[QUOTE=airhead83;930930]Sometimes cheaper is smarter. I'm not willing to buy more complex and expensive tires than my bike and I are capable of utilizing. Actually, I've never been talented enough to get the full capacity out of my bikes. But that's my point. Why should I spend the money on a racing compound when I should concentrate on safety, longevity, and price?
I understand that the more expensive tires have dual rubber compounds, and other stuff, but on the street (I ride moderately, but I LOVE to corner hard!) I just have never had a problem. And the Michelin Pilot Activ's were one of the cheapest out there, so I doubted them. BUT, when I got them, they were GREAT and on the parallel rain grooves, I had ZERO wobbliness - which I have had with every other tire I have owned.
The only other tire I had in my lifetime that was really good was back in the late '60's, I purchased an Avon. Stickiest tire I ever had.
But these Michelin's fit the bill: not expensive, brand name with close tolerances, very sticky, don't "wander" on grooves, and best of all - they last a LONG time!