2023 Author: Erin Ralphs | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-20 18:31
When choosing car tires for the winter, you need to take into account a lot of different nuances. It's just that road safety largely depends on the quality and reliability of tires. Among motorists of the CIS countries, tires of the Slovenian manufacturer "Matador" are quite popular. The brand has a lot of good and high quality tires. One of the hits was the model "Matador MP 50 Sibir Ice". Feedback on the presented varieties of rubber is extremely positive.
A few words about the manufacturer
The company was registered in 1905, only the first tires left the production line only 20 years later. At first, the brand was engaged in the development of various rubber products. Often, motorists wonder how the tires "Matador" are connected with Germany. It's just that now the controlling stake in this tire manufacturer is wholly owned by the German Continental. This merger made it possible to modernize the equipment, which had a positive effect on product quality. The company received TSI and ISO certificates.
For which cars
The presented tires are designed for cars of different classes. Tires are made in 36 variations of standard sizes with landing diameters from 13 to 17 inches. Tires can be selected for both a small compact subcompact car and an all-wheel drive car. Moreover, tires for crossovers received additional reinforcement. Rigid sidewall withstands strong impacts, cuts.
Season of applicability
These tires are "Matador" winter. The compound is very soft. This helps to maintain the desired elasticity even in the most severe frost. Driving on the road at temperatures above +5 degrees Celsius is not recommended. With excessive heating, the rubber roll increases. The rate of wear increases exponentially.
When designing these winter tires "Matador" used the latest developments of the German concern. First, the brand's engineers created a digital tire model, after which they made a physical prototype. It was tested on a special stand that simulates real operating conditions. Then they conducted a test at the Continental test site. After making all the necessary improvements, the model was put into mass production.
The design of tires directly affects their basic driving characteristics. In this case, the concern went on a proven path. The fact is that the tires were put onclassic directional pattern. This block configuration is considered ideal for winter.
In the very center of the tire there are two solid ribs of medium width. With their help, it is possible to increase the stability of the tire during rectilinear movement. Demolitions to the side are excluded. There are only two conditions: proper balancing and compliance with the speed limits declared by the tire manufacturer itself. If they are ignored, the vibration increases multiple times, making it more difficult to keep the car on the road.
Other ribs of the central part consist of blocks of complex shape directed towards the roadway. This geometry improves the traction properties of tires. The car picks up speed better. At the same time, the probability of demolitions is completely excluded.
The blocks of the shoulder area are large. The increased dimensions allow them to keep their shape stable under strong dynamic loads that occur during cornering and braking. In reviews of the Matador MP 50 Sibir Ice, drivers noted that even with a sharp turn into a turn, the likelihood of losing control of the road is minimal.
A little about spikes
The presented tires also behave well when driving on an icy road. The studs help keep the ride secure and in full control of the ride. At the same time, the technological potential of the brand was fully revealed.
The stud heads of these tires "Matador" for the winter received a hexagonal shape and a variable section of each face. From such a technical solutionride quality has only improved. The machine behaves stably with a sharp change in the direction vector, the risk of skidding and loss of control is minimal.
The spikes themselves were arranged with a variable step relative to each other. The result is the elimination of the rut effect. The turns are confident, the car does not sway, and the driver retains full control over the road.
The presented tire model was designed specifically for the Scandinavian and CIS countries. In order to enter the European market, manufacturers have changed the material from which the spikes are made. From the usual steel had to be abandoned. The fact is that such variations of the spikes provoke accelerated deformation of the roadway. As a result, the spikes began to be made from a lightweight alloy based on aluminum.
Studding points have received additional reinforcement. Under the outer soft tread there is a harder layer of rubber. The spikes are fixed more tightly. This prevents their premature loss. You can't forget about wrapping either. For better fixation of spikes in reviews of the "Matador MP 50 Sibir Ice" drivers advise to drive the first thousand kilometers without sudden stops or starts.
The presented model also fights well with hydroplaning. This negative effect is not observed even at higher speeds. This was achieved through the implementation of a number of important decisions.
The drainage system is represented by a combination of five longitudinal grooves and many transverse tubules. Moreover, each edge of these elementspositioned at a special angle to increase the rate of liquid removal.
It was also possible to improve wet grip thanks to the silicic acid introduced into the compound. Tires literally stick to the road. Wet demolitions are excluded.
Each tread block received several wave-like sipes. These elements are "responsible" for the local removal of water from the contact patch. With their help, it is possible to increase the number of cutting edges, which also has a positive effect on grip.
In reviews of the "Matador MP 50 Sibir Ice", drivers note that these tires retain their performance characteristics up to a mileage of 50 thousand kilometers. Walkability is impressive. This was achieved thanks to an integrated approach to development.
The tire contact patch is stable in any driving vector. The end result is even wear. The central part and shoulder areas are erased at the same speed. Pronounced accent excluded.
When compiling the compound, the concern's chemists increased the proportion of carbon black. This improved the tire's abrasion resistance. Tread depth remains stable for as long as possible.
Metal frame reinforced with nylon. Elastic polymer threads better dampen and redistribute excess impact energy. As a result, the probability of cord deformation when moving over bumps is reduced to zero. Hernias and bumps are excluded.
Tests of tires "Matador" of this type showed the pros and cons of rubber. The tests were carried out by the domestic magazine "Behind the wheel". During testing, the tires demonstrated a short braking distance and stable behavior when driving from asph alt to an icy section of the road. The downside is the high noise level. In reviews of the "Matador MP 50 Sibir Ice", the experimenters complained about the specific rumble in the cabin that occurs while driving.
Analogues and prices
Brand "Matador" offers winter tires of various types. The above model is the flagship of the company. The plant also produces friction rubber options. Such wheels are characterized by reduced noise levels, but on ice they often behave unpredictably. Prices for tires "Matador" are much lower than for tires from major world brands. Moreover, in terms of their reliability and quality, they are in no way inferior to analogues from Michelin and Continental.