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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-10-2016, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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What is "up to temp" for a Q3?

I was thinking about taking my infrared temp meter with me on a ride to see what my tires read after a few curves at my normal pace. Really curious whether I'm kidding myself about actually taking advantage of what these tires can do with the way I ride on local roads.

Also want to play around with my pressure a bit to see what that does to the temp, if anything.

So what would be considered an optimal temp range for a Dunlop Q3?

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I'm certainly no expert but I think that street tyres are designed to work quite well over a range of temperatures. Obviously they will work better as they get hotter unless taken to the limit which is rarely possible on the street. Track a different story.

For the street I think you should focus on what pressure gives you the best result. I think that's far more important for street and easier to track and adjust. Take some temp readings along the way and maybe let us know what the temp is when you find your optimum pressure.

As to kidding yourself about actually taking advantage of what these tires can do, I say the better the tyre the safer you are when you start pushing your limits. Although the tyre may be capable well beyond your level doesn't make it a waste of money. If you fvck up and need that little extra it'll be there. There's also the mental effect of knowing your tyres are up for it rather than a mediocre tyre that will sap your confidence.

So, get out there and start playing with pressures! ... once your suspension is sorted, lol That's my 2c.
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Thanks. I'm sure you're right about the range of temps. But I've read comments on how fast the Q3 "gets up to temp". So I'm hoping someone knows what that would mean when actually measuring the surface temp of the tire.

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1) Infrared thermometer is really a waste of your time as you're only checking the surface temperature. Race folks use pyrometers.

2) Q3 is a street tire, and as mentioned earlier is designed to be used across a wide temperature range. When set to the right pressure, they will only take a short time to warm up. Best warm up is typically from increasing acceleration and deceleration and progressively increased cornering forces.

"Getting up to temperature" is more in terms of race tires, which don't operate well at lower temperatures and must be heated up. Which involves heating the treadface, sidewalls, and even wheel.


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Well thanks for killing my dreams, Dan.

Just kidding, I appreciate it and I get it that surface temp is different than the tire being heated through.

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