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post #1 of 15 Old 04-24-2019, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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Which rear tire to buy?

Rear tire of my 2001 KLR needs to be replaced and I'm having trouble deciding which one to buy. I'm most likely going to get one of these: https://www.bikebandit.com/tires-tub...e-tire/p/19697

because my front tire is the same type and I'd like them to match. I'm not dead set on this, however. If anyone has other suggestions, I'm open.

Here are the specs of the front tire:

Trail Master E-705 M+S Shinko E4 75R-000 2063 M/C 90/90-21 Tubeless 3416

If I go with one of the tires that I've linked to, which would you recommend? Going by most of what I've read about the difference between bias and radial, I think radial would be the better choice. I don't usually ride with heavy loads for long distances, and I do some fairly aggressive riding. However, I also read that tubes should never be used with radial tires, and I know that KLR tires always need tubes (regardless of whether the tire is classified as "tubeless") because the wheels are spoked. So...does that mean radials are out?
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post #2 of 15 Old 04-24-2019, 03:54 PM
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I can't offer you any constructive advice unfortunately, so I'll offer some trivia: If you do get the 705 and decide to install it yourself, be ready for a tough tire. Be absolutely sure as you near the end of the process (i.e., when pushing the last of the tire lip onto the rim) that you have pressed those portions of the tire lip already on the rim, "down" off the rim edge as far as possible into the center well (where the spokes tie into the ring). It needs to be "unseated" in order to get the last little bit onto the rim, since it's a real biznatch to get on due to these tires being designed for both tubeless and tubed applications (they're tight).

Wanting to ensure I have at least some experience with replacing tires before finding myself stranded somewhere remote and unable to fix a flat, I opted to put the 705s on the beast myself this past weekend. Needless to say it was a learning experience, perhaps one that will save me a lot of exasperation some day when the sun is hot and the thorns are plentiful, however most definitely one that caused plenty of the same on an otherwise lovely Sunday afternoon.
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Oh yes, I know all about this. I put my current front tire on myself and criminy, was that a job. Glad to know it wasn't just me. I'm probably going to wuss out and pay a shop to do the rear tire. I would rather spend $60 and spend the afternoon reading a novel than have another wrestling match with a wheel.
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Agreed. I was saying the same thing to my neighbor last night: now that I know how to do it, great, mission accomplished. But as for doing this when I don't *have* to, no thanks. Not only because it's a pain in the arse, but also because it's kinda brutal on the tire and potentially the rim. I did pretty well, but I definitely left chips in the rubber tire bead from dragging the pry bars out as I moved around the thing. Seems like all around, something to be done on a "no other choice" basis.

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Oh yes, I know all about this. I put my current front tire on myself and criminy, was that a job. Glad to know it wasn't just me. I'm probably going to wuss out and pay a shop to do the rear tire. I would rather spend $60 and spend the afternoon reading a novel than have another wrestling match with a wheel.
I started out with the rear. First MC tire change ever. Got it on after quite the struggle.

Put air in and it leaked. Pinch flat.

Repaired the tube and aired it up again. Another pinch flat.

Cut my losses and let a pro do it for me, front and rear.

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As long as we're in confession mode, I ruined the first tube on the rear as well

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I started out with the rear. First MC tire change ever. Got it on after quite the struggle.

Put air in and it leaked. Pinch flat.

Repaired the tube and aired it up again. Another pinch flat.

Cut my losses and let a pro do it for me, front and rear.

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As long as we're in confession mode, I ruined the first tube on the rear as well
One will Not get any better at replacing an inner tube in the field if you don't practice in the home garage. just sayn'.

Glad that you completed the project yourself Samuel.
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One will Not get any better at replacing an inner tube in the field if you don't practice in the home garage. just sayn'.

Glad that you completed the project yourself Samuel.
Thanks, I was too. And at least partly because of the extra trouble with the rear, I went straight for the kill on the front (although I did wind up removing once and reinstalling to straighten the valve stem).

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Okay. So...any suggestions as to which tire to buy?
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We got a bit off topic there didn't we.

My contribution would be this: If ease of DIY repair is important to you, the Shinko has a negative in this column because it's designed to be tubeless and is thus hard to fit.

Other than that, I don't have any suggestions based on experience, but I do have a bunch of links I've collected as we've chatted here about tires, and looking at the pictures, these are some that seem to have a similar approach to the tread pattern:

Continental Escape Dual Sport Tire
Heidenau K76
Kenda K761

These are also all designed to accommodate tubless rims, FYI. Hope this helps!

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