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OWNER REVIEW – Continental Grand Prix 4000 S “Black Chilli”

My preferred tyre currently for my Look 555 are a set of Continental Grand Prix 4000 S “Black Chilli” (GP4000S with Black Chilli).  I found the Grand Prix 4000 S to handle well, grip well and corner well both in dry and wet conditions and they also wear quite well.  I got just over 4,000 km out of my first set and I am now on my second set which I fitted in March 2010. They also seem to do well on the puncture front too. Keeping in mind the Look 555 is primary a dry weather ride, the puncture rate to date has averaged out at one every 1,900 km. Not too bad in my view.

June 20, 2010 @ 2,157 km on the second set. Cause unknown. Just found the rear flat in the morning. At least gave me an excuse to change the tube to one with a longer valve.

June 2, 2010 @ 1,532 km on the second set. On the morning commute I rode over some glass which I missed seeing until it was too late. I thought at the time I should stop now and check the tyres; of course I didn’t. So I go to leave in the evening and bingo one rear flat.

May 29, 2010 @ 1,383 km on the second set. Hit a pot hole at about 30 km/h and pinch flatted both the front tyre and the rear tyre. I suspect this would have happened with whatever tyre I had fitted.

March 27, 2010 – Fitted new set to the front and rear of the Look 555.

February 23, 2009 – 4,123 km (front): Got my first puncture with this tyre which has been on the front of the Look 555 (dry weather ride) and now the Giant CRX 1 (all weather ride).  Can’t complain about that mileage.

January 31, 2009 – 3,958 km (front): The front tyre which was fitted to the Look 555 has now been moved over to the front of my Giant CRX 1. I estimate I should get another 1,000 to 1,500 km out of this tyre on the front.

January 21, 2009 – 4,318 km.  Heading home this evening from Joondalup, mind on the fairies and I hit a pot hole rather hard.  Moments later the rear was flat as a tack and I was struggling to unclip before taking an off.  Really can’t complain as this tyre is at the end of its life and I have had two punctures with it (dry weather riding in the city), so 2,159 km per puncture.

January 16, 2009 – 3,681 km

As part of my 1,000 km bike service I checked the wear on the tyres. Whilst the front is still sweet, the rear, which has done 4,036 km due to a short emergency period on my CRX 1, is getting near to replacement. The right hand wear dimple shown in the photo below is now fading from existence, so I expect to replace these in the near future. I have ordered replacement tyres from ProBikeKit (same model) so should be ready for a change when needed.

January 1, 2009 – 3,085 km

Whilst up in Kalbarri the rear picked up a bit of glass and I got my second puncture.  Managed to have some fun and games getting it back on, resulting in a pinch flat to add to the initial one. Front still looking good whereas the rear is squaring off some more.

November 22, 2008 – 2,578 km

They tyres have withstood the rigours of Perth roads quite well, with my first puncture at 2,578 km.  It was caused by a piece of getting into the rear tyre.  I had been using the bike as a commuter for the last day and half and with some rain about it was real possibility I guess.

The rear is just starting to show signs of squaring off, but the wear dimples are still clear and well formed.  You can see them and the hint of squaring off in the photo below.

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