Continental WinterContact TS 850 P

The Continental WinterContact TS 850 P is a Ultra High Performance Winter tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

This tyre replaced the Continental WinterContact TS 830 P and this tyre has been replaced by the Continental WinterContact TS 860 S.

Tyre Reviews

Dry Grip 86%
Wet Grip 89%
Road Feedback 87%
Handling 87%
Wear 82%
Comfort 81%
Buy again 83%
Snow Grip 87%
Ice Grip 63%

Tyre review data from 16 tyre reviews averaging 83% over 141,810 miles driven.

The WinterContact TS 850 P is ranked 25th of 41 Winter Ultra High Performance tyres.

Reports

Latest Tyre Test Results

2021 Auto Bild SUV Winter Tyre Test - 5th of 11 tyres

  • Positive - All round talent with convincing winter qualities, stable wet and dry handling, fuel saving rolling resistance.
  • Negative - Slightly extended dry braking distances, high price.
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2021 Auto Bild Sports Car Winter Tyre Test - 7th of 14 tyres

  • Positive - Balanced winter tires with safe driving characteristics in all weather conditions, dynamic wet handling, short wet braking distances.
  • Negative - Long dry and snow braking.
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2020 Winter Tyre Market Overview - 52 Tyre Braking Test - 4th of 49 tyres

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2021 Tyre Tests

  • 5th: 2021 Auto Bild SUV Winter Tyre Test (235/55 R18)
  • 7th: 2021 Auto Bild Sports Car Winter Tyre Test (245/40 R18)
  • 2020 Tyre Tests

  • 4th: 2020 Winter Tyre Market Overview - 52 Tyre Braking Test (245/45 R18)
  • 7th: 2020 Auto Bild Performance Winter Tyre Test (245/45 R18)
  • 12th: 2020 ADAC Winter Tyre Test - 235/55 R17 (235/55 R17)
  • 2019 Tyre Tests

  • 4th: 2019 AMS Winter SUV Tyre Test (215/55 R17)
  • 2018 Tyre Tests

  • 2nd: 2018 Autobild UHP Winter Tyre Test (245/45 R18)
  • 2017 Tyre Tests

  • 1st: 2017 AMS Performance 18 inch Winter Tyre Test (225/40 R18)
  • 1st: 2017 Sport Auto Winter Tyre Test (225/40 R18)
  • 2nd: 2017 Auto Bild SUV Winter Tyre Test (225/55 R17)
  • 2016 Tyre Tests

  • 1st: 2016 Sport Auto Winter Tyre Test (235/40 R18)
  • 2nd: 2016 AutoBild Winter UHP Tyre Test (245/40 R18)
  • 2015 Tyre Tests

  • 1st: 2015 Sport Auto 19 Inch Winter Tyre Test (235/35 R19)
  • 2nd: 2015 Auto Bild Performance Winter Tyre Test (225/40 R18)
  • 2014 Tyre Tests

