Way back on December 30, I posted one of the earlier reviews on this site, a comparison of the Continental Cyclocross Speed and Schwalbe Marathon Mondial. It’s now 8 months and a couple thousand miles later. Here’s the update.
1) I’m still running the original set. Never had a flat. Still. (Am I tempting the flat gods?)
2) As I noted in the original review, I caused some rapid wear of the center of the tread by running them at high pressure on the road. Since observing that issue, I’ve kept my pressure down. They’re still wearing, but still have a lot of life left in them. The rear tire definitely wears faster…I’ve rotated front and rear a few times (largely because I want to see just how long they’ll keep going).
3) They’re still fast. Super fast. A comparable tire that’s new on the market is the Clement LAS Clincher, which supposedly weighs in at 350 grams. According to CX Magazine, they weigh in at 320 grams, actual weight. That’s equal to the Cyclocross Speeds after a couple thousand miles of wear. I’ll be keeping an eye on those Clements.
4) Not much else to say. They’re the perfect tire for gravel. They’re not great in mud, sure. They’re not great on wet grass, sure. But for dry conditions, for gravel, for wet roads, for limestone paths, for dry single track, for commuting, for racing, for riding, for heading to the coffee shop…they’re great.
The only weird note I have is that they’ve started to shed threads right where the bead mounts on the rim. Occasionally, I’ll see a string, 2-3″ long, hanging from the bead. I’ve been clipping those off, and monitoring the sidewalls closely. No issues yet, but it is disconcerting.
I’ve gotten more miles and life out of these than I have any right to expect. They’re still great, amazing tires. After seeing how they perform, an lot of guys I ride with have started adopting them. And the original review post is one of the most popular searches on here (and Cyclocross Speed is one of the most popular search terms).