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Had been using some very expensive handmade tubular track tires, but the tread peeled from the casing on one of them and the other developed a mysterious split in the tread (never ridden outdoors, always on an indoor track). I had used Conti Sprinters before and decided to go back to Conti tires. I currently have these tires stretching on some spare rims so I don't have anything to say about how they ride, but I inspected them carefully and the quality is up to Conti standards.
Relaced the original tires that were on my Trek Hybrid with the Conti's, found them on sale at Bike Tires Direct. Wow do they perform great. Air down for hard pack stone and dirt trails, air up for street riding. They handle great at 55-60 psi for trails and 80 to 85 psi for fast rolling on the street or paved trails.
Solid casing which I assume would be puncture proof. Directional tread so be mindful of the directional arrows. They are a bit of a challenge to install, you will need to upgrade your plastic tire spoon to long reach metal ones. I bought a three pack, two to hold the tire secure the third one (with lots of Dawn dish soap) slipped right into place.
Would I buy them again? YES I would. If they would fit my 2000 IF road bike I would by a pair for that bike as well.
All who read this I hope you find my comments helpful; I have been cycling for almost thirty years and I perform all my own maintenance and repairs and adjustments to my bikes.
When these tires arrived at my door the first thing I noticed is they're heavy. When I mounted them on my fendered Rivendell Saluki I noticed they were bigger than I thought. I had to adjust my fenders. I think they're more like 44's than 42's. They mounted relatively easy. I pumped them up to 25psi not the max rating of 65. I weigh 140 so I don't need them filled up more than that. They ride really nice at that pressure and they corner great. I absolutely love the feel of these tires, I can ride all day. I don't care that they're heavy. I like knowing I will have few if any flats with them. I hope that helps
With my road riding events done for the year I wanted wider tires to better handle dirt and gravel roads.
These fit on my Giant Revolt Advanced with room for fenders.
That provides great grip and confidence when the packed dirt turns to large loose gravel or light mud.
It makes the bike fun on some of the easier and smoother MTB trails in our area.
I am not sure how much of a speed penalty I am paying on pavement, but they feel pretty good on pavement also.
This time of year, I am not looking for speed. I am looking to enjoy the weather and have some outdoor adventures.