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​Best road bike tyres: Continential grand prix 4000s ii review

When it comes to choosing the best road bike clincher tyres, the Continental Grand Prix 4000S II is a clear contender. The GP4000S have been around for a long time and both the compound and puncture protection have been improved. I get a decent lifetime from them all year round in all conditions.

The BlackChili compound rolls fast and independent tests show them to be very good aerodynamically. This pre-dates the cycling aero craze and is reputed to have been a lucky by-product of the tyre’s shape and sidewall pattern.

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Moving up to 25mm width after many years of 23mm was a revelation. Rough road surfaces are smoothed out and cornering inspires confidence, even in the wet. If you’ve got clearance for 28mm you can take this armchair ride one step further!

At 225g for a 25mm tyre, they’re not featherweight, but that’s a respectable weight for a tyre that takes everything you throw at it.

Continental has been stubbornly resistant to the trend for tubeless tyres, so if you’re a tubeless convert you’ll need to look elsewhere.

For anyone running clichers with a tube, Continental Grand Prix 4000S II tyres are hard to beat as an all-round or race day tyre, unless you’re looking for every last Watt.


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continental grand prix 4000s ii tyres
continental grand prix 4000s ii tyres

Pros

  • Low rolling resistance and good aerodynamic characteristics on most rims
  • ​Excellent grip in all conditions
  • Decent puncture protection for an all-rounder
  • ​Available in 25mm and 28mm width

Cons

  • ​Not tubeless compatible
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