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    Wasn't sure if anyone had posted this, but hope it might make some aware. Got the tyres on the Z done yesterday, and had a right hoo-hah with the garage about the directional arrow on Conti Road Attack front tyre, which was pointing the wrong way. He said he'd book me in to have it changed around if I wanted.

    Tyre shop he got them done at rang me earlier, and pointed me to the Continental website, where I found, in the details of the Road Attack tyre, the following statement (they did offer to change them, but it was up to me);

    "ContiRoad Attack Direction?
    The orientation of the ContiRoad Attack front has recently been revised. Conti Germany responded to feed-back from the UK and other markets about maximising the already incredible durability of the original front tread pattern. After the launch of the ContiSport Attack test riders commented on the fact that the reversed tread direction gave much more uniform wear across the tyres section and so the ContiRoad Attack front pattern was switched in late October 2006 to take advantage of this better wear characteristic. Some confusion exists because some European plants outside of Germany have a tread mould with small arrows at the edge of the tread near the sidewall, these arrows should be ignored. These moulds are being replaced. ContiRoad attack customers may be offered the same tyre with apparently two different directions of rotation. The tread pattern on both tyres is fine. Riders should be aware that all relevant and legally required information regarding speed rating and direction of rotation is moulded into the side-wall of the tyre, not the tread, so be sure your tyre is fitted in accordance with the directional arrow on the sidewall regardless of which way the pattern runs. "

    In short - if our road attack looks the wrong way round from the tread, there are small arrows around the tyre wall, which you've got to look fairly closely for) that clarify which way they should be going.

    Hope this of some help to others!

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    Default Re: Continental tyres - tread direction???

    Quote Originally Posted by Pandamonium View Post
    In short - if our road attack looks the wrong way round from the tread, there are small arrows around the tyre wall, which you've got to look fairly closely for) that clarify which way they should be going.

    Hope this of some help to others!
    This thread has so far increased the net level of confusion in my life:

    Quote Originally Posted by Pandamonium View Post
    a tread mould with small arrows at the edge of the tread near the sidewall, these arrows should be ignored.

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    Default Re: Continental tyres - tread direction???

    Its funny you should post this, I have recently fitted a pair to the Fazer and noticed yesterday that the front tread pattern looks to be the wrong way round but the direction arrow is pointing the right way.
    Bought mine online from Germany in Dec so they should be ok

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    Default Re: Continental tyres - tread direction???

    Quote Originally Posted by Foxy View Post
    This thread has so far increased the net level of confusion in my life:
    I was confused too.

    Basically, if you have road attacks on, and the tread direction looks the opposite way round to your back tyre, or the direction of travel arrow on the tread of the tyre is the wrong way, your front tyre is actually on the right way!!!


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    Think i'll stay with Pilot road 2's

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    Default Re: Continental tyres - tread direction???

    The tread direction on the front is always opposite to the rear.

    Or so I thought. Just had a trawl through a few dozen pics of bikes (posted by their owners on the forums) where the tread pattern of both tyres can be seen - and about one bike in six has the tread pattern running the same way front and rear! I'm fairly convinced that means something like 1 in 6 bikes have their tyres fitted wrongly. (Also took a look at pics of a dozen or so new bikes of various types and makes and every one of those has tread patterns reversed front to rear.)

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    I just fitted a Maxxis with the arrows pointing the wrong way.

    I’ll take it off straightaway, just as soon as it’s worn out.

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    Default Re: Continental tyres - tread direction???

    Quote Originally Posted by ink ink View Post
    I just fitted a Maxxis with the arrows pointing the wrong way.

    I’ll take it off straightaway, just as soon as it’s worn out.
    The tyres are fitted directionally to stop the thread delaminating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julian_Boolean View Post
    The tyres are fitted directionally to stop the thread delaminating.
    Yeah yeah, hugely important lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julian_Boolean View Post
    The tyres are fitted directionally to stop the thread delaminating.
    I was told that it was something like the way the 'fabric' base layer strip was overlapped, running the wrong direction could weaken the join.

    But I would imagine that you'd have to be giving it some grief to achieve that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julian_Boolean View Post
    The tyres are fitted directionally to stop the thread delaminating.
    As instuctors, we used to go to tyre seminars to learn stuff. On the quiet, the geezers from Dunlop and Pirelli said it was OK to 'turn' a tyre to double life.

    I used to get 3 track days from a rear. Turn it round, and get 2 more

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yorick View Post
    As instuctors, we used to go to tyre seminars to learn stuff. On the quiet, the geezers from Dunlop and Pirelli said it was OK to 'turn' a tyre to double life.

    I used to get 3 track days from a rear. Turn it round, and get 2 more
    Presumably you mean 'put it on't wrong way round' and it would go to 5? Not that turning it around after 3 made it last 2 more?

    Anywayup, did they tell you what the point is of the arrows / directional tread pattern, if they can be used either way and actually last longer the 'wrong' way?

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