Continental Ultra 3000 tires--why big discounts?
Nashbar is selling Conti Ultra 3000 28 mm tires for $12.95. Somebody is selling 25 mm Ultra 3000 on Ebay cheap. Is there some problem with these tires? I bought 4 from Nashbar. I like 28 mm width and slick tread. Seems like a good deal even if they only last 800 miles. Reviews herre don't seem to bad.
Considered by some to be an obsolete racing tire...
They've been known as great racing tires for many years. The Attack/Force tire set has set the bar a little higher. Many people, myself included, are passing on the GP3s and going for the newer set instead.
Most racers tend to use 23mm tires. So even those who are loyal to their GP3s will not be interested in the bigger sizes. Those who are interested in those sizes are most likely looking for a more comfortable or longer wearing tire. There is much more competition for longer wear touring/training tires. Conti has to drop the price on the GP3s to remain competative.
There is nothing wrong with them. Conti has been making them for years and it's probably one of their best selling tires. At these prices you would be wise to grab a bunch.
Wooops, just realized you were refering to the ULTRAs. My repsonse was to low prices on GRAND PRIX 3000s. I'll pay more attention next time.
FWIW: I bought two $10 Ultra 3000s from Performance about a month ago. I got the wire bead version. I use them for training, commuting, etc. I notice they ride a little more firm than my GP 4-season tires I had before them. They also seem a little narrower than the previous tire although they are both 25c. Well worth the money in my opinion!
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bought them for the brevet bike, no problems on long flat windy rough illinois farm roads. they also cushion the rims well if you decide to toss it riis-style off the shoulder.
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After using Conti Ultra 3000s, I'd only have them if they were given to me. Just got flat after flat after flat and quickly decaying sidewalls. Changed to Michelin Carbon Axials and problem solved instantly.....
But then again I'm a porker and ride some rough roads on the way to work. Probably an excellent deal for a lighter rider on smoother roads. As far as I'm concerned, not recommended for the weightier rider on rougher roads.
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