Strengths: Good traction, looks good, low rolling resistance, good balance of speed to cushion, good price
Weaknesses: Quality used to be good, seems to be going down or I'm really abusing these things, sidewall shreds kinda easy
I used to swear by these things. Friends wanted a winter commuter, city commuter, or a good way to energize an old mountain bike, I'd point them to these. Built up a really nice single speed city commuter on a mountain bike frame with these tires that screamed. I commuted through grad school on them. Commuted to work through the winter of 2011/12 on them. Then the rear one blew. I thought, no problem, I'll just get another one. They've lasted me 6 years; a new one should last another 6. Well, I put the new one on May 2012, road it 10 months, took it off for the summer, slapped it back on last week and the sidewall is shredded. 2000 miles on the tire and it's dead. That might seem like a lot, but I'll tell ya, the old one, the one I didn't have to replace last year, it's still on the bike and working fine. Maybe I'm a fat b@st@rd (215 lbs) that bears too hard on his rear wheels, but I wasn't riding these things hard. I wasn't accelerating them hard. Just a shame. I'm going back to a pair of Schwalbe Big Apples. If they fail me too I'm gonna have to spring for the Armadillos.
Date Reviewed: December 2, 2012
Strengths: Durability, grip and practicality over different terrain and different uses.
Weaknesses: No reflective sidewall or fatter sizes like 2.7 or 3.
I bought one of these as a rear tire about two months ago from a local REI when I started using my bike for a bike taxi (pedicab) in Austin.
I haven't had a flat yet and the tire shows almost no sign of wear and I ride a lot. The bike taxi trailer weighs 80 lbs (roughly) and can hold three adults. The trailer has no brakes so I rely on the bike's discs to stop, which is sometimes a problem since Austin is very hilly. Many of the streets are poorly maintained, cracked and filled with pointy debris. In addition, the ground in many areas is like concrete, but with deep ruts. In these parts, durability is much more important since grip is not a problem.
The tire is flawless so far with the pedicabbing. My front tire, a real knobby tire, had two flats so far from road debris, while it carries much less weight than the rear (none with big climbs with a full cab, which is an interesting slow-speed balancing act). The T&C is average for installation (although I haven't had to do it again since installing the first time) difficulty on a Sun Rhyno-Lite rim. The sidewalls seem durable, at least on par with knobby off-road tires. I'd love to ride this tire elsewhere (like if I can return to Moab, Utah or Black Rock City) to see what it can do.
The Town and Country is also put to work for real mountain biking in addition to the urban utility riding. I live next to Walnut Creek park in north Austin (really, it's right there) which is very technical, very hilly and full of jagged limestone and pointy things. On some descents, it slips a little, especially when I have the tire inflated for the road. It's just a little and I can control it. On ascents, it can slip a little if the ground is soft. The park also has more gentle and fast areas, but I can ride these on my brakeless track bike with the big gear (I have).
Keep in mind, I have a 1x9 set up (38t x 11-34) with no granny ring to gently coax the bike up hills so that can exaggerate wear and performance reduction. Maybe I'm crazy and that has nothing to do with it, but I want to create an accurate image of the conditions where the tire is used.
I rode the T & C in San Antonio on the Leon Creek Greenway (a concrete and asphalt bikeway) and related trails with the same performance, including riding through flooded areas during heavy rain. The water was over the wheels. The trails are a mix of natural surfaces from smooth hard pack to loose rocks, twisty, hilly ... a descent mix.
This tire hasn't the rooted and muddy trails of the northeast (I miss it a lot and I'm heading back soon), so maybe it won't perform as well there. I haven't ridden in snow with it either. When I return to NYC I can add to this review if I remember, adding snow, trips all over NYC, maybe messenger work, and riding in Connecticut.
Reading the other reviews, like reviews for other products, I can't understand the difficulty other users of these tires had. Maybe I had one from a good batch, or it's a German-made tire. I didn't see anywhere on the tire where it says the country.
I didn't know Continental moved some production to India. I use their bombproof and grippy tires on my other bike with none of the catastrophic failures I experienced with Specialized or Bontrager tires. I plan to replace the front with a Continental Mountain King 2.4 (and maybe the rear if I can get away from pedicabbing). I'm a big fan of Continental for their design and durability.
