Continental or Schwalbe Tyres

by gthornton101   April 16, 2012  

Hi guys and girls, I'm new to the forums so please be nice!

I'm looking to upgrade the worn tyres on my Mavic Aksiums and have narrowed it down to Continental Grand Prix 4000S or the Schwalbe Ultremo ZX Evolution HD.

Purely from an aesthetic viewpoint I'm leaning towards the Schwalbe's as I can colour coordinate Cool , but have heard they have weaker side walls and are more prone to punctures that the Continentals.

I do about 100miles a week on the road as my commute, with the occasional longer weekend ride.

Anyone have experience or recommendations to go for either of these?

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I've just been through this and decided on the GP4000s, as they seem to be more puncture resistant. Easier decision for me though, as I don't commute on my road bike, so I could go for the 23mm and just worry about Essex lanes and sportives, rather than London grime and glass.

The GP4000s went on very easily to the new RS80s I bought to go with them too. I'd search about for fitting experiences with both tyres and your rims, unless you have thumbs of steel...

Cannondale CAAD10, Condor Terra-X and an orange Brompton.
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posted by zzgavin [208 posts]
16th April 2012 - 20:54

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plus 1 for conti,s 1 puncture in 4 years

posted by issacforce [218 posts]
17th April 2012 - 4:07


issacforce wrote:
plus 1 for conti,s 1 puncture in 4 years

No chance! You must ride 3 miles once every 6 months

2 wheels please!

posted by mancsi [119 posts]
17th April 2012 - 7:51

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I think the GP4000S are probably a bit tougher but I prefer Schwalbe tyres overall. If you're concerned about punctures or tyre construction then I'd suggest the Durano S (225g). The extra few grammes isn't really going to make much difference.

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posted by Simon E [2339 posts]
17th April 2012 - 10:18


Where's your commute?
I have GP4000S and I'm very happy with them but I save them for weekend rides and sportives.
If you are riding in London or another glass and flint strewn urban environment I would go for something even more puncture resistant like Conti 4 Seasons, Schwalbe Durano or Spesh Armadillo.

Ah! Condor

posted by Bedfordshire Clanger [345 posts]
17th April 2012 - 11:25

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I love schwalbe for MTB, but have not had reason to try them as I have been so happy with 4000s... the roll well, they resist punctures and they are the lightest tyre I know with this combo...

roadie come mountain biker come single speeder and back again

posted by cborrman [84 posts]
17th April 2012 - 13:26

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Conti's have a very strong UK following but I've always found them to be lacking in grip (115 psi) normal use and they wear to a flat profile/ridge. The usual persuasion is on cost you end up shelling out £30+ each for high end tyres. After running Conti's I change to Schwalbe's original Ultimo tires, at the time I felt they were the fastest clincher by far I'd ever used and were very happy in the dry 115psi but at a 120-130 psi they were lethal in the wet, fine at 115psi. But after Schwalbe announced manufacturing faults with these they blistered after approx 1500 miles they soon feel out of favor after buying yet another set that blistered again. So Conti's are great for everyday riding and racing, Schwalbe are better but keep these for racing/fast training only. I now use Panaracer 'Extreme' (made by Panasonic) even better than Schwalbe for all year round use racing and winter training. I will never change from these and they were recommended to me.

posted by Roberj4 [208 posts]
17th April 2012 - 14:20

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Bedfordshire Clanger wrote:

If you are riding in London or another glass and flint strewn urban environment I would go for something even more puncture resistant like Conti 4 Seasons, Schwalbe Durano or Spesh Armadillo.

+1 for the Durano's. I've been using them for commuting and even over glass strewn paths they're holding up really well - much better than my old gatorskins.

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posted by TheHatter [811 posts]
17th April 2012 - 19:55


it's outside London. A couple of small towns, but aside from the obligatory pot holes the UK roads have they generally aren't too bad.

posted by gthornton101 [101 posts]
17th April 2012 - 20:18


Seems the Conti's have it. Thanks for all the advice everyone - going to go with the GP 4000S 's! Will let you know how I get on.

posted by gthornton101 [101 posts]
17th April 2012 - 20:20

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I have been using the conti 4 seasons tyre for about 700 miles now on my commute into London. I have 23mm at 100 psi - so far no problems at all with punctures etc. They are a little slippy in the wet but nothing more than usual.

That said I did 4,000 miles in my Specialized Armadillos (28mm @90 psi) and only ever had one puncture (from a 3 inch nail) - they are still going strong and only a little flat on top. But the side walls are very hard and even on 28mm the ride is very hard.

I would agree with the guy above Conti (but 4 seasons version) for Commute and Schwalbe Ultremo for those special days.

posted by jonomc4 [26 posts]
18th April 2012 - 10:32

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Its true 1 puncture in 4 years of using conti,s, and thats with over 4000 mile a year, plus riding up and down the uk Wink

posted by issacforce [218 posts]
21st April 2012 - 10:28


6 months on Specialized All Condition tyres (including 1.5 climbs of the Ventoux!) and no punctures... Until this week. Three in a day! Broken glass.

So, do I change tyres now they have been torn/pierced?

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posted by daysofspeed [13 posts]
1st September 2012 - 11:30

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No silly,

one word answer:


Big Grin

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1734 posts]
1st September 2012 - 17:31


contis definitely. I use them on my road commute bike (London 9 miles each way every day) and my weekend bike. Don't have any experience of the Schwalbes I must admit but I'm a happy camper with the 4000s

posted by SPAM Naval [145 posts]
2nd September 2012 - 15:08


Indeed I opted for the Conti 4000S and really like them. Have had them on for 5months now for my commute 100+ miles a week and *touch wood* only one puncture in that time. They roll nicely too.

posted by gthornton101 [101 posts]
3rd September 2012 - 11:33

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issacforce wrote:
Its true 1 puncture in 4 years of using conti,s, and thats with over 4000 mile a year, plus riding up and down the uk Wink

Hope you realise that the puncture pixies are going to nail you now. They've a bit of catchup to do.

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posted by giff77 [1164 posts]
3rd September 2012 - 11:47