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rain tires(6 posts)

rain tirescollinsc
Sep 26, 2001 12:24 PM
looking for some good wet weather tires. my axial carbons, as much as i like them in most conditions, just arent up to par on the really wet stuff.

what are your favorite wet tires?

Thanks
Chad
re: rain tiresguido
Sep 26, 2001 12:49 PM
Well, a slick actually provides more contact patch on the road than any treaded tire, so is better on smooth asphalt, even if wet. If you hit sand, don't brake or try to turn, and you'll be okay. I do all my wet riding on 700x28C, for an even fatter contact patch than 25C or narrower. The narrower the tire the less traction you'll get, wet or dry. I'm running Conti Ultra 2000's now and they're great on wet roads.
Now, I don't do a whole lot of rainy riding, but, for what Ibill
Sep 26, 2001 12:51 PM
have done, I've been amazed at how well plain ol' good slicks do and how sh*tty anything with knobs, ridges, depressions, etc., has done. Which comports with what I've read. Despite marketing of bike rubber with supposedly special characteristics that we compare to good car rain tires by analogy, the best bike rain tires are those that keep the most area possible of their contact patch in contact with the asphalt; i.e., slicks. The difference between car tires and bike tires is that car tires present a square contact patch that sweeps the water before it, and the straight leading edge of the contact patch easily will hydroplane if the water has nowhere to go. So, car tires have variously designed depressions to allow the water to escape. Bike tires, on the other hand, present a cigar-shaped contact patch, with a pointed leading edge, which naturally pushes water aside. Which is not to say that I think that traction is as good with a slick wet or dry but just that the best available is a slick, which keeps the maximum area of rubber on the road.
re: rain tiresSkunkWorks
Sep 26, 2001 1:21 PM
I like Axial Pros in the rain the most, which I thought would be very similar to the Carbons, although I have no experience with them. Another good rain tire is any natural rubber slick, such as the Continental Ultra 2000. The main thing you want is to get as much rubber on the road as possible. A little wider tire (23-28 mm) with 10 psi less pressure than normal, and no tread is best. It may seem counter intuitive, but tread really does nothing for grip and hydroplaning is not an issure with a bike tire.

I just got back from a typical NW rain ride, as the long rain season starts again till next July, so I do practice what I preach. The good thing is that I can put away the sun screen for the next 9 months.
Another vote for Conti Ultra 2000char
Sep 26, 2001 6:21 PM
They work for me land, sea, or air.

They have been my first choice for commuting, they hold up very well on road, fire roads and single-track. Be sure to use size 25C or 28C, forget about the narrow stuff. I ride in the NoCal Bay area; due to the coastal fog roads are wet year round, these tires work very well. Available for around $20-25 for the wire bead version.

Charlie
re: rain tiresDAC
Sep 27, 2001 6:44 AM
The more tread a tire has, the more water it throws up into the air! Better have fenders!!!!