6 of 8 customers found this review helpful.
This should have a three-and-a-half-star rating option for I don't hate it and halfway like it.
I bought these cheap tires one size too wide for no other reason than I clicked that size option without thinking about it. They were what I chose for my Craigslist 2007 Jamis Supernova with Frankenbike mountain-bike brakes and circa 2002 Dura-Ace components. It's my rain bike, off road bike, knockaround bike. This tire at 37 mm has plenty of clearance on the Jamis (a cyclocross bike with plenty of clearance, anyway).
As other reviewers have noted, this tire is heavy and it feels SLOW. I reckon I've lost about one to one and a half miles per hour in average speed from the cheapo-smooth tires that came with the bike. On road, my average with this tire is about 14 to 14.5 mph. Not great, but not so slow that I dread riding on road with it.
I weigh about 175 and inflate the tires to their full 70 psi rating. The tires hold the road predictably during cornering and on some potentially disastrous, speedy descents with curves and corners at bottom. Certainly, I attribute to the tires, rather than my cycling skill, the fact that at the bottom of one steep hill, I was able to keep on the road (although not in my lane) rather than launching into the creek branch the road crossed at that point. These tires grip well and corner well on wet, gravel & crud strewn pavement.
These tires are superb on rutted dirt and gravel alleyways, fire roads, degraded tarmac, and most of the total crap conditions to which I formerly tended to subject my mountain bike. They only failed me once when they were unable to grip the silt-bottom of a rain-flooded creek I tried to ride across in the woods.
I've ridden without fear of flats the entire time I've had these tires - since about October 2014?
This year, I may replace the Tour Rides with a set of cheap-version Clement Xplor USH to see if I can get more speed and thus more joy out of the Jamis, all around. But I'll probably also keep these tires in case they're needed. That said, they're such a good value at the price, if you hate them, you can always donate them to the local bike co-op or to that guy in your neighborhood with a hybrid bike.
I've also reviewed these tires on my blog - search for Continental Tour Ride and my user name.
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