Needed an overall tire that could perform well on concrete trail and off-road if required. Riding Scott Scale 30 with Mavic Cross Ride rims. Great tire if you need the ability to switch from concrete or asphalt to grass or dirt.
Performed very well and I actually rode my Scotty with these Continental Town & Country's in the 40-mile Tour de Houston Ride and some of the road cyclists were surprised at how fast I was going.
Despite some of negative reviews of this tire on the internet, I decided to give them a try as the specs on them indicated they are significantly lighter than most other offerings of this type. These tires are lighter and thinner (tread thickness not width) than most and, as a result, have noticeably lower rolling resistance and provide a very nice ride.
I use these on my rigid mountain bike turned tourer in the 26 x 1.9 size. On my rims they measure 1.85 so they are pretty close to spec. I didn't weigh them, but when swapping them out with my old 1.5 tires, they were significantly lighter in my hand than the 26 x1.5's.
I have put over 500 miles on these in a combination of road, gravel, and jeep trail riding. In my latest bikepacking trip, they survived a very rocky and ill-used Appalachian jeep trail including some rough descending with a heavy pannier load with no issues. Any concerns I might of had about their durability due to the thinner tread was put to rest. I run them with 35 psi front40 psi back unloaded, and bump the pressure up 5 psi each when bikepacking loaded. That gives a great ride on- and off-road. I particularly like the lack of outside lugs used on many mixed use touring tires as those like to start walking when leaned over in high-speed on road downhills. These tires are confidence inspiring on fast descents.
Bottom line I really like these tires. Time will tell on the long term mileage, but I don't expect they will last as long as other tires given the thinner tread. But I consider that a good trade off for the lighter, lower rolling resistance and supple ride of these tires.
I've run the Indian Conti T&C 26x2.1 exclusively on heavily loaded cargo and Mt bikes mainly on urban streets and trails at less than 60PSI for the last 3 yrs. They provide an amazingly comfortable ride and outstanding tread durability. All of the one's I ride have big scary looking cracks in the sidewalls running around the entire tire. I think the weak sidewall rubber may be one of the reasons the ride is so plush. I have seen pictures of blowouts from tubes finding a way through the inner casing, but I've been lucky so far. Were it not for the great ride, superb flat resistance, and long tread life I'd switch them out. Never seen a German made T&C - but have heard those don't have the sidewall issues.
I bought these for my wife and I for our towny bikes and they were not as good as I'd hoped. The sidewalls were wimpy, rough on the inside and rubbed on the tubes enough that I had several flats. I examined the tubes and they were scuffed around the tire where the sidewalls rubbed on them. These were not pinches, but rubbed through.
I switched my bike to Continental Town & Country tires a few years ago. I use my mountain bike for mostly road riding with some rail trail riding mixed in.
They must be properly inflated. Some reviewers indicate sidewall failure, shich I never had in thousands of miles. I get about 3-4,000 miles out of these with no problem.
I am riding on high quality Mavic wheels with sealed cartridge bearings, and the combination has both of us amazing road bike riders that we ride as fast as them, and coast right with the pack.
A huge benefit when on a several day tour in an area we are not familiar. Road conditions that leave others walking or doing a slow tedious ride,...we keep going and kind of smirk!
Overall if you keep them at about 55 - 60 pounds they perform and last well.
Wet roads are also fine with these tires, with a load or not.
Buy them and try them - you should not be disappointed. Just don't try to do single track or mud. Do that ? Buy knobbies.
Got these tires as a stock tire on my Novara Safari (2008). I've ridden 3000 miles on them and they've been quiet, comfortable, capable of carrying full-on touring loads (60 pounds) and have only had two flats this whole time. If I wasn't an anti-puncture FREAK I'd get another set. (I hate unloading a touring bike to fix a flat. Its a big pain). They have served me well on pavement and dirt roads and I can't say enough positive about them. They last and they are good tires. I'm really only replaceing them because they are getting old and starting to show side-wall cracks from age. If only they had a more robust anti-puncture layer I'd get another set in a heart-beat. A solid product.
I needed new rubber for my mountain bike that sees mostly street use. It was a pleasure to be able to afford Conti quality for such a modest price - 20.00 ea on special. The tires arrived promptly, were not difficult to fit and immediately inspired confidence, imparting good feel (traction,ease of pedaling)and a smooth riding experience. I have had no problems with traction or control. What more can I say - perhaps not optimal for those who spend most of their time on the dirt, but a great compromise for the rest of us
These tire roll fast and are very quiet but watch out on icy roads, on leaves, a thin layer of dirt or in the wet. I commute on them but they have almost no traction when it is raining on the three wooden unpainted bridges that I have to cross each way. I have fallen when the wheels slip out from under me even when going under 5 MPH to make the bridges' 90-degree corners. Scary!
Have been using these for several years. Ride about 3,500 mile per year, mostly on road.
These tires have held-up to bad roads, and nasty weather conditions.
With good wheels they roll along with road bikes.
My bike is a Cannonsale hard tail with Mavic Cross Ride wheels.
Have toured in multiple states and conditions and swear by using Continent Town & Country tires.
I bought these for my wife's bike. We wanted something that would last and allow her to ride on gravel, sand and still have good performance on the road. We have had them for about two and a half months and the sidewalls are already cracking. We have only put about 50 miles on the tires. This should not be happening so soon. I will not buy these tires again.
These tires have made my ride so much smoother in the Chicago city streets than the previous mountain tires I had on previously. I am also able to get through rough terrarian ( rocks, muddy grass, etc...) when having to navigate around concrete.
I ride ten miles daily and have logged several hundred miles on these tires. Excellent construction and wearability.lots of tread left to go many more miles.I am a large powerful rider at 260 lbs. What's not to like ?
I used these tires for street work for 10 years as a bike cop. Not light but pretty tough and good flat resistance. Enough tread to do mud without sliding all over the place. Roadies will not like the weight but for an urban tire, riding the gutters, side walks or wherever you have to ride, these are my choice. ( the ones I used were the gumwall)
I have had the 2.1 wide version for about 4 years and probably 300 leisurely miles. Most were on city streets with occasional forays onto dirt trails. With no sporting pretense, these are cushy and I think perfect for the way I ride.
On hard surfaces, the tire presents continuous road contact. Ride is quiet with apparently low rolling resistance. When ground is soft, the reverse knobby thread sinks in a bit and provides pretty good traction. Thread is hardly worn and should be good for at least another 300. I've not had a flat yet.
Some years ago I took a spill on smooth ground with a mono-layer of probably 3mm gravel (like ball bearings). I chose these tires with the thought of not repeating the same again with smooth road tires. The thread pattern should allow firm ground contact without the constant noise of normal knobbies. I've had good luck so far.