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Old 05-25-2014, 02:54 PM   #1
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Battle Wing off pavement tire pressure?

For original equipment Bridgestone Battle Wing tires on an F700GS . . what's a reasonable 'lowered' tire pressure for riding gravel forestry/fire roads? Rider is 170 lbs, one up, light load.
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Old 05-25-2014, 03:55 PM   #2
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I ride off road with my battlewings at 0 psi....
....they are in the shed.
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Old 05-25-2014, 04:04 PM   #3
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Sorry, Im in a bad mood....see Rekluse thread.

Remembering the limitations of your battle wings off road (gravel roads, fire trails), I would suggest a tyre pressure of around 24psi off road. You can go lower, but it will sacrifice the ability to protect your rims oon impact. You can go higher, but it will impact grip.
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Old 05-25-2014, 04:35 PM   #4
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Hey Hamish 71, is that 24 cold or up to operating temp that you're suggesting? I hear you on the Battle Wings . . since I ride about 70% road 30% gravel they seem like a good compromise for me.
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Old 05-26-2014, 03:41 PM   #5
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With cast rims it's better not to drop the pressures at all. With the BattleWings you're not going to gain any more traction really it's just going to improve the ride quality and reduce the bounciness. For anything more serious than smooth gravel the BattleWings are going to struggle. I just fitted some E-07s and they are light years ahead in the traction stakes. I'll be running these at about 25psi front and 28-30psi rear.
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Old 05-26-2014, 04:18 PM   #6
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Wicked Loaded question deserves a loaded answer

Another dreaded question!! If a rider gets comfort from lowering air pressure, go ahead, just beware of rim damage. Honestly and IMHO, there is little to be gained doing this on a non rim locked tire, go low enough to make any real difference and you loose your rim protection and risk spinning the tire on the rim.
To answer your question? No more than 5 PSI below recommended pressure...
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Hey Hamish 71, is that 24 cold or up to operating temp that you're suggesting? I hear you on the Battle Wings . . since I ride about 70% road 30% gravel they seem like a good compromise for me.
So, I would put the battlewings in the 90/10 category. If you really ride 70/30...maybe K60 Scouts?

hot or cold its not going to matter much
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Old 05-27-2014, 08:23 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone. Thinking about it a little more, I'm realistically no more than 20% on gravel, and not riding aggressively at all. Think I'll just drop them 4 lbs (so 28 front 32 back cold) to gain a small advantage on the gravel and call it done.
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