Has anyone else noticed their conti sidewalls perishing in a very short space of time?
I bought these barons at the same time I built my Covert (5 months ago):
I just took them off to fit some more quicker rolling tyres before I head up to scotland next week, and the sidewalls are cracked and knackered. Not sure if they'll be fit to use again:
It doesn't show so well in the picture, but there is one 'crack' on each side that runs the entire circumference of the tyre that is visible even when you don't flex the rubber; when you pinch it, the whole surface is as shown. Both tyres are the same.
Now, these aren't the super dooper expensive black chilli ones, but I'm bloody glad these only cost me £13 each. They haven't been stored in direct sunlight, and they've hardly been ridden (probably only about 10 proper sessions, due to the crappy weather over winter). I've been a Maxxis user for ages, and I've got High Rollers, Minions and Ignitors that have been hanging around on and off of bikes for 6+ years without cracking like that. Likewise Spesh and Panaracer tyres.
Is it a one off, or are Contis not built to last? Are the black chilli tyres better (and is it worth the risk at 50 quid a pop)?