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Conti. Ultra 2000(13 posts)

Conti. Ultra 2000Rubberbandman
Feb 11, 2003 8:55 AM
I'm looking for a good inexpensive training tire (preferably under $ 35/ea). Lately, I've ridden Performance brand and Michelin Hi-Lite Prestige (from Performance).

Can anyone offer feed back on Cont. Ultra 2000?

re: Conti. Ultra 2000carpe_podium
Feb 11, 2003 9:16 AM
I've had pretty good luck with the Conti Ultra 2k's. I think the Gatorskins are a little more flat proof and wear just the same. Righ now, I'm using the Michelin Axial Carbons and think they are superior to the Conti tires. They ride better, seem to wear better, and are more cut resistant. Just MHO.
re: Conti. Ultra 2000pa rider
Feb 11, 2003 10:03 AM
There great tires. I used them last year during the winter months. I had a kevlar in the spring which I picked up for $28. Doesn't stick as great as grand prix 3000, but it's a lot cheaper. I think they don't wear as fast as the 3000 either.

I picked up 2 grand prix 3000 (new in box) off ebay this fall for $46. You'll find some dealers blowing out last year tires on ebay to get rid of them. I found the ultra 2000 on there as well for under $30.

I saw nashbar are selling the 3000 kevlar with 700 X 25 grey for $35.

I felt the difference between the two models are mainly how they stick or corner. For the type of riding I do the 2000 would work the same because I don't road race (mtb racer).

I thought the 3000 grand prix ride a lot more comfortable, but that's just my opinion. The 2000 seemed to be a great front tire for me.

Just my 2 cents.

re: Conti. Ultra 2000JS Haiku Shop
Feb 11, 2003 10:08 AM
i've had far better luck with michelin axial kevlar tires--wire bead with kevlar belt. contrary to many poster's experiences, i've had consistently very bad luck with gatorskins. conti ultra 2ks came with my last purchased bike, and i was not impressed after several very large (bootable) cuts in the tire within the first 800 miles.

my next 3 sets will be michelin axial kevlars, performance forte kevlar 700x26 (thanks to MB1's advice), and michelin axial carbons.
re: Hey JSpa rider
Feb 11, 2003 10:19 AM
You get any flats with those kevlar belts? I had some vittorians that wore great but if I hit a rock or small stone the belt tires would give me flats easy. Wasn't sure if the axial belt tires were better than a kevlar tire.

Just asking since you mention it. I may want to go with kevlar belt tires on my cross bike this fall.

not allowed to comment on that subjectJS Haiku Shop
Feb 11, 2003 10:27 AM
for fear of retribution from the cycling gods.

what i will say is that they're only $20 each, and after going through many different sets of tires in search of a good, reliable, trouble-free pair, this is where i settled for awhile. beware, though--they only come as 700x23, and aren't for the weight-obsessed.
not allowed to comment on that subjectpa rider
Feb 11, 2003 10:46 AM
That's why I won't buy a non continential tire. If I try another brand and get flats, my buddies will harass me for switching brands.

I only get one flat a year on a continential tire.


re: Conti. Ultra 2000CurtSD
Feb 11, 2003 10:37 AM
I agree - I had a pair of 2000's, and they seemed to cut easily. Currently I run performance forte pro kevlar, and I've had good luck with them so far.
Like 'emjtolleson
Feb 11, 2003 10:25 AM
I put on a pair before last summer's Ride the Rockies, hoping for something a little more durable than my Axial Pros (since I was hoping to experience 500 flat-free highway miles during RtR) but without too great a compromise in performance or comfort.

I felt like the Ultra 2000s really delivered. I don't think I had another flat all season and put about 2000 miles on them, I think. I'd buy them again.
re: Conti. Ultra 2000Fredrico
Feb 11, 2003 10:27 AM
Not to mention that Bicycling Mag. touted the 2000s as a "best buy" or words to that effect, I've been happy with the wire beaded 2000s for several years. I've had so few flats with them, I can't remember how many, maybe one a year. Their tread will wear well over 2000 miles, further than any of the other high performance tires. They don't age as badly as any other tire I've ridden, that is get brittle and pick up cuts. I've been putting off changing mine for about 6 months. The slick tread sticks to the road better, offers less rolling resistance, and doesn't wear down as fast as a coarser tread. The clincher: they come about 10. cheaper than the other tires that perform as well. I'm paying 22. each for mine at the local shops.

Buy em. They're great all-around road tires. You can't beat the price.

About 1200 miles on my Ultra 2000's with no flats : - ) (nm)regulajo
Feb 11, 2003 11:08 AM
Solid tire!!!funknuggets
Feb 11, 2003 2:00 PM
around 1500 road wear and this entire winter on the trainer and just got my FIRST flat.
Three setsSteve98501
Feb 12, 2003 10:31 AM
I put 3,000 miles on my first set, altho that was probably pushing it a bit. I just wanted to see how long they would last. At that mileage there were quite a few small nicks in the casing, and bulletin board tire threads got me to worrying. I've got a set on both road bikes now, and I'll probably run them only 2,000 miles as a safety factor. Oh, and one of those that went 3,000 miles, the rear, had 5 flats in that time. The performance and price make them seem like a good deal to me. I'm sticking with them.