Continental Grand Prix 4-Season
The Continental Grand Prix 4 Season tire stands out as a versatile choice for riders seeking a balance between speed and reliability throughout the year. Its performance in wet and cold conditions, combined with impressive puncture resistance, makes it a favorite for off-season training and club rides. The compromise in ride feel compared to race-specific tires is deemed acceptable, considering the longevity and overall performance it delivers. While the absence of a tubeless version may be a drawback for some, the tire’s consistent positive reviews affirm its status as a reliable and enduring option for year-round riding.
Continental Grand Prix 4-Season Review
The Continental Grand Prix 4 Season tire stands as a formidable option for year-round performance, offering a blend of durability, grip, and speed.
The Grand Prix 4 Season tire strikes a balance between suppleness and durability. While it may not match the refined ride quality of high-end summer tires, the extra reinforcement does not compromise comfort significantly. The larger casing, especially in the 28mm version, enhances overall comfort, making it my favorable choice for longer rides.
With a Max Grip Silca compound and a narrow center for lower rolling resistance, the tire maintains a sense of speed. While I found it’s not as lively as a pure race tire like the GP5000, the trade-off is justified for those prioritizing resilience and longevity. The tire performs well on the smooth center strip, offering confidence and efficiency.
Puncture resistance is a standout feature of the Grand Prix 4 Season. The Vectran breaker is designed to be tear-resistant without adding excessive weight. Additionally, the DuraSkin sidewall protection provides an extra layer of defense against punctures. I haven’t had a single flat last winter season, despite having ridden in every road condition imaginable.
The Grand Prix 4 Season tire is positioned as a premium, all-season option, and its price reflects this. While it tends to be on the higher end, I found that the tire is often sold at a discounted rate. Despite the cost, there’s tremendous value to be found in the tire’s overall performance, durability, and puncture resistance.
Continental Grand Prix 4-Season Specifications
|Diameter||Size||ETRTO||Weight (gr)||Tread color||Sidewall color||Compound/Casing||Puncture protection||Tire bead||TPI||Max Psi|
|700C||700Cx23||23-622||235||Black||Black||Max Grip||DuraSkin / Double Vectran Breaker||foldable||3/330||120|
|700C||700Cx25||25-622||230||Black||Black||Max Grip||DuraSkin / Double Vectran Breaker||foldable||3/330||120|
|700C||700Cx28||28-622||295||Black||Black||Max Grip||DuraSkin / Double Vectran Breaker||foldable||3/330||115|
|700C||700Cx32||32-622||340||Black||Black||Max Grip||DuraSkin / Double Vectran Breaker||foldable||3/330||102|