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Old 04-12-2009, 10:42 AM   #1
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Hankook Ventus S1 evo

I'm trying to find some information on this tire but it's proving tough to come by.

Gary, if you happen by this thread would you shed some light one why there is only one review but the tire is on closeout (at least in the size I require)? Closeout, to me, usually means one of two things; either the tire has run its course and is being replaced or the manufacturer is not satisfied with it and wants it gone a.s.a.p. Seeing as how there is only one review, I am figuring it hasn't been around very long so this leaves me thinking it's a sub-par tire. Truth?

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Old 04-13-2009, 09:05 AM   #2
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Old 04-13-2009, 11:43 AM   #3
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im looking for an answer as well since im tempted to buy these..
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Old 04-13-2009, 12:58 PM   #4
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Per an email from Gary:

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Thanks for your inquiry.

I can see why this might be confusing. We just started carrying the Hankook line of tires last year, so we have very little data or feedback on the Hankook line in general. The S1 Evo is indeed being discontinued despite our limited experience with the tires being very good.

Hope this helps!

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Old 04-14-2009, 05:05 PM   #5
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i ordered a pair anyways, will let you know how they perform when i mount them
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Old 04-15-2009, 08:35 PM   #6
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i ordered a pair anyways, will let you know how they perform when i mount them
Please do. In fact, shoot me a PM if you think of it as I don't check in here as often as I should.

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Old 04-15-2009, 08:48 PM   #7
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Definitely a summer-only tire.

By the thread pattern, they will probably handle decently in the dry tact...probably after some warm up since it's probably on the low-end rubber tech... corner blocks look good.

Wet traction will be marginal; doesn't look like it will dissipate water very well because the tire looks too smooth, doesn't have exit outlets to minimize hydroplane...

Overall looks okay, it will come down to the rubber compound and sidewall stiffness to see how they really perform in the dry. I get a feeling that as the tire ages and gets to 50% thread, that the rubber will not hold and that you'll begin to develop cracks or wear down very quickly, but for $77/ea...why not try...

EDIT: In my experience, Hankook tires have weak steel belts so 1) the tires tend to not be super round (like Michelins) and 2) if you hit a pothole hard enough the sidewall is far more likely to bubble than other tires (like BF Goodrichs, Michelins, Yoko, Nittos, Bridgestones, etc).
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Old 05-04-2009, 11:29 AM   #8
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Old 05-07-2009, 12:04 AM   #9
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I have these on my car, 225/40/18 and 265/35/18 and find them quite good in the dry. In the wet though they can be quite hit and miss..... if you are not pushing it they are ok but when you really start to punt it along they get very average very fast.....

so If you dont drive like a clown in the wet you are fine .....

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That all being said they do inspire Lots more confidence than nexens or nankangs which are the popular cheapies here in Australia...
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Thanks for the feedback. These are still on closeout.

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