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Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: The Mean Streets of Bethesda, MD
Bikes: Merlin Agilis, Trek 1500
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Originally Posted by Chris_F
Slick tires on road will get good grip in the wet. Bike tires don't hydroplane like car tires do. Any slick tire will do. For pavement the best bike tire tread is completely smooth. We MTB'ers are used to treaded tires because we ride on loose materials (dirt, gravel, snow). Roadies though use perfectly slick tires wet or dry.
Road tires don't hydroplane, but road tires will definetely slide out on you in the wet, especially if sand/gravel is present, if you're crossing painted lines or if you're crossing grass.
The Marathon's look pretty good. If you want more tread, you might look at the Ritchey Speedmax tires. I haven't ridden them, but others have recommended them too me.
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