The purpose of this post is to summarise my wear, puncture rates and ride experience with these with Continental Contacts as fitted to my Surly Long Haul Trucker.
The Surly Long Haul Trucker is used as both a commuter (city riding on a mix of road and dual use paths) and touring. It is ridden in all weather conditions on bitumen roads a mix of bitumen and concrete paths.
As Western Australia does not have a bottle deposit scheme there tends to be a fair bit of glass on roads and paths.
The Continental Contacts came as OEM on the Surly Long Haul Trucker and went into service on April 4, 2009.
The tyres where removed at 4,272.4 km. A puncture rate of one every 712 kilometres was just too frustrating to warrant keeping the tyres on the bike.Â At the time of removal they where still showing lots of tread life and would have stayed on the bike if they where more puncture resistance.
|Fitted to â€¦||Front or Rear||Cost per km *||Punctures per km||Other Comments|
|Surly Long Haul Trucker||Front||1,068.10||
|Surly Long Haul Trucker||Rear||2,122 km||
* As these where OEM tyres, the cost per kilometre is estimated using the Wiggle replacement cost as at September 19, 2009.