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just got a new set of tires conti sport attacks been running road attacks for the past two sets and fancied something a bit stickier, my problem is the front tire seems to have the direction of rotation the wrong way, has anybody else seen this or run these tires so they could post up some pictures please?? i have tried contacting conitinental but cant get a reply :banghead:banghead
 

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so avons run the front tire tread backwards too?
 

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Look on the side wall, it should tell you which way it should be rotating.
 

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i had them and loved them. most tires from front to back are different facing treads.the front treads face backwards. sorry no up close pics
 

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Like my sport attacks, but dont love them!!! Lots of straight line roads here and have put lots of miles on them. good in the turns, so far it hasnt slipped yet but i havent pushed them scary far yet either. i prefer a much stickier tread but cant afford new tires every month!!
 

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I currently have a pair of race attacks and they're OK.
There is a -> indicator which way it should be mounted.

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So is this how every body has fitted there continental sport attacks because this is how the arrows are showing me and im sure that front tire is not right way tread??

 

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wow.. that is an interesting photo :dowhat
 

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Somebody please help me this is starting to get me down now, not even the local bike shops can help me :bawling:bawling
 

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Can help you with what? Putting the front tire on the right way around? That's easy, just go by the arrow on the sidewall.
 

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The arrow on the sidewall has to point in the same direction than the arrow on the rim and both have to spin the right way when you ride. That's pretty clear, isn't it?

For 0° radial carcass slicks it doesn't depend, but I wouldn't try to reverse a road tyre.

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Yeah i know tires must be fitted with the arrow facing rotation direction as i am a tire fitter/mechanic by trade, but the tread on the front tire does not seem to be facing the right way compared to the rear in other words it looks like it should be facing the other way, i ahve been around all the local bike shops today and even they have said it looks wrong, and it is not the first time that a tire manufacturer has got the directional arrows in there moulds wrong (pirelli had to call back a batch of theirs two months ago)

all i need to know if people have there sport attack tires fitted like the picture above so i can compare if mine are marked up wrong? as continental could have a faulty marked batch of tires
 

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Just go by the arrow, it is extremely common for tread on front tires to look backwards as compared to the rear. If conti had printed the arrows backwards there would already have been a huge recall. It makes perfect sense anyway - the rear tire is primarily concerned with absorbing torque from the engine, while the front is only worried about braking. With that in mind it would be odd if the tread looked like it was in the same direction.
 

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the arrow on the tyre does show direction and no not a stuff up, have been using these for 2 years and love them, running Sport Attack (K) front (made for ZX1400 Kawas, different carcass construction) Road Attack Rear in (C) construction. (Made for BMW) superb mileage and great grip in all conditions, have run them at track days, over dirt, snow, pelting rain etc, current rears done 7,000k's front 12,000
 

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I feel ya MadMat87....

I look at that front pattern and think.... huh... hows that gooona help STOP HYDROPLANING. the arrow...for a lack of description... appears that it would pump/direct water to the center of the tire... increasing the amount of water=less grip=hydroplane!!

Its always made sense to my feeble little brain when i have looked at tread patterns and figured out how the water was to be "channeled away" from the center... :dowhat
 

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Aquaplaning is very little a problem for motorbike tyres. As a Dunlop spcecialist once said: In the wet, it's the compound that makes the difference, not the thread pattern.

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yes very true re the compound for water dispersion, the conti has a very high silica content in the molecular construction... the sipes on the tryre outer edge is where the water esscapes, tread pattern also accounts for less than 4% of the handling charecteristics
 

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Rufer..... That explains why i run Pilot Power tires... :laugh


really though... thanks for that info....allthough with all the groves in the Race Spec Rain Tires... i have to think they do help.
 
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