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Corner on rails.
When you buy tires for your bike, do you ever think about differences in the front and rear? If you look at the wear patterns and rates, you'll realize that each tire should be designed for specific use. With that in mind, the Continental Grand Prix Attack Clincher Tire is a front-specific tire built to offer maximum cornering traction.
Like Continental's GP 4000s, it uses Black Chili rubber compound. The special compound increases tread flexibility to ensure road-hugging compliance. This extra grip will give you the confidence to drive the bike deeper into corners, allowing faster exits. Get yourself off the front of your local criterium, and this tire will help you stay there. This flexibility gives the tire better rebound over irregularities in the road surface, reducing rolling resistance as well. The nano-sized Black Chili particles effectively "fill" the voids naturally inherent in typical rubbers to increase the amount of rubber in the contact patch of the tire. This reduces tire wear, while, at the same time, it aids in traction. The casing is 330TPI, which means that the casing of the tire, what the rubber is applied to, is comprised of 330 threads per inch. This tight weave gives you a very supple feel. A 3 plus ply Vectran layer has also been added for puncture protection.
The Continental Attack Front Tire is slightly narrower than its Force rear counterpart. At 22mm, it gives you an ideal balance between traction and aerodynamics. Its dynamic tread pattern is front-specific. It comes in the colors Black/black chili.
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- Q & A
Fast rolling, but a little narrow.
I put ~1000 miles on this setup with a Force on the rear before swapping out for something wider. It help up very well on nice tarmac and broken asphalt. It rolls fast, brakes well and looks pro. I ended up swapping out for a 25mm tire to gain a little confidence descending - the 22mm on the front was just a little too twitchy for my taste
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This is my second set of these tires. The first set lasted three years and about 7000 miles. they never let me down. Never lost traction in wet, slushy conditions and on dry roads gave me the confidence to dive into turns at the fastest speeds I could muster. As far as I am concerned, these will continue to be the only tires I will ride.
not a bad tire, but 4000 S II is better
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I usually run the conti grand prix 4000 S II's, I tried these on a recommendation. They are a "good" tire but I still think the 4000's out perform them and puncture resistance was the same either tire. Wear so far has been pretty similar as well, but rolling and cornering I think were a little better on the others.
Grand Prix Attack Front Tire - Clincher
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I purchased the GP Attack clincher front tire a couple of weeks ago. I purchased a Continental race tube for use with this tire. I plan on using it mainly to commute with, where I often times clock myself. It is a 20 mile commute on a bike trail each way. I also plan on using it for trying to accomplish the Seattle to Portland ride (200 miles) in a single day. So far, I have only tried it once and I found it to be extremely responsive and grippy even while making turns in wet weather.
However, after letting my bike set for a day, after that commute, I found that my tire had gone flat. I could find nothing in the tire or tube which might have punctured it. I patched it and it has been holding air for a few days now, but I have not had another opportunity to commute again. I will try to upgrade this blog once I have used it a few more times.