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    Quote Originally Posted by pmf View Post
    It really is amazing what a bike tire costs in relation to an automotive tire.
    Auto tires are still more, but I think the difference is that the better bike tires are hand made in lower volumes while auto tires are truly mass-market items that are totally machine made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmanthree View Post
    Auto tires are still more, but I think the difference is that the better bike tires are hand made in lower volumes while auto tires are truly mass-market items that are totally machine made.

    AFAIK only tubulars still get the handmade treatment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bremerradkurier View Post
    OTOH, bike tires slaughter car tires on the dollars to smiles per mile metric.
    This is the way I look at it, too.

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    Price aside, I think I'm going to hold off on the 5KS until they've been proven on the market for a bit. I recall the 4KS having issues with sidewall blowouts when they came out and they were getting rave reviews at that time. The 4KS2 was an improvement over those. I like the 4KS2, but my teenage son swears by the them. He doesn't want anything else. These will likely be better, but I will wait until the reviews from actual users dishing out serious miles start coming in before I make the leap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by terbennett View Post
    Price aside, I think I'm going to hold off on the 5KS until they've been proven on the market for a bit. I recall the 4KS having issues with sidewall blowouts when they came out and they were getting rave reviews at that time. The 4KS2 was an improvement over those. I like the 4KS2, but my teenage son swears by the them. He doesn't want anything else. These will likely be better, but I will wait until the reviews from actual users dishing out serious miles start coming in before I make the leap.
    Why not just think of the 5k's as '4k SIII' instead?

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    Quote Originally Posted by terbennett View Post
    Price aside, I think I'm going to hold off on the 5KS until they've been proven on the market for a bit. I recall the 4KS having issues with sidewall blowouts when they came out and they were getting rave reviews at that time. The 4KS2 was an improvement over those. I like the 4KS2, but my teenage son swears by the them. He doesn't want anything else. These will likely be better, but I will wait until the reviews from actual users dishing out serious miles start coming in before I make the leap.
    The differences between the GP4KS and the II were only cosmetic.

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    I got my 4KIIs for $37 each. I won't be riding the 5ks anytime soon since the 4KIIs are good enough for me.

    https://www.backcountry.com/continen...rix-4000s-tire

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    Quote Originally Posted by aclinjury View Post
    ..I'm baffled why people go googoo gaga over the Contis when cheaper tire combo are available, with better handling performance, on sale pretty much through out the year.
    It's personal preference, just as you like the tires you like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Methodical View Post
    I got my 4KIIs for $37 each. I won't be riding the 5ks anytime soon since the 4KIIs are good enough for me.

    https://www.backcountry.com/continen...rix-4000s-tire
    I just picked up a pair a week ago on black friday for $29.xx each and free shipping. Those plus what i have already in inventory will last me until the price comes down on the 5Ks.
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    Maybe this should be in "hot deals", but since two posts about the prices have been made already:
    Planetcyclery has some GP 4000S II for USD 28, but only 23mm
    (they had the 20mm for USD 25).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Srode View Post
    I just picked up a pair a week ago on black friday for $29.xx each and free shipping. Those plus what i have already in inventory will last me until the price comes down on the 5Ks.
    That's a good price. Did they have 28s at that price?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Got Time View Post
    Maybe this should be in "hot deals", but since two posts about the prices have been made already:
    Planetcyclery has some GP 4000S II for USD 28, but only 23mm
    (they had the 20mm for USD 25).
    When I check, it seems they never have the size I want when on sale, always 23s. I want either 25 or 28.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmf View Post
    I used to think the 4k's were great tires until I tried Vittoria Corsa G+. Now they're just OK.
    The Corsa G+ are indeed awesome but also fragile as hell. I had more G+ flats in 3-4 months than I had with 4ks in 3-4 years.
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    Last edited by Methodical; 12-11-2018 at 01:08 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aclinjury View Post
    I use Vittoria Corsa G+ or Veloflex Corsa (an latex tube) for the front, Rubino Pro G+ (and either latex or thin butyl) for the rear.
    Corsa G+ tires are flat magnets. Those asinine grooves pick up debris like a vacuum cleaner. I'd had them for a week and sold them. On Michelin Pro Power Competition now.

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    Probably should post this in 'Hot Deals' forum...

    biketiresdirect.com has GP4000 S II on sale for $35 US (Today only)

    https://www.biketiresdirect.com/prod...=daily_special

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    Quote Originally Posted by changingleaf View Post
    I was excited when Vittoria came out with their tubeless road tires, but from what I've heard they turned out to be a real disappointment in terms of durability and wear.
    I bought 4 Vittoria Corsa G+ clinchers last summer to see what all the hubbub was all about. They ride great and handle well. Puncture resistance seems to be good.

    I rotate tires front to back and I just put the third one on the back because the tread strip keeps de-laminating. I'm wondering if the adhesives don't stick well to the graphene material or something like that. I'm getting about 1500 miles out of a rear tire. I'm a bigger guy and I do a lot of climbing so, yes I am hard on tires. The tread strips seem very durable, but if they won't stay attached it doesn't matter.

    Anyway, I'm going back to Michelins.
    There I was...

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    I had $168 credit at my lbs and I got some Continental 5000's in clincher 25mm. With a little effort, I got them mounted on my carbon rims. I centered the "Continental" sticker with the valve. When I blew the tire up, I was surprised that the 5000 didn't center opposite of the brand name. I looked on the other side of the tire, and the 5000 is in a different spot than on the original side. I know there are a lot of bike owners who won't like having a wonky 5000 sticker not aligned with the brand name of the tire. If I can get a lot of miles without flats, I won't care. Wish me luck!

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