With the tire's combination of durability, off-road performance, on-road performance, dry and wet grip and overall quality, this is the tire for someone who rides a little of everything. Buy these if you live car-free and commute by bike and also ride for fun. Buy these tires for your weighted touring bike, cargo bike, pedicab. The Town and Country is the choice for many police departments and the choice for my pedicab shop when they replace the aging and worn Maxxis Hookworm tires on the trikes.
Bike Setup: Rocky Mountain Fusion (2002, 16") it's a size too small on road, but perfect off road or riding crazy; Almost nothing is stock other than the seat post and clamp.
Surly 1x1 fork, Crank Brothers Sage SL Freeride Directset (headset), Shimano FC-M521 175 mm Octalink cranks and bottom bracket; eThirteen Guide Ring 38t; Shimano M525 hubs and Sun Rhyno Lite rims; Shimano SPD pedals; Forte Pro SL seat (what a bargain!); Bontrager Race Lite stem; Ritchey pro 31.8 handlebars (cut to 50 cm); Sram PG-980 11-34 cassette; Forte 9-speed trigger shifter (rear only) Avid BB7 discs; Tektro levers and Gore Ride On cables.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: November 5, 2012
Strengths: Continental Town and Country Bicycle tires rolls more smoothly with far less road to tire friction than the mountain bicycle tire that were replaced. Traction is much better than many other simi-slick bicycle tires.
Weaknesses: Cosmetically, the Continental Town and Country, tire look much cheaper and lower in quality than many other simi-slick, road or hybrid tires. Sidewall is flimsy and has no form.
I purchased these tires for the primary rider of the bicycle whom is my wife. My wife has owned this bicycle for several years and we were locking for a tire which rolled more smoothy and required less effort to ride, especially from a stopped position. I have ridden the bike on occasion, but mainly test ride it after lubricating the bicycle, maintenance or repairs. When I opened the box, as they were purchased on the internet, I noticed they were very cheap looking and very flimsy. When I installed the tires on rim, I encountered much difficulty in getting the bead to seat on rim. I have fixed and changed a lot of bicycle tires the the last 50 years and these were by far the hardest to mount. As I filled the tubes with air the tire kept pushing the tire away from the rim. On the rear after much work, I thought the tire was finally mounted but rode the bike one half block the tire separated from the tube and the tube came bulging out, even though the rim spec. matched the tire application specs.
I did notice that the tire are manufactured in India. I have seen same tire (make and model) on other bicycles where the tires were not manufactured in India. I would not have purchased the tires if they had looked like this cheap or if the owner of the other bicycle gave them a less than favorable review.
I may have been expecting too much as I expected the tires to comparable to the Michelin City tires I mounted on my favorite bicycle but was expecting this tire to have a bit more traction that the Michelin City tires.
a Cross Country Rider
from Croydon, Victoria, Australia
Date Reviewed: November 14, 2010
Strengths: This tyre is quiet, has low rolling resistance, good volume and is well priced. It is ideal for hardpack, dry singletrack and asphalt. It has good grip on wet asphalt and concrete.
Weaknesses: Havent found any yet.
These tyres are great for what they are designed for, asphalt, hardpack and a bit of dry single track. When I go offroad I am running Conti Gravity 2.3, but for everyday use I think you would have to go a long way to beat these for perfomance and value. They are also a true 54mm (2.1") width as stated unlike some other manufacturers claims about their tyre widths!
Bike Setup: Gary Fisher Wahoo Disc with Bontrager Switchblade carbon forks, bb7 brakes and a 2x8 gear train.
a Weekend Warrior
from Phila, PA
Date Reviewed: September 5, 2010
Strengths: Very Poor
Weaknesses: poor ride
Recommended by owner of shop as a good road tire that can with-stand road glass,etc. Took bike out for a long ride, and the next thing you know, pop, a flat tire from a piece of glass. Also, not built for a comfortable street ride at all. I would NOT recommend these to tires to a friend.
a Weekend Warrior
from Orlando, Florida , US
Date Reviewed: April 6, 2010
Strengths: This is a tire that is perfect for Downtown, Urban and tough and rough places you might have to veer into or choose to go off the beaten path for a bit. It is quiet and lets the bike and cyclist ride with a silent ease.
