mag trainer eating my tires



MidBunchLurker

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M2cycler said:
i've heard people write of how indoor trainers shred tires but i thought they were exagerating. now its happened to me after just 1 hour on the trainer. i basically need a new tire after that one use.

does anyone know how to reduce tire wear or which tires fair well to trainer use.

the tire i used was a maxxis xenith 23.

thanks

Maxxis Xenith is a soft race tyre AFAIK. Definitely not going to last in a trainer. I use Conti Ultrasports for my trainer - it's the one that Continental recommends from their range for trainers. Its got a nice hard rubber compound. You definitely won't want to race on it, but its great as a training tyre.
 

PixelPusher

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How's the rim drive trainer holding up? Any noticeable wear on your rims?


malcomm said:
I use the Minoura rim drive trainer. It contacts the brake surfaces of the rim rather than the tire.

If you are killing enough tires then it might be worth changing the trainer??

malcom
 

Jim R

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PixelPusher said:
How's the rim drive trainer holding up? Any noticeable wear on your rims?
I have a rim drive trainer and have never had any problems with wear or slippage. I would never buy a trainer without the rim drive anymore.
 

malcomm

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PixelPusher said:
How's the rim drive trainer holding up? Any noticeable wear on your rims?
No wear at all. The drive is by big rubber wheels so there shouldn't be any rim wear. Maybe chew the drive wheels out eventually though but no visable wear there either.
 

afroboy

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M2cycler said:
i've heard people write of how indoor trainers shred tires but i thought they were exagerating. now its happened to me after just 1 hour on the trainer. i basically need a new tire after that one use.

does anyone know how to reduce tire wear or which tires fair well to trainer use.

the tire i used was a maxxis xenith 23.

thanks
I use a mag "Rim" trainer which creates its resistance off your brake rim to avoid chewin thru the tyres. Manoura make a number of these models. You do have to change the little wheel rubbers on the trainer but these are a hard compound and havent had to change mine yet.
Cheers
 

Johnny O-R

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I put a couple of layers of electrical tape over the tyre - one per hour on the trainer - and this seems to keep the wear down also.
 

zewol

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Dunno if that's been suggested before but Continental as just released a new tire made entirely for indoor training, and at just 20$ can its not much of a burden to get one!...I saw released because I saw it at the Toronto bike show so maybe its not in your LBS but it'll be soon
 

NSM3

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I switched from a Minoura 500 to a 1200 last night and the instructions for the 1200 cover this subject of tyre wear.

They recommend that tyre deflection/compression should be no more than 3mm to prevent excessive tyre wear and trainer overheating - sounds feasible?