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Question about tires. Tread or no tread?(8 posts)

Question about tires. Tread or no tread?Mazinger
Apr 29, 2003 6:43 AM
I finally wore out the factory tires on my bike and I'm looking for a replacement. I've been looking around the shops. Being new to road riding, I have a question about tire types.

What's the ideal type of tire to use? The ones with tread or the "slick" no-tread types? I ride mostly on MUTs.

Thanks.
re: Question about tires. Tread or no tread?ringroadwarrior
Apr 29, 2003 7:03 AM
I think a lot of it is personal preference, combined with the conditions in which you will be riding.
I have been using Michelin Pro Race tires for about a year now, and love them. The only time I have had a traction problem I was riding in the rain,which is something I very rarely do. I have ridden them on wet,not saturated,roads and had no probs. They are a very good race/training tire as well.
re: Question about tires. Tread or no tread?utxjohne
Apr 29, 2003 7:11 AM
I agree its personal preference. Unless you are racing or just like the feel of slicks its probably not going to hurt you to get a treaded tire. Tires are cheap enough that you can get both and try them out or switch for pending weather.
Depends.Spoke Wrench
Apr 29, 2003 8:16 AM
My vote is for treadless for pretty much everything except loose rocky mountain bike trails.
re: Question about tires. Tread or no tread?StmbtDave
Apr 29, 2003 11:16 AM
The Vittoria rep told me that tread or no tread makes no difference on a road tire. The contact area is too small for the tread to make a difference. He also said because of the small contact area, there is an enormous lbs/sq in pressure on the road so it is impossible for a road tire to hydroplane. The tire manufacturers put a tread pattern on tires simply because consumers expect it.

Dave
Tread makes a noise, too. Maybe it's in my head, but I thinkbill
Apr 29, 2003 11:36 AM
that slicks feel smoother and faster. I'll go with slicks any day, under any conditions (with the exception of slush, loose crap, or mud, which is a bad day on skinny tires no matter what you do).
Its probably in your headFez
Apr 30, 2003 7:43 AM
The buzz is more a function of casing and rubber. I had bad slicks that made a squishy buzz all the time. I have Conti GP3000s that have tread but are very quiet.

In a straight line, tread makes absolutely no difference.

The difference, if any, would be on a turn. If so, I think it would be primarily on the front wheel. The rear would hardly show an effect slick or treaded.
re: Question about tires. Tread or no tread?asgelle
Apr 29, 2003 1:46 PM
Slick tires have lower rolling resistance due to the abscence of tread squirm. They also have higher adhesion due to the higher contact area (area is lost in the tread pattern). Tread will only increase traction on surfaces soft enough for the tread to leave an imprint. So ask yourself what you need in a tire and choose accordingly.