Con­ti­nen­tal Roa­d­at­tack3 £254

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Sizes avail­able: Front: 110/70 x 17, 120/60 x 17, 120/70 x 17, 120/70 x 17 GT, 100/90 x 18, 110/80 x 18, 120/70 x 18, 110/80 x 19, 120/70x 19 Rear: 130/80 x 17, 150/70 x 17, 150/70 x 17, 160/60 x17, 170/60 x 17, 170/60 x 17, 180/55 x 17, 180/55 x 17 GT, 190/50 x 17, 190/50 x17 GT, 190/55 x 17, 190/55 x 17 GT, 130/80 x 18, 160/60 x 18 Weight: 5.1kg front, 7.2kg rear

Con­ti­nen­tal say “The com­pletely re­designed Roa­d­at­tack 3 is our most ad­vanced sport-tour­ing tyre to date. Rad­i­cal tread pat­tern de­sign shifts more wa­ter from around the con­tact patch even at more extreme lean an­gles, whilst also en­sur­ing more even wear through­out the life of the tyre.

“The lat­est in com­pound technology gives fast warm up per­for­mance, even in cold con­di­tions, while Trac­tion­skin re­moves the need for lengthy bed­ding in pe­ri­ods.”

TEST RE­SULTS Com­fort 4/5

Pretty good, coped well over all the lumps, bumps and im­per­fec­tions with no harsh­ness or in­sta­bil­ity. Not un­com­fort­able in any area and gives the bike a very high-qual­ity feel.”

Front- end feel/agility 5/5

Re­ally good con­nec­tion with the front tyre means big con­fi­dence when brak­ing and turn­ing. They give per­for­mance that ex­ceeds the lim­i­ta­tions of the Tracer, so they’d suit sportier rid­ers and bikes. There’s a nice bal­ance be­tween han­dle­bar ef­fort and rate of turn.

Rear- end feel 5/5

Bril­liant, I can’t fault the level of con­nec­tion to the rear, as there’s so much grip. This means that you al­ways feel con­nected and con­fi­dent.

Sta­bil­ity 5/5

Again, bril­liant. Try as I might, I could not get th­ese tyres to un­set­tle them­selves at any speed. They were per­fect in a straight line, and also at all points of the cor­ner. Very nicely bal­anced tyres.

Over­all 19/20

Even from new, th­ese tyres were ready to go with very lit­tle scrub­bing in or warm up need­ing to be done; I was scrap­ing the Tracer’s foot­pegs al­most straight away. They’ve got the per­fect bal­ance of sporti­ness and com­fort – pre­cisely what you’d ex­pect from a good sports-tour­ing tyre. They suit the Tracer down to a tee, and in fact ex­ceed its power and han­dling per­for­mance, so you can be con­fi­dent that they’d be ace on heav­ier and more pow­er­ful bikes too.

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