I commute to work everyday throughout the year. The last thing I want is to have to fix a flat on the road. These tires are extremely durable and resistant to punctures from glass and road hazards. Not a light tire, but they roll pretty well. When you catch them on sale, you can't beat the price.
Very pleased with puncture resistance, ability to ride on both paved and unpaved surfaces, and overall ride quality (actually I also like the reflector strip). Put over 1000 miles in a variety of conditions without any punctures or other issues. I would recommend and buy again.
When riding on good surfaces we run 28mm Gatorskins as they have much lower rolling resistance, but when we are unsure of the conditions these tires are great.
I purchased a pair of 37mm and mounted them on Mavic A719 rims on our road tandem prior to a two week self-guided tour of Puglia, Italy. Our team and lightly loaded tandem exceeds 400 lbs so I am always concerned about punctures. We had several days of heavy rain and road on cobblestones and even granite surfaces and the traction was outstanding. We rode on gravel and even on a single track unpaved path ...
We used these tires prior to the trip and after our return for winter and gravel surface went back to Gatorskins this summer.
Just finished a tour ride on the California coast and these tires rode solid through a lot of garbage that you'd find on highway bike lanes. The ride was comfortable and had no mechanical issues.
I purchased these for my 2 road bike ('05 Specialized Sequoia Comp) which will accommodate 28 cm tires - so as to make that my ride for mixed road bike path use. I wish I had selected the 32's (assuming they run small too) - as these are only 25 cm when inflated and I still have lots of clearance. Other than that, they are the right mix of serious durability and performance that I wanted. The reflective sidewall is a plus - that I wish was more widely available for road bikes. They were not particularly easy to install - My Kool-Stop tire bead jack was essential. Pricing was right at WesternBikeWorks!
I bought a closeout Novara Randonee in early 2015 with these tires installed (70032).
The rear tire started showing orange wear-through around 3000 miles. In that time, I'd had one flat on it. I replaced it with the same model.
I replaced that tire after 3700 miles. No flats.
I replaced THAT tire after 6300 miles. It was showing quite a lot of orange at that point, but STILL no flats.
I've got about 4000 miles on the current rear tire. I should start keeping an eye on its wear, I guess - I've got a full fender on the back, so I don't see it when I'm riding.
Oh, and the front tire? It's orange all around now - fair enough, since it's got SEVENTEEN THOUSAND MILES on it. With no flats. (Clearly, my weight is mostly over the back, but still.)
Now, I ride on a rail-to-trail that's paved over some of its length, gravel-screened over some, with few road crossings and not a lot of trash. I expect I'd get more flats if I did a lot of road miles. But I've been beyond impressed with these tires, and I'll certainly keep buying them.
To the mounting problems other users have mentioned these are a LITTLE hard to get on, but nothing out of the ordinary in my experience. It may be that my rims are a little looser than some others, or it might be a temperature thing (I've usually changed them in warm weather).
I got this tire with winter city riding in mind. I wanted to balance aggressiveness of the tread, price, and what could fit on my bike (limited by the brake bridge to 32mm). this tire has done great for me in city riding throughout the winter, light snow (1-2in), slush, or hard-packed snow this does handles the conditions pretty well - so very pleased with its value.
I purchased the 700c x 42mm tires. Tire grips the surface well and appears to be of good quality. Have not ridden much since getting the tires but the few times I have the ride seemed solid. Also, I purchased Continental tube and installed both at same time. Tire fit snug on the rim, more than my prior tires. Had to use tools to install them. Anyone not familiar with right way to install tubes in tires should read and follow the directions on the website. It was helpful to me. Since putting air in the tires over 2 month ago, I am still riding on the same fill. Hardly lost any air which is surprising. I bought the tires on sale, I think 25% off list, so definitely a good deal for me.
I personally maintain my own fleet of bicycles, have built bikes and wheels from the ground up. I've mounted tires hundreds of time. This tire I bought for my commuter because of the reflective side walls and thick tread. But I have ruined dozens of tubes trying to mount this tire which frankly does not fit a 700c rim. Regular tire levers just snap so went with steel reinforces ones. They are plastic covered so they don't snap but it's nearly impossible to mount the tire without cutting the tube. Finally threw the tire away after using up 4 others on the road. So I gave them a chance. The Continental Gatorskin mounts perfectly fine on the same rims. I don't know why Conti got this tire so wrong, but they won't change it. Save yourself a lot of frustration and do not buy this tire.
Thanks for your feedback on the tires! This is the first we have heard of someone having extreme difficulty installing these tires. It sounds like you disposed of them at this point, but we would be happy to answer any fitment questions you may have regarding tire/rim options in the future. Please give us a call or email at your convenience and we will help get you back on the road.
Full-time bike commuter in Detroit. Ride somewhere around 150 miles per week. There's plenty of road debris around here to slice through tires and these resisted punctures fairly well. They are also moderately fast. Those are really the only compliments I can think of, though. They contact the road about as wide as a 25mm tire would. By far the narrowest 28mm labeled tire I've owned. They also feel a little squirrely. Perhaps due the the limited tread hitting the pavement when I'm used to 28mm & 32mm tires on most of my bikes. I prefer a stable-feeling tire when riding in the city, especially with a somewhat heavy load in my panniers. I also feel like how narrow they are, in comparison to their rim contact width, is what makes them ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO MOUNT OR REMOVE. I literally wore my thumbs raw each time I had the displeasure of working with them. Seriously, I've owned almost every commutingtouring tire you can name, and these are the least user friendly, BY FAR. Just inexcusable. Even using a Kool Stop Tire Bead Jack, which makes easy work of tough-to-mount tires, these tires are a beast to mount. The last time I got so frustrated I literally gave up and tried again the next day. And, to top it off, they're incredibly ugly tires, from all angles. I'd by no means pick a tire just due to it's appearance, but I'll definitely choose an attractive tire over an ugly tire of equal performance for my vintage bike. So, I'm going back to Panaracer Paselas for now. Fast, stable, grippy, lovely. With the new ProTite version, they may just have enough flat protection for Detroit streets.
This is my fourth set of these tires,and have never had any problems at all. The price is great and always get them them delivered to me really fast.So as long as they are available i will be purchasing them! I live in chicago so they are a great street tire.
Use on long distance bike touring Ohio to Erie trail Cleveland to Cincinnati, Katy Trail MO, GAP & C and O, Erie Canal,
Seattle to Portland twice, Seattle to Florence Oregon, SF to Cedar City UT. Good load carrying characteristics, good traction in all conditions and riding surfaces. My go to tire.