-25 hr between tires.

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2/28/2020 1:04 AM

I'm riding on a budget lol so never the front.

Changed my rear after 25 hrs and still on the original front. I'll change it when it gets to a slick

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2/28/2020 2:31 AM

Tuna wrote:

I am way more sensitive to a fresh front than rear. Usually pretty even but I would rather run a worn rear than front. I love a fresh front!

The same here, i feel like superman with a new front tire. Never really notice a new rear.

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2/28/2020 4:13 AM

2 for 1 deal with tyres, which atm is every 3 rides.
Lucky I’m a rich coal miner 🤦🏻‍♂️

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2/28/2020 7:27 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/28/2020 7:28 AM

Probably 3-1 for me, I run Bridgestone X30 or X20 and the 30 definitely wears longer than the 20!

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2/28/2020 7:58 PM


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3/2/2020 1:32 AM

face biter wrote:

#Baller

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