I replaced the factory fat tires on a single speed mountain bike with these tires. I recently started working at home and ride my bike to the grocery store, indoor pool, library etc. At least once a day people ask me about my bike and tires.
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..
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 ...
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.
The fit was perfect, the quality is great and they ride smooth. Put them together with a thorn resistant tube and no more flats so far.
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.
I installed these tires on my Cannonade Quick hybrid several weeks ago. I ride on gravel to asphalt to gravel almost exclusively. I ride for the cardio mostly and my daily trips range from 6 to 12 miles, depending on the route I take. These tire have held up well so far, no leaks, flats, pr problems. I'm using the Slime tubes. The gravel can be troublesome, but no complaints. I don't use this bike on rocky trails with tree roots and various nasty obstacles. Just country roads. They're actually smooth riding, not as noisy or rough as mountain tires or as smooth as road tires, but they're okay. They seem to corner well, but I'm no expert rider. Appropriate tires for a hybrid bike.
Not a bad choice for riding in wet and muddy conditions where grip is very important. They weight more than a normal Gatorskin but they offer me the grip I need to go though 2 inches layers of mud and thats reassuring.
I do about 10 miles per day for exercise. Previous smooth road tires wore through to the canvas in less than 700 miles. I am hoping this tire will handle the weight, punctures better than the last. So far so good and smooth.
I am a 68 year old retiree and am not slender (200 pounds). My Strava is at 3300 miles since I got a new bike in late February 2018 mostly on Arizona canal paths. These tires are incredibly hard to mount. It's a worry that the tube is going to get pinched when mounting. I inflate to 70 psi. The rear tire feel squishy. I have gone through several tubes. At 100-200 miles of use, the rear tube starts leaking. It took a couple of tries to find a good fitting tube. Most were too large. The same tire on the front have been great. It has rolled 1,000 miles with no problems. I will replace the rear and keep this one for a front spare.