Continental tyre amnesty - get a pair of Grand Sport Race tyres free

Get a brand new pair of Grand Sport Race tyres and inner tubes worth £72 when you trade in your old tyres

by David Arthur   May 21, 2014  

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Continental are offering a pair of their brand new Grand Sport Race tyres in return for a pair of old tyres (any non Continental brand) with a pair of inner tubes worth £71.88. The promotion runs until 31st July at selected dealers and some sportives, and they’re only asking you to complete a feedback form on the new tyres in return for their generosity.

To partake in the offer you need to take your bike to a participating dealer where they will remove your old tyres and fit a pair of brand new Grand Sport Race in 23 or 25mm width with new Race28 inner tubes. They’ll dispose of the old tyres on your behalf. 

This offer runs from 15th May to 31st July, but Continental says that dealers have a limited supply, and once a dealer exhausts their supply prior to 1st June, the offer is no longer available. So the hint is to not hang around if you want to make use of this offer, and get down to your nearest dealer sharpish. With a new pair of tyres fitted, customers will be asked to give their feedback of the new tyres at their website. Doesn't seem too much to ask in return for a brand new pair of tyres.

The Grand Sport is a brand new tyre from Continental available in three variations; Light, Extra and Race. The latter is a racing and training tyre featuring a 180tpi casing with a NyTech breaker to protect against flats, and the new PureGrip compound is said to provide high levels of grip.

There are also three events that you’ll be able to do a tyre swap, where they’ll have about 100 tyres so again you don’t want to be back of the queue.  The events are the Welsh Wild West Sportive (25th May),  Dragon Ride (8th June) and the Dartmoor Classic Sportive (22nd June).

You can see the full list of participating dealers at their website http://www.tyre-amnesty.co.uk/index.php/offer-details

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Bristol shop sold out in 24h.

posted by chokofingrz [280 posts]
21st May 2014 - 13:53

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bikebot wrote:
it seems as though the publicity has caused a bit of a "tramampoline" rush.

Simpsons reference?

An LBS of mine is on the list, gave him a call but his allocation had gone already.

posted by parksey [206 posts]
21st May 2014 - 13:58

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my lbs says that the listing was a mistake Sad

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posted by themartincox [329 posts]
21st May 2014 - 14:01

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parksey wrote:
bikebot wrote:
it seems as though the publicity has caused a bit of a "tramampoline" rush.

Simpsons reference?

An LBS of mine is on the list, gave him a call but his allocation had gone already.

Yeah, though it's a sign your getting old when you can quote Simpsons gags from back when they were funny. For anyone who doesn't know it - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il8Q5ZoJELQ

posted by bikebot [485 posts]
21st May 2014 - 14:14

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I think ALL LBS should charge for fitting and force you to have them fitted there, not just walk out with some free tyres. Conti aren't losing anything off this. But LBS will.

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posted by Gkam84 [8789 posts]
21st May 2014 - 14:27

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We are have free Continental Grand Sport tyres in our goodie bags for corporate entries to the BURGESS HILL SPRINGTIME CLASSIC CYCLOSPORTIVE 31ST AUGUST along with other great free things. http://www.srs-events.cc

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posted by Rupert [83 posts]
21st May 2014 - 14:33

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The LBS should be paid for their time but unless Conti make the charge clear within the terms (they don't) then Continental themselves should be paying the dealers as part of the promotion cost.

There not free if you have a compulsory fitting charge.

posted by IanW1968 [152 posts]
21st May 2014 - 14:43

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IanW1968 wrote:
The LBS should be paid for their time but unless Conti make the charge clear within the terms (they don't) then Continental themselves should be paying the dealers as part of the promotion cost.

There not free if you have a compulsory fitting charge.

I think even if my LBS did fit them for free, I'd buy something else whilst I was there. It would just feel rude to completely freeload off of a business I want to support.

posted by bikebot [485 posts]
21st May 2014 - 14:50

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Bike bot- Your sense of loyalty is admirable however, Im not suggesting the LBS does not get paid, quite the opposite.

Continental should be paying for the fitting or be making it clear within the promotion that there will be charge.

posted by IanW1968 [152 posts]
21st May 2014 - 15:17

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IanW1968 wrote:
Bike bot- Your sense of loyalty is admirable however, Im not suggesting the LBS does not get paid, quite the opposite.

Continental should be paying for the fitting or be making it clear within the promotion that there will be charge.

Exactly this, and what about the LBS's when theyre really 'cliquey' they'll fit them for free for some and charge others no doubt.

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posted by glynr36 [350 posts]
21st May 2014 - 15:19

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glynr36 wrote:
IanW1968 wrote:
Bike bot- Your sense of loyalty is admirable however, Im not suggesting the LBS does not get paid, quite the opposite.

Continental should be paying for the fitting or be making it clear within the promotion that there will be charge.

Exactly this, and what about the LBS's when theyre really 'cliquey' they'll fit them for free for some and charge others no doubt.

Yeah chaps, we're all saying the same thing. But if the shop has found itself on the wrong end of the deal, I'd buy something as the polite way of supporting them. Never really run into the cliquey behaviour, but I've always done most of my own maintenance, and the shop I use for the rest is a good old traditional place that's been around since before I learned to ride.

posted by bikebot [485 posts]
21st May 2014 - 15:50

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The shop can declined to participate, they can't inadvertantly be obliged to install tyres.

