I recently put this tire on my gravel-bike- a freshly rebuilt 2008 KHS CX. I love these tires, they work on most surfaces short of mud, I get great mileage (2K), it mounts easy and I have fewer flats, what's not to like?. I often recommend this tire to friends & customers as a commutingtouring tire and I have not had a complaint yet. While it may not be the lightest or fastest tire available it is rock-solid reliable and a great bargain when you get them from BTD. Don't hesitate buy them you won't regret it.
Please note Value rating will be based on what your total UberLyft tab is or how many tire levers you break.
This review is limited to the 700x x 28mm tire. Also note that these 28s are skinny.
Leave German engineering to third world manufacturing and you're bound to get off-spec tolerances.
The tire performs well for the money (in terms of durability, puncture resistance, traction in varying road surface and weather conditions, etc), but after you've mounted it, or pulled it off the rim, you may find that all your levers are busted, or your hands, most particularly, your thumbs, are aching andor inoperable. If not, then your new tube has been punctured by the lever...
While mounting it, I MADE CERTAIN to add a tire liner to help prevent the above cenario, and it's been pretty good (WITH LINER) , only one flat in 18 months of riding an average of 3-4 times a week on this bike. However, this is not a good indication of the tire's puncture resistance. Most importantly, DO NOT GET A FLAT and make sure your Uber or Lyft account is active when riding! You will not be able to do the fix out in the field. I recently acquired a special tool (15 bucks and added weight) that helps quite a bit with mounting. However, I'll have to additionally, figure that into the overall cost.
Moral of the story If you already use Uber or Lyft when you flat, and subsequently take the wheel to the LBS for repair, go for it. If not, steer very clear...
Interestingly, I just swapped them for a pair of Travel Contact Reflex 37s (also thinner than 37) and they were easy as pie! Again, it's all about tolerances!
After regularly flatting on my previous tires, which included several CST, Bontrager and Kenda tires, I decided to buy a set of Conti's after hearing how some road cyclists swear by the Conti Gatorskin. At the time, I was rather skeptical given they were only [$] a piece. Now, after 500 miles, any doubts I had were gone. So far, these tires have covered 500 miles on MN roads and bike paths. My daily commute covers sections of road where there are numerous cracks and small rocks that made riding a flat-fest. I have yet to flat with the Tour Ride. The lower inflation pressure also gives a much better ride than any previous tire I used, and the aggressive tread pattern performs better than expected on dirt. I can't wait to see how they do in snow.
These tires are not the fastest, but they are not so slow that you think you're riding on a flat. For my commute and weekend trail rides, these tires are great. And at [$] a piece, a definite steal.
I've been spinning these conti tires for over three seasons now. I value them because I have their rubber side down on the wheel of my road bike along exhilaratingly winding and rolling bucolic countryside roads, some unknown, including dirt roads and trails year-round in four full and effervescent seasons.
Ive been running these for a while and couldn't be happier..
I did get one flat after a splintered piece of wood pierced through both the tire and a tube protector liner..
People will complain about everything. Yes, they are heavier than a road bike tire because they are thicker. That's how weight works. If you're not doing a time trial it isn't going to make a difference. It's a great puncture resistance tire with good grip for city riding. Price is very reasonable.
Bought my daughter a road bike and she felt very unsure of herself on the previous tires. The wider tire with the tread gave her a more confident ride which in turn has made her ride more. Plus these tires are holding up real well. Light gravel, trail, road and some sidewalk riding is mainly what she rides and these tires are great in most conditions. I wouldn't say snow or ice is why I went with most.
I bought these for a ride on a gravel and stone dust trail. They performed exceptionally well, and I left them on my daily commuter road bike. I have a long commute (12 miles each way) and the tires are awesome comfortable, stable, and fairly fast. They also resist flats well.
great value in a tire that i tour and commute with. incredibly rare to get a flat with these. they are a little heavy but you have to expect some negative in a 20.00 tire.
I first used these tires as they were the only thing that were tour suitable for 27 wheels. (I ride an older Cannondale ST). The tread profile is perfect for mixed surface touring. Sure there is some drag on tarmac, but it's a modest insurance once the roads get rough. I've ridden gravel and hard packed trails for days. I've never had a flat until the tire is showing serious signs of wear. I do find when loaded and at around 65psi get through a rear tire pretty quickly. Nevertheless, for value on 27 rims there is no equal. 700 wheels have plenty more choices, but I'd still have them on my shortlist. They are also my city commuter of choice.
I am training for DK200 and wanted something that I could go high mileage on most gravel surfaces plus asphalt without feeling like I was leaving dollars on the road as the knobs wore away. I got these last week and have already put about 200 miles on them, including an 85 miler this weekend. On that longer ride I was on my gravel bike and my friends were on road bikes. We stuck primarily to asphalt, but being spring the roads are in pretty rough shape. I had no problems whatsoever flatwise, and was able to hang with the roadies pretty well - as they were weaving around the potholes I was either blasting through them or bunny hoping the really bad ones. They look great on my Giant TCX Pro 2 - I almost feel like Mad Max. As I approach the DK starting line I will think about a lighter option, but I know it will be difficult to let go of these dependable and inexpensive babies! Especially if the spring remains dry out there ...
This is a wonderful tire in terms of what a tire is supposed to do. It grips well in most conditions (haven't tried snow), wears well and is relatively puncture resistant. However, if you do get a flat on your ride, better call UBER! This is the fifth tire I've owned and I keep thinking the spec tolerances will get better. Moreover, you'll be hard-pressed to get this tire on the rim and ready to roll while you're on the road or trail. I now travel with a 100g TIRE BEAD JACK that makes it easier, but it's still a PITA, nonetheless... BTW, these are made in Thailand or India. The made in Germany Continentals I used in the distant past never encountered such issues...
I have been running these tires on my commuter bike for a while now and can count on them. They roll smooth and relatively fast. I know that when I have to ride though a bunch of crud, glass, and road trash that I will not be stopping to change a flat (knock on wood)! Cannot find a better tire for the for the application and price.
Liam took the time to help me select these Continental Tour Ride tires and fitted me with 700c x 42mm replacements. I had bought my Giant Cypress LX used, so I was not sure if I could get away with something a little bigger than the 700c x 40mm's that were on it. Was looking for a little more cushion as I run about 6' 1, 250lbs. The 42mm fit fine and I'm it looks like I could even get away with the 47mm - will try those next time.
Took my first spin on them this afternoon and the ride was improved significantly!
Thanks for the extra help Liam - I'll be a returning customer and refer you guys to others.