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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-13-2012, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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I hope this pictre posted OK, it is the first time I've posted a pic.

I didn't realize how close I was to wiping out until I looked at my tire. Traffic stopped fast as I quickly glanced over my right shoulder to change lanes. I maintained enough composure to sqeeze down on the front brake to not just immediately lock it up, but after about a second I felt the front wheel bouncing, so I relaxed some pressure on the front. Apparenly I relaxed just enough to allow enough wheel movement to not slide the front wheel sideways. But, the pavement grooves may have helped, too. When I stopped, my front wheel smoke caught up with me!

This is a Metzeler ME-880. I felt that I should have had more stopping power from the front tire. I already have a Shinko 230 on the rear, that did not skid despite my effort to lock it up, so I will adjust the linkage. The ME-880 is too hard for me, and in my opinion, and at least for my type of riding, not as safe as a grippier tire.
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Glad you avoided a wipeout. There are too many variables here to blame the ME880. Smaller footprint on the front tire, dual disk brakes in front verses drum in back, different tire compounds, and different tread design.

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Hey i like the extra front groove you have in your tire. now thats a rain tire diesign lol

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I hope this pictre posted OK, it is the first time I've posted a pic.

I didn't realize how close I was to wiping out until I looked at my tire. Traffic stopped fast as I quickly glanced over my right shoulder to change lanes. I maintained enough composure to sqeeze down on the front brake to not just immediately lock it up, but after about a second I felt the front wheel bouncing, so I relaxed some pressure on the front. Apparenly I relaxed just enough to allow enough wheel movement to not slide the front wheel sideways. But, the pavement grooves may have helped, too. When I stopped, my front wheel smoke caught up with me!

This is a Metzeler ME-880. I felt that I should have had more stopping power from the front tire. I already have a Shinko 230 on the rear, that did not skid despite my effort to lock it up, so I will adjust the linkage. The ME-880 is too hard for me, and in my opinion, and at least for my type of riding, not as safe as a grippier tire.
So let me understand this, you screw up by not noticing that the car in front of you had stopped....and you are trying to blame the tire?
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You wore grooves into the tire and think its too hard? If the tire had been softer the grooves would have just been deeper.
Sure you got the right amount of air in the front? Those grooves look kinda wide...

Sound to me like your front tire is fine but your rear sucks.....

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Sound to me like your front tire is fine but your rear sucks.....
That makes no sense; no offense. His rear sounds perfectly fine and grippy to me. He'll just want to adjust his rear brakes to compensate.

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That makes no sense; no offense. His rear sounds perfectly fine and grippy to me. He'll just want to adjust his rear brakes to compensate.
no his rear does sound crappy, he should have been able to lock it up and had smoke bellowing from both tires... ask me how I know.
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no his rear does sound crappy, he should have been able to lock it up and had smoke bellowing from both tires... ask me how I know.
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I know, cause i have locked up both tires on my bike b4... of coarse it was in a parking lot as I was practicing my emergency braking... but still
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the cool thing about these bikes is they are pretty predictable in a slide and don't do anything unexpeted.they handle really well

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