View Full Version : Mix and match slicks.

29-04-2014, 07:21 PM
So, I recently put on a new set of slicks to replace the ones that came on the trackbike I bought. I went from tyres that were worn and a bit blue, but just felt amazing, to a set that the front was greta, but the rear didn't allow me to drive as hard as I would like.

The front as I said I liked, it's a Pirelli Superbike pro, the rear, well, I am going to cut grooves in it and use it as a roadtyre and just hope its not looked at to closely...

Now, to my question, mixing brands etc. I am looking to get another set of the metzelers put on, but do I need a set of tyres? Can I leave the front on, which was nice, and put a different rear slick, brand, compound without any ill effects?

Sorry if this seems like a stupid question, but as I said, slicks are a pretty new concept to me.

Thanks in advance,


Little Mick
29-04-2014, 08:08 PM
yep... its quite common.. just consider tyre sizes and radius as that will also affect how the bike handles.

29-04-2014, 08:56 PM
In theory it might affect it. In practice I regularly switch between different brands and sizes, particularly the rear, without noticing much difference. Mix it up - you'll be fine :peace:

29-04-2014, 08:56 PM
I only run unmatched front and rear slicks

29-04-2014, 09:29 PM
I notice different fronts or different size rears (i.e. 180 or 190)... That's about it though

30-04-2014, 10:10 AM
purchase the tyres marshy has up for sale atm, I have never used UKntecs but everybody rants about I mean everybody, wish I had the coin


30-04-2014, 01:06 PM
Uk front is gold

30-04-2014, 06:11 PM
Cheers for the replies, have already got a new set of the metzelers ordered, will try both with the front pirelli and the metzeler to see if i notice the difference!

9 more sleeps!

30-04-2014, 06:21 PM
just to confirm, you are still talking about the superbike PRO front ?

30-04-2014, 06:29 PM
Yes mate, I'm not going to bother with the rear again, I didn't have any issues with the front. I was talking to a bloke today who runs the superbike PRO front with an SC2 rear. Also I was told that the metz K2 slick is basically the same as the SC2 Pirelli slick, so going on what has been mentioned here, I shouldn't have any issues with running a metzeler K2 slick with the PRO front?


30-04-2014, 07:24 PM
If you do have a problem, it won't be with the rear, and you like the front so you're all set.