Strengths: Not sure, don't last long enough to tell.
Weaknesses: This is the lumpiest tubular I've ever seen. Bought two based on reviews and had big enough lumps to feel them while riding. I've had 2 sprinters and a comp and all are lumpy. Switched to these from Tufos just to try something new and am very sorry I did, massive waste of money. The last 10 or so Tufos I've mounted were very consistently round so assumed that was normal but the Contis proved that to be the exception. Dry mount these first to make sure they aren't junk, send em back if they have lumps.
Similar Products Used: Tufo Elite Ride, S33, etc
Date Reviewed: September 8, 2013
Strengths: Excellent German quality overall and well made. Tough tread, casing and anti-puncture belting. Do not generally puncture, especially when used with a latex inner tube, which are highly puncture resistant and faster. Tyre is supple, fast and puncture resistant with latex. Good in wet. Tough base tape also, that does not wear through like some brands now. Corners well. Good value
Weaknesses: Hard to mount when new, must be stretched a great deal, around rim. Quality control a little dubious, case is not always sewn up straight, particularly around valve, making straight mounting difficult. No latex inner tube, butyl must be replaced with latex to realise true potential of this otherwise excellent tough tyre. Butyl tube is very poor quality also, compared with best these days. Butyl tube reduces the value and quality of this great tyre.
I like the German quality and the toughness of these fine tyres. They ride well, last well and are puncture resistant and fast especially when used with latex inner tube. But to realise these benefits it is necessary to change the butyl tube, which can be done but is tedious. The butyl tube is quite poor quality compared with the best around these days. Being hidden inside the sewn up casing it is not hard to wonder if this is intentional.
Sprinters would score well on rolling resistant and puncture resistant tests if latex tubes were installed. They feel as good as the fastest around, with latex.
Date Reviewed: May 12, 2013
Strengths: grip, cornering, price
Great value for money. I use the tire on my front wheel, as it is fantastic in corners. They grip and roll very nicely - I like the black chilli compound of the contis. No issues on wet roads either. The only downside is the comfort as the don't have a inner latex tube.
After purchasing you should stretch the tire on a spare rim for some weeks, then they mount a lot easier.
I can't see a big difference to the Conti 4000 which costs significantly more ...
Ride better than clinchers
Weaknesses: They are a bit lumpy
Nightmare to mount, they do not stretch at all.
I've been very happy with these tires. They've survived racing where many others got flats and they have fantastic grip, even while racing crits in the rain.
I've been using them for training quite a bit and they've held up even when I've accidentally run over glass. I'm at 1600 miles on the tires and the rear looks like it should go to 2500 without a problem.
Similar Products Used: Continental GP4000, Gatorskins
Bike Setup: Tarmac SL2
Date Reviewed: November 5, 2010
Strengths: cornering grip, acceleration, rolling resistance, professional feel.
Weaknesses: absolutely none.
these are amazing... tubulars are amazing and so fast. forger clinchers if you are a serious cyclist. the grip, confidence, accleration from sew-ups is second to none. and forget being stranded with the new fix a flat injection stuff out there. excellent tire with amazing cornering grip; get stoked on cycling again; ride tubies.
TdF '13 Stage 13 Jul 12 Predict/Discuss *spoilers*
Past the half-way mark! It is all down-hill from here to Paris! Except for Mont Ventoux on Sunday and a couple more bumps, or "alps" as the French call them, along the way.
Stage 13 is about a hundred miles, and is a sprinter's stage, largely ... Read More »
I been doing weight training for the past 2 months now to improve my legs and wattage.
weight are the same at 185 no improvement there @ 6'2" height ( I just lost some small amount of fats)
watts i [I]used [/I] to peak at average of around 900watts, now with an additional 45-50watts ... Read More »
Please correct me if I am wrong, but it appears to me that cyclists are built counter-intutively. Sprinters appear to have truly massive legs...my arms would not go around some of these guys lower appendages.
On the other hand, climbers appear to have legs that look almost like my ... Read More »