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Does anyone have experience- good or bad- with using different brands of tires front and back i.e. Conti 4000 front and Michelin Pro Race rear? I've always run matched pairs but am thinking of trying this.
 

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whc said:
Does anyone have experience- good or bad- with using different brands of tires front and back i.e. Conti 4000 front and Michelin Pro Race rear? I've always run matched pairs but am thinking of trying this.
I think a better combo would be a Pro Race rear and a Pro Light on the front... or maybe a Carbon on the rear and a Pro Race on the front.
 

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Makes NO difference

whc said:
Does anyone have experience- good or bad- with using different brands of tires front and back i.e. Conti 4000 front and Michelin Pro Race rear? I've always run matched pairs but am thinking of trying this.
This is unequivocally NOT an issue. Each tire is experiencing its own set of conditions and they don't interact in any way differently than if they were the same brand/model. People mix tires all the time, within brands (different models and/or sizes) and between brands.
 

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Mountian bikes not only mix brands, but also mix tread desighns and even tire sizes...
 

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That's not true

Kerry Irons said:
This is unequivocally NOT an issue. Each tire is experiencing its own set of conditions and they don't interact in any way differently than if they were the same brand/model. People mix tires all the time, within brands (different models and/or sizes) and between brands.
There can be some advantages of mixing tires. I run a slightly more flat-resistant rear tire (Specialized Mondo- thicker tread, "flak-jacket" casing) on my race bike with a Pro Race on the front. I've found the Pro Races to corner more predictably in the rain than the Specialized tire, so I run it up front for that reason. I've gotten fewer than average miles (atleast in comparison to others on this board) with running Pro Races on the rear wheel, so I usually put a thicker-treaded tire there.

This year's season has been unusually rainy and the roads really crappy, so I've had to run a heavier, thicker rear tire to lessen my chances of flatting. I rarely run thin, light-weight tires on both wheels unless the conditions are dry and the roads fairly clean. Flats really have a thing for ruining a good race.

As far as the two tires you mention, I'd say it's a toss-up, since on paper they're pretty similar in construction. I know I probably wouldn't notice.
 
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