  • 3rd: 2014 AutoBild 235/35 R19 Winter Tyre Test (235/35 R19)
  • Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
    235/75 R15 109T XL   C C 72 13.88kgs
    225/55 R16 95H MOE F C 72 13.70kgs
    225/55 R16 95H   C C 72 9.31kgs
    225/55 R16 99V XL   C C 72 9.35kgs
    205/60 R16 92H AO C C 72 9.25kgs
    225/60 R16 98H   E B 72 10.79kgs
    225/60 R16 102V XL   C B 72 10.82kgs
    235/60 R16 100H   C C 72 10.29kgs
    215/65 R16 102H XL   C C 72 10.12kgs
    215/65 R16 98T   C C 72 10.12kgs
    215/65 R16 98H   C C 72 10.12kgs
    195/70 R16 94H   C C 72 9.58kgs
    215/70 R16 104H XL   C C 72 10.65kgs
    215/70 R16 100T   E C 72 10.65kgs
    225/70 R16 103H   E C 72 12.01kgs
    235/70 R16 106H   C C 72 13.16kgs
    245/70 R16 111H XL   C C 72 14.69kgs
    245/70 R16 107T   E C 72 14.66kgs
    255/70 R16 111T   B C 73 14.49kgs
    245/40 R17 95V XL   C B 72 8.89kgs
    205/45 R17 88V XL   C C 72 8.62kgs
    215/45 R17 91V XL   C C 72 8.91kgs
    215/45 R17 91H XL   C C 72 8.91kgs
    235/45 R17 94H   C C 72 10.49kgs
    235/45 R17 94H   C C 72 9.20kgs
    235/45 R17 97V XL   C C 72 9.25kgs
    205/50 R17 93V XL   C C 72 8.49kgs
    205/50 R17 93H XL   C C 72 8.49kgs
    215/50 R17 95V XL   C C 72 8.94kgs
    215/50 R17 95H XL   C B 72 8.88kgs
    225/50 R17 94H MO C C 72 10.57kgs
    225/50 R17 98H XL   E C 72 12.65kgs
    225/50 R17 94H AO E C 72 11.48kgs
    225/50 R17 98H XL AO E C 72 11.48kgs
    225/50 R17 98H XL   E C 72 11.48kgs
    225/50 R17 94H MO E C 72 10.44kgs
    235/50 R17 96V   C C 72 10.51kgs
    205/55 R17 91H MO C B 72 8.99kgs
    205/55 R17 95V XL   C C 72 8.58kgs
    205/55 R17 91H   C C 72 8.58kgs
    215/55 R17 94H   C C 72 9.76kgs
    215/55 R17 94H   C C 72 10.97kgs
    215/55 R17 98V XL   C C 72 8.92kgs
    215/55 R17 98H XL   C C 72 8.79kgs
    225/55 R17 97H *MO C C 72 11.13kgs
    225/55 R17 97H AO C B 72 10.62kgs
    225/55 R17 97H *MOE E C 72 13.89kgs
    225/55 R17 97H   C C 72 10.23kgs
    225/55 R17 101V XL   B C 72 10.11kgs
    235/55 R17 103V XL   C C 72 10.77kgs
    235/55 R17 99H   C C 72 10.77kgs
    275/55 R17 109H   C B 73 14.39kgs
    205/60 R17 93H   C C 72 10.95kgs
    215/60 R17 100V XL   C C 72 10.03kgs
    225/60 R17 103V XL   C B 72 11.54kgs
    225/60 R17 99H   C C 72 11.36kgs
    235/60 R17 106V XL   C C 72 11.58kgs
    255/60 R17 106H   C C 73 14.94kgs
    215/65 R17 99H   C C 72 11.27kgs
    215/65 R17 99T   C B 72 10.93kgs
    215/65 R17 99V   C B 72 10.64kgs
    215/65 R17 99H AO C B 72 11.68kgs
    215/65 R17 99H   C C 72 12.74kgs
    225/65 R17 106V XL   C C 72 12.59kgs
