Front tyres - recommendations?

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  1. Brendan33c

    Brendan33c Adventurer

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    Hi All. I've read many a post on this fine forum about tires, but haven't had the best of luck in finding much about the specific front tires I'm looking at changing too. Currently using a full bore front tire which was on the bike when I bought it. It's not actually too bad in gravel for a cheap tyre and works well enough on the road for me. Last weekend I was up the hills after a light snow, most of the snow had melted leaving the gravel road a bit greasy in places which gave me a few scares:eek1. I had planned on replacing the full bore tire at some stage and going to something a bit more knobbly, but this motivated me to get onto it sooner. I'm looking at a TKC80 front, but they are really expensive here in little old NZ and I don't like the thought of a soft sidewall and dented rims. Has anyone had any experience with the following?

    Metzeler Karoo 2
    metzeler karoo 2T
    Mitas E09
    Mitas E10
    Michelin T63

    Thanks guys, any advice would be really appreciated.:wave
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  2. Balsta

    Balsta Been here awhile

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    Ive run through Karoo, Karoo T, TKC 80 and T63. They are all comparable (excep for Karoo T which bites less on gravel). I ended up preferring T63 but I dont really remember why the T63 won over the TKC80. TKC80 is fun because geometry make the bike turn easier. Last summer I went one step knobbier with the really gravel-safe Pirelli Scorpion Rally (to the price of less perfect on tarmac but still OK) Not tried the Mitas yet.
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  3. KnowFear

    KnowFear Adventurer

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    Karoo 2
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  4. Rodknee

    Rodknee the post is mightier than the sword...

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    balsta is spot on. pirelli scorpion rally is the bomb for dual sport up front on the big girls. i am very happy with mine, and will not run anything else up front.
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  5. Pete640

    Pete640 Long timer

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    +1 on the Scorp rallye. Excellent tyre and great wearing.
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  6. Carnage

    Carnage FKR!!!

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    Pirelli Scorpion MT 21 works a treat. I've tried TKC 80, Karoo, 606, Desert & the MT 21 has worked the best for me...
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  7. Top Bloke

    Top Bloke Porky Rider

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    +1

    I'm running an MT21 now and just blasted it through 1200km of mixed surface desert. Looks like new still. Cheap too.
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