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  • Best tyre for hard "car-park-slippy" surfaces?
  • Premier Icon hock
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    You might have heard of (or even participated in) the Evans Cycles Urban Dual multi-storey car park race in Cardiff last year:

    what would be the best tyre for these kind of less-grippy-than-tarmac surfaces?

    I thought of Maxxis DTH-style profile but assume it would need extra tacky compound.

    Any 26″ tyre recommendations?

    Cheers!

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    SB8s or some kind of moto?


    http://www.stif.co.uk/mtb/product/dmr-moto-rt-tyre/2121

    Premier Icon supersaiyan
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    dmr moto rt on the rear, maybe a cut down (or worn out) Minion ST on the front?

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    Holy Roller!!!!

    Premier Icon scaredypants
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    If anybody makes a slick tyre with soft rubber, that

    Premier Icon hock
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    Cool! Many thanks for your replies! Very helpful!

    Had neither the DMR tyres on my radar nor actual road tyres.

    Currently trying to find out the compound of those road tyres as I have a feeling they might be optimized for less wear and therefore a little too hard for my case.

    Holy Roller, DMR Moto RT and also Kenda K-Rad look all pretty suitable/similar but the later two have these little knobs which “look” grippier.

    [img]http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRrnVqVeJSlo0SzVH0PxSfyGH-fi2yJIk8UqYYQcbEvCpY_EjXc[/img]

    Also came across Specialized Rhythm Lite (which have pretty soft 50a compound on the shoulders) and Specialized Compound tyres.

    [img]http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Specialized/8829?$Grid$[/img]

    Hookworm looks the business, too but is too wide for my ride.

    Many thanks!

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    SB8 works well on slippy tarmac but not that good on smooth concrete- seems to need something to get its teeth into.

    Premier Icon simondbarnes
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    Conti Top Contact Winter 2?

    Premier Icon Basil
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    Michelin Wild RunR

    Premier Icon iamroughrider
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    never used them but maybe these

    halo tyres

    could be run at lower pressures apparently as an offroad ( summer?) tyre too.

    Premier Icon hock
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    Schwalbe Table Tops have been recommended to me in a shop:
    “E v e r y b o d y rides them. They are ideal for indoor parks, too.”

    While I am not a big Schwalbe fan they certainly look suitable. Kind of siped rectangular blocks length-wise on the shoulder might help traction while cornering and they certainly “feel” very tacky.

    Premier Icon CaptainFlashheart
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    Hookworms are ACE! I have some that get on my Enduro from time to time when I want to get rad to teh powa of sikk, shredding teh gnat on da mean streetz!

    Premier Icon hock
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    Yonna gowa, Flashheart! 😉

    Premier Icon igm
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    Big Apple too hard a compound?

    Premier Icon umop3pisdn
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    Why are people recommending dirt jump tyres? On tarmac a slick will have the most grip. Schwalbe Big Apples?

    Premier Icon hock
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    Wasn’t asking for a tarmac tyre, though. Think more of multi-storey car park-style painted concrete.

    Big Apple classified as cruiser/balloon bike tyre. Sounds a little recreational to me.

    Premier Icon tomhoward
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    Intense micro knobbly.

    /thread

    Premier Icon somafunk
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    Whatever tyre you choose rub it down with isopropyl alcohol before your run, it should clean the surface making it nice n’ tacky but i guess all that work will be next to no good as the tarmac/concrete surface will be covered in oils n’ shite anyway.

    Good luck though, hooning about in a multi storey car par on a bike or any wheeled transport is good fun and not in any way “irresponsible or childish* at your age”

    * according to a crabbit/overweight and heavily panting glasgow copper who called for backup to block the exit of mitchell street multi-storey car park in Glasgow a few years ago, apparently it is not the done thing to have 4’s up duel races down the exit ramps at 2am in the morning.

    Premier Icon umop3pisdn
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    Think more of multi-storey car park-style painted concrete

    Same thing. The more rubber in contact with the surface the more grip you’ll have. A slick will have more rubber on contact with the ‘road’ surface than anything with knobs.

    Premier Icon Euro
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    umop3pisdn – Member

    Why are people recommending dirt jump tyres?

    Because they grip really well on hard surfaces and are tough enough not to blow out.

    Whatever tyre you choose rub it down with isopropyl alcohol before your run, it should clean the surface making it nice n’ tacky

    Yeah, do this, it’s pro! [eyes that are a rolling in an upward direction]

    Premier Icon tutgareth
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    Crazy Bob

    Schwalbe Crazy bob??

    I have some 26×2.4 and they are epic on the road

    Premier Icon officialtob
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    I have no idea what tyre would be best I’m afraid… but keen to know whether Evans are planning on doing this again then? Was going to come and watch the one last year, but completely forgot about it!

    Premier Icon premier
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    Run low pressure as low as you can with out excessive squirming/ bottoming out – more important than tred

    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    Same thing. The more rubber in contact with the surface the more grip you’ll have. A slick will have more rubber on contact with the ‘road’ surface than anything with knobs.

    Physics fail, grip is independant of area.

    I’ve some lightly worn supertacky larsens if you want them cheep.

    Premier Icon igm
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    Which is why F1 cars run skinny tyres…

    It’s not independent, nor is it a linear relationship. It is unfortunately a little more complex than that.

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