Having demonstrated the repercussions of being blasé about a ‘C’ race and getting several punctures at the Tour de Yorkshire Sportive, today was the day to get proper tyres on the bike.
I’ve previously given my opinion on the best bike tyre for triathlon but my opinion for a good all-rounder for the summer that will also behave sensibly over longer rides would be the Continental Grand Prix GP4000S II. I’d go for the 700×23 for the same width wheel rim (700×25 for wider rim) but would also deflect conversation away from the topic of optimal tyre widths by pointing out that the GP4000 has Conti’s BLACK CHILLI compound. That means it’s fast, basically.
Many of you seasoned riders will, no doubt, not be that impressed by this revelation of a recommendation as LOTS of people use this tyre.
Summary: It’s one of the best all-rounders. You might find something that is better in one characteristic but which would then be worse in another ie rolling resistance, durability, puncture resistance, etc.. It’s a ‘Can’t go wrong‘ kind of choice. If you know better, then you won’t be reading this article! I WILL use different tyres for tri/TT races.