Great road feel, awful durability
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
These tires feel great but the compound is so soft they don't last long before a flat spot develops in the center of the tread. About that time, they start to puncture and aren't worth continuing on. I moved to Conti GPs and they're so much better. Still great road feel, great durability and no punctures.
I've been riding Pro Ones (28's) for a long time. Yes, they do wear quickly (my experience is to change them out around 1K miles). Mounting is relatively easy and have been able, most mounts, to seat them with just a floor pump. And I have had only one experience with a leak. It did seal before going flat and the tire was getting a bit long in the tooth. They hold the road really well in fast descents on curves and have not had a bad experience holding the road in rain. Concerning Continental, I did try a 5000 Grand Prix 28 tubeless on my rear wheel replacing a Pro One. It was extremely difficult to mount. Road it twice for about a hundred miles to make sure all was OK before a gran fondo ride. 50 some miles into the ride in cold driving rain the bead failed. No amount of sealant would plug the leak (had to add a tube to complete the ride). Perhaps it was just one bad tire out of thousands. But I have never had that experience with a Pro One. I'm quite happy with the ride characteristics and am willing to accept the shorter tire life shorter life knowing the Pro One's won't let me down.