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    Continental Sport Contact Road Tire vs Marathon Racer HS 429

    Hello. Anyone tried Marathon Racer HS 429?? I am planning to install it on the front wheel.
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    I bought a pair of the Sport Contacts and was not impressed at all. The tread in the center was completely gone in less than a thousand miles. Made in India and not up to the German manufactured standards AT ALL.
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    I thought it was made in Germany. Maybe you got a fake?? Did you use it for front or rear wheel?? How is the flat protection on it??

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryPitts View Post
    I bought a pair of the Sport Contacts and was not impressed at all. The tread in the center was completely gone in less than a thousand miles. Made in India and not up to the German manufactured standards AT ALL.
    I had a similar problem with a set of Travel Contact (700 x 35c) and a set of Touring Plus in 700 x 35c.

    A little over 1,000 miles on each and the puncture resistant belt was showing through the tread. I liked the way they handled but not very durable as far as tread life goes.

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    Forgot to mention that both types I mentioned were made in India. On our 26 inch bikes I quit using the Town and Country tires made in India. With only a little use they showed extensive cracking where the tread rubber had laid up on the tire body prior to the tires being cured. Also had problems with the tire casing shedding threads around the beads while they were in use on the bike.

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    was the tire u had for the front or rear. these conti sport contact should last longer on the front??

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    Sport Contacts in 700C might be completely different animals, but when they first came out for 20" I bought SIX because they came with a flat-proof warranty and they were one of the few tires available at the time in 28x406. To make a long story short, EVERY ONE OF THEM failed prematurely with split sidewalls. They were on the front of a recumbent, and the wheel had a disc brake; so it wasn't a matter of the brake pads cutting the sidewall. And split sidewalls spell blowouts. Luckily, I kept my skin. Due to the terms of the warranty, they never paid out on a single one of them.

    Besides their reliability problems, they were the roughest-riding tires I've ever had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonLee View Post
    I thought it was made in Germany. Maybe you got a fake?? Did you use it for front or rear wheel?? How is the flat protection on it??
    I had a flat within a thousand miles as well. I had bought a spare to have and ended up throwing all 3 of them away. Not recommended. Oh, and I got them from Amazon, so they were real Continentals.
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    I have had problems with sport contacts as well, the rubber crumbled away and split. I'll try and find the pic and post it if anyone wants to see it.
    Giant doesnít honour warranties.

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    by looking at the trend of the tire it looks like it dont last long. but when did you purchase it? maybe now they might have upgraded the tire quality. maybe i should try the marathon racer but it out of stock for the tire size i have or go back to my armadillo tire which will give my bike an extra 2 pounds. i am trying to go as fast as i can.

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    yes plz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonLee View Post
    by looking at the trend of the tire it looks like it dont last long. but when did you purchase it? maybe now they might have upgraded the tire quality. maybe i should try the marathon racer but it out of stock for the tire size i have or go back to my armadillo tire which will give my bike an extra 2 pounds. i am trying to go as fast as i can.
    The only way to know if they are better is to try them, a lot of people like continental tyres.

    This is the only photo I can find, it was taken a while before the tyre failed. The sidewall fabric was fraying, and the tyre got a kink in it.
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    wow how long did you have those tire. i have a cheap cheng shin tire and the side wall is cracking like that but i never had tire that got kink in it. so far i tried the conti sports contact for 3 days and it is good rolls fast and i am hardly trying to push on the pedal with little effort and still goes quick.

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    Here's a bad pic of an inch-long split, just above the bead. One tire did this with about 200 miles on it. Most of the others I had lasted at least 500 miles, and one lasted a thousand.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    Here's a bad pic of an inch-long split, just above the bead. One tire did this with about 200 miles on it. Most of the others I had lasted at least 500 miles, and one lasted a thousand.

    Can you post a photo that is in focus?

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    If I am looking for long lasting tires I tend to think of Conti Ultra Gatorskins. The 4000s last pretty well and have better grip. But here is a review of a lot of tires.

    http://www.roadbikereview.com/cat/wh...489_00crx.aspx
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    If you wanna ride at 30 MPH and keep up with the ladies who are going 40 MPH, you should get a better tire.

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    I have roughly 2,000 miles on Racers with only two flats. Extra thick tubes seem to have cured that problem. A previous bike had Marathon Plus 26x1.5, which were bomb proof but very heavy. The Racers are 700x35C and feel much faster, but they tend to pick up a lot of small glass particles and rocks. I pick that out of the treads with an Xacto knife every other week. Would love to try Kojaks, but I think they have even less puncture protection than the Racers.

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