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I washed out the front end the other day and the tire, a Maxxis Minion DHF 2.3 developed a wobble which remained after truing the rim and completely removing and re-installing the tire. Esteemed and knowledgeable members, I ask you if the tire is OK to ride or if it should be replaced? Thanks!

 

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If it's on the rear, I wouldn't worry about it, if it's on the front, I'd be concerned. If right now it's on the front, swap or keep it as a rear :skep: Curious if you tried pumping it up to max PSI to see if that helped "straighten" it back any? I've done this in the past and it has helped sometimes, but still would run as a rear, because as said, casing is probably well damaged.
 

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I had a tire with a wobble in the casing, though nowhere near that bad. Then one ride it got a lot worse, more like yours. I replaced it. So what I'm saying is, it very well may get worse and I'm not sure I would want to be riding it when that happened. I'd buy a new tire. I'm also, uh, thrifty.
 

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I had this happen to my front DHF EXO 2.5 (27.5). Landed hard on a hit and felt/heard a rub on my fender. I thought I bent rim but after investigating it was tire. Reseated, pressed it up and down a few times and it improved a bit but always had a pretty good wobble.

I ran it for a few months with no issues and recently replaced due to normal wear. I inspected internals when it was replaced and could not see anything obvious. I'm mostly tight/tech XC type New England singletrack so I decided to chance it and see how it went. If I was rolling lots of fast downhills I may have reconsidered.

Only you can determine if you're comfortable living with it. This is similar to plugging a nail hole in a motorcycle tire...if you're constantly thinking about it failing and causing a crash then it's probably best to replace.
 

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I had this happen to a car tyre once. You could hardly see the deviation but you could feel it. Took me ages to identify it, at first I thought it was a wheel bearing. It was the second time I'd suffered a structural issue with that brand of tyre and I haven't bought them again since.
 

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Thanks to all for your replies.

FYI - it's a front tire on the front wheel. from the responses here and elsewhere, i believe it's casing damage, not a bead seating issue.

i'm gonna bite the bullet replace it.
 

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Tube or tubeless?

What temporarily works for me is to lower the pressure (careful if tubeless), adjust the tire manually, then put normal pressure again. Does not solve 100% but makes the ride less shaky.
 

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Tube or tubeless?

What temporarily works for me is to lower the pressure (careful if tubeless), adjust the tire manually, then put normal pressure again. Does not solve 100% but makes the ride less shaky.
I just mounted set of new tires yesterday and afterward notice decided low spots as the wheels rotate. Will deflate, try to "adjust" the low points, then re-inflate. Will let you know.
 

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My new front tire is a Maxxis Minion DHR II 3C EXO 2.3. Yup, a rear tire on the front wheel.

Previously, I had run Minion DHF 2.3 tires on both front and rear cuz this setup had positive reviews on the net and saved some weight. I was unsatisfied with the DHF on the rear wheel, though, cuz the sidewalls couldn't handle load and wept sealant like crazy. So I put a DHR II DC EXO 2.3 and am happy with it.
The DHF upfront did not have leaky sidewalls, but after that last crash damaged the sidewall and created that wobble, I didn't trust or want another DHF. I have been riding more aggressively lately and wanted a burlier tire which is why I put a rear tire on the front wheel. This setup has also received positive reviews on the webz, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it works. The 3C up front is a little grippier than the DC in the back. I'm expecting sweetness with this latest setup and will update the results in the coming days. Adios, amigos.
 
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