Wow...i am really surprise at how everyone feels better with 160s up front. Damn...this has to be my next move!!!
Looks darn good too!
Looks darn good too!
Thanks wdkomo, it's a work in progress! Yours is very very nice as well!Topher, that is a very, very nice bike! :bigthumbsup:
Josh is right about not changing rotational direction onece run. That's why we no longer rotate our car tires in an "X" pattern any more. Just front to rear.Topher, it doesn't really seem to matter which way it's mounted. If you have no ill-effects, don't change it. You'd actually do yourself more harm by changing it now. If you flip a tire and run it the opposite direction once it's been ridden, you increase your chances of belt seperation. I run mine reversed, which is opposite of how yours is mounted. But it seems to be a 50/50 split among the pics posted here, and I haven't heard a bad word from anyone about how theirs is working for them.
I seem to remember some folks mounting a different size in the front before this became popular... a 150, or a 170... but there were some issues with rubbing. Can anyone remember what that was?Is this indeed the only tire in this size that fits the front stock rim without modifications?
Cupping is often the result of high countersteering inputs. Just one of many causes. (tire pressure, braking habits) Having to adjust the front tires directional path (counter steering) to maintain lean angle causes the tire to sideload at an angle to the direction of travel. This actually causes the tire to scuff and cup. Putting a bigger rear tire on makes this worse. Probably waht caused SRF's front tire problems. Going to a bigger wider profile front tire will cure this. As you can see from the pictures of 160 fronts, the're not cupping.I seem to remember some folks mounting a different size in the front before this became popular... a 150, or a 170... but there were some issues with rubbing. Can anyone remember what that was?
My Metz 130 is cupping - I'm trying to decide if I want to do this before or after the meet.
Where are everyone buying theirs? Also, 1 bag of DynaBeads?
So I haven't bought a front tire in a few years for the 109's and was getting ready to order so of course I need to research it here... like everyone should. I know the 160 Metz is the new 'thang, but for some reason it reminds me of the 280 on a stock 8.5 rim debate... I know, sorry in advance.
The 150 Metz I ran on the front sure looked and handled great. I usually only had a 1/4" chicken strip on it and the edges were nice and even with no breakover to the sidewall. It also has a nice flaired lip from the sidewall to the tread which gives alot more stabilty in the lean with less scrub out.
The 160 just looks way pulled in and has a very uneven transfer from tread to sidewall with no shoulder support at all... very reminiscent of the 280 on a stock rear wheel.
I know there are clearance issues with the 150, but the front is a majority of your input to the road like push in turns and smooth transistions from lean to upright conditions and the 150 is made for a 3.5" rim. The 160 is made for a 4.25" to 5.00" rim.
I used a photo already on this thread to compare, no negativity meant towards the owner of this 109 or the other 109 owners. I ordered another Metz 150. The last picture is the super rare Metzler Dimension Chart for the ME880 wheels... well ok, lets just say it is hard to find sometimes on the net
Metz and Avon 160's will work if you run it in reverse. As far as clearance goes just make sure your fender clears on the backside. A couple guys have torn up the backside of the front fender after installing a 160.sorry but m confused about 160 front tire is good for curves more stable good for breaking will touch the fender or not because i got lights on my fronnt fender shut i run it with the tread backwards or whats going on help please