Lots or riders are familiar with the Continental GP 4000 thanks to its high performance rubber, burly casing, and the fact that it can be purchased as a single tire. The GP Attack & Force III on the other hand can only be purchased as a set, but there’s a reason. The set consists of two different tires that Continental thinks is the best balance of performance and comfort. Now in its third iteration, the GP Attack & Force set is looking better than ever and is coming to a race bike near you…
While it seems that most riders match their tires sizes front and rear, the Attack & Force combo uses a 23mm front tire with a 25mm rear. That difference is supposed to provide a front tire that is more agile and aerodynamic, while the rear enhances grip and ride comfort. Even the tread pattern on the front is said to be tuned to be as aero as possible, though Continental admits that it isn’t wind tunnel tested. Explained as having more Black Chili rubber compound than the TT and less than the GP 4000s, the Attack & Force is a happy medium between light weight performance and durability.
The size difference front and rear also makes a substantial difference in weight with the front at 170g and rear at 220g (actual, on our scale). Available now, pricing for Europe was €115 for a front and rear set.
On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, Continental is offering a number of updated touring tires meant to keep you from getting a flat. The tires are also rated for e-bike use, not just for speed and weight, but to provide better “fuel economy” with less resistance. The Ride family adds a thick rubber breaker underneath the tread for ultimate puncture resistance, while the Contact Plus adds both the Contact Safety system and the rubber breaker for the ultimate in flat protection.
Conti also introduced a whole new line of cross tires, but they’re limited to clinchers for now. Mimicking their mountain bike tread patterns, the line includes the CycloXKing, Mountain King CX, Race King CX, and Speed King CX. Sold in 32mm casings for UCI compliance, the tires will be offered in RS and Performance versions.
Continental is also enlarging their clothing line with the new logo and a limited release for the Gold Level Cuore road kit in Europe. Mountain bikers and L’Eroica riders can also get in on the action to show their love for precision German rubber.