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  • How about Avons? They’re £50 each fitted etc locally.

    Jakester
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    Another vote for Vredestein here.

    I have Vredestein Ultracs (not the Sessantas) on my Octy VRS, and I’m very impressed – much better than the Bridgestones they replaced, and only £60 per corner.

    Vredestein Sportrac 3 – good price too. Have you used them yourself? How long for?

    Marge
    Member

    The guys from Auto Express do a pretty good job with their tyre test.
    Of course we all have differing usage (mileage / driving style / type of car / roads type) but testing is fair & their summary is clear & informative.

    The only 1 in that test you wouldn’t expect to see is the Vredestein. The remaining 4 are the big players in the tyre industry and top quality product though normally with a matching price tag.

    For the price you won’t beat the Vreds….

    I did this on my car in december but decied that i would go for th ebest i could afford as it is the only point of contact and i want to be able to control my car. I got Michelin piolt primacys which have very good reports and so far i haven’t any reason to complain. ATS are currently offering 30% off 4 michilens as well.

    Premier Icon glenh
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    P.s. was rather unimpressed with the Bridgestone ER300 when they first went on, but then I pumped them up to the correct pressure (which the fitters had failed to do) and handling + grip improved significantly, and I got 10mpg more!

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    I read that fancy tread patterns don’t make any difference. They just bring out new ones to make them look cool/different to last year’s/like F1 tyres.

    If it did make a difference then surely every tyre would have fancy designs? After all it doesn’t cost any more to make the mould differently does it?

    Marge
    Member

    For sure pattern has an effect but it certainly isn’t everything….

    If you look at Conti, Mich, GY, BS, the latest asymmetric patterns are all really quite similar to one another.

    I read that fancy tread patterns don’t make any difference. They just bring out new ones to make them look cool/different to last year’s/like F1 tyres.

    I’ve heard the same…apparently its easy to make a grippy long lasting tyre, but it doesn’t look very exciting so they have designers make them nice deep V groove jobbies until they look sporty.

    The Vredsteins look symmetrical though.
    Cheap and apparently really good if a bit noisy, so it’ll probably be them (Bridgestones aren’t available locally and I like to support the local guy if I can).

    traildog
    Member

    I’m obviously missing something here. Tyres have a rating and the car will require tyres of that rating. So the fact that it isn’t a terribly sporty car will mean that you can put lower rated tyres on. However, you can still get a vast difference in quality and price of tyres. The price of the car is irrelevant – a tyre is it’s main contact with the road so it’s more how much you value your safety. I’ve used cheap tyres in the past and I just don’t think they are worth it. Day to day driving there feels little difference, but it’s that one time when you make a mis-judgement and need to stop quickly. Plus the fact that I have found economy much better with decent tyres.

    Ring round a few local tyre places. See what they recommend and get some prices. Try haggling and get the best you can afford.

    Asking on a bike forum for a load of names of car tyres is just going to confuse you.

    stumpy01
    Member

    A lower rated tyre doesn’t mean it will necessary be worse.

    The ‘rating’ is a speed rating, so theoretically the faster your car goes, the higher speed rating you should need. You can get the same model of tyre across different speed ratings.
    I am not sure if the rating system is quite as simple as that though, as my Ibiza can apparently do 128mph, but requires W speed rating tyres. There are lower rated tyres that still accomodate 128mph, so i don’t know why it has to be W, but that’s the gist of it anyway.

    Marge
    Member

    One good reasons for designing & manufacturing asymmetric tyres is that in the case of OE supply to car makers, that you don’t have to differentiate between individual tyre & wheel assemblies for each side of the car.

    Indeed asking on MTB forum is perhaps normally not the best source of data but tyre engineering is my (nerdy) profession so I have more knowledge than your average joe and at the very least you can put value the on tests (linked here) published by groups such as ADAC or magazines Auto Express…..

    Which is precisely why I provisionally have chosen the Verdsteins. Very good reviews, ok price and I know their road bike tyres. Thanks, guys. Marge – where else would a greeney like myself have found you and your expertise if not here? 😉 CHeers, much obliged.

    Smee
    Member

    I use Dunlops – pretty cheap, last a long time and have good grip in all conditions.

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