Definitely cheap, but has a very nice heavy carcass and good looking tread design. Was not at all impressed with its performance in the cold and wet....so much so that I took it off with only about 500 miles on it and gave it away. Warm dry weather performance was acceptable. Prolly a very long mileage tire if you don't push the performance envelope very hard.
Here's my story. I seldom pay more for a premium brand just because of the label. Generic drugs work fine for me. So does tap pwater. When it comes to tires I take a different course. I like Shinko's in general as well as Kenda. These are both big companies with a lot on the line. Mileage varies all over the map but in general Kenda and Shinko tires just don't last as long. While all the main line tires are experimenting with multi compound treads for traction and longevity the bottom end brands are still just plain old rubber. I'm a pretty conservative rider so I don't worry much about dry traction. When it comes to wet traction that's a different story. Low cost tires reportedly are not so hot in the wet. Like the previous post many reports indicate poor wet traction from the cheapie tires. The way I figure it one slip and fall on slick pavement will outweigh any savings on tires. When I select tires the first spec I look for is wet traction. I don't like rain but a good set of tires raises my confidence to the point where I can navigate even in heavy rain. At the end of the day its your choice but I don't see tires as the place I want to save money. That's my story and I"m sticking to it.
Wet traction is important for me, winter is our rainy season here, so we do a fair amount of riding in the rain. I was running the 705's for several tire changes, but found that even on the 650, mileage was about half of what I'd get out of more expensive tires. I don't mount and balance my own, so the savings on tire cost were getting taken out by mounting and balancing charges.
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