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View Poll Results: Which would be better
Michelin Anakee Adventure 0 0%
Shinko 705 4 57.14%
Mitas E07+ Enduro 1 14.29%
Avon AV53/54 0 0%
Kenda K761 2 28.57%
Continental TKC70 0 0%
Mitas E08 0 0%
Heidenau k76 0 0%
Mitas MC24 0 0%
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post #1 of 18 Old 03-26-2019, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Tires & Confused

Hello Everyone,

I have been racking my head over tires lately. When I had purchased the bike last year, it came with Kenda Big Block on the front and a Shinko 244 on the rear. Right now, the bike is primarily used for commuting (~110 Km Round trip) is mostly paved side roads. I am still a novice rider and looking for a good all around tire that is reliable with long life.

I have made a list of tires that I would consider buying that fits between that 80/20 range (More or Less)

Any feedback is appreciated.

Thank you.

(PS: I tried to make this into a Poll, not sure if it's going to work)
  1. Michelin Anakee Adventure
  2. Shinko 705
  3. Mitas E07+ Enduro
  4. Avon AV53/54
  5. Kenda K761
  6. Continental TKC70
  7. Mitas E08
  8. Heidenau K76
  9. Mitas MC24
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post #2 of 18 Old 03-26-2019, 03:20 PM
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You can do polls on here???

I voted for the 705s because they're cheap and they look good for city stuff… That being said, I've only rode on the stock tires. I have a pair of 705s that I was supposed to put on last weekend, but din't get around to it.

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I haven't ridden any of them, so I will not vote.

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I'd be curious to hear what you'd suggest as far as selecting tires for on-road usage though, pdwestman!

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I'd be curious to hear what you'd suggest as far as selecting tires for on-road usage though, pdwestman!
Black, round & some tread. My favored KLR tires were discontinued sometime back. RIP, Avon Gripsters.

So I currently have no personal suggestion.
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post #6 of 18 Old 03-26-2019, 08:14 PM
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Expensive, but have lasted a long time for me. Pay once, and not have to change often! Save on cost of changing, if you pay to have them mounted. Non issue if you do your own.
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Definitely the Kenda 761. Can’t beat it for the price. I’ve run the Shinko 705 and the Kenda. The Kenda will outlast the Shinko.
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Definitely the Kenda 761. Can’t beat it for the price. I’ve run the Shinko 705 and the Kenda. The Kenda will outlast the Shinko.
What about ride/handling/sound characteristics? I'd be curious to hear how they compare!

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Depends upon your riding style and environment.

Any tread comprises a COMPROMISE. Think not entirely about what you GET in a tire choice, but also what you LOSE by making it. For example, generally, the more knobby, the better off-road performance, but . . . significantly lowered MILEAGE.

That said, keeping my riding style/environment/budget in mind, I have Heidenau K60 Scouts on my two front-line bikes.

Otherwise, I've found the Kenda K270 versatile and affordable (similar treads from other manufacturers exist). Even DOT knobby Kenda Trakmaster IIs are more versatile than one might think. "Big block" type treads? Most satisfactory, both on and off road, but . . . get ready to replace 'em soon. Pavement-biased "dual sport?" Continental Trail Attacks. (Have an unmounted pair of those in my custody; most affordable to a, "good home." CAVEAT: Shipping can be an economical killer.)

All this said: K270s are economical enough to try 'em and see if you like 'em, IMHO; everyone harbors his own tire opinion!
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heidenau k60 scout , I bought my 2015 new, wore the factory off in 4k km.
Tried the K60 on recommendations and I haven't been disappointed. I was doing 300 + Km/day. 50% gravel and tar/chip roads. I also ride hard, fast, and corner like it's a cafe bike I'm very happy and just ordering my 3rd set
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