BothAvon Zv7 and Michelin Primacy 3 are high-performance summer tires designed to deliver the best riding experience during the warmer seasons. Zv7 has a low void ratio and broad shoulders, allowing it to work effectively in both dry and wet conditions. Due to the excessive wear of the tread, its durability is low.
Due to its slightly wider grooves, primacy 3 has a low contact patch. Its high void ratio helps it provide excellent hydroplaning resistance by removing water from its deep grooves and maintaining grip with the road.
The tread design on the Avon Zv7 is asymmetrical, with a tread block column and two ribs between the shoulders. The tire has four large circumferential grooves that are quite shallow. There are no lateral grooves on this tire. The tread block column has deep curving sipes attached on it, splitting the tread column into separate parts. The tread has a defined angular pattern. The tire features wider longitudinal grooves as well as 3D sipes. Multiple sipes are present on the wide and broad shoulders.
Primacy 3 has a symmetrical approach to tread design. The tire is made up of two tread blocks and a center rib. Between two tread block columns, the rib is sandwiched. The tread block column is divided into several blocks by lateral grooves. It also has four deeper circumferential grooves. Two circumferential grooves are relatively narrow and the other two are widest. On the shoulders of the tire, lateral grooves are also present, and these grooves are connected to the longitudinal grooves. The shoulder is divided into portions by these grooves. On the shoulders, there are no sipes.
Road Grip Comparison
Because of its relatively wider grooves, Zv7 has a lower contact patch. It has a dry braking distance of 119.4 feet, which is slightly greater than its competitor, so it is slightly behind its counterpart in terms of performance on dry roads. The tire’s wet braking distance is 184 feet (longer than its competitor) which puts it behind Primacy 3 in terms of wet grip.
Primacy 3, on the other hand, has a slightly lower void ratio, resulting in a larger contact patch. Due to slightly narrow grooves, the tire’s dry braking distance is 114 feet (lesser than its competitor). This makes the tire one of the finest in its class when it comes to dry grip.
On a dry surface, this allows the tire to maintain a good grip. Due to the existence of deeper grooves, it performs better in wet situations as well. It’s wet braking distance is 174 feet, which is quite short, resulting in excellent wet grip.
Handling Comparison of the tires
The tire’s handling is determined by its shoulder design. Zv7’s shoulders have marginally narrow lateral grooves carved on them, so it has to struggle to keep up with its counterpart in terms of dry handling performance.
The tire takes 103 seconds to complete one lap, which is a relatively long duration. When it comes to handling in wet weather, however, the tire performs well because of the presence of more and deeper sipes on the shoulders.
When compared to its peers, the tire’s average time for completing one lap is 66 seconds, which is quite good.
When it comes to dry handling, Primacy 3 performs exceptionally well. This is due to the presence of narrower grooves in the shoulder’s blocks, which allow it to perform good.
In dry cornering, the time taken by the tire to complete one lap is 101 seconds, which is quicker than its counterpart.
It’s wet handling performance, on the other hand, is also good. Because the time required to complete one lap is 66 seconds, which is equal to its counterpart.
Comparison of Hydroplaning Resistance
The tire’s hydroplaning resistance is determined by the grooves. Because Zv7 has a low void ratio, it has a low hydroplaning resistance capability.
The sipes on the tire are shallower, and they are unable to properly wipe water from the tread.
Primacy 3 outperforms its competitor in terms of aquaplaning resistance because of its higher void ratio.
Despite the absence of sipes, the presence of broader and deeper grooves allows this tire to function effectively in flooded circumstances.
Water will be wiped away more effectively through these wide grooves and boost hydroplaning resistance.
Comparison of Rolling Resistance
The force required to keep the tire moving forward is known as rolling resistance. It is determined by the tire’s contact patch.
The greater the contact area between the tire and the ground, the greater the rolling resistance. The Zv7 has a larger contact patch, it creates more friction with the ground.
To overcome the greater friction, more effort is required, therefore this tire has a higher rolling resistance than its counterpart.
Primacy 3, on the other hand, has a high void ratio and a smaller contact patch. Because the contact patch is smaller, there is less friction between the tire and the road. As a result, it takes less effort to keep it moving forward.
So, this tire has a lower rolling resistance than its competitor.
Comfort and Noise Comparison
Because of the low void ratio, fewer air particles are trapped in the grooves. When moving at fast speed, fewer particles will be entrapped between spaces resulting in a reduced noise level. When compared to its opponent, however, the small grooves will not be able to deliver a comfortable ride over a bumpy road.
The presence of slightly wider grooves in the Primacy 3 tire traps more molecules of air inside the grooves. This causes the tire to make more noise when traveling at high speeds because more air particles will move in a back-and-forth motion, colliding with the tread wall and producing more sound. However, the wide grooves allow the tire to perform slightly better on a bumpy road, making the journey more enjoyable.
Durability and Treadwear Differences
Due to the narrow grooves of Zv7, the contact patch is greater, resulting in higher rolling resistance. As a result of the increased rolling resistance, the tread wears out faster, reducing the tire’s durability. Furthermore, in comparison to its opponent, its built strength and quality are lesser. As a result, the tire’s mileage is reduced, and the risk of tire damage increases due to the tire’s reduced durability.
Primacy 3 features larger grooves, resulting in less ground contact. Because of the low contact, the tire has a low rolling resistance. As a result, the tread of the tire wears out slowly. Along with less tread wear, the tire has more built-in strength, making it more durable than its competitor.
Because of its better-built strength and durability, the Primacy 3 tire is slightly more expensive. It also offers better value for money because it is fuel efficient, making it more cost-effective than its competitor.
Because of its excellent dry traction and acceptable wet traction, the Zv7 is one of the best and most affordable tires among its competitors in the same price range.
- Both tires are high-performance summer tires.
- Due to greater contact patch, the Avon Zv7 gives a superior dry grip.
- Avon Zv7 has more sipes on the shoulder blocks, therefore it takes the lead when handling in wet situations.
- The wide grooves of the Primacy 3 assist its hydroplaning resistance.
- Primacy 3 is more durable and provides a greater mileage.
- Primacy 3 is also more expensive due to its superior build quality and durability.