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Bought this for my cyclocross bike as a Kinetic 700x23 tire that I use on my road bike could not be installed on wider cyclocross rim. This Continental trainer tire is extremely noisy, more noise generated than pavement Gatorskin's on my road bike. Not much for trainer tires in this size unfortunately.
Great tire! Bought this tire for my Computrainer, had used the Cyclops Yellow tire last season. Overall, am very pleased with the Continental trainer tire, very quiet, no black "tire dust", great traction tire to trainer. Compared to the Cyclops, I feel like the Continental is a more rugged tire. I would think that one would one that for a trainer. Also, I'd say that the Continental tire is a bit quieter than the Cyclops...but both are good for noise. Other point is that I got the 32mm size tire, since I decided to put a hybrid on the trainer this season. So, given it's a bigger surface area on the trainer, that the noise is so minimal I believe says a lot about this tire. I could be wrong on whether the tire size makes a difference or not for noise, but the net is that this is a very quiet, high traction, well made tire.
Been using this tire for a little over 2 months now, and have put about 300 miles on it. That's not much for the time period, but I've only started using it after torn meniscus surgery, and it's been a slow recovery. I have to say that the tire has performed well since the start. I purchased it (700 x 32mm) as a 'used-very good' item from the Warehouse, and so far, it has been living up to the Continental brand name.
Easy to install; I have a 23mm wide rim that normally seats a 40c tire, and this fit perfectly. Noise level is surprisingly low while on the trainer; I expected louder. I can be peddling in the same room with the family watching TV, and they don't have to turn up the volume any louder than they normally would.
Tire looked in good shape for the advertised condition. It actually looked unused and really just like old stock. Construction seems pretty good, and it appears like it would hold up for many miles to come. Will have to put some more hundreds of miles on it to see if/when it starts to break down. All in all, so far it seems like a good buy.
I made a rookie mistake. I actually thought I'd gotten a fake tire because the one I got was packed with the inside out. That is, when I unraveled it, the inside (no text) was the outside of the tire. I later realized that I needed to reorient it so that text is on the outside. It's my first time seeing a flat bike tire.
Anyways, this tire is super quiet compared to my regular one. I'm using my bike on a trainer in my apartment, which has wooden floors that amplify noise. I bought this to reduce the noise from the bike, and boy did it deliver.
Pics #1: What I thought was the outside Pic #2: The actual outside Video: Before (my older tire) and then After (this tire)
I just did my first two rides on this tire. I have in the past been using the blue Tacx trainer tire. I first years ago used a few old road tires, but they got chewed up in no time on an i-magic. I swapped to the blue Tacx trainers and they lasted well and worked fine on the i-magi which could only do minimal slope resistance. I now have a Bushido which does more resistance than the i-magic and the blue Tacx trainers skid even when I use the Tacx (TTS 4) software to calibrate the brake clamp settings. The blue Tacx tires on the Bushido skid on pretty much all lower gears and/or on any steep slope.
It was clear that it is essential to use a trainer tire, but the Tacx blues weren't working out well so...
I read some reviews of these Continental. trainers which said they had really good friction with the trainer roller (and or rollers for those sorts of trainers). Some said they shed a lot of black material during rides, but pretty much all reviews agreed that they had excellent friction and reduced skidding because of it more than other tires.
I purchased the 32s because I figured that more contact patch on the Bushido brake clamp point on the roller shaft would be better and 32s should give more than regular road width tires.
I first put them on (no problems on getting them on an old junk wheel I used on the trainer for the trainer bike) and put them up to 100 psi (Conti says 85 to 100 psi) and heard no slipping/skidding at all even with almost no pressure on the brake clamp on the Bushido. I used the TTS 4 software to 'calibrate' the brake clamping and even though I heard and felt absolutely no slipping, TTS 4 had me clamp almost 3 full turns of the clamp screw tighter to get into the green. I then did a ride (up the mountain in Zwift) and had no slipping whatsoever even if I intentionally went to the lowest gear (which on my old bike is a triple crank low gear). The Tacx blues would have been unusable because of slipping.
However, at the end of the ride the tires had expanded enough to be rubbing on a contact point below my rear brake caliper (not part of the caliper itself, but the frame on my old trainer bike). I deflated them down to about 45 psi (lower than recommended) to give full clearance again and did another ride with zero slipping throughout the entire ride.
Shortly after that ride, when they had 'cooled' a bit I could put them back up to 80 psi with no contact to the frame.
The final verdict:
10,000 stars for friction to the trainer roller
I have not yet tried the narrower version of this tire, but that would solve the problem of the rubbing on my frame. If you have good clearance, I would go for the 32s. If you have tight clearance, be aware that the 32s are pretty tall and get taller during a ride and go for the narrower tires.
Wow! This tire is quiet on the trainer. We were running our bike with a fairly aggressive tread on our trainer. Lots of noise. I expected this to be better but it is really quiet! I used to hear my wife doing her work out from the bedroom above the bike. Not now. It's quiet! I only know she's down there because lights in the stair case are on. I'm glad we purchased this tire. No issue installing - I haven't replaced a lot of tires but ignored any instructions and got the old removed and this one installed in just a few minutes. Very quiet.