I suspect its a poorly put together promotion by the tea boy at continental towers or more likely some marketing company is doing for them, either way they should be clear whats in the promotion.

The tyres btw are a bit naff and not continentals usual very high standard.

posted by IanW1968 [152 posts]
21st May 2014 - 16:10

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IanW1968 wrote:
The shop can declined to participate, they can't inadvertantly be obliged to install tyres.

Didn't suggest they would be, but if you've ever worked in retail you'll know that you're the one who has to maintain the customer relationship, not the wholesaler or distributer.

I don't know the bike trade, but when promotions happen in the sector I do know it's the major retailers that have agreed the terms with the distributor and the independents that then find they have to match them or wonder if they'll lose a repeat customer.

Trying to pressure someone else in the supply chain to carry some cost for your promotion is a trick as old as retail.

posted by bikebot [485 posts]
21st May 2014 - 16:32

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Rule 5 Bikes in Brighton have sold out (if that's the right phrase...)

posted by flandrianbest [2 posts]
21st May 2014 - 16:35

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LBS phone lines where rammed for hours, emailed them but missed out on them. No doubt people who never use the LBS.

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posted by Leodis [188 posts]
21st May 2014 - 16:46

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Only one shop in Devon and none in Cornwall. Oh well.

posted by Bagpuss [101 posts]
21st May 2014 - 17:08

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So the old tyres have to be on the bike Thinking
and the new tyres get fitted Waiting
and I have to go to Sunderland for the privilege Crying
and they are wire bead Sick
I can't just send Mrs ini across the river with a couple of my used rubbers to pick up some fresh?

Right then where are my levers?

posted by Initialised [112 posts]
21st May 2014 - 17:34

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I wonder how many tyres they'll have at the Dartmoor Classic?

EDIT

OK so just read the article again - about 100.

posted by Spatulala [36 posts]
21st May 2014 - 18:53

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Leodis wrote:
LBS phone lines where rammed for hours, emailed them but missed out on them. No doubt people who never use the LBS.

And?

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posted by glynr36 [350 posts]
21st May 2014 - 18:58

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Just got a pair swapped onto my bike today unfortuneatley in my second choice of 25mm and they are also folding tyres which im not keen on
As for the new race28 inner tubes i found my old Kenda tubes still on
Ive got them up for sale on Gumtree if anyone wants them around half price the pair

posted by stan [4 posts]
21st May 2014 - 20:16

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Do they have to be non conti tyres? as my bike has conti tyres on it as standard i don't think it is fair that i should miss out just because of what came on my bike!

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posted by bikemadjo [47 posts]
21st May 2014 - 22:21

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IanW1968 wrote:

The tyres btw are a bit naff and not continentals usual very high standard.

How did you come to that conclusion? O_O
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Had some fitted today for £15 which "do ices" the deal a fair amount. I would be okay if you had the option to do it yourself or pay for installation.

Anyway, after a fairly short 30 minute ride back the tires seem pretty decent. Noticeable difference to Duranos I usually have, (did not use them for the amnesty though) offering a more damped feel. Thumb grip check feels quite grippy. Hope they hold up well!

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posted by koko56 [317 posts]
21st May 2014 - 23:17

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How did you come to that conclusion? O_O

Mmm does seem a little churlish and I wouldn't have said it without the fitting charge thing.

You need to hold the tyres side by side with a pair of Gp4000 or 4Season the German made ones are in a different league. I will ride these though and they'll probably be ok but no more.

posted by IanW1968 [152 posts]
22nd May 2014 - 10:29

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Hm, dono. They are in a different price bracket to begin with. Time will tell how they fare.

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posted by koko56 [317 posts]
22nd May 2014 - 10:37

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Gift horse, meet mouth! Cheer up people Smile

posted by stever [51 posts]
22nd May 2014 - 10:53

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I might be blind, but I can't find a list of dealers?

posted by djgorey [37 posts]
22nd May 2014 - 19:41

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djgorey wrote:
I might be blind, but I can't find a list of dealers?

Hmm. The list of dealers seems to have dissapeared from the Continental site. Yesterday it was just under the list for the three sportives this offer was present at.

posted by ajmarshal1 [266 posts]
22nd May 2014 - 19:45

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Same here. There definitely was one a couple of days ago but I wasn't able to get to the dealer in Bristol then. Have just rechecked with view to going tomorrow. I presume this means thay have all been taken. Crying

posted by BarefootBrian [14 posts]
22nd May 2014 - 19:51

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I saw the feature on Wednesday and rang my LBS (Julie's Cycles in Leicester) and booked in for today for a pair of 25's.
Swapped my winter tyres (Shwalbe Durano's) off the bike and stuck some (really old) Lugano's on that have been in the shed for two years.
£15 fitting fee later and I have brand spanking new tyres and tubes.
And I also got handed back the (Conti Race 28) tubes I had on previously too.
I've had GP4000s' before and these don't seem too different.
Tacky rubber and well made.
Guy in the shop said these are a brand new compound and different to the previous Grandsport tyres.
Now... Did someone mention the words 'gifthorse' and 'mouth'...? Thinking

posted by HulaBoy [8 posts]
23rd May 2014 - 20:28

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stan wrote:

Ive got them up for sale on Gumtree if anyone wants them around half price the pair

Half price of "free", I hope.

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23rd May 2014 - 21:02

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