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Continental Grand Prix Force Rear Tire - Clincher

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Rear-specific for perfect corners.

Have you ever looked at the wear pattern on your bike's tires? Well, you'll notice differences that indicate that front and rear tires should, ideally, feature different designs. The Continental Grand Prix Force Rear Clincher Tire is a rear-specific tire built to offer a blend of traction and durability.

A big part of its ability to deliver seemingly mutually exclusive traits is that the Force Rear Tire is made with Continental's Black Chili rubber compound. Just like the Attack, its front-specific counterpart, the Force is optimized for its role as a back tire. You could think of it as a GP 4000s that's been race tuned for the rear of your bike. The Black Chili compound increases tread flexibility to ensure road-hugging compliance. 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 rubber is adhered to a 330TPI casing, which means that there are 330 threads per inch to give you a supple ride feel. A Vectran layer reduces flats.

The Continental Force Rear Tire comes with a 24mm-wide tread that works in conjunction with its mate, the 22mm Attack front. It comes in Black/black chili.

Tech Specs

Type:
clincher
Material:
[rubber] black chili compound rubber, [casing] 330 TPI
Size:
700 c 24 mm
Bead:
folding
Foldable:
yes
Recommended Use:
road cycling

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Update: Received replacement tire

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

To update my previous review. I've put a few hundred miles on the replacement tire without event. The last unit must have been defective. For the sidewall to have split vertically the way it did is out of the ordinary. I'll keep my rating at four stars because the GP Force just doesn't wow me as the four season has.

Sidewall failure on first ride.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The sidewall split near the end of 100 km maiden voyage. Damage was unrepairable with "boot": my ride was over. No debris on smooth, flat road in sunny, mid-day conditions. No evidence of a puncture on the tread of any type. Direction of failure leads me to believe that there was a weakness in the sidewall structure possibly related to the "folding" nature of the tire (?). Tire pressure was 99 lb on a 23 mm wide CK/HED alloy wheel with ceramic bearings (I weigh 177 lbs and ride a 2015 CAAD 10). I have run this wheel-width and pressure combination for thousands of miles using a 25 mm tire without one single sidewall failure (Conti GP4000S2 's). This tire may have been a rare defective unit and I'm waiting for replacement. I'll give it another try and perhaps update star-rating.

good tire, but not the best

  • 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.