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GP 4000s and other road tyres


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Hi, I’m curious how much life do you get out of your GP4000s? Also, what road tyre is your favorite for training and racing in South Africa.

 

I use to swear by the GP4000s. They feel so fast and comfortable... when I was living in Thailand where the roads are smooth I got a lot of KM’s out of them also. But here in South Africa I ripped through 3 of them in a few months of riding (as you know they are not cheap!). Right now I’ve settled with normal Gatorskins for training and use GP4000s for racing only.

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I use GP4000s in the summer. They are robust and rarely do I get a puncture. Being a lard ass I only get around 2500 km on the rear and around 5000 on a front tyre. Never had a problem with a GP4000 in any event that I have done so am a convert.

 

Not sure they will be continued going forward as COnti now have the 5000 range. I still have some brand new 4000's that I bought last year on special so have stock for a while yet.

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I recently got my first set of GP5000 from Merlin cycles @ R477 each, then I made a huge mistake by ordering the wrong valve length on the Conti supersonic tube @ R165 each that was an expensive mistake, will see what mileage I get on the GP5000. 

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Currently getting close to 8000km on a GP4000iis. I use them year round and love them, still the best value IMO. When the supply dries up I'll move on to Pirelli P Zero Velos, which have most of the characteristics of the GP4000s with the exception of a slightly more vulnerable sidewall, but are slightly more expensive. 

 

When GP5000 prices start to stabilize I'll move onto those, but right now I just cant justify the price.

 

Good tyres are an excellent place to spend your money, the improvement is immediate and obvious 

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Currently getting close to 8000km on a GP4000iis. I use them year round and love them, still the best value IMO. When the supply dries up I'll move on to Pirelli P Zero Velos, which have most of the characteristics of the GP4000s with the exception of a slightly more vulnerable sidewall, but are slightly more expensive. 

 

When GP5000 prices start to stabilize I'll move onto those, but right now I just cant justify the price.

 

Good tyres are an excellent place to spend your money, the improvement is immediate and obvious 

I was very Skeptical about spending the extra money but after the fact that I got super light carbon wheels I decided to spend the little bit more. 

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got about 6000km on the rear of a GP4000 before it started to puncture every other ride. I put on a (not so) temporary tyre until I could find a decent tubeless set which I have just done. The GP4000 up front did about 8500km. Probably has 1000km left. Roads are primarily Cape Peninsula

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Slight change of tack.

I used to run the GP4000's as race tires, but they are worn out now after a few seasons. 

Went completely budget with Conti Ultrasports. Question I now have is, even though they are not TLR, will it work if I ran them with the Stans Race Sealant? My wheels are tubeless ready. 

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I recently got my first set of GP5000 from Merlin cycles @ R477 each, then I made a huge mistake by ordering the wrong valve length on the Conti supersonic tube @ R165 each that was an expensive mistake, will see what mileage I get on the GP5000. 

I thought GP5000 were tubeless. That not true?

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Slight change of tack.

I used to run the GP4000's as race tires, but they are worn out now after a few seasons. 

Went completely budget with Conti Ultrasports. Question I now have is, even though they are not TLR, will it work if I ran them with the Stans Race Sealant? My wheels are tubeless ready. 

 

It's my understanding that road tubeless have special (read: appropriate) beads that can hold on to the rim better. and that 'security' is great when barreling downhill at 80kmh... 

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Makes sense (to a degree) but the Ultrasports needs a decent squeeze to get them of the rim, you can hear and feel the "pop" when the bead releases. 

 

In any case, was just a thought, will buy proper TLR tires when these are shot.

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