I tried searching, but if this one has been discussed it’s well-buried. Unlike the TA and Coker tires, the Nightrider has a directional element to its tread pattern. The cross-grooves form big X’s across the tire, but there is also a subtle curvature to the grooves which introduces a directional element. I’m not sure how else to describe it, and it’s not as marked as you see in the illustrations below, but there is still a difference and if you look at it one way the cross-grooves in the Xs appear to “bow up”. So, how have people mounted the tire? Did you mount like Scenario A below, or Scenario B? And either way, did you do it deliberately, noticing the difference in advance, or did you just throw the tire on the rim same as you would a coker or TA, and take it whichever way it ended up?
Most if not all “directional” tires have an > arrow that indicates the direction of rotation. The pic of the nightrider leads me to think that it is NOT a directional tire; unless it does have that arrow on the sidewall.
Most if not all “directional” tires have an > arrow on the sidewall which indicates the direction of rotation. The pic of the nightrider leads me to believe that it is NOT a directional tire; unless it does have that arrow on the sidewall.
Josh from UDC told me that you want to have the curves to the back, since the water should be pushed out the back. Not sure if it actually makes a difference though, I highly doubt it would until you’re going very, very fast into the perfect puddle… Hydroplaning on a unicycle!