Needed a tire for road rides on my mtb and this really delivered a smooth, comfortable ride. No longer feel the need to purchase a road specific bike. The tires have proven capable for light trail riding as well.
Yup...these are heavy, stiff tires. Weigh about the same as my Schwalbe Marathon Plusses. These are about as flat resistant as those are as well...none so far, and this in goat head capitol of the country. The tread is definitely a bit better for dirt roads than my Marathon Plusses as well. For street use with occasional dirt road forays, it'd be hard to go wrong with either tire, if durability and flat resistance are important to you. Not for single track use. You ride mud, get knobbies.
Ive been using these for about 4 years now. I have been using a set for about a year then I pass them on to my brother who uses them for about another year. I use slime tubes and they usually last the whole year as well. The protection against goat head thorns is superior! Best tire I have found for commuting in SLC.
I ordered a pair of these to replace the knobby tires that came with my MTB. Had no problems with mounting, barely had to use levers at all. It was late, and scheduling and weather were such the next few days that I had to wait to try them out. When time and weather allowed, I took a bike trip. Man, was I surprised at the huge difference between using the bike with the former knobbies and now with these Continental Country Plus tires! The effort in taking hills was dramatically reduced, and on level stretches, the tread design seemed to make the bike feel almost self-propelled.
I got the tires because I wanted something that had a sturdy build weight and durability with a tread that would facilitate easy, rapid roll on streets and still have enough tread design to handle cornering that may not be severe, but will need to project confidence at higher speeds. I have not been disappointed in tire travel and traction performance, and have had no problems with road debris, air loss, or flats as of yet. I especially wanted to buy a tire that had anti-flat properties, and this tire has a hefty weight and sturdy build with some puncture prevention built in, and this tire has all of those qualities. The material forming the tread seems to have this magic ability to both hug the road for grip and roll fluently for speed, a pleasantly surprising combination. Since I ride a little past dusk into early night, the reflective trim on the sides are a nice touch for visibility and safety. I had people commenting on how much they liked the bike before the tire switch, but now they comment on how much they like the way the new tires look, too.
The website said the tire size was 26x1.95, but what was on the tires that were shipped was 26x1.9. Five one-hundredths of an inch I'm not sure makes any substantive difference. I have them inflated to just barely under 60 psi, and have been fighting the urge to go to a little over 60 psi. I waited until I had some road time on them before reviewing, and now after experience I can say that I've been quite happy with the tire. Thumbs up.
I tested these on a long stretch of asphalt-paved multi-use path (namely the Warrenton Branch Greenway) with little need to worry about vehicle traffic. These tires rolled and rolled without much input from the pedals. When they say these tires have low rolling resistance, they mean it. Puncture protection is a big plus though it makes the tire look and feel bulkyheavy. Nevertheless, an excellent all-rounder for pavement, gravel, hard-packed dirt.
The tire is stout and thick. It looks inflated even with it is not. I have great confidence in it's puncture resistance. The high visibility paint on the sides make me more comfortable in the early mornings.
I'm a clydesdale rider coming in at 250 and they handle it well. I've done 100 miles of dirt trails and 250 miles on the roads so far and couldn't be happier.
Finally a tire with high visibility, real puncture protection, low rolling resistance and hybrid ability!
I picked up a set of these tires last week to replace my badly-worn tires, so as you could imagine, anything is a step up from that! But this tire handles well. I went with the 1.9 width and have both front and rear set 50psi. It handles very well on my 15 mile roundtrip commute and hasn't had a flat (yet). Trust me, they would've gone flat by now if it didn't have any sort of protection (been there, done that on the route I normally commute). The reflective stripe is great for commuting during darker hours, increasing your visibility to otherwise absent-mindedoblivious vehiclists.
The only downside is that they're definitely on the heavier side, but the slick profile provides for smooth rolling, and the fattiness of the tire provides for some shock absorption, which is very nice. Overall, I'm very satisfied with this tire.