Continental GP4000s II Review

Here at ProBikeKit, we have done a Continental GP4000s II review to help you along the way in the bike tyre buying process. The Continental GP4000s II is the latest in a series of tyres that have been the popular choice for cyclists since mid-2007. This tyre stands the test of time and proves itself again and again against other rival rubbers. The technology behind the GP4000s II gives it a sturdy and solid grip in both dry wet weather, you can rely on this tyre to keep you going when times get tough.

In the cycling world, there are two main types of tyre buyer: those who are brand loyal and those who will buy the best tyre for their budget. This is where the GP4000s II can suffer, it isn’t the cheapest tyre available. What it is however, is Continental’s best road racing tyre, and once you’ve ridden one you may become a Continental convert for good (or the near future at least).

Continental GP4000s II review: is it worth it?

The main factor behind the success of the Continental GP4000s II is the Black Chili compound, which works to reduce rolling resistance by 26%, grip increases by 30% and mileage is increased by 5%. Just these numbers along can tempt you to the dark side.

How are these figures possible?

The carbon filler particles within the rubber compound are reduced to 1/10th of the size of standard carbon particles. This creates a closer knit with the particles having more points of contact with each other, thus forming a tighter bond, increasing mileage performance and also increasing grip with the road. The way in which the particles interact with each other has a dramatic effect on reducing rolling resistance. Black Chili is a top choice in the pro peloton, with world-class riders from all over the globe choosing Continental, so you know you’re getting a high-quality performance tyre.

If you thought that was enough, don’t forget the Vectran puncture protection belt:

Developed and patented by Continental, this surpasses even the famous puncture resistance of the former leader in this category, the GP3000. The extremely strong Vectran fabrics are more flexible and lighter than all other puncture protection materials.

  • Made from melted Vectran Liquid Crystal Polymer, Vectran is the only LCP fibre in the world, made using a spinning process.
  • Vectran is lightweight, extremely durable, resistant to water and is five times stronger than steel.
  • With a layer (breaker) of Vectran under the tread, the tyre is protected from punctures more efficiently than with a Nylon double breaker. This is because a single Vectran layer is lighter, more flexible and stronger than the two nylon layers.

This combination of low rolling resistance and decent durability is surely where the Continental tyres make their mark. After using a pair for a season, I haven’t experienced any flats, and wear has been acceptable. A nice touch is the ‘Wear Grooves’, which are pressed into the tread to alert you to when the tread is too low. Weighing in at 216g they are of course over their claimed weight (not unusual but still very competitive).

Spec Sheet:

  • New Vectran puncture resistant belt has more cut resistance than aramid
  • Weight: 205g. (Actual is 216g)
  • Size: 700c x 23mm (25mm available)
  • Running pressure: 110psi. Max: 120psi
  • Folding clincher tyre

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