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New tire traction question - Vittoria Open Corsa CX III vs. Conto Gatorskins

Old 05-16-15, 03:37 PM
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New tire traction question - Vittoria Open Corsa CX III vs. Conto Gatorskins

Hello - I just switched from crappy Continental 700x28 Gatorskins to some really nice Vittoria Open Corsa CX III 700x25 tires. I took them out for a first ride and I have to admit that despite the reduced tire size, they have a wonderfully comfortable ride with far better handling. In the process if getting used to them, I tried a few faster stops and was surprised to skid the rear tire twice. I have not skidded a tire in several years, then twice on a 10 mile ride yesterday. My question is, do net tires require a bit of a break in before reaching full traction? The Vittorias are hand made with a very thin sidewall and a very soft rubber compound that I expected would wear out fast, but would also provide superior grip.

Do I need to 'break in' these new tires to get best traction and if so how many miles?
Is the reduced traction due to the smaller tire width?
Is the reduced traction due to higher pressure in the smaller tire (85 PSI in the Contis, 105 PSI in the Vittorias due to narrower width and higher MFR recommended min pressure?

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It is very easy to lock up the rear wheel with any tire, especially in a hard stop senario. Some tires come new with what looks like some sort of film, but that seems to wear off quickly. Keep on riding
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IME, there is little to choose among high performance tires from the various manufacturers.
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