Kenda Trak Master II Tire vs M12
Posted June 04, 2003 - 04:37 AM
Alot of you guys like the Michelin M12. How is the H12 for wear?
I will be dual sporting, but do not care if DOT rated.
Posted June 04, 2003 - 06:41 AM
M12 - Hooks up well in the mud. Wears very fast (mine lasted about 150 hard miles) This tire didn't do well for me in hardpack, or on gravel roads.
H12 - Decent wear, hooks up well in most circumstances except the real loose mud and sand. However, I did ride the sand bowls at Glamis with this tire and it performed pretty well. This is a good all-around tire that is better suited for medium to hard terrain. It's road manners are quite acceptable as well.
S12 - I love this tire. Let me repeat that: I LOVE THIS TIRE!. I've got 550-600 mostly-hard off-road miles with about 50 street miles and this tire still has about two-thirds of the tread left. This thing flat-out hooks up, especially in the loose stuff. This tire loves mud and also works very well on hardpack. Gravel tends to chew on it a bit but not severely. I've been told that the street tears these tires up pretty badly, but I haven't experienced any of that to-date. I will never use another tire for winter riding in my area. I'm sold on this. The front tire is the best I've found (off-road) as well. When I switched to this tire if found I could ride my favorite trails a gear higher. It really hooks up and is very confidence inspiring. It's slightly "skatey" on pavement but acceptabe. If you want a DOT equivalent of this tire, try the Pirelli Scorpion (MT83) The front is a DOT approved exact replica of the S12. I've got one and my buddy's running one also and it performs same as the s12.
K760 - Best bang for the buck in a DOT rear tire. This tire hooks up unbelievably well. I've run it and my two regular riding buddies both have this tire mounted and are very satisfied. Stay away from the 760 front - it's rumored to be very wash-out prone. (I have no firsthand experience with the front.) When running this tire, make sure to warm it up a bit before hitting the rocky stuff. This will minimize the possibility of any chunking.
Hope this helps
Posted June 04, 2003 - 01:46 PM
I was under the impression that the s-12 was a softer compound. Is this true??
Posted June 05, 2003 - 08:29 AM
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Posted June 05, 2003 - 05:41 PM