    225/65 R17 102T   E C 72 12.56kgs
    225/65 R17 102H   E C 72 12.58kgs
    235/65 R17 108V XL   C B 72 12.95kgs
    235/65 R17 108H XL   E C 72 13.90kgs
    235/65 R17 104H AO C C 72 14.12kgs
    245/65 R17 107H   C B 72 15.18kgs
    245/65 R17 111H XL   C B 72 15.18kgs
    255/65 R17 110H   E B 73 15.42kgs
    255/65 R17 114H XL   C B 73 15.42kgs
    265/65 R17 116H XL   C C 73 15.49kgs
    265/65 R17 112H   C C 73 15.49kgs
    265/65 R17 112T   C C 73 15.49kgs
    235/70 R17 111H XL   C B 72 13.05kgs
    225/35 R18 87W XL   E C 72 8.74kgs
    265/35 R18 97V XL   C C 73 11.49kgs
    215/40 R18 89V XL   E B 72 9.00kgs
    225/40 R18 92V XL   C C 72 9.36kgs
    235/40 R18 95V XL   C C 72 11.72kgs
    235/40 R18 95V XL   C C 72 9.92kgs
    235/40 R18 95W XL   C C 72 9.92kgs
    245/40 R18 97V XL   C C 72 11.08kgs
    245/40 R18 97V XL AO C B 72 11.56kgs
    245/40 R18 97W XL   C C 72 11.21kgs
    265/40 R18 101V XL   C B 73 11.59kgs
    215/45 R18 93V XL   C C 72 8.91kgs
    225/45 R18 95Y XL         12.85kgs
    225/45 R18 95V XL   E C 72 9.67kgs
    225/45 R18 95H XL MOE E C 72 11.63kgs
    235/45 R18 94V   C C 72 11.71kgs
    235/45 R18 94V   C B 72 10.38kgs
    235/45 R18 98V XL   C C 72 10.63kgs
    245/45 R18 100V XL   C C 72 11.93kgs
    245/45 R18 96V   E C 72 11.76kgs
    245/45 R18 100V XL *MOE E C 72 13.87kgs
    245/45 R18 96V   E C 72 13.19kgs
    255/45 R18 103V XL   C C 73 11.60kgs
    215/50 R18 92V   C C 72 9.76kgs
    225/50 R18 99V XL   C B 72 11.02kgs
    235/50 R18 101V XL   C C 72 10.92kgs
    235/50 R18 97H   C C 72 10.92kgs
    215/55 R18 99V XL   C B 72 10.47kgs
    215/55 R18 95T XL (+) C B 72 12.75kgs
    225/55 R18 102V XL   C C 72 11.33kgs
    235/55 R18 100H   C C 72 11.30kgs
    235/55 R18 100H   C C 72 12.78kgs
    235/55 R18 100H AO C B 72 12.09kgs
    235/55 R18 104V XL   C B 72 12.89kgs
    255/55 R18 109V XL   C C 73 13.62kgs
    215/60 R18 98H MOE E B 72 13.95kgs
    215/60 R18 102T XL MOE C B 72 13.70kgs
    225/60 R18 104V XL   C B 72 10.85kgs
    235/60 R18 103V   C C 72 14.02kgs
    235/60 R18 107H XL   C C 72 12.65kgs
    235/60 R18 103V   C C 72 12.53kgs
    235/60 R18 107V XL   C C 72 12.65kgs
    245/60 R18 105H   C C 72 14.15kgs
    255/60 R18 108V MGT C B 73 14.50kgs
    255/60 R18 112H XL   B C 73 14.27kgs
    255/60 R18 112V XL   C B 73 14.41kgs
    265/60 R18 114H XL   C C 73 15.13kgs
    235/65 R18 110H XL   C C 72 13.49kgs
    235/70 R18 110V XL   C C 72 13.72kgs
    225/35 R19 88W XL   E B 72 9.15kgs
    235/35 R19 91W XL   E C 72 9.62kgs
    235/40 R19 96V XL   C C 72 10.21kgs
    245/40 R19 98V XL   C B 72 10.86kgs
