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Old 11-02-2012, 02:21 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Oh they're slippery alright. I don't care what new developments have supposedly taken place in tire design, you can still go down real quick on new tires if you don't heat them up and gradually lean them over. It's not a big deal - 50 miles will have them ready to rail, but IMO, anybody who just starts givin' 'er right after they have new tires mounted is asking for trouble. The shop I go to still writes in big letters on the invoice with an exclamation mark "New tires are slippery!"
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:17 AM   #12 (permalink)
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You'd think that if they're really slippery when newly mounted, more manufacturers would have been sued by now, this being the US. I suppose that it would be wise to not do twisties at maximum speed straight out of the shop, but other than that, I've never noticed any slipperiness.
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Hey, I don't mind being wrong or revising my opinion when new info comes out, but in this case if I'm wrong rider takes it easy for 50 miles and puts a heat cycle through his tires. If you're wrong, he might be picking gravel out of his ass.
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As an ex tyre tech I'm with Steve on this, tyres coming out of a mold are slippery. The insides of the mold are polished to make the new tyre look good, that is a slippery surface on the tyre tread. Getting the tyre from a mold takes alot of effort so small amounts of lubricant are used to ease it out.
100 miles also helps settle the tyre on the rim so take it easy for that first mileage.

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Old 11-05-2012, 05:58 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Hey, I don't mind being wrong or revising my opinion when new info comes out, but in this case if I'm wrong rider takes it easy for 50 miles and puts a heat cycle through his tires. If you're wrong, he might be picking gravel out of his ass.
Yep. I ride gently most of the time, so not much need to consciously "scrub in" new tires. But I certainly would not be racing twisty roads as fast as possible until I broke them in, just to see if I'm right. I still don't think that they're all that slippery when new, it would become a big liability problem for the manufacturers.
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It would have been a liability if it only just occured, But it's been like that from before I was born, my grandfather who rode in the 1920's first told me of it.

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mold release is only used on sidewall now-on the track with brand new tires you can go way faster than one would think possible right after tires are mounted up-but we get alot more heat in tires with hard acceleration and braking- then going thru corners at 60% or so.it takes 2 or 3 laps depending on what brand you are using-after that good to go-if you can get some heat in your tires before the twisties should be alright.but i am in calif. and the tarmac is usually pretty warm
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