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post #1 of 8 Old 07-05-2013, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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Anakee 3, Next, Scorp... Front tire recommendations?

I'm just getting to the wear bars on my stock, original TWs at 15,000+ miles. I know, that's great mileage. I put a Pirelli Scorpion Trail on the rear at about 12,000 miles - that tire has done well and has squared off a little, but shows good tire wear so far. I didn't like the loose gravel performance though (went down twice after installing it - not the tire's fault exclusively, if at all).
I wouldn't mind trying something else. I'm looking for recommendations for a front.
I ride my daily commute (130 miles) year-round, all weather in Virginia. The roads are mostly pavement, half of which is two-lane winding county roads. But, I don't want to be tied to only the hard top, since there are some promising roads that are dirt and gravel in my area. Speeds are usually below 65, and most often less than that.
My priorities are 1) wet traction, 2) long tire wear, 3) tread that can handle all weather.
I've read what reviews I can find - thanks for everyone's information. I'm considering first of all the Anakee 3, then also Tourance Next, ...maybe Conti Trail Attack, I'd consider the Scorpion Trails too. Any other recommendations and feedback?
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Increasingly more company's are using silica in their rubber. Look for it in to be included a tire. A couple advantages are better low temp performance, & less heat build up on hot days.Google "silica tire compounds".
I'm looking hard at the new Anakee 3.
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I had ANakee 2s for two sets until recently and love them. Then I have put on the Anakee 3s this month and am surprised that I love them more. Better pavement performance and same gravel performance so far. Secret as Solo said is in the compound. Michelin uses high silica and have extensively tested and developed this compound in the 24 hours of Le Mans. It works, just get Anakees and be happy.

BTW BMW has now speced the Anakee on the top shelf GS bikes as stock.

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I wonder what the silica affects in cold weather handling, cold sandpaper doesn't sound very grippy :-?
I am leaning towards the Anakee III, second place would be the Scorpions, then maybe a Heidenau K76.
I don't think I'd ride in peace on Shinkos - I've seen pictures of the delam problem. One fail is too many for me.
I just turned over 16,000 miles on the stock front - can't believe it. The cheapo in me says to keep riding the front for another month or so - hey, I just got to wear bars, right
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Like I said...

Google "Silica tire compounds".
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Google "Silica tire compounds".
I did that at your first recommendation. I agree there's something to it. I can understand better grip in wet and on a variety of road surfaces. Just as a conversation point, I didn't see comments on below freezing performance. These tires might last into winter and I'd like to know what silica compounds do in the winter. Again, I'm sure they're excellent tires, this is just me trying to wrap my head around sand-laced tires being good for riding

I've got to buy soon and I've got it down to Anakee III and Scorpion Trial. They have what looks like the best wet weather performance and mileage seems good. The Scorpions have a leg up since they've been out longer and have more reviews. Plus, it's what I'm riding on the rear.

edit (update): I had to do something so I got the Anakee III from Revzilla. They had the front and back sizes in H speed rating, which should be good enough and last longer. I realize that I was choosing between two top-notch wet weather tires, and I hope the A III has better bite in gravel. We'll see where it goes form here.

Last edited by MrNobody; 07-24-2013 at 09:07 AM. Reason: bought the tire
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