Different tires front & rear?
Anybody have thoughts about using different tires between the front and rear?
At 4200 miles I replaced both stock tires with Shiko 700 series. Then, last fall, when I put the bike away for the winter, I knew the rear Shinko was about worn out (another 4700 on the clock). The front still had less than 50% wear. So, over the winter I purchased a replacement rear tire (another Shinko 700).
I removed the rear tire yesterday. What a PITA! These Shiko 700s are tubeless. Not a problem going on (still using the tubes). But try to get them off! It took me about an hour and a half just to break the bead! I finally got it with a board, two C-clamps, a wedge and a mallet. The whole time I’m wondering how I would ever do this out on the road/trail.
Because I already had the new tire, I reluctantly mounted the new Shinko 700 on the rear.
Now I look at the front tire: plenty of tread but the sidewalls are starting to split. I gotta replace it. Because of the problem breaking the bead on the rear Shinko 700, I want to stay away from the tubeless on the front (no more Shinko 700s). That means a different type tire.
Can I mix different tires? I would still want a 60/40 (road/dirt).
If so, any recommendations on what I can use on the front that would be compatible with the rear Shiko 700?