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Old 10-20-2013, 01:00 PM   #1
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Any Opinions on th Hankook Ventus S1 noble2?

Hello BMW Experts!
Does anyone have experience with the Ventus S1 noble2 yet, pls? Opinions on the previous Hankooks were getting pretty good, and I liked the Kumho UHP/AS tires I used to have, so am wondering if these are up to snuff.
I'm now on Conti DWS, which are an all-round good tire, but a little more sport would be nice. I use real snow tires & so these would be on only for an early or late season snow, but rain performance is important to me.

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Old 10-21-2013, 12:38 PM   #2
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The TR reviews sort of worry me with the Noble2, some saying the sidewall is too soft.
If anyone can compare the Noble2 to the General G-max AS-03 & the Kumho Ecsta 4x, I would appreciate it much!

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Old 10-22-2013, 12:04 PM   #4
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I'm running the Noble2's right now on mine, and haven't had any issues with the tires feeling soft at all. I'm running a 17" if it makes much difference. Came off Khumo Ecsta SPTs, and really, there's not much difference in every day driving. I can still push through corners hard if I want to with the Nobles and not a chirp to be heard, but I imagine there might be a bit more gap in track driving between them. I CAN say though, that the tire wear on these is a million times better than the Ecstas, which is understandable given the rating, and being an All-season versus summer tire that others were. As for wet weather, I haven't had a single issue with them. I don't drive over a lake, but even normal water in the groves on back roads, they don't skip at all.

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I'm running the Noble2's right now on mine, and haven't had any issues with the tires feeling soft at all. I'm running a 17" if it makes much difference. Came off Khumo Ecsta SPTs, and really, there's not much difference in every day driving. I can still push through corners hard if I want to with the Nobles and not a chirp to be heard, but I imagine there might be a bit more gap in track driving between them. I CAN say though, that the tire wear on these is a million times better than the Ecstas, which is understandable given the rating, and being an All-season versus summer tire that others were. As for wet weather, I haven't had a single issue with them. I don't drive over a lake, but even normal water in the groves on back roads, they don't skip at all.
Not that this means anything for the Hankook, but I ran Kumho Ecsta UHP all seasons on my S4, and while they started out fine, the sidewalls gradually became seriously soft about halfway through the tread life, making it feel like you were going to fall off the tire in hard cornering maneuvers. I guess time will tell as these are newer tires.
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:37 AM   #6
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Hi Folks,
Thanks for the replies. Gary, I read the TR tire tests religiously! They are a great service for the people. Big thanks to Tire Rack.
My Kumhos were the ASX UHP/AS, which handled very well. GY Eagle F1 AS was my comparison. The Kumhos wore better, the GY handled better by a little wet & dry, but I only got ~ 15k on them & they were noisy!!
I will be getting 225/45/17. No tracking, just hard dirty back road driving.

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Ordered a set based on the Tire Rack comparison test, price relative to other tires and current promotion. Looking forward to seeing how they perform. My Conti Sports are getting worn down and noisy so I'm looking forward to fresh rubber.
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Last chance to give opinions, pls! I gots to buy....

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Initial impressions are positive. Good feedback, quiet, holds the road well.
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Thanks HLG,
Have you given them a workout on some dirty back roads yet? What are you comparing them to?

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Have you given them a workout on some dirty back roads yet? What are you comparing them to?

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No problem Murf. Haven't had a chance to push them too hard just yet. I'm coming from Conti Sports. These handle well, but the biggest difference I noticed off the bat was the smoothness. I'll write a more detailed review once I get a chance to break them in and test the limits a bit.
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Now that it's post-winter, did you ever get to drive them in the rain/snow? How did they perform?
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I took off my snow tires ~ 2 weeks ago & put on the Noble2s. So far, only undemanding city/highway driving, and no rain. But they are definitely sharper handlers than the DWS they replaced. I think the noise factor is similarly low.
I'm going to the mountains next weekend to give them a workout on the little roads & the curvy parkway, so I'll try to remember to report back.

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