Which front tire should I buy?
It's time to replace my front tire, and deciding which tire to get is turning out to be more complicated than I thought. Here's the situation: both tires are of the cheap Cheng Shin brand, but the rear is a Hi-Max and the front is a Barracuda. I don't know why the types were mixed; a mechanic changed one or both at least three years ago (memory is hazy), and I didn't bother to ask him what kind of tire(s) he was installing. The Hi-Max hardly shows any wear at all, while the Barracuda is toast. That makes sense since the Hi-Max is known for durability and the Barracuda is known for improved grip/wearing out faster (from the research I've done in the last half hour). I don't know if this combo is really considered a safe and acceptable one, but the bike has handled fine up until now, so I figured the simplest thing to do would be to replace the front tire with an identical one. However, it appears that the exact Barracuda tire I have (see below for specs) was discontinued long ago. Plan B was to get a Hi-Max for the front to match the rear; however, I don't know what specs to look for since the front and rear are going to be different.
Basically, I just need to know what I can get to replace my front tire that will match the rear. I'd rather go cheap, too, which is another reason simply buying another Barracuda was an attractive option. (I'm a KLR rider! What can you expect?)
Also, the only other things I should need for this project (besides tools) are rim tape and a replacement tube, right?
Barracuda: 3.00-21 53P
Load Range B
Hi-Max: 130/90-17 (5.00/5.10-17)
Last edited by Beorn; 03-10-2017 at 11:14 PM.
Reason: Forgot to add specs.