EXPERT’S GUIDE TO... TREAD PATTERNS
Understanding the rubber under your bike is crucial to making the most of it. Get into the groove
The tread pattern of a tyre performs two main functions; clearing water efficiently and maintaining the mechanical grip of the tyre on the road. As tyres have become more specialised over the years, the tread patterns have also become more focused for extreme grip, wet weather efiiciency, mileage, and braking performance.
The minimum allowance for grooves in a road tyre is 4%, as seen on the Metzeler Racetec RR, while the Roadtec 01 has 20% of its surface given over to the tread pattern. A typical ratio is about 15%, while tread depths on a road tyre can vary between 5mm and 10mm, with a deeper tread for more mileage or adventure bike use.
One of the tyre industry’s greatest focuses is solid wet weather performance Tread pattern is more important that you might first think in your tyre choice