    245/40 R19 98V XL   C B 72 12.33kgs
    255/40 R19 100V XL   C C 73 11.71kgs
    255/40 R19 100V XL   C C 73 11.46kgs
    225/45 R19 96V XL   C C 72 10.27kgs
    245/45 R19 102V XL AO C B 72 12.05kgs
    255/45 R19 104V XL   C B 73 13.05kgs
    235/50 R19 99V AO C B 72 12.87kgs
    235/50 R19 99V   E B 72 13.84kgs
    235/50 R19 99H   C C 72 13.87kgs
    235/50 R19 99H   C C 72 11.97kgs
    235/50 R19 103V XL   C C 72 11.32kgs
    255/50 R19 107V XL   C C 73 15.46kgs
    265/50 R19 110V XL   C C 73 12.10kgs
    265/50 R19 110V XL MGT C C 73 15.67kgs
    205/55 R19 97H XL   C B 72 9.56kgs
    225/55 R19 99V   C C 72 11.29kgs
    235/55 R19 101H AO C B 72 14.65kgs
    235/55 R19 105W XL   C B 72 12.17kgs
    235/55 R19 105V XL   C C 72 12.79kgs
    235/55 R19 105H XL   C C 72 12.79kgs
    235/55 R19 105W XL   C B 72 13.67kgs
    255/55 R19 111V XL   C C 73 15.58kgs
    255/55 R19 111H XL AO B B 73 14.64kgs
    265/55 R19 113V XL   B B 73 16.43kgs
    265/55 R19 113H XL AO B B 73 16.52kgs
    265/55 R19 113H XL AO B B 73 16.53kgs
    265/55 R19 109H   C B 73 17.08kgs
    275/55 R19 111H MO C B 73 18.33kgs
    255/65 R19 114V XL   C C 73 18.01kgs
    155/70 R19 84T   C C 71 7.86kgs
    275/30 R20 97W XL RO1 E C 73 12.85kgs
    255/35 R20 97W XL   E B 73 11.50kgs
    255/40 R20 101W XL AO C B 73 12.76kgs
    265/40 R20 104V XL   C C 73 11.86kgs
    275/40 R20 106V XL   E C 73 14.26kgs
    285/40 R20 108V XL   C B 75 14.56kgs
    235/45 R20 100V XL   C B 72 11.11kgs
    235/45 R20 100V XL   C B 72 12.84kgs
    245/45 R20 103W XL AO C B 72 12.88kgs
    245/45 R20 103V XL   C C 72 12.36kgs
    255/45 R20 105V XL   C C 73 14.86kgs
    255/45 R20 101V AO E C 73 15.04kgs
    275/45 R20 110V XL   C C 73 14.74kgs
    255/50 R20 109V XL   C C 72 15.64kgs
    255/50 R20 109H XL AO C B 73 14.81kgs
    265/50 R20 111V XL   C B 73 14.91kgs
    275/50 R20 113V XL MO C B 73 17.37kgs
    275/50 R20 113V XL   B B 73 17.37kgs
    195/55 R20 95H XL   B C 72 9.03kgs
    235/55 R20 105V XL   C B 72 13.72kgs
    255/55 R20 110V XL   C B 73 15.09kgs
    235/60 R20 108V XL   B C 72 12.15kgs
    255/60 R20 113V XL   C C 73 18.37kgs
    255/35 R21 98V XL   C B 73 11.59kgs
    255/40 R21 102V XL   B C 73 11.86kgs
    285/40 R21 109V XL   C B 75 14.22kgs
    315/40 R21 115V XL   B B 75 16.57kgs
    265/45 R21 108V XL   B B 73 13.27kgs
    275/45 R21 110W XL   B B 73 14.49kgs
    275/45 R21 110V XL   B B 73 14.43kgs
    285/45 R21 113V XL AO C B 75 17.70kgs
    265/40 R22 106V XL   C B 73 13.04kgs
    275/45 R22 112W XL   C C 73 16.62kgs
    285/45 R22 114V XL   B C 75 15.92kgs

