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    Who makes tires in colors other than black?

    I know that Schwalbe makes a white tire....although I can't seem to find any online retailer that sells them.

    Also What other manufacturers make tires in colors other than black?

    And what colors do they offer?

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    Might help if you told us what kind of tires you are looking for (XC, downhill, AM etc.). Panaracer makes MTB tires with different colored sidewalls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miami_Son
    Might help if you told us what kind of tires you are looking for (XC, downhill, AM etc.). Panaracer makes MTB tires with different colored sidewalls.
    Any kind of tire. I've got an XC bike and I've got a FR bike, both of which I'd consider equipping with "colored" tires.

    I've seen the Panaracer tires, but I'm not interested in colored sidewalls. I'm talking about tires that are fully colored.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waspinator
    Any kind of tire. I've got an XC bike and I've got a FR bike, both of which I'd consider equipping with "colored" tires.

    I've seen the Panaracer tires, but I'm not interested in colored sidewalls. I'm talking about tires that are fully colored.
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    Where are those McCaw tires when you need them

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    Those are tires without air, i.e. solid rubber. I'll pass!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waspinator
    Those are tires without air, i.e. solid rubber. I'll pass!
    Aahh! So color is not as important as function.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    Aahh! So color is not as important as function.
    Bingo!

    I'm kinda surprised that there isn't at least one popular tire company who offers tires in different colors. You'd think that there would be enough of a market for them to support some production of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bholwell
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waspinator
    Bingo!

    I'm kinda surprised that there isn't at least one popular tire company who offers tires in different colors. You'd think that there would be enough of a market for them to support some production of them.
    IIRC, the pigment used to color the rubber limits the use of different compounds and makes for undesirable tread wear characteristics. Color is used mostly as a novelty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waspinator
    Bingo!

    I'm kinda surprised that there isn't at least one popular tire company who offers tires in different colors. You'd think that there would be enough of a market for them to support some production of them.
    Color is a fashion feature. Fashions change and tastes differ so it is easy to get stuck with a large stock of unpopular colors. Companies have tried them (most recently in road tires). I see the colors other than basic black on the closeout lists all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miami_Son
    IIRC, the pigment used to color the rubber limits the use of different compounds and makes for undesirable tread wear characteristics. Color is used mostly as a novelty.
    Yup, wear and grip. Schwalbe has colored road tires and advises that if you you want maximum grip and minimum rolling resistance, buy the all black tread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    Yup, wear and grip. Schwalbe has colored road tires and advises that if you you want maximum grip and minimum rolling resistance, buy the all black tread.
    I knew I had read something on this awhile back. Here's a post from a newsgroup I found that details the reason why colored rubber is inferior. Basically, the lack of carbon black is the difference.

    From: jbrandt@hpl.hp.com (Jobst Brandt)
    Newsgroups: rec.bicycles.racing
    Subject: Re: Clinchers vs. Tubulars
    Date: 14 Dec 1996 18:09:54 GMT

    Matt Haldeman writes:

    > Why is colored tread inferior to carbon black? I am seeking info on
    > this point...I haven't seen any specific reasons you may have posted
    > earlier on this point so forgive my asking again if it's already
    > been covered.

    It has already been covered but it's been a while. Carbon black for
    obscure reasons, something that Mr Goodyear discovered by accident,
    greatly improves wear resistance, and coincidentally, wet traction.
    It does not make the rubber harder or softer as such, but improves
    wear and traction. The polymerization of butyl rubber changes its
    wear rate and traction as well and that is what came along about ten
    years ago when tires began lasting about twice the mileage.
    Specialized Touring II tires wore out about twice as fast as current
    tires that use newer compounds, however, carbon black was and is the
    most important feature in traction.

    Colored treads do not contain carbon black or they would be black,
    because the amount of carbon is substantial (over 25%). Because
    appearances are more important than function in today's society, tire
    manufacturers are producing colored tires for automobiles even though
    they are poorer in wear and traction than black tires, but to make up
    for that they cost more, as do bicycle tires with color.

    Jobst Brandt

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    I remember back in the early nineties, Onza offered the white Porcupine tires. They were good for about one race and that was it. Killer traction when used on the front end, but only the sponsored pros could afford to keep up with the tire wear.
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    Colored tires must be worn with matching thong! HAHAHA

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