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Can I change just one tire?

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    Can I change just one tire?

    I'm wondering what is the general rule about tires. Seems like my rear tire is more worn than my front. When I go do a tire change, can I just change out my rear tire or do people generally change both pairs. What about mix matching brands? Currently, I got Pirelli Super Corsa SC2 front and rear. I got some Dunlop NTECs that I was gonna throw on. I'm assuming that if you change out just one tire, then you at least stick with the same tire brand and model, right?

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    Re: Can I change just one tire?

    I always stuck with same brand/model, however I could generally replace the front every other rear. For example, I could get 4k/rear and 8k/front

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    Re: Can I change just one tire?

    sticking with the same brand, changing one out is fine. switching brands, change them both. and Pirelli and Dunlop I doubt will work well together because they are at opposite ends of the carcass stiffness spectrum

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    Re: Can I change just one tire?

    I've never had any problems running different brands and changing the front and rear at different times. I've now settled on a brand, so I just order a pair when one needs to be changed, and hang onto the other one until I need it.

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    Re: Can I change just one tire?

    Track? No idea.

    Street? Yes. All day. I know a number of people who prefer a front from one mfr and a rear from another. All good.

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    Re: Can I change just one tire?

    For the track stick with the same brand. I usually go 2 rears to a front with the Pirellis.

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    Re: Can I change just one tire?

    what are you using your bike for?

    personally, I can't tell the difference on the street...give me 2 sport bikes on a street ride with mismatching brands, and as long as the age/wear pattern is the same, the tires are going to feel the same for me

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    Re: Can I change just one tire?

    I usually do two rears to every front. We try to go matchy-matchy on track days, but since i'm not fast, I don't worry too much as long as thy are in good shape.

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