I replaced the 35mm wide tires on my Kona Dew Plus with these. The stock tires wore fast and rolled slow. The Conti's are showing little sign of wear a few hundred miles. The handle the wet of Seattle without any problems.
These tires are great to ride on a regular ride or a tour. This tire rides well, rolls well and has great traction in all conditions that I have rode in. I had been riding slick tires, but the tread and tread pattern really gives me a much more secure feeling when the road gets wet. As a Clydesdale, I run these tires at 100 psi and they have rolled very fast on regular rides solo or with the group.
I got these tires to ride during the wetter winter months and I was surprised to see how well they roll. I am a Clydesdale-sized rider and tire pressure is important to get a good rolling tire. I have the 700x28 and run these at 100 psi and I feel little to no resistance and they roll very easily. They have great traction and roll easily over rougher sections of pavement. I will buy these tires again.
I use this tire on a single/fixie setup on a Centurion Super-Elite frame. I'm a big guy, 6'4 230 lbs. The tire holds me very well. I recommend this tire for daily street abuse.
Started with Contacts 4 years ago on a Giant TCX1. On my 4th pair now, getting about 2000 miles out of 'em. Not the longest lasting. On the flip side, not one flat in almost 9000 miles over 4 years. I will not buy another model tire until I start getting flats, so far it hasn't happened. I've been on rides where guys have gotten 2 flats on the same ride. Not sure what Conti is putting under the tread, it must be some sort of armored material. I have to intentionally flatten a tire every winter and go through the tire removal and tube replacement process just to keep fresh in my mind how to change the tube, in case i ever need to do it on an actual ride.
Good flat resistance. I put on a lot of miles. I'm a repeat buyer of this model, now on my fifth tire. My front tire (rotated from rear after one year of service) is still looking good at 10,000 km.
5 flats in 2 weeks of touring around Southern Denmark with new Conti Contacts - 3 in back, 2 in front, all in different locations on the tire. To be fair, we did hear from some Danish cyclists that they tend to get a decent number of flats, especially when it rains and flint that is for some reason mixed in with other materials tends to flip over and puncture tires with the sharp point.
I purchased this tire as an exact replacement for the rear tire on my Surly Long Haul Trucker. The tire I'm replacing has just over 2,000 miles on it right now. My plan is to just replace the rear, thats the only one that shows significant wear at this point. It appears that the front may go another 2,000 miles before needing replacement. It's a heavy bike, and I'm a heavy rider. I ride about 90% pavement, paths, steets and rural highway, and about 10% gravel roads. Zero flats in over 2,000 miles. The reflective strip on the sidewall is a nice feature as well.
These tires work well on wet and dry roads, I've also used them on dry hardpack trails with great success. They feel a bit narrower than advertised, but I'm not bothered by that. I also really appreciate the reflective bands on the tire for night rides.
These donuts tasted horrible, but I found them to be excellent replacement tires for my bike. They're pretty ideal for commuting and the occasional weekend trek. They handled all that DC has thrown at them potholed streets, slick pavement, leafy bike lanes, shuttered government roads with aplomb. Great price, fast shipping.
This was my second set after the first similar model set lasted 2 years. Would give 3.5 stars. Read on.
Commute Year Round City driving 20 milesweek to and from Amtrak Train over asphalt, broken asphalt, along side railroad on railroad rocks, past homeless encampments, over broken glass, gravel, potholes - typical Oakland CA. By the start of rainy season the tires get dirty and the reflective tape wears and becomes more dull. A small part detached (13 inch) but that's it. Cleaning moderately helps but it's less reflective especially compared to specialized tires I see on the Amtrak bike storage car and the reflect tape is applied cattywhompus (made in India). Reflective tires are an important function due to dark morning commutes. Well over a year in use and cracks appear in the tread. I use a tire liner to protect the inner tube but even so, with both sets, I've never had a puncture - pulled glass shards out, but no puncture. Very similar wear and tear compared to specialized Armadillos but cheaper. Unfortunately I anticipate this set may fall short of a full two years of tread wear. I'm going to try another brand.
Great on road and packed earth. This is where I do most of my riding, so I am very happy. Not so hot in the soft stuff. I have only ridden about 125 miles, so I can't address durability
I commute on my bike to and from work every day, year round. It works out to between 3,500 and 4,000 annual miles on that bike. I installed a Contact II 26 x 1.75 on my front wheel in June 2012 - and finally replaced it last week (September 2016). Four years at 3,500 () miles per year works out to - well, if I didn't keep meticulous maintenance records, I wouldn't believe it myself.
Most of my daily ride is on a reclaimed rail bed (so no glass, gravel or potholes) and the tire was worn nearly to the threads when I did replace it. To be honest I probably should have swapped it out a year earlier, but I wanted to see how far it would go and finally did only when the rubber began to separate from the threads in places. A couple of times in the latter stages of its life I suffered a couple of flats from debris that a newer tire probably would have repulsed, but I was still going several weeks or months without a problem.
I have to change out the rear tire every couple of years, but 6,000-8,000 miles is nothing to sneeze at either.
Anyhow I really like this tire - it's perfect for my uses and I'll keep buying them as long as Continental keeps making them.
I put these tires on my 2019 Trek Domane SL5 as a replacement for slicks that came with the bike. I was unhappy with the slicks as they did not feel safe on wet roads, or if there was some sand/dirt spilled, nor could I take them on the gravel tow path. These tires are perfect for what I want - low rolling resistance, confident grip to the pavement under most conditions (cornering on spilled sand, steel bridges, fall leaves, ice, etc.) and ability to take it on the gravel path for light gravel riding.