Tires are the only connecting link between the rider and the terrain, thus they are primarily responsible for the performance of the bike. The demands we place on modern tires are high, we aim for good rolling performance, whilst still maintaining lots of grip and high puncture protection. Tire choice is always a question of faith and is strongly influenced by regional differences. We tested 6 of the current most popular trail and touring tires, both under full laboratory conditions and out on the trail! Our results can be found in the next issue #011 of ENDURO.
For our test, we visited the test facility of the German tire manufacturer Continental in Korbach.
There, the tire went through several tests. With a drop hatchet the breakdown protection was tested. In the test a 10 kg weight was dropped from a height of 60cm onto the tire. If no damage occurred we increased the height in 5cm steps until the tube bursts.
In the puncture test, we determined the force necessary to pierce the carcass of the tire. First we did it with a needle, later with a 10 mm wide blade to simulate spines and sharp-edged stones.
The classic rolling resistance test gives information about the behavior of the tires rolling on a hard surface. Depending on the profile, these values can differ from practical experience on loose ground.
Data data data! At the end we left Korbach with many new insights.
Together with the Focus-Trail team pilots Markus Reiser, we tested the tires on different terrain and in different conditions.
At the end we could perform tire changes at almost Formula 1 speed.
Correct tire pressure is decisive for reliable measurement results.
Whether. On wet roots, loose rocks or soft ground The tires had to prove themselves on different surfaces.
The self-cleaning of tires also was important for our test.
You will find the results of our tire test in issue # 011 of ENDURO.
Immediately after each ride, the first findings were written down.
Christoph hammered down the test track in Lermoos / tyrol.
Practice test – Breakdown protection: At the limit Defects are not uncommon.
Which tires have participated at our tire test, and which one convinced most the laboratory, as well as at the practical test will be published in issue #011 of ENDURO.
In the meantime check out the current issue here.
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Words & Pictures: Christoph Bayer