On the topic of price, something to note about the R10 is that it’s about $50 cheaper, per set, than it was in 2012. It’ll be $350/set in R1 sizes ($340 with a 180-section rear). The V02 slicks are noticeably more expensive, at $413/set (with a 200-section rear for the R1). But, as I said above, better durability and lots more grip, too, if you’re able to use it. Bottom line, for beginner and intermediate riders I would recommend the R10—it’s a solid performer with lots of grip. For advanced and expert riders, you probably already know what feels best, but if you haven’t tried slicks you owe it to yourself. If you can tell the difference you’re probably ready.