These tires were cheap and worked fine for training. Durability is about average and puncture protection is OK, which is a good thing because getting these suckers back on is an ordeal. I thought it was just me, but my father with some 35 years riding experience struggled when he tried replacing a flat with these. Probably lasted close to 2000 miles but won't be getting these again.
I average one hundred miles per week once the snow is gone and I hate flatting. I ride in Maine and some roads are rough in Spring with left over frost heaves, cracks and chunks of pavement missing from plow activity...While these may not be race tires they are plenty fast. More importantly, they are rugged and will last....
Tire seems sturdy if rather stiff. It's OK so far but .... WOW Hardest tire to mount I've ever bought. I typically carry just one tire iron on rides but with this tire you'd better have two or be prepared to walk. Hope it's as flat proof as they claim because fixing a flat on the road will be a challenge.
Easy to mount although others complained. WIRE beads, they are a tough tire. mounted with bare hands, no tools. When dismounting you will need a tire tool. These tires have stood up to uneven brick streets, limestone both large and small, rough sidewalks in town and surprisingly broken glass with NO problems. No flats and No leaks (Continental Race Road Tubes). I am retired and ride every day weather permitting, which has been every day but one since purchasing them. have been on my road bike only one week bit have ridden just over 250 miles. Repeating myself, no leaks and no flats. one more note if you like 23c tires try the 28c and you will get a little better ride. 100 psi and my weight is 229 lbs.
I am a big man so I need a sturdy tyre as I ride mostly in NYC, Bronx, TD Bank 5 boros tour, this offer a great value as they rarely get flats, I pump them at maximum pressure, they work great. Last year I did over 2500 miles city rides and got at most 2 flats, slow leaks over night. Got a new pair on for this year tour on already.
As others have said, these tires are a tank. Very thick, gonna take a lot to puncture. Also need tire levers to put them ON. Hope I never get a flat out on a ride, I'll have to call AAA. Having said that, I feel quite confident riding these tires. I don't worry about getting a flat with these. I just go!
Bought these for my sons road bike, the first time we rode across Kansas. The year before he had 13 flats in 475 miles. That year, he had none, even with the goat heads, shredded retreads, and glass, not a single flat. This year we rode 555 miles across Kansas on the SAME TIRES! Not a single flat, even had great grip in the rain. Have put 1300 miles on these and they are still going....the next set will be these. Good low roll resistance, great durability!
I ride to work everyday that i can. Recently switched out a pair of 2 year old Continental Sport Contacts, that were in 28 cm. Just like to say great tire 2 years 2 flats on the back tube not tire related the tire is a tank nothing ever penetrated the tire. But i was looking for a little more speed and the Continental Super Sport Plus fills the order, i got it in 25 cm. And i most say climbing the hills of Kansas City Mo. Has got a lot easier now if they are as tough as the Continental Sport Contacts they will probably be the my tire of choice, this was helpful. My bike a hybrid Dawes Eclipse 3.0.
I bought this tire for my 7 mile commute (one way). Has been reliable, no flats and slightly wider size helps with ride quality. Has a little more drag at start up from me previous 23-25mm wide tires. Ride quality improvement plus more road protection was a great trade off in my case. Keep 'em pumped up and ride!
I was looking for a durable tire for my night rides. Because of my work schedule most of my rides each week occur at night. I have great lighting, but even with that you tend to ride over things at night that you wouldn't during the day. There's nothing worse than getting a flat at night. These tires are awesome. They perform well in all types of weather and I've felt and heard myself ride over stuff that if I'd have seen would have avoided. No flats! Great value from a quality name you can trust.
My wife has run these on her commuter for the last three years. They held up fairly well and she seemed pleased with them. It was time for a change up on my fixed gear and I thought I would give them a shot. Previously, I ran Schwalbe Duranos and I had been very pleased with their durability and performance. The Contis provide a way cushier ride than my duranos, but the weight gain has been significantly noticeable.
I am 260 and need a rugged tire I use my bike in the city (Bronx, Manhattan) most of the time and the road is rough on the tires, this gives me what I want few flats, mostly about 1 every 350 miles.
Bought the 700X28 for a Fuji Absolute 2.1 which came stock with 700x32 and the ride is definitely more refined. I mostly ride city in and around New Orleans. The Super Sports feel much more agile and have zero lag or resistance like my stock tires did which also had much more tread pattern to them. Tires are ten times better than stock in regards to quality. One flat and a walk home with a disabled bike 2 miles out is no fun. Always keep proper tire inflation to help avoid pinch flats. I just didn't feel safe in my stock tires and for good reason they are cheap and thin. Stepped down a size and went for the Super Sports which worked out great. My bike coasts significantly more than with stock treaded tires. Great Choice!
Tires were delivered quickly, and in new condition. As others have stated, they are a little hard to mount (very tight fit, broke two tire levers). I have put about 400 miles on them to date, and so far they have been great. They are easier rolling than my previous tires, quiet on the pavement, and have had no flats yet. If this performance continues, I will definitely order these again.