Good Tire IF You Can Find Them
I bought these at REI about a year ago to replace my OEM Kendas. Couldn't beat the price, although even at that time, the 28 was hard to find (28 is spec'd at 102 max PSI!). . Now that I need another one, they're virtually impossible to find, in-store or online.In the 3500 miles that I put on these (the front is still in great shape, btw), the rear was taking nearly all the abuse. Sure, I suffered about a dozen flats over the year, but that's both road and paved trail wear...mostly on a busy expressway littered with all sorts of broken car parts, glass, pine cones, dead squirrels and other sharp junk with the tires always at max PSI. I eventually rode it bald with seemingly thousands more miles to go, until last week when the sidewall tore. R.I.P. Wish I could get my hands on this same tire.
I have put thousands of miles on my 700x32 Contacts and I have to say these are the best tires I've ever had. I've chosen to ride my bike as my only transportation for over 10yrs. and need good tires to keep me going(without spending tons of money). These tires fit the bill!
I ride on the streets and running trails of Austin, some good some bad. I have only had 2 flats with my current tires and the things that went into the tire would have given a car a flat. As far as rolling resistance, I wouldn't say "high", but there is a little. But for what everything else you get with these tires, it's a small price. I look at it as an added bonus work out!
For an everyday rider, I know I've gotten my moneys worth.
Great all around tire so far
I have an old classic steel frame Trek 700 hybrid for maybe 15 years now. I rode originally on the thicker knobby tires that came with the bike. For the typical street riding and paved trail riding I had done, they were uncomfortable, slow and stopped riding it years ago. So, when I decided to ride in a company sponsored 35 mile event with a local bike club, I had to get it tuned up and the flat dried out tires replaced. These Continentals came recommended by the store bike tech and one of the few options for the size I needed. I just finished the ride yesterday and these tires were great. They ride smoothly and a lot better than what I had. I can't speak to the durability yet, but there were no problems in the first 35 miles!
The best tire for the money! Especially if you can get 20% off.I decided to write a review of this product as it was one of the Hi-lites of my 2010 XC trip. . You can't go wrong. 4500 miles= 0 Flats. Some of it's luck I know but allot of the credit I'm sure is the tire. I did replace the rear tire in Minneapolis with about 2600 miles on it as it was getting a little warn and I still had 2000 miles to go. I know if I went with the 37 instead of the 32 tire wear wouldn't of been a issue. But there is noticeable rolling resistance so thats my reason to go with the 32. Cons=0, no defects, no flats.
Great so far
I had been averaging a flat about every 3 weeks with the tires that came with my Trek DS 8.2. I bought one of these for the back and haven't had a flat in 5 months. After getting a flat on the old front tire, I replaced that with a Contact 700 about a month ago--so far no flats.
My commute features broken glass and other debris along the way, so I'm really impressed with these tires so far. I can't comment on the durability yet as I only have about 700 miles on the back tire. But I would definitely recommend these tires.
A nice tire but pretty narrow....
First off I found that the tire was pretty easy to mount, much easier than most of the other road tires I've been using. After mounting them I noticed they seemed pretty narrow. I purchased the 700x32 and on the caliper they came out to 27.6mm. These were about the same width of the 28mm Panaracer Ribmo's I was replacing. So I returned them to go up to the next size. The 700x37 ended up around 34mm. I didn't expect them to be spot on (as most tires aren't), but I didn't think they would be that far off.
700x37 tires after 2,500 miles
These tires were standard equipment on my 2010 Surly Long Haul Trucker. They have performed very well. I did not get my first flat until I was at 2,300 miles during my Southern Tier ride. Since then I have gotten one more flat but I do a lot of trail riding. I still have a lot of tread left and think that I should get 4,000 miles out of the tires before having to replace them. I had no problem removing and installing the tires on the rims as others have mentioned.
Almost 2000 miles, only one or two flats
I've only flatted this tire a few times. Once was when I accidentally ran over an bottle of beer (not glass piece) and actually teared the sidewall. The other time...actually I don't recall really. I've biked 100+ miles through goat head country (puncture vine) and probably about 1000 miles through Seattle and had no flats.
I'm guessing I'll get about 4000-5000 miles out of my pair.
I don't think the tire is especially fast compared to my road bike's tires, however I've done "century" rides no problem.
Great puncture resistant tire
I've commuted with these tires for over two years with no flats to date. I moved to Denver, city of the goatheads, and while my friends recieved countless punctures every other week, i kept on rolling. Also, they seem to help with keeping the rain spray away from me when riding in the Portland weather even without fenders. These tires still have plenty of life left on them and are a great tire for the price. I plan to buy another set when these wear out.
Great tire for the price
I have these on my commuter (Cannondale touring bike). They are a great tire for the price. I only have about 500 miles on them, but no flats so far. Great for flying over railroad tracks and potholes at high speed - things I would never attempt on my 700x23 tired road bike. Also, they are very good on gravel. However, they are kind of slow, due to the 85 psi max pressure rating, and the 32 width. Great low-cost commuting tires.