I have these in 42c front and 37c rear on my Specialized Sectuer. I use it as my main gravel bike but also for hilly road rides. The tires are optimal for all the Kentucky roads or paths I have found. They roll as well on pavement as my road tires and grip flawlessly on gravel and single track. If we had sand I would go wider but not needed here. These tires are narrow but tall so they cushion well but fit more frames than similarly marked tires from other brands. Will buy more!
Just ran them for two 15 mile runs and they seem a little faster than my old Kenda k193 Kwests. But then again they are brand new...so ask me again next year. Ran those old 622-35 700c tires for 3,300 miles at 70-75psi and was pleasantly surprised that they carried my 200 pounds for so long before the rear tire tread started to separate.
Hope these Contact Travel tires on the same Trek Verve2 at 60-65psi provide the same comfortable ride and longevity.
Will these beat my old Kendas that cost less than $14 apiece 4 years ago?
Only time will tell.
I've been running these for several years for touring and daily commuting. Love the reflective stripe for commutes in the dark. My thumbs greatly appreciate the ease of installing them (or after fixing the very rare flat). I typically get about 4,000 miles from them.
Great tires so far, I've only had them for a couple months but I'm happy. It's a noticeably softer ride than my old 32c Gator Hardshells, but it doesn't feel much slower. So they perform a lot better on Brooklyn streets full of potholes, which was my main reason for getting a bigger tire. I'll have to see how they do on ice/snow, my plan is to lower the pressure if I ride on icy stuff so that the knobby sides can get more traction.
These tires are great. Ive ridden them on the road and through the woods. No issues. They roll really good for a wider tire. I was running a 37c , I bought the 50c to replace my tire for a wider one. This tire does run a little thinner, about 2-3 mm. It doesnt bother me, its still a great tire. Highly recommended. This is the second pair of Continental Tires Ive owned.
The slick center and knobby edges make for two tires in one. Performs flawlessly on the road and on hard pack gravel rail beds. Very happy with them. They do run much thinner than the stated sizes. But I knew that going in.
Tires arrived quickly, I was back on the road again. Nice wide tire for city riding where the necks run you off the road! Good control in loose dirt. Not a high speed cruiser, but safety first.