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Not bad as in worn, but bad as in bad. I have 2 pair of Hutchinson Bulldogs laying around from recent bike purchases. I have been unsuccessful in trying to sell them and just can't bring myself to toss 4 brand new tires. Has anyone tried running one of these on the rear with a better corning tire up front? They are decently light weight after all, just not the best in the corners.
 

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Crappy tires on the rear make for a more interesting mountain bike experience IMHO. Steep climbs that are easy with a nice set of tires suddenly become a lot more technical when you're fighting for traction. Plus you can act like a grade-schooler and see how far you can skid the rear tire on pavement (I managed to make my OEM tires smoke at 30mph :) )

As far as cornering, I very rarely feel the back-end wiggle at all and don't notice a huge difference as long as I have a good tire up front.
 

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Not bad as in worn, but bad as in bad. I have 2 pair of Hutchinson Bulldogs laying around from recent bike purchases. I have been unsuccessful in trying to sell them and just can't bring myself to toss 4 brand new tires. Has anyone tried running one of these on the rear with a better corning tire up front? They are decently light weight after all, just not the best in the corners.
I've never used a Bulldog, but I agree, the tread looks awful for a front tire, but I wouldn't hesitate to use one on the rear. Maybe you should just use them on the rear or send them to me. ;)
 

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Well, with the tires you could make a hat, or a broach, or a pterydactyl...



Or gain some karma and give them to someone in need (kid, friend, local bike club, bike shop, etc) that doesn't push their tires to the limits. At least they will get used and not hang in the garage as a waste of oil.

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I'd say that's the best idea, give them to someone who needs tyres and would appreciate and use them. I can't say that I've had all the horros with my bulldog owners seem to have. I have used them both front and rear and rear only and find it's OK enough - can't even begin to compare to my Nevegals I've got now, but hey what can>?>

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................Or gain some karma and give them to someone in need (kid, friend, local bike club, bike shop, etc) that doesn't push their tires to the limits. At least they will get used and not hang in the garage as a waste of oil.

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I actually got back from a ride with the Bulldogs on the rear. I felt bad for my wife have them front and rear so I gave her one of my Fire Pros for the front. It did not seem to be bad at all on the rear; no loss of traction or cornering on the rocky, rooty, damp hardpack. I seem to have my fix now and will keep the 2nd set to give to someone who may need them.
 

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someone needs them

Most cities have a guy/girl/org that puts together bikes for needy kids out of the castoffs that collect at shops, ask your LBS.
Here in Denver its a guy named Bruce, he's been doing it for years.
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I actually like them, front and rear, in certain conditions. My 2.1 Tubeless Light felt perfect at the Kingdom Trails VT this past week-end. It wasn't very muddy and not too rocky either, they were fast and never let me down.

When I ride on my regular tech rock and root filled local trails though, the front is not the best choice. The thread is not very wide and the side knobs aren't the best, small and very high on the casing so you can't lean the bike too far and expect a secure, locked-in the corner grip. I just changed my setup for a Barracuda 2.3 UST front and a Spider UST Light 2.1 rear... That Barracuda must be twice as heavy as a Bulldog UST Light though.
 

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What I did with a pair of new WTB tires I had lying around. In our group there was a guy on a cheap bike worked hard hours for little money, told him I had a pair of tires for him, he wanted to pay loads and I said they were only in the way, gave me a better feeling than getting under my feet. It improved his performance and enjoyment no end...
 

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Eactamundo :D That's a great thing you did and I bet the guy realy appreciated it. I know the feeling when I first get into somethng and it seems so expensive and people give me their "old" stuff they don't want. NOw I'm sort of in the same boat with bikes,'cept I'm the one with spares parts, tyres that I don't mind giving to someone who's just starting out or needs them.

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What I did with a pair of new WTB tires I had lying around. In our group there was a guy on a cheap bike worked hard hours for little money, told him I had a pair of tires for him, he wanted to pay loads and I said they were only in the way, gave me a better feeling than getting under my feet. It improved his performance and enjoyment no end...
 
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