Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Silver Spring, MD (MABRA/MAC)
Bikes: Cannondale Cyclocross, Specialized Langster, Giant TCR-C2 Composite
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Originally Posted by auk
Or maybe it is because you are running a cyclocross tire with nobs on dry pavement when it is intended to be used on grass/dirt/etc. Not unlike a mountain bike tire.
The Hutchinsons are the tires that came stock on my Cannondale, albiet at the 28cc size. With a max PSI of 72, these are definetely not road tires at all. They are made to be squishy and give a CX bike traction on grass, dirt, and mud, and not on paved roads or anything of the sort. In cyclocross conditions, they great tires, made mainly for the mud and snow.
Seems the problem here is that some people are erroniously being led into the notion that CX tires are "great all around tires", which is not the case. As with any CX tires, there are lots of knobs, which reduces the amount of contact between rubber and asphalt. When cornering on asphalt, it's even worse, as you set the bike over on an even more reduced number of knobs. Off road however, the tires bites into the ground in all sorts of different ways, giving traction on climbs and corners.