I have a buddy with a fairly expensive road bike setup. He wont ride if its wet out because he claims the tires wont get any traction. Hes also real picky about riding thru what I would consider normal road conditions - pot holes, rough pavement, sand etc.
I ride a volpe - (with pretty substantial tires) - while I dont like to ride in the rain, Ive never had an issue in the rain or mud with the tires. A side by side inspection of our tires shows them to be fairly different.
Mine are fairly large 700x32, somewhat lower pressure and a pretty heavy tread design, compared to his, small profile, high pressure, no tread at all.
I guess it makes sense, different application, different tires, different behavior.
Im pretty used to my bike just going over bumps, thru water etc. I have been thinking about switching up to a more aggressive bike and Im curious how much functionality Im going to sacrifice by riding something with the little wussy tires.
Am I going to ruin a wheel or tire by hopping curbs, riding wet or riding thru a pot hole if I get a bike with the speedier tires?