Originally Posted by gmw photos
Yeah, really gives a guy a lot of confidence in the whole idea of ST tires in general, huh ?
No thanks.....I prefer other choices. For all those supporters of ST tires, I say, "go for it....."
Just an FYI:
That quote about loss of strength is both misleading and applies to ALL tires - not just ST tires.
Why misleading? Because what they are trying to express is the loss of FATIGUE as a tire (or anything that undergoes a changing load - particularly a cyclic load) is used.
If you look up the Wikipedia article on material fatigue, you'll notice a graph called the SN curve. It expresses the change in cycles to failure as a function of stress. What is interesting is that you can estimate the remaining life in a tire if you know either the average life in the tire or the stress level.
But trying to express this loss of life as a loss in strength is just fundamentally wrong.
And like I expressed earlier, it applies to all tires - regardless of the type of tire. The fact that there are manufacturers who produce better performing tires is the key factor. If an LT is produced by one of those often maligned ST tire manufacturers - AND - used in the same way - that tire would not perform as well.