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  • BPW tomorrow. There's a storm a coming. Tyres…
  • Premier Icon submarined
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    Weather looks shite.
    MM on the front, currently a Slaughter on the rear.
    Only ever been there once in the dry, above was fine, but looks like it’ll rain all night.

    Sticking with MM on the front, what’s best for rear? Will be doing mostly reds and blacks, not sure I fancy the slaughter.
    I have a couple of Dual Compound 2.4 HR2s and a 2.5 MaxxTerra DHF in the tyre pile.
    What’s the best choice going to be?
    TIA

    Premier Icon Big-Bud
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    just go with what you have
    your not racing its fun so just don,t worry about what compound tyres to ride its bpw not worlds finals dude

    I use minion frt & rear all year round and they ever managed antur stiniog in snow & ice last nov

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    I know, but I don’t tend to have fun if I’m on my arse. Whilst I rate the Slaughter my limited at experience suggests there are better things in the wet. Nowt wrong with trying to use the best stuff I’ve got to maximise fun 🙂

    Think I’ll run the DHF if the bike’s got the clearance on the back.

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    Slaughter will be perfect.

    Premier Icon oikeith
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    Stick with the slaughter, I’ve rode there in the wet with one on the rear and it was fine, is it ever not wet at BPW?

    Someone on the bus was saying the place is grippier in the wet then dry, very similar to racing lines and tyre marbles in F1, not sure how true that is!

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    Maybe I’ll practice my pit spec tyre change and just throw the DHF in the car to make me feel more comfortable 😀

    I’ve only ever ridden there once, and it was super dry! I was sweating on the bus!

    Ultimately, this is predominantly about me fretting about all the things I can as it’s my way of dealing with being an excited child. But the more things I have in place to make up for a lack of talent, the better.

    Premier Icon oldtalent
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    I would (and have) stayed home. No fun with horizontal rain at the top.

    Premier Icon howsyourdad1
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    what big bug said

    Premier Icon nickc
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    will make no difference what tyres you have on, it’s as grippy in the wet as it is in the dry. (apart from surfin’ bird which is mostly still mud, and is a slippy as ****)

    Premier Icon nickfrog
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    Unless it’s days of torrential rain the place is so well drained that rain doesn’t have that much effect IME. And indeed it’s grippier when some rain has compacted the loose stuff, particularly after a period of dry/hot weather (not that often I guess!).

    Premier Icon momo
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    Slaughters are surprisingly grippy, only really get overwhelmed in deep mud. And even then they can be pretty entertaining!

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    Someone on the bus was saying the place is grippier in the wet then dry, very similar to racing lines and tyre marbles in F1, not sure how true that is!

    Depends.

    The Blues and the vast majority of the red trails have a vary hardpack surface, I’m not sure ‘designed’ is the right word, but if you didn’t consider the huge amount of rain we get in Wales you’d be daft so they stand up to rain very well, like the TCs you rarely get any slippery mud.

    As Bus Stranger said, there’s less grip when it’s very dry, the surface tends to get very dusty – it’s nothing like riding in the ‘real world’ when it’s wet, but there’s a bit of slip about and it can be a bit inconsistent – it’s more a mental thing but you can ride the same corner 4 times, 3 times it’s like velcro, 1 time it’ll slide a tiny bit and cause a bit of a rear-end pucker (given the speeds you can get up to).

    But that’s not the whole story of course, whilst the blues are smooth and 99.9% mad made, the reds have patches of unsurfaced bits and rocks and polished roots which as we know can be quite slidey.

    The Blacks on the other hand, I don’t ride them a lot, I don’t enjoy them, but some of them are ‘lightly built’ more like a cheeky trail in places, and they can be pretty sloppy in the winter – but if you can handle the qualifier on the blacks, you can probably handle a bit of slop.

    Premier Icon mark90
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    but if you can handle the qualifier on the blacks, you can probably handle a bit of slop.

    Most of the blacks don’t get that much worse in the wet other than Half cut and Escort which are very different beast in the wet vrs the dry, and they don’t have difficult qualifiers. These are the least ‘man made’ trails.

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