Technical Review


Metzeler recently announced an expansion of its tire range scheduled for 2020 with four new tire models: SPORTEC M9 RR, ROADTEC 01 SE, RACETEC TD Slick and ROADTEC Scooter. Sportec M9 RR, as you may guess from the name, has a strong connection to its predecessor and its roots. The name Sportec identifies the range of sports road tires designed for day-to-day use and to guarantee a great riding experience, safety and versatility. RR stands for Road Racing and immediately brings to mind the iconic Isle of Man TT competition. Road racing competitions bring to mind not only performance but also the typical characteristics associated with the use of road bikes, i.e. unpredictable weather and road-surface conditions. The entire SPORTEC M9 RR range includes three sizes at the front and nine at the rear. Following the success of the multi-award-winning Roadtec 01 since 2015 in the sport- touring tire segment, Metzeler has decided to introduce the new Roadtec 01 SE. The Roadtec 01 SE radial range completes Metzeler’s catalogue, consolidating the strengths of the Roadtec 01—its exceptional performance in wet conditions and high mileage—enhancing sports characteristics in terms of the grip and agility needed by super-sport, naked and sport-touring riders. The tread design of the Roadtec 01 SE builds on that of the Roadtec 01, though evolving towards a tire with a slicker shoulder, optimizing riding with a greater footprint on the road. The front models of the Roadtec 01 SE inherits the latest version of the full-silica compound used for the Roadtec 01 and features the same tread pattern in the middle section. The rear models of the Roadtec 01 SE uses a bi-compound and, as for the front, features a sportier evolution of the Roadtec 01 tread pattern, aimed at offering greater grip even at sharp leaning angles together with comfort and riding pleasure capable of satisfying even the most demanding riders, on long routes and winding roads. Racetec TD Slick has been designed for riders that want the advantages of a slick product but without the need for additional racing equipment (stands, tire warmers, generators, etc.) or a highly tuned bike set-up and suspension, as are normally needed with slick racing tires. The new tire will be available in four sizes at 17 inches: 120/70 front and 180/55, 190/55 and 200/55 rear. Roadtec Scooter is the new tire developed by Metzeler for all types of scooters with wheels from 10 to 16 inches. The full range includes 51 sizes, and Roadtec Scooter will gradually replace the current Metzeler catalogue, including FeelFreeE, FeelFree Wintec and ME 7 Teen. The tread pattern of this new tire stems directly from the ROADTEC 01; a specific development has allowed the use of a system partially based on sipes, whose main benefits in terms of warm-up and comfort are added to a good grip on low-friction surfaces guaranteed by the recognizable groove pattern of the ROADTEC 01. All ROADTEC Scooter rear radial tires are dual compound.

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