Ran a set of 26″ Continental Grand Prix 28mm folding – black chilli compound on my mountain bike at a recent sportif type event. Really light tyres with puncture protection, rolled very well (I ran them at 90psi).
They seemed to work well – loads of grip. On tight twisty descents I was hooning past road bikes. My gearing was the main limiting factor (40 tooth big ring).
Im looking to use my fully rigid bike a little more often on the road to get some miles in.
Only got a few requirements:-
Low rolling resistance
Durable. (Do I need puncture proofing?)
Does narrow = faster at the expense of grip? Im looking at something <1.5″ wide
Can’t comment on longevity yet for my Kojaks, but they’re fast, they’re reasonably grippy, they weigh nowt, they’ve apparently got some level of cut protection (never punctured them, can’t comment)… Really they’re just a road tyre that happens to be a bit wee. Very good.
I have been using some skinny Continental SportContact tyres for over a year on my commuter, have not had any puntures and they are grippier than they look unless you hit a wet tramline wrong. Or loose gravel. I still have the scars….
Have ordered a pair of brand new Conti Grand Prix 1.1″ folders off the bay of e for a measly £19.95 (for two). Ordered some 1″ tubes to go with them.
The HT should be a little more sprightly when these are fitted. 😀
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