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Old 26-02-16, 23:58
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Avon Trailrider

So I had to replace my front the other day and was going to go with a Distanzia that the shop still had, but thought I might as well take the plunge and go with the relacement model, the Trailrider.

Went to FWR in London, good blokes and always do their best on price.
I've only done about 60 miles commuting so far in the dry, but I have to say it seems pretty good so far. Seems to warm up fairly quickly and grips pretty well straight out of the shop, but I'm not pushing it just yet.

It does seem to turn in a fair bit quicker than the Distanzia and I'm finding I need to lighten my touch on the bars. The Distanzia needed a bit more leverage on the counter-steer to turn in. Might just be the newness of the tyre or a different profile, but starting to like it a lot already.

Found a good review of them on

http://earth-roamers.blogspot.com/20...railrider.html

Basically they took them on a 25,000 km ride on all surfaces and really put them to the test. It's a good read and you can click thru to the next instalment at the bottom of each page.

Now looking forward to my rear Distanzia wearing out so I can try a pair of Trailriders. Apparently the fronts outlast the rears quite well, so should all work out nicely. Don't think I'll be disappointed when the time comes. For the time being I can say they work ok together as a non matching pair.
Running 30psi as I did in the Distanzia. Apparently Avon have designed them to run fine with lower pressures. And supposedly they only start to cup on the front when they are nearly dead. A problem I always had a bit too early on the Distanzia.

Will update as I get more miles on them in different conditions.
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Old 27-02-16, 08:38
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Glad to hear your liking the Trail rider. ...I have heard it 'turns' in a bit quicker. The wet weather grip is supposed to be excellent , always a good thing. As stocks of Distanzia's run down I'll be switching to these tyres myself. .....so good to hear your thoughts on them. Steve
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Old 29-02-16, 19:27
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Happy to be the Guinea Pig Steve. Have high hopes that they may be an even better 'Distanzia'
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I´ll change to the Trailriders on my Tenere, when the Scouts I run now, are shot. I do like the Scouts(used three sets), but the more road orientated Trailriders seem the perfect follow-upsfor me, as I hardly do any offroad(only some gravel roads).
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Old 02-03-16, 08:59
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Happy to report that the wet weather grip thus far is proving to be very good indeed. Almost unnaturally good. Feedback is excellent. Not tried them in a deluge yet though.
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By way of an update. I'm now used to the different feel of the Trailrider front over the distanzia. Have to say they are equal if not slightly better. I'm back to a chicken strip of 2 or 3 mm on the rear Distanzia. Looking forward to getting a rear TR to match the front. Wet weather grip continues to be confidence inspiring.
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Old 27-05-16, 21:52
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Now a pair

Took the plunge a got the rear to match the front. Interestingly it's slowed the steering down a tad and all is good. Only managed about 5 miles before getting home, but already down to a 15mm chicken strip. High hopes these are going to be fun. Have to wait till Wednesday though. It had better not rain.
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Old 01-06-16, 08:03
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Well that jinxed it. Arse
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I installed a set of Avon Trailriders on my Xt660x today and the bike feels much better to me than when I had the old tyres on. Pirrelli Diablo I I.
They were good but so far today these fell better and give me more confidence in the cold wet and greasy conditions currently in the U.K at the moment.
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Old 18-07-17, 23:25
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Weird issue with trail rider

Further update.
I've noticed that the front tyre seems to have what can only be described as a weird notchy head bearing feel.
It's like there is a resistance to the tyre moving from dead straight to either side. It's only noticeable at low speed, but takes some getting used to.
Nothing wrong with the head bearings that I can detect when it's on the centre stand, wheel off the ground. MOT station didn't notice anything either.
Pressures are fine too.
Anyone else got this issue?
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