Originally Posted by restapukin
well ain't it always been the case that (in broad terms) the longer lasting tyres perform the worst for wet grip?
or, the better the wet grip, the sooner the rubber will wear out...?
I'm not sure that aircraft need great wet grip so much as bulletproof construction, resistance to trauma, that kind of thing...
or is it a barnstorming world where by the time that rubber comes into play a satisfactory enough landing will already have been achieved....
IMO wet grip and wear are not related. Grip means no tread. Talking about friction rollers best wet grip for me happened to be a VERY worn out K mart $3 tire. Smooth as a babies butt. The street slick Cheng Shin come in a close second and are cheap, widely available, and last a long time.
Best wear is obtained with vulcanized rubber which is outrageously expensive compared to our generic butadiene plastic cheapies.