Good so far - updated ride
As stated, I put on the Avon Trailrider rear tire. I've logged on about 4,300 miles so far. Weather has been from low teens (F) to low seventies (F). I cover mostly pavement, with a mix of gravel, and a muddy long driveway. In winter they sand and salt the roads pretty heavily, so I'll include sandy pavement. I also got the chance to ride in some heavy rain including flooding, and tornado warning / T-storms.
The tire has done very well, it sticks very well. I am always easy on a tire below freezing, first because black ice, and second, because the rubber is not warmed up to be sticky. Nevertheless, I always felt that the tires did their job. I did have a loss of traction, but that was cornering into a side lot with a few inches of very light snow and hard frozen ground - not going to hold that against a tire.
Tire wear has been admirable. I usually get 12-14,000 miles from a rear tire. This looks to be on par. Winter riding usually means I leave wider chicken strips, and this year is no exception, but, on good days, I have leaned with full confidence and excellent performance by the tire. I have not noticed any road noise or vibration - and usually those come from the front tire in my experience. My front tire is a Heidenau K76 - which is wearing like iron right now.
I do notice a very distinct variation between the tire's center strip (made of harder, longer-wearing rubber) and the shoulders (made of softer, grippy rubber). This isn't a problem that I feel on the bike, but it is something you notice right away looking at the tire. Time will tell how the wear goes.
The highest compliment I can give right now, is that I'd buy these again. Which, with the tires available is pretty high marks.
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