Conti Traveler Contact tires
A few weeks ago I began looking around for a set of new tires. One of my Marathons was pretty chewed up from an encounter with some fairly sharp rocks the other week. I was looking to replace the Marathons anyway as they have got to be the heaviest tire on the market. I came across one Travel Contact tat a LBS in my area. As they only had one I ordered another. These may be some of the best tires I have ever used. Years ago Conti tires were the only tires I would ever use but after a couple of bad tires I stopped using them. These tires really fit the way I ride. Whenever I head out the route always seems to include some gravel or other piece of crappy trail. They are road tires down the center with some pretty aggressive knobs on the tires. They are suppose to be 37mm but they are nowhere near that. They actually measure about 35mm. The stuff out there today is the consistency of soft ice cream. Even the gravel was soft in spots. These things will hold a line to last the second you can really push them hard. After riding this route for awhile i rolled into the local St. park. Much to my surprise the trail going up to the dam was covered in snow and ice. Crazy riding but these tires really did their best to keep me going in a straight line. All in all I have to say that I am really pleased with these tires. They handle well in so many situations that I am considering replacing the tires on the SS with a set. Next time I am going to order the 42mm so I end up with 37mm tires. If your ride is like mine and always hits some gravel you may want to take a look at these things. I am planning a trip in the next few weeks that includes about half gravel/mud trails so I'll see how well they do loaded down. I just had the front bag on today.
It's my understanding that Contis are notorious for being narrower than advertized, although I would say that coming within 94% of the adevrtized width is not that bad. Hopefully, will hold up over time. I have been a little disappointed with the Conti Contacts/Contact IIs I have bought releaitvely recently. Tread seems to wear quickly.
Originally Posted by egear
As I see Contis - they are performance tires. They perform very well on road, have a great grip, but they wear out faster than Schwalbe.
Continental travel contact was OEM pick on my Koga WTR in the 26" seemed long wearing
Mostly was asked a lot if I wore down the Knobby tires to a slick center . ..