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Continental CONTACT Urban , New Street Commuting and Touring Tire ?

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Continental CONTACT Urban , New Street Commuting and Touring Tire ?

Anyone try this new street commuter and touring tire from Continental ?
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Nope. I have the Contact Speed (formerly Sport Contact II) for one hybrid, in 700x32. Good city tires, especially on wet pavement. Not bad on groomed gravel/chat trails either. The wire bead version is a bit heavy but I might try a folder next time -- if I wear these out. They're very durable.

Conti's description of the Contact Speed -- using the term "slick" -- is misleading. These are not slicks by any definition. They have a very definite, palpable file tread. Very grippy. Smooth rolling. But not slicks by any means. Conti uses that same misnomer to describe the excellent Speed Rides, which have an even more pronounced diamond file tread -- more like a cyclocross tread for dry conditions. Good tires, puzzling descriptions by Conti.

If your rides include lots of broken glass and sharp pokey stuff, the Contact Urban might be a better choice -- it appears to have more puncture resistance. But the Contact Speed is very puncture resistant as well, without feeling too heavy or sluggish. There's always a trade off with puncture resistance and rolling resistance.
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