I was looking for a lighter set of tires for my HT so I read the reviews, asked a few questions, and decided on the Contis.
When I got them, they looked a little skinny, and the knobs didn't look manly enough to hook up on anything.
But I slapped them on the bike, pumped them up and rode.
The first ride was OK, but I couldn't really evaluate them cuz 90% of that ride was through running streams.
The next ride would be a better test. Lotsa rocks, and hardpack.
Loved them on hardpack but I thought they were awful on rocks.
They bounced me all over the place and I fell a few times because of it.
I decided that I hated them and was gonna switch back to my IRC's and just give the Contis to somebody.
But, I couldn't see wasting all that money (most expensive tires I'd ever bought)
So I decided to take a little air out of them, give them one more chance, and hope I didn't pinch flat. I went from 40 to 38 PSI; that was the magic pressure for me.
I hit some rocks really hard with not one pinch flat. I've got a pretty beefy tube in the rear and a Performance Super Light tube up front. The tires really hook up on hardpack. On fast gravelly downhills, front and rear both slide together, very predictably. An added bonus, since the tires are thinner than anything I've used in the past, they're awesome in the mud, and the small knobs don't pack up. Finally, they're excellent on rocks; very secure grip, and no squishy knobs to make handling imprecise.
Overall, some of the best tires I've ever used.
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