Originally Posted by SpidarX
My club races foam tires on asphalt. In the past we have used Jaco Nitro Shoes, but since they changed their rim for that tire, we have been looking for a different foam tire. We tried a set of Gecko's at the last race, and to be honest, I didn't like them nearly as well as the old Jaco's. The grip wasn't quite as good, and they tended to wear differently. Some guys had more problems with chunking. Anyway, they weren't terrible, but I'm still looking for a better foam tire on asphalt. I'm waiting to see if the new xceed foam tires are any good.
Thanks for your feedback, can you confirm if you were using the Gecko Electric foams with your 1/10th electric car and what hardness you were using (F&R) and what was the condition of the track?
The following information may help drivers understand a little more how best to use the Gecko foam rubber tyres.
As far as we are aware all the major foam tyre brands are using the same type of foam rubber sheet from of 1 or 2 sheet rubber sources in the world. The Gecko foam rubber source is unique as is the method of manufacture used (which does not use sheet foam).
Extensive tests have now shown that the Gecko foam rubber is just about unbeatable BTB (against other foam or rubber tyres) on any 'uncoated' race surface whether asphalt, carpet, lino, wood, clay etc.. This is mainly due to the 100% contact patch which is also conformable (as it is a foam rubber!) and that we use our own compound formulations. However this grip can sometimes be only at the same levels of other foam and rubber tyre brands (or maybe even not as high) when other materials come between (or interfere with) the Gecko rubber and track surface. This can be too much rubber on the asphalt, dust, additive drenched carpets etc... In these cases, adjustments to Gecko tyre choice and set-up will be required and then the Gecko tyres can still give the best results.
A good example of the extraordinarily high levels of grip that Gecko tyres show is in oval racing (on carpet, asphalt, clay etc...) where they can hold the tight lines without (or with minimal) sliding as the speed builds up and therefore wear resistance is also very good.
The current Electric Gecko foam rubber compounds have higher chunk & tear resistance than the current Nitro Gecko foam rubber rear tyre compounds.
Although our tyres may not all be perfect, we believe they certainly do add something significantly new to the RC racing world and we are always prepared to listen and improve our range through continuous development programmes.
Aplogies for the long essay, I hope it helps.
For more information about our tyres please go to our 'adamsracing.co.uk'