You may recall I posted a quick first impressions review of the Continental 4-Season tyres back in November of last year. Since then I have covered around 1500 miles through the English winter and now into Spring. So how have they fared?
Over the past months I’ve had the pleasure (?) of riding these tyres through all types of weather and varying road surfaces. There’s been the notoriously potholed and rough Surrey Hills, mud strewn single track lanes and everything that the English weather could have thrown at me (besides snow). The tyres have performed faultlessly, offering a marked increase in confidence over my summer tyres.
There is hardly a single cut to the tread or sidewall. The logos and brown cross-hatching of the Duraskin Wrap have faded somewhat (possibly a good thing) but structurally both front and rear are still in great condition. I’ve picked a few flints out of the tyres, but so far nothing has managed to penetrate the double puncture protection later. The rubber compound of the 4-Seasons seems much less prone to cuts than the GP4000S does.
In my initial review I noted that that when pushing hard the 4-Seasons felt a fraction slower than the GP4000S tyres. I still believe this, but it’s such an insignificant difference that it is hardly worth worrying about it, especially in the winter months when your average speed is affected more by other factors.
In fact, I have been so impressed by the Conti 4-Seasons tyres that I am seriously contemplating leaving them on my road bike permanently and saving the faster tyres for my race machine. After all, they are billed as “four seasons” not just for winter! They really are that good.
- Excellent grip levels in the cold and wet
- Confidence inspiring handling
- Hard wearing yet still comfortable to roll on
- Extra puncture protection layer over GP4000S tyres
- Bolstered sidewall damage protection
- Possibly more expensive that the competition (buy when on special)
- Not the best looking tyres