Conti GP 4000

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BobbyTrigger
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Conti GP 4000

Postby BobbyTrigger » Thu Nov 22, 2012 14:22 pm

The time has come to re-shoe my trusty steed - the stock tyres on my Trek are coming to the end of their useful life, so it’s time to buy some new ones.

I’ve read lots of positive posts about the GP4000’s – are they that good as an all-round tyre? Lots of grip? Are they easy to get off/on?

or any other tyres as good (perhaps cheaper?)

they’re just for your typical run of the mill weekend 40 mile jaunt – not for racing or anything daft like that

cheers

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Re: Conti GP 4000

Postby jonomc4 » Thu Nov 22, 2012 15:13 pm

If you are going to use the wheel year round (wet/cold/ commuting) then I would go for the Conti 4 seasons - the extra punture protection and grip is well worth the minimal weight difference between the GP 400s and them.

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Re: Conti GP 4000

Postby Charlie Potatoes » Thu Nov 22, 2012 16:38 pm

jonomc4 wrote:If you are going to use the wheel year round (wet/cold/ commuting) then I would go for the Conti 4 seasons - the extra punture protection and grip is well worth the minimal weight difference between the GP 400s and them.



+1

I have just learned this the hard way. The GP4000s are great for the summer but not for winter IME.
I have just bought the 4 seasons so only time will tell but they were highly recommended to me.
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Re: Conti GP 4000

Postby TakeTurns » Thu Nov 22, 2012 16:57 pm

Conti's aren't easy to get on and off. Beware if you have plastic tyre levers. I've broken 3. :oops:

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Re: Conti GP 4000

Postby mallorcajeff » Thu Nov 22, 2012 17:02 pm

i have gp4000 on dura ace C50's and i can get them on and off with my thumbs no problem? Thats why I buy them I had some contis that i broke levers on so threw them in the bin. I love the 4000 its all i use year round. last ages and ages but i do get them cheap. great tyres

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Re: Conti GP 4000

Postby FlacVest » Thu Nov 22, 2012 17:11 pm

I have some 4000's and love them; they're hard and ride fast.

Read: hard. I can easily see why people suggest them for summer tires and use something a bit softer for winter.

I don't have to take many high speed, right angled turns, so I don't have a problem using the 23mm versions, however, I'm only 160 and ride a road bike with no gear.

IF I were heavier or had to ride on crappy roads at high speeds, I might go with something a bit softer. The durability is amazing though, and will definitely replace my rear with a 4000 this christmas.

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Re: Conti GP 4000

Postby mcp73 » Thu Nov 22, 2012 18:45 pm

FlacVest wrote:... however, I'm only 160 and ride a road bike with no gear.
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So naked cycling is the key to longevity then? ;-)

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Re: Conti GP 4000

Postby kamil1891 » Thu Nov 22, 2012 18:57 pm

My favourites. Ride them all year long. Never had any problems, any not many punctures too (about 5 in 18 months ?, cant remember). I use them in the 25mm version so can't comment on the slimmer ones but first set lasted me for about 8kkm and I gave them to my friend and he thinks there are almost new :? :D I've got another set with a new bike and I imagine that these will be no different.

Overall, fast (but not superfast), reliable, light, grippy set of tyres. Oh, and yes, thumbs are the only things I use to put them on ;)

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Re: Conti GP 4000

Postby tiredofwhiners » Thu Nov 22, 2012 19:12 pm

TakeTurns wrote:Conti's aren't easy to get on and off. Beware if you have plastic tyre levers. I've broken 3. :oops:


They are with a Crank Brothers Speed lever - who uses there these days anyway ? :)

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Re: Conti GP 4000

Postby MajorMantra » Thu Nov 22, 2012 19:35 pm

You want the GP4000S, not GP4000 btw - not the same tyre.

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Re: Conti GP 4000

Postby displacedaussie » Thu Nov 22, 2012 19:48 pm

The GP4000s are great. The GP 4 Seasons are also great, and probably a bit more durable when the roads are full of crap like they are at this time of the year. I use both, and have no problems getting them on or off.

Whichever ones you go for, get the 25s instead of the 23s.

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Re: Conti GP 4000

Postby Fevmeister » Thu Nov 22, 2012 19:49 pm

Check out Michi pro 4s

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Re: Conti GP 4000

Postby nunowoolmez » Thu Nov 22, 2012 22:08 pm

I run GP 4000s on my Roubaix & GP4000 on my Canyon & Bianchi & have never had any problems. They do last ages & are very durable & grippy. They give me confidence in the wet & when cornering at speed. Go get some!!

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Re: Conti GP 4000

Postby APIII » Thu Nov 22, 2012 22:36 pm

I use them year round. Durable, relatively puncture free. The 4000s is more supple than the old 4000.

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Re: Conti GP 4000

Postby BobbyTrigger » Fri Nov 23, 2012 08:49 am

cheersa fellas - GP4000's it is then. Santa!??!

mind, they better go on/off easy! :D

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Re: Conti GP 4000

Postby lostboysaint » Fri Nov 23, 2012 08:56 am

jonomc4 wrote:If you are going to use the wheel year round (wet/cold/ commuting) then I would go for the Conti 4 seasons - the extra punture protection and grip is well worth the minimal weight difference between the GP 400s and them.


That. I have them in 25mm and they are excellent.
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Re: Conti GP 4000

Postby Strith » Fri Nov 23, 2012 09:05 am

I've had gp4000s on my winter trainer/commuter for 2 years now without a problem. Suprisingy resilient to wear compared to some duranos i have!
That said, if you read around they do seem to be a bit marmite'y!

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Re: Conti GP 4000

Postby ManOfKent » Fri Nov 23, 2012 13:07 pm

In my experience the GP4000S are a little prone to slashes but very puncture resistant until they wear down. I use them mostly in summer and have Panaracers on the winter bike.

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Re: Conti GP 4000

Postby davidof » Sat Nov 24, 2012 20:39 pm

GP4000S sidewalls are a bit fragile, be careful going over pot holes and stuff. Put a 25mm on the back if you are heavyish.

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Re: Conti GP 4000

Postby andi1363 » Sat Nov 24, 2012 21:28 pm

For all round/Winter riding all go for 4 season. GP4000S is a faster lighter but a more delicate tyre. Not really the best for wet gritty conditions but they do grip well. GP4000S is my favorite tyre.


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