I used to ride exclusively on another brand of tire. A riding buddy said I should consider Continentals. The pair I ordered from Western are my reserve tires. The first set I bought ARE STILL GOING STRONG....5000kilometers ( about 3000 miles) ....NO FLATS !!!
This is my go-to tire. It's a fast tire and they feel stable when I'm screaming down a descent. I've tried other tires that are more puncture resistance but I find that the Conti 4000S tires are faster. I ride in the SF Bay Area where the roads (and bike lanes) are in terrible condition with a lot of debris. I've had a run of bad luck lately with this tire though. In the past 2 months, I experienced 12 flats, mostly from broken glass and one flat from a goathead.
Have ridden on this tire for 18 months in 28 width. Have always ridden 23 to 25 but after doing some more research decided to try the 28's. As with many things in life it's hard to admit that everything you thought you knew was right is proven wrong when you finally give in and try. These tires are not slower, they might be a little heavier but not enough to make a difference for most riders. Their toughness is amazing. I finally decided after a summer of riding to buy another set in preparation for spring. The current set has multiple slices that would have flattened other tires.
Our rough roads have eaten every tire I have tried (Michelin, Panaracer, including previous Continentals and a list of others). These were on sale and decided to give them a try, they are holding up better than expected with the use of kevlar liners and puncture resistant tubes-I spend time riding not repairing. I have been very impressed with the road feel of these tires and after a long ride I usually have slight cuts in the outer tire casing and so far no cuts.
Love this tire for all my uses from commuting to race day. These tires have never let me down! And Western Bikeworks always has the best pricing and the best customer service in the industry!
Perfect tire for year round use. Handles the wet roads found here for most of the year, and then really shines during the couple of months of dry. Range of widths provide an option for all. Does run a little wider than posted dimensions.
I had previously ridden on Vittoria Open Corsa clinchers. These ride as fast as the Vit's but not as supple. The Vit's are good for a 1500 miles max. and seem to cut very easily.The speed advantage the Conti's provide more than makes up for the less supple ride quality and so far I've experienced no punctures. When on sale I usually buy a pair.
Super fast, super grippy, relatively long lasting. These have been my go-to tire for as long as I can remember. New bikes get them installed near immediately. I use these daily and no complaints on longevity, but the 4-Season isn't a bad option if you're not racing.