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Best tire for our bike mostly canyon some track?

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Who has ridden any of these back to back? Would you mind sharing your opinions?
 

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On the street, mostly in Western North Carolina mountains, I use Dunlop Road Smart 3s. On the track, I use Dunlop Q3s.
 

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@JerryG Man oh man do I miss riding the blue ridge. I'm jealous. I've seen the q3's in action with a pro rider in command. They are pretty great.
 

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Unless you're 100% track days, or don't care if the tire's finished after 500 miles, the Q4 would be too soft. The Q3+ is very close to the same traction levels but with far more longevity. Also, for our area of the world the Pirelli and the Bridgestone tires are more than $100 per set more than the Dunlops. I prefer the Dunlops anyway because the Pirellis take a lot longer to warm up. No experience with the Bridgestones, sorry,
 

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Conti sport attack 4, RS11, Michellin Power 5, and Metzeler M9 are all good options for what you mentioned.
RS11 won't last much. Other two above will last longer. Power 5 is really good.
 

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For track & twisties power 5 is good overall. There is always a compromise.
 

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I'm not a fan of the power 5. That's what I'm coming off of.
 

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Try the v2, cheaper than v3. Good grip and feel. Softer but I’d recommend for canyon carving. As z00 rightly said, we make tradeoffs.
 

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Normally I would say Dunlop Q3+ ran those a lot on other bikes, but for some reason Dunlop refuses to make a 200/55 tire in Q3.
For what your gonna do I would check the Pirelli Corsa II, no need IMO to go with V2, V3 for the street just more money and they will wear faster.
Mich Power RS I actually like but heard the Power 5 arent as nice.
Power RS are hard to come by right now.
 

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Have V3 on my Tuono and Q4's on the 2017 RR. The Dunlops are great on the track, way better than the SC's. I just had them both on the track recently. I'm changing the Tuono to Q3's for street riding asap. And I took 1 day on the Michelins on the RR and sold them for $100. I hate that front tire. Get Q3's or the Metzlers in my opinion.
 

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Ended up with the V2's SP not the SC. Wanted the SC but this is all they had. Good timing too, tail cut loose in a turn in traffic. The power 5 was good until it wasn't.
 
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Holy carp do I love the V2's.. damn! I thought I loved my bike before. But jeebus the difference a pair of tires makes. It's crazy to me the difference. Gotta play with the pressures to find your liking on the street that is. I have zero complaints.
 
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Holy carp do I love the V2's.. damn! I thought I loved my bike before. But jeebus the difference a pair of tires makes. It's crazy to me the difference. Gotta play with the pressures to find your liking on the street that is. I have zero complaints.
Improvements in grip and cornering confidence would be immediately noticeable.
 

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I have a set of Rosso III's on my 2015 that have about 5,300 miles on them and still have some decent tread left. However, I have had a flat on the rear and had to put two plugs in it but it has a slight leak still. I don't mind putting air in the tire as it will last the day and drop about 10 lbs and just hover around 30 psi. Thinking about just replacing it altogether as I do want to do a Novice Track Day in the next few months just for fun. SW Florida doesn't have a lot of twisty roads, so looking for something as durable as the III's for price comparison.
 

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Riding with a plug in the tire, let alone two, scares the crap out of me. Especially riding at speed. I can't imagine getting 5,300 miles out of a tire and still having decent tread left. Mine are toast at 2k to 2.5k.

DEFINITELY replace it (them) if your hitting the track. Just my opinion of course.
 
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