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Continental or marmite

bonescpbonescp Posts: 181
edited June 2007 in Workshop
Continental tyres are they the marmite of the cycling world be it gp4000 or gator skins people either love or hate them.

how can a international company manage to get the extremes is it down to quality control,or is just the tyres are the okay and choosing a tyre is down to personal preferences


john

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  • Bianchi BoyBianchi Boy Posts: 323
    Fitted my GP4000's at the weekend. First ride on them tonight. Just a quick 16 miles, and I was very impressed. Fast, light, and responsive. Each tyre was also 100g lighter than my previous Rubino's. The only slight down side, if it could be described as a problem was the feedback (vibration) from the road surface being a lot more noticeable.

    Oh, and I do love Marmite. See what you've started. I can feel a Marmite sandwich comming on!




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  • bonescpbonescp Posts: 181
    cant understand the difference of opinion surely if a tire is good its good,i can understand the odd different opinion because you can get attached to a brand but the opinion is 50/50 they are either great or rubbish not much in between.

    john
  • cooper.michael1cooper.michael1 Posts: 1,787
    Some people expect too much, Whilst i dont rate Continental as good as Vredestein, my Gatorskins got me through 50miles of horrendous weather and dodgy roads of the North Yorks moors on Monday no probs. Id have felt better with vredesteins under me though!

    Some people expect too much, ride through glass, or ride at stupid lean angles in the wet. Conti Tyres may not be the best in everybodies mind, but they are certainly not the worst either.

    I was on a course with a Spanish Guy back in Feb-Mar who worked for Continental, and even he did not have a great deal of praise for them. He said in terms of car tyres UniRoyal which are part of the same group use the better compounds and are considered by most at the company as the better quality product.

    Coops
  • derosaderosa Posts: 2,819
    I like GP4000s, but loathe Gatorskins. So figure that one out [:D]
    Oh, I also hate marmite [xx(]

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  • Brock_71Brock_71 Posts: 775
    In my experience Continentals seem to be made of something very like Marmite. Tiny stones and miniscule flints seem to stick to them which then get slowly absorbed into the tyre and eventually pushed into the inner tube if you aren't fastidious enough to eject them by hand at the end of each ride.



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  • PirahnaPirahna Posts: 1,315
    Did anybody get hold of some Guiness Marmite a few weeks ago? A much milder taste and very nice.

    I'll never buy Gatorskins again but would buy GP's.
  • Brock_71Brock_71 Posts: 775
    quote:Originally posted by Pirahna

    Did anybody get hold of some Guiness Marmite a few weeks ago? A much milder taste and very nice.

    I'll never buy Gatorskins again but would buy GP's.


    Guinness Marmite!?!?!
    First I've heard of it. Initially sounds like a good thing, although a quick web search suggests that it might be less meaty and less salty tasting, which isn't promising.


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  • PinarellofanPinarellofan Posts: 1,519
    quote:Fitted my GP4000's at the weekend. First ride on them tonight. Just a quick 16 miles, and I was very impressed. Fast, light, and responsive. Each tyre was also 100g lighter than my previous Rubino's. The only slight down side, if it could be described as a problem was the feedback (vibration) from the road surface being a lot more noticeable.


    This seems paradoxical as a supple tyre like the GP4000 should be much more supple(hence why it is 'fast light and responsive') and so should produce coniderablylessroad buzz and vibration than a Rubino. Ive ridden rubino and they are some of the harshest riding tyres i have ever ridden. Pure bone shakers.

    I suspect that when putting on the new tyres you inflated them to a higher pressure than the rubinos had gone down to so it's not a back to back comparison.

    I've always been a michelin pro race user and they are thought to be the benchmark for performance tyres, but I recently bought some gp4000's (nicer colours too !) to see what all the fuss is about and will post a comparitive report as soon as i can.

    Daniel
  • i like conti tyres, well some of them.
    which contrasts with my opinion of Marmite which i really like

    The Guinness Marmite is a shadow of the real thing

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  • Bianchi BoyBianchi Boy Posts: 323
    quote:Originally posted by Pinarellofan

    quote:Fitted my GP4000's at the weekend. First ride on them tonight. Just a quick 16 miles, and I was very impressed. Fast, light, and responsive. Each tyre was also 100g lighter than my previous Rubino's. The only slight down side, if it could be described as a problem was the feedback (vibration) from the road surface being a lot more noticeable.


    This seems paradoxical as a supple tyre like the GP4000 should be much more supple(hence why it is 'fast light and responsive') and so should produce coniderablylessroad buzz and vibration than a Rubino. Ive ridden rubino and they are some of the harshest riding tyres i have ever ridden. Pure bone shakers.

    I suspect that when putting on the new tyres you inflated them to a higher pressure than the rubinos had gone down to so it's not a back to back comparison.

    I've always been a michelin pro race user and they are thought to be the benchmark for performance tyres, but I recently bought some gp4000's (nicer colours too !) to see what all the fuss is about and will post a comparitive report as soon as i can.

    Daniel



    Actually I always make sure that my tyres are pumped up to the correct pressures before any ride, so your assumption that this is not an equal comparison is quite wrong.[V]

    Also, although I first said this may be a down side to the tyre, I've got used to it now, and actually find the feedback from the road surface quite rewarding. Like a lot of things, you eventually get a feel for it.[:)]


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