So I recently purchased a set of Continental GP 4000s (but was sent S II actually) for my new rims. Within 100 miles, the sidewall failed on the back tire on the same roads I had commuted on for 3 months with ancient gatorskins and bontragers that I had bought used at end of life...
I was riding at about 10 mph with only me (150 lbs) load at 90 psi rear tire. Didnt run over anything, hear a pop, hiss, and pull over to find a completely flat tire. Attached is a picture. Unsure if it was cut or simply exploded... it's not located anywhere near the contact with the ground, and it's deeper from the inside out.
Anyway, I was wondering where to proceed
a) shoe goo the tire back together
b) see if continental will replace on warranty (costs shipping)
c) new tire
As for the new tire, I wont be buying anything from continental on principle, so I was wondering what other options offer a decent blend of performance and durability for a bike that is primarily commuter but also used for weekend rides. Also, preferably on the cheaper end. Really got burnt here paying $40 for a tire that lasts a week and a half.
Thanks for your advice