I have a cross bike and i love the feel the fit and the response to steering that comes with cx bikes but im having a repeat issue. Using it as my daily rider when roads are wet it never fails that during a ride i find myself sliding on my hips because my tires just slip out from under me. Is this related to having knobby tires or maybe a pressure issue. Any thoughts anyone?

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    Knobbly tyres will always have less grip than smooth ones on smooth road. I assume the issue is just on cornering; perhaps you just need to take the corners slower on those tyres - or fit road tyres – Chris H Sep 2 '17 at 10:08
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    Consider that maybe you're not a very good judge of road conditions. When the pavement is wet you need to pick your way through corners carefully -- you cannot simply "trust" the tires, regardless of their tread and other features. – Daniel R Hicks Sep 2 '17 at 12:30
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    Also use caution when braking or turning on wet manhole covers and painted crosswalks they can get very slippery. – mikes Sep 2 '17 at 12:59
  • Though your question was specifically about tires, this site provides an in-depth overview of the physics behind cornering... coachcarl.com/training_articles/cornering.htm – sam Sep 7 '17 at 18:11
  • Thanks for the thoughts. Have sense went to a continental 4 season tire and have not had any issues. – Dillan P. Sep 14 '17 at 12:47

Yes knobs have less surface contact and do not have good road traction.

Consider road touring tires.

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  • Touring tires often favour longevity over traction (i.e., low traction rubber compound). An "all seasons" road tire will have a softer rubber compound meant to provide traction in the wet. – Rider_X Sep 5 '17 at 20:49
  • @Rider_X Road tires don't come bigger than 30 and there are soft touring tires. – paparazzo Sep 5 '17 at 22:47

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