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Continental or Specialized tyre, which would you buy?

Discussion in 'Components, Accessories and Clothing' started by Alcdrew, 7 Feb 2008.

  1. Alcdrew

    Alcdrew Senior Member

    Location:
    UK
    I need some more new tryes for my commuter bike and Iam thinking of one of the two below. Any one got any views on these? As I've not been impressed with my last two sets of tyres, purly from a ware point of view, I'm looking for something longer waring so it'll last me more then a few months.

    Spec Infinity Armadillo in 700x32
    Continental Sport Contact Hybrid in 700x28
     
  2. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    use to use Contis back in the day

    the new LBS as good as forced me onto Schwalbe Marathons, been fine for me and they seem to be popular, certainly more P proof than tyres ten years ago

    which is nice
     
  3. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    I used the Spesh ones for 2 years without a puncture. They're pretty good.
     
  4. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    I never got on with Spesh tyres, always use Conti's now.
     
  5. mikeitup

    mikeitup Senior Member

    Location:
    Walsall
    re

    I have Scwalbe Roadcruisers on my commuter bike. £17 off ebay.
    Better than the contis that were already on bike when I bought it.
     
  6. 4F

    4F Active member of Helmets Are Sh*t Lobby

    Location:
    Suffolk.
    I had the continental sports contacts for 5 years with no punctures and then got 7 in 6 weeks. Now switched to schwalbe marathon plus on my road but sticking with the conti's on my mtb.
     
  7. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
  8. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    They're my favourites for going faster.
     
  9. I used to have Spesh nimbus Armadillo's on my Sirrus, they were good for p###ture protection and lasted for ages but I found they could be a bit slippy at times. My other bikes have got Conti's and I've been impressed with them and changed the Sirrus to contis too. I've got Conti Contacts on the commuter, Grand Prix on the dropped bar road bike and now 4 seasons on the Sirrus.
     
  10. andygates

    andygates New Member

    The Conti Sport Contact is my favourite 26" slick, so its 700c flavour should be good too. It's a livelier feeling tyre than the armadillo.
     
  11. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    Opinions differ on these matters. Just buy what you think will do the job. No need to get too many opinions. I have used Spesh and Contis and others and there is not too much difference - well, I have never noticed one being better than the other so reckon it's "name" and "fashion" a lot of the time.

    If you are thinking of using wiggle check other places before buying..they are not very well priced compared to others when it comes to tyres. Very good prices for certain things but not so good for tyres...
     
  12. I used to use Conti Top Touring tyres on all my bikes and they never seemed to last as long as they should have. The rear in particular used to wear sidewalls out very quickly. Alright, I'm a big lad, but not that big!
    That said, the Sport Contact might be completely different. Just buy something and see how you get on with it.:rolleyes:
     
  13. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Best price for 26inch gatorskins anyone?
     
  14. Alcdrew

    Alcdrew Senior Member

    Location:
    UK
    Thanks all, I've had the conti gatorskins a nice fast tyre but only lasted me about 3 months. so not so good on the wallet.

    I have got the conti sport contact. Got drawn to them with the free inertubes and year guarantee. Seem OK at the moment, but will see how long they last. Not ecpecting them to be a year without a P but you never know.


    Noodley, Yeah I always look around before buying. In fact got my new tyres from here best price I could find in my quick search and super quick delivery, I ordered them around 2pm and got them they nextday.