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Continental Grand Prix 3000 vs Michelin Axial Pros Tires(8 posts)

Continental Grand Prix 3000 vs Michelin Axial Pros TiresStuartHB
Jun 28, 2002 5:54 PM
My road bike will be needing new tires soon.
I currently have the Continental tires.
I also see that my LBS has Michelin Axial Pro's.
What tire is the better tire ?
I had good luck with AP'sJekyll
Jun 28, 2002 6:06 PM
They roll nicely and stick very well. Milage is fine considering the performance and the ride is very good. Might want to look into their new Pro Race (which replaces the Axial Pro this year - supposed to have less rolling resistance, better puncture protection and tread life - then again every new tire claims this).
re: Continental Grand Prix 3000 vs Michelin Axial Pros TiresChen2
Jun 28, 2002 6:37 PM
I have both and prefer the Axial Pro's because the bead fits tightly on the rim and the rubber seems to stick very well to the pavement. The Continentals' sidewalls seem to tear more easily. But they are both good tires.
Just my two cents...tirider
Jun 28, 2002 7:05 PM
... I've ridden both. I personally feel that the Axials feel "dead" with a somewhat muted road feel. I haven't had the problem with cuts that others have experienced. They can be quite slippery in the rain. The Contis have a more lively feel consistent with (NO not equal to) a tubular tire. They stick much better on wet surfaces but can become glass magnets in the rain. I have, however just gone back to Vittoria Open Corsa CXs recently and have forgotten the magical ride attributes they have for a clincher. To me they have a better ride quality by far than the other two. My vote is to buy the Vittorias from Total Cycling for $30 each and never look back. As a sidenote the Veloflex Pave replicates the feel a classic tubular tire better than anything I've tried but at 180 grams I couldn't bring myself to use them on training rides. If anyone's interested I've got a set (black) with 20 miles on them that I'll sell for $40 pair plus $5 for overnight shipping (USA).
re: Continental Grand Prix 3000 vs Michelin Axial Pros TiresLeak
Jun 29, 2002 3:49 PM
I've had both, and the APs have a smoother, "softer" ride to them, but they got cut up so quickly and badly that I was always worried about them. Finally, a sidewall cut did them in and I switched to Conti GP 3000s. They don't seem to grip quite as well as the APs and feel "harder", but they have zero cuts and roll smoothly.

For me, I like the "confidence" that the GP3000s give me, but do wish they were a little "stickier".

It's a total toss-upKerry Irons
Jun 29, 2002 6:11 PM
And you can throw Vred Fortezza TriComps in the discussion as well. The tires may be "different" for one thing or another, but none is better than the other. BTW, you can get them for a bit less than $30 at LaBicicletta, so don't be payin' no $45 for those tires!
I like the Vred Fortezzas/tricompsOld_school_nik
Jun 30, 2002 5:30 AM
I like the Vreds too... you can really pump them up and they still ride like tubulars .. much softer than the Michelins IMHO.
I use both and vote contiColnagoFE
Jul 1, 2002 9:11 AM
The contis allow a few more PSI of air pressure (120 vs 118) and that is important for a fat...errr heavier rider like myself using 23s. Both are excellent tires though.