What’s the best tread pattern for winter?

With rain, frost and a heightened amount of detritus now decking the lanes, Simon Smythe researches the right rubber for winter riding

Now that we’re staring down the barrel of winter, we need to protect ourselves against wet and slippery roads by fitting tyres with a more aggressive tread pattern for better grip, right? Wrong, says Vittoria’s Jon Heasman.

“With road tyres, any tread pattern is largely for confidence between the ears. It doesn’t actually provide any extra grip unless you happen to be going 80kph or faster. It just looks like it does, and instils confidence in the rider,” he says.

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