Steven.Carter wrote:I've a speed master at the front and the SM at the rear. I've got around 7 thousand miles from the front but the rear is still going great after around 8 thousand miles, it looks good for I reckon around 15 thousand miles which is good value. A Mitas tyre that I had on the rear a few years ago only lasted 5 thousand miles before cracks appeared.
I buy my tyres from local tyre fitter who makes a good job of fitting them. Although he wants to sue Ariel for the term "quickly detachable wheel" I have to remove the wheels now for him
Dave.Barkshire wrote:I really like the current Avons (speedmaster 20x3/SM Mk2 19x3.50) on rigid Ariels. These modern Mk2 rear tyres have a rounded profile rather than the old square profile.
They don't last anywhere near as long as the old tyres but they do seem to grip very well. Living on the edge of Exmoor means that I eat rear tyres in no time, maybe 5000 miles max but if you live somewhere normal you should do much better.
Regarding handling, the tyres seem to be very tolerant of pressure variations but I do find that the old published pressures do not seem to work so well in modern tyres and I usually run mine with a bit more air.
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