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Old 01-18-2009, 08:19 PM   #56
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Originally Posted by Paradox Pete
A few tires have an arrow or similar caution that they are "directional" (like chevron tractor tires) and will load up/not "clean out" if turned back wards.
Because your front wheel is NOT "driven", except by the ground pushing against it, you need to figure the road surface is "driving" it instead of a drive chain.
So, if you wind-up with a good gnarly tread tire on the front that was made to be used on the rear wheel, if it says "directional", it may work better/be more tended to "clean out" rather than pack mud into itself, if it is run "backwards" to the indicated direction of rotation.

Most tires are not directional, so I have caused some confusion probably for nothing....(Mea culpa)

Some of the auotmotive winter tires like Frank COlver used on the rear of his three wheeled T-Dub ARE directional, and that mebbe put the thought into my warped mind.

Paradox Pete
Also... Your rear wheel is the driving force of the bike... your front wheel often times carries most of the braking force of the bike. It will get better traction under heavy braking because of the reverse directional mount...
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