Continental City Contact review

We last tested the City Contact in C 144. Since then one has spent a cumulative total of about a year on the back of my town bike. Today's version is essentially the same tyre,

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £19.95 RRP | USD $33.79
Continental City Contact

Our review

Not the fastest or toughest street tyre, but a good mix of both
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We last tested the City Contact some time back and since then, one has spent a cumulative total of about a year on the back of my town bike.

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The latest version is essentially the same tyre, although you now get a free innertube and a one-year guarantee against tyre failure (note: not punctures per se). It’s now available in a 406 (20in) size too and, for £2 extra, with reflective sidewalls.

It’s a wire-beaded gumwall with a slick centre tread and deeply siped shoulders, and there’s a file pattern on the sidewall that will do for a dynamo.

The City Contact isn’t quite as peppy as Specialized’s Fat Boy, Vredestein’s S.Lick – which the test tyres replaced – nor Conti’s own Sport Contact. That’s to be expected: the City Contact is lower pressure (70psi versus 90psi) and heavier.

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Puncture protection is good thanks to a nylon-kevlar belt. There are tougher tyres, such as Schwalbe’s Marathon Plus or Conti’s Contact Security, but it’s a good compromise for street use: it’s tougher than most tyres that are faster than it and faster than most than are tougher than it. I still prefer the Sport Contact, but it’s undeniably a good town bike tyre.

Product Specifications

Product

Name City Contact
Brand Continental

Bead Wire
Rubber Compound Dual-Compound
Tyre Sizes Available 32-406 32-622 37-559 37-622 42-622 47-559 54-559
Max PSI 70