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The Importance of Quality Rubber

30 Jul , 2016,
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When upgrading to a new set of wheels, an important factor to consider is the kind of rubber you’ll be wrapping them in. Your tyres are the only point of contact that your Bike/Car has with the road, so it is of paramount importance that you have your rims shod with some good quality rubber.

When it comes time to buying new tyres, there’s often a long list of factors to consider. We will want safety, performance, reliability, longevity, quality and good value from our new tyre investment. There is one factor however that takes precedence above all else and that is of course safety. All too often we are willing to sacrifice one or many of the traits that characterise a quality tyre in search of a bargain. Whilst saving money can be a wonderful thing, you can’t forget the safety of yourself, your family and other road users.

There are a whole plethora of tests out there comparing cheap generic tyres to tyres from trusted quality brands, with any one worth their salt telling the same story; that cheap tyres simply cannot compare to the safety and quality offered by a trusted brand. With this in mind, you could say that the old phrase ‘you get what you pay for’ comes into play here. Not only that, but more often than not, cheap tyres end up costing you more money in the long run anyway. They might cost less up front, but often-times they possess a shorter average tyre life and need replacing sooner. In the case of quality brand name tyres, they might cost you more up front, but they’re engineered to have an improved tyre life which ends up saving you money in the long-term.

Another thing you’ll have to be aware of when looking to replace your tyres are grey or parallel import and used tyres. You might think finding a set of good quality tyres at a much cheaper price to be a fantastic deal, but in reality can very much be a case of ‘too good to be true’. Grey imports are tyres that are sold in Australia but imported here, not through an official importer. Whilst they may look the same as their counterparts being imported through their brand’s respective official importers, there are a number of crucial differences at play. For instance, some tyres out there are specifically designed to be effective within colder climates, implementing softer compounds that allow them to heat up quicker. In hotter climates like Australia, these tyres can wear out a lot sooner, rendering your initial savings null and void. Not only that, but grey import tyres can often be quite a number of years old by the time they land on our shores. This becomes detrimental to their usefulness in terms of longevity, with irregular tyre damage such as cracking becoming a very real possibility.

Used tyres are just as risky. In the case of used tyres, extensive checks need to be done to make sure that they’re safe to use and even then, you can never be sure of any internal damage present, or if they’ve been subjected to driving abuse. Because of this, it’s definitely advisable to buy new tyres of an established brand from a reputable outlet the next time you find yourself needing to replace your tyres.

When it comes to tyres, that sole point of contact between you and the road, quality and safety should be your #1 priority. Skimping on tyres may be cheaper initially, but it could very well end up being costly in the long run.

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