If you like the reliability of Gator Hardshell but also want the performance of a GP4000S BlackChili compound, then this could be the tyre for you!
Ideally suited to sportive riders, the secret is in the design:
An extra-wide PolyX Breaker protects against thorns, glass and other sharp objects whilst a continuous 3 ply casing gives 50% more sidewall thickness without adding much weight.
These features earn the endorsement GT (Grand Tour), earmarking the tyre for sportives, marathons and multi-day events. Black Chili compound and the tried and tested Grand Prix profile offer outstanding grip and handling characteristics. .
Combining the tough Hardshell casing with BlackChili compound performance
PolyX Breaker® anti puncture extra wide layer beneath tread
Ideal for fans of the longer sportives who require extra reliability without losing tread performance
50% thicker sidewall than the standard Grand Prix
700 x 25mm, Weight 250g
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I recently bought these to give me a little extra grip and puncture protection over the winter months. The tyres I had been using previously were just the stock tyres that came with my bike, and I have to say the improvement in the amount of grip available is incredible. Corners I used to skirt round tentatively I can now throw the bike into, even in the rain. I've only been using the tyres a few weeks so can't vouch personally for their puncture resistance, but so far I haven't had any! The only thing I would say is they are a fair bit wider than my old tyres, so take a bit of a shove to squeeze past the brake blocks when fitting the wheel, but it's not a problem. Overall I absolutely love them and would highly recommend them as an all-year round tyre.
Pretty good compromise between speed and durability. Good for winter training
A great price from Merlin Cycles, this tyre is performing very well so far, I thought it was a sensible idea to go for a 25mm width and puncture resistance for the winter months but think this tyre will be great in the summer months too. Good grip and rolling resistance is low as you will always get from Black Chilli.
After searching different tyres I chose this folding tyre from Continental. I wanted to fit these to my Cube Hybrid for commuting to work during the winter period. As always the service from Merlin Cycles was excellent. I must admit to struggling to get the tyres on the rims, patience, fairy liquid and a towel helped (for grip). I must say I am extremley pleased with their performance so far and the 25mm makes the bike feel so much quicker. I was running 30mm knobbled tyres as the bike is a Cross SL. I will continue to deal with Merlin and would certainly recommend them to my friends.
After reading reviews decided to purchase these tyres for The Royal Flyer Sportive. This is Wiggles smallest event and they saw more punctures than they have ever seen!!! These tyres gave me a very smooth ride, with plenty of confidence given the wet muddy conditions and zero punctures!!!
Bought as a winter tyre and can't fault them as yet. Roll as nicely as my GP4000S tyres. No punctures as yet and loving riding on 25mm now. Do recommend.
A bit tricky to fit but a nice, light, grippy tyre.
Nice and sticky rubber, great on these slimy roads, good to fit too!
Exellent tyre with fantastic grip and, as far as I'm aware, good puncture protection. They have also given me much more confidence in the wet. Would buy again and again.
These should have a five star + rating. Fantastic rolling resistance and brilliant puncture protection completed Paris Roubaix in 6 h 45 min not one puncture. Well done the boys at Conti.....
Super fast tyre. Put them on my CX bike for some road riding. Highly recommended
Bought a pair of these last year. Covered just over 4k miles on them but the rear tyre was starting to look a bit rough. Never punctured once - ride on a night and through winter so puncture protection is important to me.
Great tire, has a strong grip on the pavement and appears to be quite resilient! No problems yet!
Good tyre. Surprisingly grippy and fast.
Great tyre, bought a pair of these 9 months ago and no punctures so got these for a very good price. Arrived less than 48 hours later.
I was in a 250 mile race (in which I punctured twice, and then my spoke was broken) with constant rain. Everybody except the winner of the race punctured several times, some up to ten times. The winner of the race went on the GT's. Since then I wanted these tyres as well!
Excellent value for money, just got my 2nd pair after. Previous pair were on 4000 km and going strong before I wrecked them by running over a bottle at high speed. Service from Merlin is always great.
These are brilliant tyres. As a club cyclist I cover lots of miles and in all weather conditions. I put a set on my winter/daily commuter bike at the start of last winter and have only had one puncture since last October which was quite recently and caused by a large piece of glass. Initially they feel a bit sticky and slow but after a couple of days they start rolling really really well. I had to stock up at Merlin as they had them on offer at an unbeatable 50% off . To sum up these are fast, durable, and quite comfortable tyres that seem, judging by the lack of reviews everywhere, to have ducked under most peoples radar.Highly recommended.