(The Oracle Speaks). I like the feel at 140 PSI, but your point is well taken on reduced mileage. Still, I'm curious to see what happens with the Contis--at 500 miles they appear to be wearing better than the Carbons. When I go through the rest of the Carbons I've got I want to try the Black Chili Conti 4000. Hopefully the price won't have gone through the roof due to the falling dollar by then.
I have pretty much no visible wear at all after about 500 miles on a set of Ultra Gatorskins and no blowouts in NYC of all places... take high pressure, available in skinny through at least 28s, and not super heavy.
I might do 4000S GP Conti's if I get new ones, but for now I'm happy as heck.
I third or whatever the Continental Ultra Gatorskins. I have over 4K on mine and had no flats until sometime around mile 3800 and that was a tube that split at the seam. The rear is pretty much ridged out but the front has very little wear. These tires have turned miles in Hawaii, Italy, Montenegro, Maryland, California, and Washington state. I did some screaming descents in Sardinia and felt confident the whole time. I'm buying another set.
BTW, I am 220-230 and use 700X23. It looks and rides more like a 25mm.
I commute on gatorskins and have about 2.5 k on my present set with lots of wear left. At 265# plus baggage, they have held up well. I have had flats: Plastic chard, speedometer cable shred and an early AM run in with an angle iron. I'm running 700x28's.
I run the Armadillos too. I was thinking of these next, Continental Grand Prix 4-Season with Vectran, Any feed back on these tires?
Just an update. The rear Armadillo I was riding was starting to lose the sidewall. I went to the closest LBS and they had Bontrager Race Lite Hard Case tires. I bought the 25c, got them home and mounted but they were just too narrow for me. They measured closer to my wife's Specialized 23c. Took them back and exchanged for 28c. These measured closer to the Armadillo 25c's I had on the bike. A quick spin around the neighborhood and I like these, definatly not a harsh ride like the Armadillo's.