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Dogmama2012-03-19 04:11:56 +0000 #1
The webbing on the outside of my almost brand new conti's is falling off! Is this a cosmetic issue or a hazard? I emailed conti & got no response (grrr...)

These are the 4 season, expensive ($60+) tires. I've noticed my last few tires had problems with some of the threads next to the rim coming loose - but this is a first.

Naturally, this is the rear tire.

It looks OK and I've noticed that the conti 4000's don't even have this webbing. I hate to blow out in the middle of nowhere.

Help!
Grits2012-03-19 04:14:25 +0000 #2
I have had the same thing happen on some high end Bontrager tires I have. It seems to be cosmetic, to me. I had a guy at the LBS look at it, and he said it might increase the possibility of a flat if something flew up and hit the side of the tire. I'm not going to replace them until I have enough miles to justify it.
Dogmama2012-03-19 04:20:56 +0000 #3
I did some digging around & I think they call it "duraskin" and like you said, it is supposed to prevent flats from sidewall damage. Since the tires are practically new, I'll probably keep riding them.
Fredwina2012-03-19 05:19:01 +0000 #4
a bit ot, but Conti used to make Bontrager tires. I remember buying a conti folding, getting it home, and finding a Bontrager inside the box
Roadtrip2012-03-19 05:49:49 +0000 #5
I have Conti Gatorskins with Duraskin on two bikes and haven't had a problem... So far!! I'd see about contacting them on warranty or talk to the folks where you bought them (if that's possible.)

Shannon
malkin2012-03-19 06:01:17 +0000 #6
We have this and it is normal.

It can be an irregularity in the finish of handmade tires.

Brewer says "Don't pick at it."

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