Weaknesses: I know of know weakness other than if you were a rider who likes the off road deep into the forest riding you might do better with a pure mountain bike tire
if you are seeking a tire that is 1. durable 2. quiet 3. on and off road capable 4. that rolls very easy with great traction 5. just feels good on the road
Similar Products Used: different other types but not for the last 10 years as when i purchase a bike i always allow with in the cost a new set of these tires. Rhe police bikes in Orlando all use these tire , that is all i needed to know.
Bike Setup: 26" for urban riding Gary Fisher Gitche Gumee have owned Cannondale and Fugi and put these tires on all of them.
a Cross Country Rider
from Centennial, CO
Date Reviewed: September 8, 2009
Strengths: Low rolling resistance
Weaknesses: Prone to flats
I've used Continental's Town & Country on both my bikes. They are a great tire for commuting on pavement only. However, because they are a very flexible tire, they are prone to flats. If you decide to get these tires, I would strongly recommend a thicker thorn resistant tire AND tire liners.
Bike Setup: Trek 8500 hardtail and Sepcialized FSR XC
a Cross Country Rider
from San francisco, CA, usa
Date Reviewed: February 21, 2009
Strengths: Fairly flat resistant, rolls along fairly easily, absorbs shocks pretty well, can handle bad pavement, some lack of pavement pretty well
Weaknesses: Fairly flat prone, heavy, noisy
i feel i gave these guys a thorough try...not very happy...feel at the price i paid...-well- i'd've felt better if i hadn't paid quite that much...i don't know why this happened or whether it was the tires fault or not but when it was only on the front i took a sharp turn and the bike went out from under me...since then a few flats on the rear one and i thought due to all of that rubber i thought i could indulge myself in a bit of skidding which like to do as i ride w/a bit of 'attitude' but 'no' -appaently not ok as after only a couple of months of use i've got 'cords' showing thru' the rubber(did i mention i'm 'disabled' and on a very low income??)
Thinking of trying Michelins city tire w/that cool reflective strip..:-)
Have had a MUCH better experience w/the 'hand made in Germany' Conti Gatorskins(?) i use on the road bike tho'they are a more expensive model...btw: i don't know what a cross country rider is...i only ride in the city or outlying regions but always on pavement.(weekend warrior doesn't really describe me either as i ride most days as it's my only(pretty much)transportation...
Similar Products Used: Specialized Hemisphere, some skinnier slicker ones like Gaux Street Runner...-not 1/2 as cozy...
Bike Setup: several year old Kona Hahanna which has seen better days w/a topeak rack/racktrunk which i swap back and forth from my roadie-bike, Shimano spd pedals w/cages for street shoes, upgrade front wheel, Cateye computer and Nite rider l.e.d.Faz(?) light which helps to be seen while the Cygolite halogen 16 watt on my 'hail-mary-well-met' also swaps to what bike i' riding...w/the drivers here in The City one needs a lot of firepower to try to warn some of these mindless/homicidal jerks off...
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: July 15, 2008
Weaknesses: Indian Outsourcing has affected quality, tough to get on rim
The gumwall is gone, and the tire is gard as hell to get on the rim. The old T/C could be changed almost by hand, now it takes at least two tire levers to mount. So roadside flat repair is a super beatch. Since the tires and semi-slick this is a real issue. Steer clear of these pieces of crap. I would have gladly put up with a price increase to keep the quality up. Too bad.
a Cross Country Rider
from San Antonio, TX
Date Reviewed: October 3, 2007
Strengths: Fast rolling, round-shock absorbing profile, practical inverted tread design great for street occasional trail
Weaknesses: Since Conti switched production of this tire to India quality has dropped DRAMTICALLY!
