Other than cosmetics and a few sizing changes, are they the same tire as the older (338) Apples? I`m having trouble digging up the 338s in the size I want, but a little bit reluctant to buy the "new and improved" version. Actually, I do see a FEW old stlye in my size, but the prices look like "collector`s edition" fare, and I`m really not willing to pay that much.
Thanks, Gnosis. I`d never heard of Comfort Contact. It looks like they come in a bigger variety of sizes than the Apples. I think I have a line on just what I was looking for (338s in 26 x 2.0) at Walbikes- will call in the morning to make sure, otherwise just might go for those Contis.
I have the new Big Apples in 26x2.35 on my cargo bike and they are wonderful. I never the tried the previous version, but from what I read they only changed them minimally. I have 400+ miles on them so far and they still look new and are very fast rolling for such a wide tire.
If you can find the older ones, but at a higher price, then get the new ones. I think the new model is a little lighter, but beyond that, wouldn't expect to see much of a difference. My current older BAs appear to have many thousands of miles of wear left on them, and I won't hesitate to buy the newer model when they wear out.
Thanks for the help, gang. I have two old style on the way from Wallbike for a god price (they only have one more in 2.0). Found that source after posting here, or I would have left everybody alone for the time being. Still, its nice to know the new ones aren`t Spawn of Satan material and good to hear about the cushy Contacts- two options for next time!