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Ultimate wet grip tires?(7 posts)

Ultimate wet grip tires?niteschaos
Jan 31, 2004 5:51 AM
I am looking for the ultimate wet grip clinchers. I don't care about how short the life is or anything like that because they will just be an emergancy race tire. Anyone have any personal experiences with what they felt was a tire that was very confidence inspiring in the rain?
re: Ultimate wet grip tires?lyleseven
Jan 31, 2004 11:34 AM
Have had good success in the wet with Vittoria All-Weather clincher, Stradius Extreme (panaracer) and Michelin Carbons.
I know it depends mainly on pressure and compound, but...niteschaos
Jan 31, 2004 3:52 PM
I'd heard that the Carbons weren't that hot in the rain. I know that it could just be that they were being run at too high of a pressure though. See, I'm about to mount a set of Carbons and was afraid that they wouldn't hold that well in the wet. In the dry I know you can crit on just about anything, even 10 dollar tires with ribbed tread (Conti Sport 1000s for example), but my experience has been that the wet really separates the good from the awesome.

But hey, if it turns out that I can corner well on wet Carbons, then I'll just be too happy not having to change tires for rainy crits.
I know it depends mainly on pressure and compound, but...lyleseven
Jan 31, 2004 8:46 PM
I have only ridden the carbons once in the rain. The Vittorias I have had out a number of times without any problem. Lower pressure (90-100 lbs) as opposed to 110-115.
Conti 4-Seasons (maybe)...DINOSAUR
Feb 2, 2004 1:26 PM
I don't know about "ultimate" but these are good winter tires. Although I had bad luck with mine. They wore like iron but I blew out a sidewall on my rear tire around 1K (not even showing tread wear). The first sidewall I have blown since the late 70's. I was not inflating to a extremely high psi (about 115), the re-enforced sidewalls seem easy to tear and hard to see because of the way they are constructed. I don't know if anyone has has had the same experience with these tires...maybe I just had bad luck....but I ride lousy roads and gravel is a big concern duing the winter months as a lot of folks have gravel driveway and the gravel spits out onto the road....
I had a friend whipe out on them.niteschaos
Feb 2, 2004 6:19 PM
We went through a turn at the same speed and same line and he wiped out on the 4-seasons. Could be he twitched or something, but I didn't see it. I was on Special C33 Tufos.
Conti 4-Seasons (maybe)...lyleseven
Feb 3, 2004 6:23 PM
I don't ride Contis but several cyclists I know complain of sidewall failure with these tires. Why they still ride them is beyond me.