New Ride Pre-glued Tyres
18 August 2012
Ride have announced a new F1 compound to their range, the R-1, and Redrc.net have the story. They are available as normal or pre-glued (mounted on F104 rims).
Ride tyres have a reputation for high quality with good levels of grip. The new compound sounds interesting and having them pre-glued is a bonus if you're lazy like me :) We will be testing a set as soon as we can get our hands on them. Announcement. Available from M-Chassis.com
NEW - 3 Oct 2012 - Received a set from our friends at Action RC and tried them at Boronia (Victoria) on Wednesday night. 25 degrees track temp. Tyres were hooked up out of the box (and did I mention I didn't have to glue them!!). Normally I run Pit Shimizu 571/572 at Boronia. The Pit's gave me more steering with my normal setup but the Rides were very respectable and happy to recommend them. Looking forward to trying them on a warmer track.
UPDATE - 10 Dec 2012 - I have now run R1 pre-mounts on my F104 v2 at both Logan in Queensland (for the Nats) and TFTR in Victoria on up to a 45 degree C track over some months. The R1's work well in hot conditions with good rear grip. Understeer continues to be an issue. I've found using R1's on the rear with Pit Shimizu 571's on the front gives me good rear grip and heaps of steering. Only issue has been splitting of the tyre sidewall at times on the pre-mounts occasionally. Overall very happy with these tyres.
For the FGX you have mount these tyres on any rims you'd normally use for Ride tyres eg; Ride part numbers 25002 and 25003 for the HPI F10 chassis (which has the same hex size as the FGX). See our Tyre Guide.
UPDATE - 24 May 2013 - Long Term Test - We've been running Ride R1's on the rear over the summer with very positive results. The tyres give excellent grip on Medium to Hot tracks and acceptable grip on cooler tracks. With Winter starting next month in the Southern Hemisphere I've changed to PS-565 Soft on the rear of my Tamiya F104 v2 and this definitely gives better grip on the tracks we run on once the track temp dips below about 22 degrees C. But anything over that temp and we look no further than R1's (medium grip outdoor asphalt). However, we have one concern. The pre-mounted and pre-glued tyres for the F104 come unglued very easily. I've used more than half a dozen sets (bought at different times) since October last year and they all displayed this issue. Other drivers have experienced the same problem. I've stopped buying the pre-glued ones and will buy the un-glued version going forward. Normal pre-glue preparation will apply:
- check the inside of the rubber and the rim for any burrs and remove with a knife or file
- if the edge of the wheel might cut into the false rubber overhang on the outside of the tyre (that gives the tyre its scale look) then take the edge off it with a file or sandpaper. This is vital when gluing Pit Shimizu tyres onto foam wheels (for example).
- if using a glossy or chromed wheel then rough up the part that glues to the tyre with sand paper - clean thoroughly afterwards
- wipe down the inside of the rubber and the rim with motor spray to remove any mould release agent (from the casting process)
- fit the tyres to the rim making sure the insert is not bunched up anywhere and the tyre fits snugly on the wheel
- glue one side (I start with the inside of the wheel), I let it dry overnight and then glue the outside of the tyre
- when gluing the outside I also glue the false rubber overhang (which gives the tyre the scale look) to the wheel
- use a good quality CA glue
- I use small rubber bands to apply light pressure to assist the bonding process. Rubber bands that are too tight may distort the tyre and cause the glue to set with the tyre not perfectly round.
Tyres glued like this last many many meetings before showing signs of coming unglued. But it's a good habit to check your tyres after each race just in case.
I hate gluing tyres and thought the Ride pre-glued version was the answer to my prayers. Unfortunately poor quality control means I won't buy them pre-glued again. Better to "hate" the time gluing the tyres properly than a DNF or an oversteering car caused by unglued tyres!
UPDATE - 5 June - We interview Ride and ask them everything you want to know about their tyres
UPDATE - 6 June - How to Re-glue Ride Pre-glued Tyres