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Wet weather tires(5 posts)

Wet weather tiresTREKY
Jul 27, 2002 4:12 PM
Could I get some suggestions on a tire that has great traction in the rain for under 50.00 a tire.
Less diffference than you'd think, at least at my speedSilverback
Jul 27, 2002 8:29 PM
There are certainly measurable differences, but at least at my cautious speeds in the wet, I can't tell a difference. The contact patch is so small that tread seems pretty much irrelevant--you can't hydroplane. Tread is helpful on frosty patches or light mud, but I've ridden slicks in the rain, too. Basically, on bad surfaces (ice, paint stripes) nothing works, and on just plain wet pavement, everything does.
a real ' where the rubber meets the road' answerStarliner
Jul 27, 2002 8:44 PM
that's meant as a compliment by the way - I think good old honest experience beats scientifically based guesses any day, especially rainy ones
Opinions aboundKerry
Jul 28, 2002 4:56 PM
For my money, the top tires (Conti GP 3000, Michelin Axial Pro or AP Race, Vredestein Fortezza TriComp) are all about the same for wet weather traction. Others will tell you that there are huge differences, but they can never agree which way the differences run! All three are available in the low-mid $30 range.
Opinions aboundbradb
Jul 30, 2002 7:12 AM
Continental GP 4 season tires are durable and grippy in the wet.