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Offline joliver

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To A Spec or Not
« on: March 25, 2019, 04:50:34 pm »
I need new tires as soon as the season starts. My last tires were A spec Angels. Are A spec necessary? I weigh about 175 and never take a passenger. When I do short tours, the total load is likely a tad over 200 with all my gear.
So the question is: are A spec tires worth $150 a set (CDN) more than non A spec Angels?  Will I notice a difference in performance? Longevity?


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Jim
PS - tried to do search to see if this topic has been covered and I found nothing. Not saying it is not there, just saying I did not find it.
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Re: To A Spec or Not
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2019, 05:37:01 pm »
I think you answered your own question.  :)

At your weight, and passenger-less, I'd say you probably don't need the extra weight load capacity that the A-Spec provides.

I've run both, I don't notice a huge difference in mileage or handling....but I do carry a passenger periodically, and I do put luggage and gear on when riding solo at times.

It IS a heavy bike, but I think you're good with the Regular spec tire for the money savings.

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Re: To A Spec or Not
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2019, 05:45:12 pm »
+1...
I think you'll be fine.

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Re: To A Spec or Not
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2019, 07:18:04 pm »
I need new tires as soon as the season starts. My last tires were A spec Angels. Are A spec necessary? I weigh about 175 and never take a passenger. When I do short tours, the total load is likely a tad over 200 with all my gear.
So the question is: are A spec tires worth $150 a set (CDN) more than non A spec Angels?  Will I notice a difference in performance? Longevity?


Thanks
Jim
PS - tried to do search to see if this topic has been covered and I found nothing. Not saying it is not there, just saying I did not find it.

Here's some reading on that topic.
http://forum.cog-online.org/tires-suspension-c14/pirelli-angel-gt-vs-'a-spec'/
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Re: To A Spec or Not
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2019, 01:55:53 pm »
Thanks for your replies.
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Re: To A Spec or Not
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2019, 10:22:49 pm »
I personally don't run A specs. Just because they're harder to mount & ride stiffer. I'm most always loaded single, 2 up or 2up loaded. Hasn't been a problem yet & I've never had any indication they get better mileage.

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Re: To A Spec or Not
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2019, 10:54:00 pm »
I too have never run the A-Spec's in any of the most popular brands.
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