    Questions and Answers for the Continental WinterContact TS 850 P

    2019-11-12 - I recently had these tyres (225/40/18 92V) fitted to my M140i based on your reviews for winter. So far these are living up to the test results beyond expectation. One aspect that seriously impresses is the added ride comfort the Contis have over the Michelin Pilot Super Sport normally fitted for the summer. So now I want this ride comfort in a summer tyre too. So the question is what do I replace the MPSS with next spring to achieve this? Michelin Pilot Sport 4? Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5? Conti PremiumContact 6?

    All three of those tyres should be more comfortable than the PSS, personally I would choose the Asymmetric 5.


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    Size Price Range  
    215/45 R17 £131.69 - £209.40 (10 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    235/35 R19 £220.89 - £228.50 (2 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    235/45 R18 £166.79 - £256.40 (12 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    265/35 R18 £187.39 - £248.00 (4 Prices) Compare Prices >>
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    Top 3 Continental WinterContact TS 850 P Reviews

    Given 90% while driving a Volkswagen Golf GTI (225/45 R18) on a combination of roads for 5,000 spirited miles
    Excellent winter tire. Much better than the ts 830 which was a disppointment. Incredible control on snow. A bit less efficient on slush. Very good grip, traction and braking distance. Not to noisy. Wear and tear not yet evalued since drove only 5000 km.
    Personaly I find it superior to the new Michelin Pilot Alpin P4. But the only major difference is the performance of the ts859 vs.pa4 on snowy roads.
    Helpful 99 - tyre reviewed on November 17, 2013
    Given 97% while driving a BMW 525xd (225/55 R17) on a combination of roads for 300 average miles
    What can I say. This must be the perfect tyre for the xdrive system.
    10/10 dry and wet grip. Breaking on mixed surface also good !
    Cannot talk about wear for now. We'll see later.
    Helpful 21 - tyre reviewed on January 10, 2017
    Given 80% while driving a BMW M135i (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 1,000 spirited miles
    I was really impressed with these tyres, surpringly good even on warmer days in the dry, very secure in the wet and seemed very reliable on the few days of snow we had. If anything the car was less tail happy on these than on normal summer tyres in the summer
    Helpful 20 - tyre reviewed on April 2, 2021
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    Given 84% while driving a BMW 535xd (245/45 R18) on a combination of roads for 10,000 average miles
    Ideal tyre for my BMW. Dry and wet handling is excellent also at warmer temperatures around 10/15 degrees. Low wear, low noise but quite stiff and rigid sidewall especially if compared to Goodyear tyres. I would highly recommend it
    Helpful 7 - tyre reviewed on October 28, 2021
    Given 90% while driving a Volvo XC70 D5 (225/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 25,000 average miles
    I have used 215/65 R16 on XC70 for 10 years, winter only on separate alloys. Balanced feedback from the road, no understeer (as had with Pirellis). Very good on snow, wet and dry, okay on ice. Good contol at speed and stable on mixed surfaces. Comfortable ride, slight noise on some surfaces. Will be replacing them with the same again.
    Helpful 5 - tyre reviewed on June 18, 2021
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    Given 92% while driving a Mercedes Benz E350 (265/35 R18 W) on mostly motorways for 16,000 easy going miles
    Brilliant tyres , much quieter than my summer Pirelli P Zerros . Much better tyre overall full stop. I have them on a heavy Mercedes E350 estate and the ride and everything else is sublime . My tyre sizes are 265/35/18 rear and 245/40/18 front. Wear seems excellent too, I do 80% motorway driving so it is to be expected .
    Helpful 10 - tyre reviewed on April 15, 2020
    Given 71% while driving a SEAT Leon Cupra 290 (225/45 R17 V) on mostly country roads for 3,000 average miles
    Tyres deliver good feedback and do well in the dry and wet. They seem a bit harsh. Braking distance in the dry is alright. Could do better.

    Wear is my problem with this tyre. I do drive mostly average. Like 10% of my drives are spirited.
    Front tyres are already down to 5-5.5mm.

    Not quiet sure if i would buy them again. Since wear is quiet high
    Helpful 5 - tyre reviewed on February 2, 2020
    Given 71% while driving a Opel Astra H OPC (235/45 R18) on mostly motorways for 25,000 spirited miles
    We bought these winter tyres for Astra OPC (VXR) petrol 2.0. It is not the sportiest car but still fast enough to require (even in winter) something tolerating the speed in excess of 200km/h (well, occasionally). Our car was originally equipped with Michelin Super Sports. Compared to them, the ContinentalWinter 850P is very comfortable. The first thing to notice was its noise level almost equal (or even lower) to the summer Super Sports. Well, winter Continentals are not very quick when pushed hard on the dry and not as precise when braking. Still, Conti does the job on the dry and sunny road. I like them on the wet and they are reasonably good on the snow. They cannot cope with too much snow, in which case I have snow chains (had to use them once in the Alps when going uphill to a remote skiing station).

    Ice... In fact Conti 850 Ps are not for the ice at all. I was a keen user of studded Nokian Hakkapeliittas on my previous car. The Hakkapeliitaas used to give me real winter confidence. Now, the Conties give me speed on the dry winter road. And comfort. Lots of it.

    When I changed back for my Michelin Super Sports this spring I really hated them first. Compared to Conti 850 Ps, super Sports were so rigid and unforgiving on the cobblestone surface so much loved in my city.

    Well later, Super Sports proved themselves again on a highway. They are created for speed and stability.

    Verdict? Well, Continental Winter Contact 850 P is not what I call a winter tyre. But if you drive a kind of sporty car, do not have much choice, then go for them. They are nice, comfortable winter tyres which allow you to drive closer to 200km/H at some reckless occasions.

