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The best Chinese tires - a profitable alternative or money down the drain?

Motorists are often faced with a difficult choice - to buy cheap Chinese tires or expensive famous brand tires? As a rule, budget tires are much worse than premium tires in all driving characteristics, but the price difference between budget and premium tires is not always justified. Logistics costs, middlemen's markup, raw materials and even the brand name - all this is reflected in the final price. And to choose the best option in terms of price + quality, you need to make a lot of effort. How can you navigate dozens of tire manufacturers, and is budget rubber at least worth the money? Important! The article deals with Chinese brands, not tires made in China by other manufacturers (Michelin, Pirelli, Kumho, etc.). Average tires are a very delicate matter for any dealer or tire fitter. Often, when a customer asks for a Chinese tire, he hears something like "well, China, you understand", "it doesn't seem like anything, although it is China", etc. Definitely an unfair approach to both the buyer and the manufacturer. Yes, most Chinese brands specialize in cheap tire products, but one should not generalize this entire huge market segment. The tire market, which consists of Chinese tires, has its leaders, outsiders, middle farmers, just like any other. But there are some models that can help you choose tires. Advantages of buying Chinese tires: The price. The main plus when choosing. A wide range of. The Chinese tire market has a huge selection of wheels for any car. In addition, most companies produce products under several brands at the same time. Dynamic quality growth. Until a few years ago, tires from China were the last option. They were taken not because of the driving characteristics and recommendations, but only because of the low cost. Now there are several worthy brands whose models are one step higher than their European, Korean or Japanese counterparts. Of course, Bridgestone and Michelin are still far away, but the middle segment (Matador, Barum, Sava, Lassa. Sailun, etc.) has already caught up with Chinese brand products. There are no bad fakes. Counterfeiting any tire products is not a very profitable occupation, and even more so for the Chinese. Freshness and conformity of production. This positive moment comes from the shortcomings of the Chinese tire. Since tires made in China do not have high driving performance (although this is debatable) and are less popular, it is easier to dispose of or recycle them as they age than to pass the release date. By the way, breaking the release date is characteristic of dishonest suppliers of excellent tire products from Europe, so be extra careful, carefully check the rubber you get, especially the place where the production date was welded. Disadvantages of buying Chinese tires: Often married. Yes, the quality of products produced in the factories of the Celestial Empire has increased significantly in recent years, but it is not uncommon to encounter damaged rubber. That is, tires without factory defects are in no way inferior to products of the same price segment of European brands, but the probability of defects increases for Chinese tires. Therefore, you should carefully check the wheels when buying. Technological backwardness of tires. Not quite obvious, but a very significant flaw. Car tires in themselves are such a product that at first glance you think that you can come up with something to improve the quality of movement. This is a clear misconception. The quality of the materials, the rubber compound, the tread pattern - these are all the most important aspects. In fact, great brands like Michelin set themselves apart from others. While other brands follow a wide path of development, the elite of the tire market invest huge sums of money in the development of new materials, design solutions, etc. Unfortunately, Chinese tires are far from technologically advanced modern products. The only thing that Chinese brands do are copies of popular model protectors. Little information content. If you can find out about tires from European, American, Japanese and Korean brands on official websites and local offices, we know little about most Chinese tires. Also, Chinese wheels are starting to be included in the lists of recently tested models. An important point is the international certification data. If the manufacturer is certified according to all basic requirements, you can buy tires, if they are not, then under no circumstances. It is also worth noting that Chinese tires usually have few reviews. Read more...

Do electric cars need special tires?

Definitely yes. If you replace the tires on an electric vehicle with standard tires designed for any regular car, you will see a big drop in range. That's because EV tires are designed with efficiency in mind. In particular, they offer lower rolling resistance than conventional tires, meaning they create less friction when rolling on the ground. With less friction, EVs use less energy to keep themselves moving. It achieves better range with less power. Rolling resistance is affected by many factors, such as air pressure, tire diameter and width, and tread design. However, one of the biggest is the rubber itself, or what is known as the rubber compound. Tire rubber can have a wide variety of characteristics; some compounds produce more traction, some wear less over time, and some are better on wet surfaces. Read more...

Winter tires for electric cars

Winter tires for an electric vehicle must perform the same steps, but they must be performed under different operating conditions, even if the weather conditions are identical. How is that? An EV winter tire will need to brake and turn more weight, all else being equal, as well as withstand the EV's higher low-end torque when starting from a standstill. EVs also don't have a noisy, vibrating engine to mask road noise from winter tire tread, making tire noise design even more important. And then there's the issue of range, exacerbated by the fact that EVs tend to lose range in cold weather due to reduced battery capacity, increased heater use, changes in rolling resistance after tire changes, and tire wear. or a combination of all three. Read more...

Pirelli Noise Cancelling System

For more than five years, Pirelli has been manufacturing tires using PNCS (Pirelli Noise Reduction System) technology, which is able to reduce the noise generated by vibration that is transmitted to the vehicle interior. Alongside tire development, Pirelli specializes in complementary technologies such as Run Flat, to continue driving for up to 80 kilometers even with a flat tire, and Seal Inside, self-sealing tires that repair themselves, as well as PNCS, launched in 2013. Read more...

tires with sound insulation

In most situations, the driving noise produced by the car's tires is louder than any aerodynamic noise from the movement or the car's powertrain. Driving noise is caused by the vibration of the air inside the tire, which creates the resonance of the tire cavity and thus the noise level. To reduce these vibrations inside the tires, Falken engineers have developed an innovative layer of polyurethane foam that lines the inside of the tire and reduces driving noise by up to 10 decibels. The foam lining is lightweight and does not impair the performance of the tire in any way. It is extremely durable and lasts the entire life of the tire. Read more...

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