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Conti GP 4000 tires - opinions?

Old 10-17-09, 04:27 PM
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Conti GP 4000 tires - opinions?

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I'm fairly new to biking (only a little less then a year experience) and so I need some opinions about my new tires. One of my Bontrager Race Lite tires that came on my Trek 2.1 recently had to be retired due to a recent slash (glass? rock? idk), so I thought that it was the perfect time to upgrade both tires. I went to my LBS asking them about tire types and which ones they would recommend for a fairly novice biker who rides 100-150 miles a week on mainly roads (bike lanes) and is looking into either some races or tri's in the future. Right now I can't afford having 2 different sets of rims for training and racing so he recommended the Continental GP 4000 set since they are puncture-resistant and durable. After reading some reviews online, I found that most people were not happy with them and they were dangerous because of sidewall weakness, blowouts, or instability on the rim. I'm nervous now since I ride on the roads a lot, that would mean an increased chance of an incident in traffic. Also on the tire it says "Warning: mount only on hooked type rims". Are the Bontrager SSR hooked type rims? Overall I'm starting to get nervous of the safety of the tires. All I'm looking for are opinions or your experience with the Conti GP 4000 and if you think they are ideal for my type of riding. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by lobobkr
Hey guys!
I'm fairly new to biking (only a little less then a year experience) and so I need some opinions about my new tires. One of my Bontrager Race Lite tires that came on my Trek 2.1 recently had to be retired due to a recent slash (glass? rock? idk), so I thought that it was the perfect time to upgrade both tires. I went to my LBS asking them about tire types and which ones they would recommend for a fairly novice biker who rides 100-150 miles a week on mainly roads (bike lanes) and is looking into either some races or tri's in the future. Right now I can't afford having 2 different sets of rims for training and racing so he recommended the Continental GP 4000 set since they are puncture-resistant and durable. After reading some reviews online, I found that most people were not happy with them and they were dangerous because of sidewall weakness, blowouts, or instability on the rim. I'm nervous now since I ride on the roads a lot, that would mean an increased chance of an incident in traffic. Also on the tire it says "Warning: mount only on hooked type rims". Are the Bontrager SSR hooked type rims? Overall I'm starting to get nervous of the safety of the tires. All I'm looking for are opinions or your experience with the Conti GP 4000 and if you think they are ideal for my type of riding. Thanks!
Puncture resistance and durability are relative.

Hooked type rims in this case just means clinchers, which the Bontrager SSR are.

IMO, you would be better off with Gatorskins from a peace of mind and durability standpoint.

However, do a search for reviews on the GP4000. Tons of people on here swear by them.
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I like my GP's. Just ordered a set of the GP 4000 S to change to when mine are worn out.
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Just get them.
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I use both the gatorskins and 4000. I like them.
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I put on a set of 4000s in the spring and just swapped out the rear (wore out, got about 6000-7000 miles out of it) put the front on the back and put a new 4000s on the front. The old front, which is now the rear, is at 8600 miles and still looks good! I love these tires, get some.
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I have about 2000 miles on a set and not one flat. They probably aren't the fastest tire in the world but I really like the grip and feel of them, especially in the corners or when it's wet. I plan on putting them on my other bikes as their tires wear out.
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Wow, glad this thread was started. Never heard of this brand of tire.

I hope they're cheap.
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GP 4000 for the win! I have blue ones on my Trek and red ones on my Pedal Force.
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Good tires, though I switched to 4000S because I got them on sale. I used my Conti 4000's on all sorts of rides including commuting and had no more of an issue with flats than any other tire and in my experience none can avoid being punctured so I ride the tires I like and carry spare tubes.
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i rode them for the past few seasons. they ride very nice but i had a lot of punctures and they don't last very long. go for it if you have clean open roads. (not like here, 20miles of NYC to even make it to a pleasant road to start riding)

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They are fairly durable. The sidewalls are made of two layers and some people who like to ride in the debris on the side of the road may complain about sidewall cuts and punctures but those are fairly rare. They have good grip and many people use them for racing. They also last a pretty long time. the front will last over 10k miles so it should be rotated to the back once that one wears out anywhere between 3500 and 6000 miles depending on your roads and weight.
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I love my conti's. Rode them all summer with only one flat from a tiny piece of wire that when thru the tire.
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Very good tires. I train and race on them most of the year.
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Gatorskins suck....they last for ever but the ride quality sucks.
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I just switched to the GP4000's about a month ago. I love the feel, and they handle the turns well. My second day with them was a race in the POURING rain, and I had no issues with traction. I haven't had any better luck in regards to flats with them (I seem to be able to flat every couple weeks, regardless of what's on my wheels), but the ride is definitely nice.
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I love mine.
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I ride Gatorskins on my Specialized Roubaix. Having never ridden any other tire, how much top end speed do you think I'm giving up by going with them as opposed to a racier tire?
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Originally Posted by JonnyUtah75
I ride Gatorskins on my Specialized Roubaix. Having never ridden any other tire, how much top end speed do you think I'm giving up by going with them as opposed to a racier tire?
Not sure if you will get a definitive answer, but I swear I noticed a drop in my average speed on most rides after switching from Pro 2 Race to Ultra Gatorskins. I also seem to get a lower top speed on the long descent on my commute. I could just be getting slower, though.
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Originally Posted by Loch-V
GP 4000 for the win! I have blue ones on my Trek and red ones on my Pedal Force.
Red ones on the Pedal Force FTW!

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Wouldn't use anything else. As puncture proof as anything else out there, grippy even in the wet, plenty fast as well. The sidewalls don't have a protective covering like the Gatorskins or the GP 4 season, so don't cut them putting them away or whatever, but they aren't delicate by any means. Great for racing in all weather.
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They are not as good in the wet as Pro Race 2s but seem to be hardier.

I have them on all of my wheels, including tubular.
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They aren't cheap, but they handle great, are hard to flat, and seem to last pretty long. I figure with the extra 1,500 miles I get out of them over regular racing tires, they really aren't even more expensive .
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the GP 4000 S with the black chili is a really nice tire...it's handled my fat ass for two seasons now.
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