Bicycling (South Africa) - - Gear Of The Year -

Con­ti­nen­tal tyres are stal­warts of cy­cling, and the Con­ti­nen­tal GP 4000 S is their flag­ship all-rounder. The newer 4000 S II is the lat­est facelift, with newer com­pounds and punc­ture pro­tec­tion.

The ad­di­tion of Black­Chilli com­pound en­sures high mileage and re­duced rolling re­sis­tance, while still in­creas­ing grip. Conti have also added a Vec­tran belt be­neath the tread, for punc­ture re­sis­tance – Vec­tran is a light­weight, flex­i­ble liq­uid-crys­talline poly­mer.

The Con­ti­nen­tal Grand Prix 4000 S II comes in 20c, 23c, 25c and 28c vol­umes. Our test pair were the 28c, and were per­fect for com­fort and con­trol. They are supremely sup­ple, feel­ing al­most like tubu­lars.

The pro­file sup­ports low rolling re­sis­tance, and cor­ners hold no is­sues, apart from thick loose gravel cor­ners with pot­holes! There may be some over­all loss of speed com­pared to the 25c vol­ume, but it’s neg­li­gi­ble re­ally, and a fair trade-off. Come race day – or 100mil­ers – these will still be a per­sonal first choice.

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