I got the wire bead version of these tires for my electric bike, which came with really wide slow tires, because I wasn't concerned about how much they weigh. These look to have the same rubber as Continental Gatorskins, without the extra layer of flat protection, hence the significant difference in price. In my experience its possible to have flats with both.
I've had these on for a couple of years. Wearing quite nicely, and they feel zippy to me. Good puncture resistance too. Not super great in wet conditions, but who would expect that from a seemingly groove-less tire.
Thought I wanted a gravelcross bike to help smooth out the rough bike paths and hop a few obstacles if I wanted. Cross tires are slow and wear fast on path riding (I know , they are gravel tires...) These were , at 70032, the answer I was looking for. They are reasonably fast and soak up a lot of the road chatter a lot better than my 70025 and 20023 tires. Wont break the bank and are a ton lighter than cityhybrid bike tire options in similar sizes. My last Rear tire lasted around 2000 miles under a 250lb rider with a bit of hard grinding climbs . A lighter rider and rotating them ,should easily see twice the mileage I did. 70032 looks pretty mean and different from average roadie set up . Happy with purchase
I use Continental since ever, almost 50 years now. It's just a tire you can depend on, period. It lasts 3,000 miles and I ride about 3,500 a year. Good for just riding on the wide open road.
This is an excellent all-around training tire. Wears well, and seems fairly flat resistant. I usually shy away from wire bead tires as they tend to be hard to mount. These snap on fairly easy. The 180 TPI tire casing can't be found in another wire bead tire for this price. They are supple and have a nice ride, although you need to experiment with your PSI a bit. Mine feel nice around 105 PSI, although I ride mainly harsh chip sealed roads. As compared to the Vittoria Zaffiro II wire bead at 26 TPI (which I was using) these are a great improvement. (The Zaffiro's are a bitc to mount!!) Yes, I like pricey fold up clincher tires, but I ride in beer drinking country. I don't like replacing a fairly new expensive fold up that has a nasty cut because of glass. For the price you can't beat them.
Tire split within the first 8 miles.
I have been mounting my tires through the last few tire replacements with my simple DIY tools. These tires mounted much easier and faster than previous tires purchased. And when they are mounted, these tires preform very well.