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Old 2019-12-06, 03:31 PM   #9
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Location: Stockon, UK
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For Muni you need to mount the tyre as a front tyre if it has a direction it.

Direction on tyres is only partly due to the tread pattern, it is mainly to do with the weave within the carcass of the tyre. The weave within the carcass is designed either to keep it's shape under load or collapse under load (this depending on the direction the tyre is fitted). So on a bike you a front tyre will need to keep it's shape under braking and the rear tyre under acceleration.

For unicyclists, generally speaking we need to keep the shape of the tyre on descents, so this is similar to a front tyre. We do not have the sharp acceleration like bikes so that the tyre deforms going forward is not a problem, in fact it offers additional grip.

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