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Well, I've returned from my cross-Canada journey and I have to say - I like these tires, a lot! They are excellent.

Almost exactly 15,000 kilometers of riding on them before the rear was completely warn out. The front actually still has some life left.

I'd highly recommend the Trekriders to anyone looking for a good 50/50 tire.

Here are some observations:

On pavement it felt as good as the Pilot Road 4 Trails I had on my Varadero - which says a lot - they're that good.

I pushed them on twisty roads, rode in wet and rain on several occasions - excellent in all conditions.

Offroad they are steady and predictable and bite into surface well. I'd say about 10% of my time on these tires was in gravel and dirt road use. Worked well in packed dirt, loose gravel and even oatmeal type muck. The only place they didn't work well was loose sandy surfaces, but I'd guess that only a true knobby would work there.

It's a single compound tire and wears evenly through its life. The tires remained easy to turn in and cornered the same throughout their use right to the end.

I had a front flat (twice) on my journey and it was easy to remove the tire with simple hand tools.

At 15,000 kilometres they go on, and on, and on. If you use them primarily for dirt and gravel I'd say at about 12,000 kilometres they would stop being useful. On the pavement they were fine all the way.

If you're looking for a long-life and multi-purpose tire this is an excellent one. I've got a set of Mitas E-07 and Shinko 804/805 tires to try next to compare but I can safely say this is one of my favourite tires to date - period.

In the photos below you'll see that the rear tire is flat and worn across the surface and right to the bottom of the tread. The front has about 3mm left and still corners fine so could probably go at least another 1,000-1,500 kilometres.
 

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Avon Trailrider

I'm curious and will remain so. Apparently, the one business in Canada that had a line on these tires no longer knows if they'll ship to Canada this summer. Hmmm. Bummer they look like a really great tire and I've tried the Heidenaus, Mefo Explorer (basically the same), so the only other 50/50 or 60/40 tire that I might try next is the Metzeler Karoo 3.

Their next closest tire is the Avon Trailrider which also looks promising and gets excellent reviews. I was just hoping for more of a compromise leaning towards gravel/fire road and offroad. Not a full dirt tire and not a 90/10 tires like the Trailrider.

I am going to put on the Shinko 804/805 tires this summer instead.

If anyone gets to try these out I'd be curious.
Have been running on Avon Trailriders for about 1000 miles. FAR superior on the road to the lousy Dunlop skins the bike came with. Time will tell for mileage, got nearly 10K miles out of the Dunlops, which was the only good thing about them. Haven't had the AT's off-road yet, my off-road days now are mostly gravel and hard-pan surfaces, so a 70/30 or so is just fine... When I get them dirty and accumulate more miles I'll post again..
 

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I'm about halfway through the Shinko 804/805 combo and the Avon TrekRiders are still better tires all-round in my opinion if you're not doing any really muddy trails or sandy terrain. They'll be a much better 50/50 or 70/30 than most tires out there.
 

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Only got 4600 miles out of the rear Avon Trailrider!!! Right down to the cords!!! Front made it to nearly 10K miles... Mounted a Shinko 705 on the rear when the Avon wore out. Good handling, not bad in gravel and hard pan, wearing well, expect 8000 miles plus, fair trade for being a lot less expensive... Have a set of Dunlop Trailsmart to try next...
 
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