Looking at replacing my front tire over the winter months (no down time come spring that way) and am torn now over brand. I have the replacement D250 and rear wheel for the rear so it's an easy swap for me when the thing's due. But I'm really liking the Avon AV71 (Cobra) tire and the Bridgestone G709. I thought about sticking to the D250 OEM but I'm so curious about these other two tires I can't decide. The 'stone looks like a good match even though it's a different brand tire, but the Cobra is such an aggressive looking tread design I wonder if the wet handling would be better than either one of the others. Anybody tried the Cobras? I doubt there would be any real issue with the mis-match brand unless somebody has some information to the contrary?