This tire used to be my go-to tire for city bikes when it was "Hand Made in Germany". The quality was exceptional all the way through, and i'd still have a great set if i hadn't sold them to a buddy a while back. I bought some new ones expecting that quality, but noticed to my chagin "Made in India"!!! Sure enough quality has taken a hit. Lower quality, softer rubber compund. Inconsistency in product as well. One was a NIGHTMARE to get on the rim, while the other i got on with my bare hands no sweat, both on THE SAME RIM!! Conti *ucked up big time on one of their (formerly) best products.
Bike Setup: Rocky Mountain Routh 66 frame custom build-up with flip-flop ENO Eccentric fixed/free rear hub
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: July 13, 2007
Strengths: Got them cheap. Rolls smooth and fast. Easy to mount, great thing when you get flats...
Weaknesses: Not very durable
I've had these for about a year now and I still love flying down the lake front bike path on the weekends with these tires. I usually ride them on 60psi but I got tired of feeling every little bump I come across. So I dropped them to 30psi for a bit more cushion at the cost of a little speed.
My main complaint is the tire's puncture resistance, or lack thereof. I've had 4 flats due to broken glass going right through the center of the tire, the smallest shard being about 3/16 of an inch. The good thing is now I'm faster at fixing flats... great...
Similar Products Used: Stock knobbies on a Rockhopper
Bike Setup: '99 Rockhopper
a Cross Country Rider
from Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Date Reviewed: March 19, 2007
Strengths: Low rolling resistance, highly puncture resistant, good shock absorption at lower pressures
Weaknesses: A bit heavy
Great commute or touring tire. I've had these tires for years, and I commute 5 days per week, 15 miles per day. I cross gravel, glass, potholes, manholes, railroad tracks, and so on. I've only had three flats in five years of use, and two of them were due to broken spokes (due to the torque of the electric bike kit). So really, one flat that can be blamed on the tire, for 1000's of miles of abusive riding, has me very impressed. Also, with the electric kit on there, the bike is HEAVY, 50+ lbs. Yet I still hop curbs with it, and I've never had a dinged rim or flat. The tires withstand abuse. I've also used the tires quite a bit on some of the local gravel recreational trails, and they are the perfect tire for that kind of use. They are fat enough so that they don't sink in the soft spots, but smooth enough that I can keep more speed than with knobbies. As bomber as they are, these tires are also fast. Even without the electric kit on the bike, I pass roadies reasonably often. About the only bad thing I can say is that with the steel bead, they are a bit heavy. But if you're commuting or touring with an MTB, then weight is usually not the point....
Similar Products Used: Various MTB slicks whose names I cannot remember
Bike Setup: Commuter set up based on a Gary Fisher Tassajara with Currie Electric bike kit, with rigid front fork (previously, a Fat Chance Yo Eddy, but that's being restored for non-commute duty).
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: January 3, 2007
Strengths: lightweight and low rolling resistance.
Weaknesses: no puncture resistance. No traction on anything other than asphalt.
I used the Grand Canyon which is one of the best commuter tires ever made. I put about 14000 miles/10 years on a set and finally ditched them only because I was starting to get some dry rot cracks in the rubber. I replaced with the Town & Countrys and have been very disappointed. I only got 1 flat in 10 years with the Grand Canyons and that was from a roofing nail I failed to see on the road. I've had about 25 or so flats in 2 years with the T&C's.
By comparison I actually put more miles on my road bikes and typically only have about 2 flats/year on those.
I've alwasy been a fan of Conti tires and use them on my road bikes, but they really dropped the ball on this POS.
I ride almost all on paved city streets in NYC. Sometimes there are the potholes.
I have narrowed down my choice to the Conti town and country, but I can't determine if I should go for the 26 X 1.9 or 26 X 2.1
should I look at other tires besides the conti town and country.Read More »
Just got this put together yesterday... Was riding a Large Kona Cowan (which I still really like) but I wanted to try a frame with shorter stays and seattube that would handle urban a bit better. The chainstays on the Transition are an inch shorter! Rides great, have to take it out this weekend on s ... Read More »
moved from SLC to ohio. just bought a set of town and countries, since i won't need knobbies for anything within 60 miles of where i live.
they get good reviews. what psi do you run them at? tomorrow i'll be riding paved with a youth group. they'll be on paved, and i'll be in as much dirt as ... Read More »