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similar studded tires; which one on front, which on rear?

PostPosted: December 13th, 2019, 1:42 pm
by bbender785
i'll post this here since the commuter forum doesn't seem to get much attention, and i tell myself this could apply to studded tires for mtb too. :lol: long story short, i suddenly have two studded tires for my commuter, both 45NRTH Gravdal in size 700x38. they are different versions though; one is the 33tpi casing with carbide-tipped steel studs, the other a 120tpi with concave carbide-tipped aluminum studs. the 33tpi version is about 200g heavier per my scale. the 120tpi is obviously more supple.

it probably realistically would make a negligible-at-best difference, but which would you run on the front, and which on the rear?

Re: similar studded tires; which one on front, which on rear

PostPosted: December 13th, 2019, 3:16 pm
by mtbdudex
does the front see typically more wear then the rear, due to turning /etc?
Are carbide-tipped steel studs more lasting than concave carbide-tipped aluminum studs?

If so, I'd put the steel studded tire up front ... if not, flip a coin

Re: similar studded tires; which one on front, which on rear

PostPosted: December 13th, 2019, 3:38 pm
by bbender785
mtbdudex wrote:does the front see typically more wear then the rear, due to turning /etc?


i'd assume just the opposite, due to the rear bearing more weight.

Are carbide-tipped steel studs more lasting than concave carbide-tipped aluminum studs?


i'd assume(?) they'd wear at the same rate; the concaves are marketed that they maintain sharpness as they wear due to the concavity.

...flip a coin


lol honestly i know this is probably the most accurate answer. but my engineering brain likes to over-analyze. :lol:

Re: similar studded tires; which one on front, which on rear

PostPosted: December 13th, 2019, 6:38 pm
by mtbdudex
Ok, how about the lighter one up front for quicker turning ?
200g ...


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Re: similar studded tires; which one on front, which on rear

PostPosted: December 13th, 2019, 9:46 pm
by b_b
mtbdudex wrote:Ok, how about the lighter one up front for quicker turning ?
200g ...

Or for easier wheelies!

Re: similar studded tires; which one on front, which on rear

PostPosted: December 19th, 2019, 10:19 am
by bbender785
think i'm going to go forward with the 120tpi up front; my thought is the more supple casing (in theory) should offer a little extra float and compliance since it doesn't bear as much weight, and the concave studs should bite a little better as they wear than the regular ones. i was originally going to go with just a studded tire up front anyways, to keep from washing out.

i'd think the 33tpi casing would be more tough too, which is probably a good thing for the back which bears way more weight and abuse.