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I need an honest opinion.
I ride a recumbent. The front wheel is 20" & the rear is 26". For most of the years I have owned it I have always ran Primo's on both the front & rear. The bike came with them when I bought it new 5 years ago. The Primo's have always been a very reliable tire. I have never had a problem with them They last a long time, never an issue with the side walls & are 100 psi, etc.
One year I decided I'd switch to the Kenda Kwest for recumbent's. Same PSI, wider tire. Had a major problem with the side walls. They both blew out. I switched back to the Primo's.
This year when it was time to replace my tires I went from the Primo Comet I had on the front & the Primo Racer I had on the back to the Continential Grand Prix's for both. Tonight after I got home the side wall blew out on the front. It seems the Continential side walls are not very durable. Sure the tread is but the side walls seem a little thin. I am not a small guy, 5' 11", 290 pounds. I'm sure this has something to do with it.
Can any of you that know more about tires then I do advise me here? It sounds like I should switch back to the Primo's. For one they seem to last even though I am as heavy as I am & they are a very reliable tire. Am I correct is thinking the Continentials have thinner sidewalls that may not last as long with heavy guys like myself & the Primo's are a better choice? I think this was the problem with the Kenda's I had too.