Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Waikato, New Zealand
For tyres, it all depends what you want from them.
For me the best front tyre is the Continental TKC-80, this gives enough 'bite' on gravel to allow for good grip and decent braking ability. Mine has done over 12,000km and still looks OK. A lot of that 12,000km has been road riding at decent speed with fast cornering. It works well on the seal and is lasting long enough, while not too expensive - I'll replace this with the same when the time comes.
I had a Mitas E07 which lasted around 10,000km and I've replaced that with a Mitas E07+
I'm very happy with the new tyre and find that it works well on the road, while being OK on anything other than slippery mud (most tyres are rubbish on mud, unless they are the sort of tyres that are rubbish on sealed roads). I think the E07 is closer to being a 60/40 than a true 50/50 tyre, but it is performing well for my use and will hopefully give a decent mileage, over 8,000km will make me happy enough to replace with the same when the time comes.
I'm using the TL (Tubeless) versions rather than the TT (Tube Type).
I won't use a TKC-80 rear tyre because they are expensive and don't last, making them very uneconomic. If you have money to burn and want a more off-road oriented tyre then you might be happy to use this tyre.