Tyres are getting bigger, and the Continental Grand Prix 4000S II 28mm (let's just call it the GP4000S from now on, eh) is a great example of why this is A Good Thing. Assuming you can fit these tyres into your frame, there's plenty of reasons why you should. They're excellent.
Last month we visited the Continental Bicycle Tyres Division in Korbach, Germany for an insight into the brand and to see how they make tyres. Here’s what we found out.
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.
Continental's Grand Prix GT tyre sits between the racing rubber such as the GP4000S and the more heavily armoured Gatorskins. It's a compromise between fast rolling, high gripping race rubber and puncture protection, and that makes it a good training tyre for most conditions.
Continental has expanded its cyclo-cross tyre range in time for the current race season with the launch of the new CycloX-King and Mountain KingCX cyclo-cross tyres. Both are available primarily as clinchers and offered with the company’s BlackChilli rubber compound, which they use across their road and mountain bike range.
Our weekly roundup of the hottest and newest products features new tyres from Continental, a dual personality women's bike from Specialized, Zipp's Firecrest wheel technology explained and Ritchey's new tubeless road wheelset. And a whole bunch of other interesting stuff. Plus a sneak peek at Vulpine's new range, launching on Monday.