    Wear? Yes, they are Conties. They wear fast. After two winter seasons, I am not sure they are likely to last through another one.
    Helpful 5 - tyre reviewed on May 3, 2019
    Given 63% while driving a Subaru BRZ (215/45 R17 V) on mostly country roads for 2,000 spirited miles
    Very good winter tyre for a sportscar in dry condition. Pretty pricy and it wears very fast. Snow grip is good but I had loads of problems on ice and very cold temperatures. I expected more from this tyre expecially considering the price.
    Helpful 17 - tyre reviewed on January 5, 2019
    Given 77% while driving a Volkswagen Mk7 Golf R (225/40 R18 W) on mostly country roads for 500 spirited miles
    Brought a set of alloys wheels + TS850P (225/40 R18)s for winter use. Swapped out ContiSportContact 5Ps (230/35 R19)s which are great but stop working at temperatures lower than 10degC.

    These are really confidence inspiring on the ungritted roads that I have to transit every morning and evening. Great grip, steering feel and comfort. Can't comment on snow traction yet.

    On previous Jag XF I ran Nokian WR A4 which were good in snow but only okay in other conditions. Can't do a direct comparison as new car is AWD but TS850Ps feel far superior in the wet and cold that is more common in
    UK than full on snow.

    Would probably have gone for TS860Ss had they been available but these TS850Ps I'm sure are nearly as good. Only downside is that they are a bit pricey so shop around. If you can go for a wheel + tyre package for best value and minimizing chance of denting your posh summer wheels. I keep my cars typically for 7+years so I'll get the usage out of them in that time.

    Bring on the snow !
    Helpful 5 - tyre reviewed on December 5, 2018
    Given 100% while driving a Renault grand espace 2.0 dci 175 (235/55 R17) on a combination of roads for 10 average miles
    Bought these tyres with the alu-rims, used, from some guy for 100 euros a piece. What a great deal this was!!! Excellent tyres, drove them for about 10.000 miles now, and they still look and behave like new.
    Especially pleased with low noise and easy rolling. Great tyres. Ok, new ones are probably very expensive.
    Helpful 4 - tyre reviewed on November 24, 2018
    Given 100% while driving a Nissan Qashqai (215/60 R17) on a combination of roads for 10,000 average miles
    I have it for 3 winters on nissan qashqai. It is excellent winter tire!!!
    Helpful 13 - tyre reviewed on July 20, 2018
    Given 90% while driving a Peugeot 208 XY 1.6 HDI (205/55 R16 V) on a combination of roads for 5,000 average miles
    I fitted these to my 208 XY a couple of years back (now sold due to needing a larger car), they had a lovely trip out to the Highlands of Scotland in late December to early January so were put to the test on snow/ice and wet roads.
    There were 3 cars, 2 were 4x4 and my fwd, it performed amicably in comparison to the 4x4's, grip was fantastic on bad surfaces with snow and ice patches, even hit an ice patch on a corner and only needed a slight correction of the steering to regain composure.

    In snow they also performed excellently, standing water on motorways is not a problem, absolutely no aquaplaning.

    The down side to winter tyres is the tread blocks, it takes some of the feedback off you and can make the car feel a little less responsive in corners, but the benefits of a winter tyre seriously out weigh that of a summer tyre in winter.

    These will perform better below 10 degrees Centigrade, after that you will have longer braking distances due to the heat in the tyres and a little more squirming under hard braking.
    Helpful 10 - tyre reviewed on July 21, 2016
    Given 94% while driving a Honda Civic Type R (235/35 R19 W) on a combination of roads for 4,000 spirited miles
    Fantastic tyre on snow and ice, much better than it's predecessor Conti 830P. I have never expected tyre of this type (quite low profile, high speed index) to be so good in such conditions. On wet they are also very good. Good progressiveness and road feedback is also important for a performance tyre in performance car like mine - gives lots of fun and is assuring. As my car puts all of it power on front wheels I generally need a tyre with lots of grip on dry - in this case previous 830P were simply better. Whey were more "asphalt" than "snow/mud" tyre than the 850P. Wear is fine, comfort is more than fine at this size, although they are a bit loud.
    Helpful 10 - tyre reviewed on February 28, 2016