jray3 wrote:Update on the Achilles rear tires. After a very dry August, Seattle has finally received some real rain, and I'll report that the Achilles wet traction is definitely worse than the Dunlop EnaSaves, at least when aired up to 40 psi. Full power from stop going around a wet corner will induce significant traction control spasms.... This has persisted past the first few sprinkles and yesterday's downpour, so I'm confident it's not just the oil sheen coming up on our roads from a dry summer.
Thanks for the review. We get our share of rain here in PA (snow too), so your experience pretty much sours me on the ART Sport. (It was kind of expected since the tread looks like your typical big-block summer tire.) But Achilles also makes the 122 all-season tire in the same size. (176/60R15 rear only. Thanks to the Smart ForTwo there are more choices for 145/65R15 fronts.)
I just got front tires and I don't need rears yet, but that time will come. And our selection of rear tires in the standard size is really
small. If anyone is looking to replace their rears soon, please give the Achilles 122 a look. At only $47(!) each it's hard to go wrong (found it on tires-easy.com, who also has a 45 day return policy), and the i-MiEV community needs to know if this is a decent replacement.
If no one bites before I need tires I'll do it, but sooner is better for all of us.