So I have to thank Diesel Joe for getting me started on this ice riding gig and he was an early proponent of using Rock Central “Canadian” ice tires. So when I started riding on the ice I tried Fredette AMA legal tires first and then bought a set of Rock Central’s from my buddy Dennis (you don’t want to know why he was selling them – not a good experience). Now I’ve been on Canadians for six years and there’s no going back for me.
A lot of ice riders call the Canadian’s “cheater tires” because they hook up so well in the “fluff” on the apron of the track and you can ride an outside line that the AMA tire guys struggle with. The better hook-up is because of a longer screw head and a more open tire pattern, more of a knobby.
Whether one style is faster than another is open for debate. With Canadian’s you don’t use the brakes much and you pitch and slide the bike into the corner, scrubbing off speed. With AMA tires you have much more stability on the brakes and you front brake much harder into the corner, then drive around the corner. I find that it’s easy for a good rider on Fredettes to take an inside line and beat me through the corners. It makes for interesting corner exits – watch the video below.
If you’re on a fast, wide open track with lots of sweeping corners the Canadians can be a definite advantage. Especially if you’re riding a bike with a lot of power. The Canadian tires are significantly heavier and require more power to turn the mass and also to change direction in the corners due to rotating mass.
On a tight track with a lot of switch-backs the AMA tires can usually out-perform the Canadians. You’re not wasting all that time sliding into the corners and riding the outside line. Fredette’s will allow you to brake much harder into the corner and hold a tight inside line.
To see the Rock Central Canadian tires is full video action click the You-Tube link below. Diesel Joe mounted up his new HD Go Pro camera on his helmet and chased Wayne around the track and got some nice footage of the “Canadian style” of riding. Not that we’re any pro’s at this…we’re just out having some fun and checking out the differences between the Canadian tires and AMA legal tires like Fredette’s. Diesel Joe is riding a KTM 400 XCW with Fredette tires and you can see the different lines he takes as compared to me. There’s a couple of times where he had to resist taking the inside line and blowing by me for the sake of the video!
My favorite part of the video is at 1:55 in when we hit the fast right hand sweeper and Joey is on the outside and just getting pelted by the tire blast. I got to use the power of the 560 in that section! If you notice the next time through that area Joey takes an inside line and stays out of the ice shower So check out the video: