Continental Signature Danny MacAskill Rammstein Tire - Eurobike 2012

Aug 29, 2012
by Richard Cunningham  
Continental has added a second tire to its Rammstein pro signature tire series. This time its a 24-inch tire, co-designed with Danny MacAskill, that has yet to be named. The tire's reinforced casing is topped with Conti's grippy Black Chili rubber, molded into a closely spaced tread pattern that resembles the rounded style that most freestyle competitors prefer. The yet-to be named tire is still a bit of a mystery, and it was released to the public just moments before the Eurobike show. Continental says that the MacAskill tire has yet to be officially named, and that full details, including prices, maximum pressure and weights will be available in the early fall. Production tires should be arriving later this year.

Danny MacAskill's 24-inch bike sporting Continental's nobody-gets-them-but-Danny 2.4-inch Rammstein tires.


Another look at the Rammstein freestyle tire shows its wide, rounded tread profile.



Danny's new tire follows the 26-inch Rammstein Kaiser DH tire recently co-developed along with the Athertons. Continental says it will continue to add Rammstein models as its competition program expands, which leads us to believe that an Enduro-specific tire will be the next to bear the name. The takeaway from Continental's pro tire development program is that the German tire maker is putting the same effort it has used to dominate pro-tour road racing - and that the target market is North America - a marketplace which has been owned by Maxxis and Kenda for over two decades. Competition results and early testing indicates that Conti is on the comeback trail.



And Three New 29er Tires

Cointinenal threw in with three new 2,4-inch-wide trail tires for 29ers. The X-King (foreground), Mountain King, and Trail King tires are also sold in 26 and 650b diameters.



Conti also showed three good looking 29er trail tires: the XC king, Trail King and the Mountain King, all three of which are also available in 2.2 and 2.4 - inch casing sizes, and in all three popular wheel diameters (26, 650b, and 29er). Conti improved its top-end 'Race Sport' casings to be a bit lighter weight and then redesigned its 'Protection' armored casing to withstand more punishment. 'Protection' casings use a rubber-coated nylon fabric layer that helps to break thorns and prevent sidewall tears. The layer runs bead to bead around the tire and under the tread. The protection layer adds 100 grams to the 29er tires and adds about 75 grams to a 26er tire. An open tread pattern reduces the rolling resistance and all three models are tubeless ready. Expect to pay between $34.95 and $64.95, depending upon the bead type and features.

Small, sharp blocks on a wide, flexible carcass make the X-King a fast rolling tread that can manage a decent grip. Most choose it for a rear tire. Weights: from 620g to 820g depending upon casing



Open tread with a more aggressive block pattern and strong edging blocks are the Mountain King's signature ride-it-all tread pattern. Weights: from 680g to 860g depending upon casing type.



Those seeking maximum grip for braking, turning and technical climbing will appreciate the Trail King's aggressive tread and fast-rolling angled crown tread blocks. Weights from 950g to 1150g depending upon casing. (it's called the Rubber Queen in Europe).






66 Comments

  • 23 0
 Du hast!
  • 5 0
 Ich will, you mean
  • 2 0
 Mein Land!
  • 1 0
 Sonne!
  • 1 0
 Mein Teil!
  • 1 0
 Reise, Reise!
  • 2 1
 So many Ramstein references!!!!!!!! haha
  • 31 16
 oh c'mon pinkbike, you guys should know danny mac doesn't ride a dirt jump bike...
  • 17 4
 that orange bike at the top is the same one he rides in all his videos
  • 10 29
flag bradG98 (Aug 29, 2012 at 20:11) (Below Threshold)
 he used to ride a blue bike what are you smoking
  • 9 1
 yeah, and it's not a dirt jump bike brad - pretty sure he has a few, seen him on a white one and a brown one as well. all the same frame and fork though i think.
  • 1 2
 He's got the same frame and fork on his bike, the rest of his parts are much better
  • 6 0
 he used to have an inspired fourplay before inspired designed his current inspired skye with him
  • 1 0
 He did ride DMR Moto's on previous videos and they're DJ tyres, personal preference I suppose!
  • 2 0
 His bikes are trial/mtb/dj mutants anyways, which is sweet. So it does not matter what you call them. Dirt jump? Sure.
  • 2 0
 Well, he rides trials so I'd say his bikes are trials bikes but yeah...
  • 3 0
 well inspired bikes make trials specific frames, so yeah, they are trials bikes
  • 2 2
 he switches cause he can
  • 11 0
 I know better than to add fuel to the "which tyres are best" argument, but I will say this.... Like a lot of bikers I used to buy Maxxis solely because that's what everyone else rides, and I had no complaint with them whatsoever, I still think they're great. However, before my trip Portes du Soleil this summer I decided to try something different. I'd already tried Specialized Hillbillies as a cut down spike for the wet and got on really well with them. I read lots of reviews and opinions of various people and decided to give some Continental Der Kaiser Black Chilli's a shot. I can honestly say they are the best tyres I have ever ridden, for my riding level on those trails I found grip that just wasn't there before. They feel like bubblegum to the touch but held up every bit as well as other people's tyres on the same trip. There was very little rolling resistance and they just blew me away. Others rode Minions, High Rollers, Muddy Mary's and they were all impressed and even slightly envious at how well the Kaisers were performing and lasting. Everyone is always going to have favourite tyres and changing takes a little time to adjust to, but give something else ago, like me you might never go back...
  • 2 0
 if youre talking about the black chilli ones then i completely agree. my BC rubber queens are fantastic tyres.
  • 2 0
 I agree, can't ride any other tyres now, got der kaisers for dh and RQs for trail, so much grip that simply isn't there on other brands with far more aggressive treads. Only downside is the RQ sidewalls, I have torn one on a rock and stretched one via a retarded landing at a low pressure, hopefully they are stronger now.
  • 1 0
 It's only the standard RQ sidewalls which are flimsy - the UST RQ is awesome and I'd suggest the UST version even if you use inner tubes.
I used 2.5" BC Der Kaisers for DH last season, but this year I've swapped to the slightly lighter 2.4" UST BC RQ tyres and they are extremely grippy and have coped with everything I've thrown them at - typically black & double black DH runs in the Alps and in Whistler, Canada.
For trail riding, RQs are a bit heavy, but the 2.2's are great for winter, then use 2.4 XK's or MK's in summer.

BTW: RQs are huge - the 2.4" RQ = 2.7" Maxxis Minion width & height !
  • 9 0
 "that has yet to be named" ooooooooo
  • 1 0
 Damn they said that like every effing sentence!
  • 1 0
 Why don't they sell it as the "Danny MacAskill Tyre"?
  • 8 4
 I dislike Maxxis for the simple reason that their tires are never true-to-width. I've had a few Continental tires, and with one exception that was a fluke, and which Conti sent me an upgraded replacement for, I've never been disappointed with their sizing.
  • 3 1
 Yeah, the Maxxis Ardent says 2.7 but it looks more like a 2.5. I mean, I love the tire, but it's a little off
  • 11 2
 So what? You don't ride a tire that works great because it's 1/4" narrower than you expected? Maxxis has never let me down on the trail.
  • 3 7
flag tdryan242 (Aug 29, 2012 at 20:34) (Below Threshold)
 my maxxis advantage 2.4's messure exactly 2.4 inches that goes for all 4 that i own and my 2.7 minions messure as close to 2.7 that i can distinguish meanwhile my schwalbe nobby nic 2.4 messure at 2.25. hmmm, maxxis is number 1 in my book
  • 4 1
 Yeah, I like Maxxis cause they WORK. Nothing else matters if they have all the features that a tire needs...
  • 3 0
 nothing else matters unless you want a 2.7" tire but can't have one because the true size is considerably smaller.
  • 3 0
 I think its happened to everyone you buy a maxxis minion in 2.5 and you realize its the same width as the kendas you had Big Grin (or schwalbe)
  • 3 0
 I'd love to have a tire that is as wide as advertised. My Intense Intruder 2.5s are 2.7.
  • 3 0
 TomBasic, well then rejoice for Maxxis has seen the light. They are currently in the process of revising their product specifications. For instance, the new minions are now advertised with the correct width. This means that the 2.4 minion II is the same as what maxxis called 2.5 with the original minion.
  • 1 0
 I don't think anybody is true to width. It also highly depends on how wide the rim it's mounted on is. So you can't really be sure .... but like collin7 said, it's not really a problem. The tires from Maxxis always work well for their intended purpose and I think that's really what determines the actual width. DH have narrowed over the years 2.7 is obsurd these days. The bikes run faster, handle better with improved grip at a 2.4 - 2.5 width. My trail bike bike is shod with a 2.4 Highroller II on the front, which i admit is similar in volume to 2.35's of years past. My rear tire is an Ardent, 2.25. It's perfect.
  • 1 0
 dfiler, funny comment.

I understand what you're all saying about the importance of whether a tire works for you, or not. Fair, enough. My biggest complaint is that the discrepancies between a tire's spec and what it actually is can be pretty egregious. I remember weighing a Kenda K-Rad at the store: 876 grams. That was 13% higher than Kenda's stated median weight at the time. Many people don't sweat the details and simply get whatever is recommended and go ride. I like specs and would like to trust that what a manufacturer states is reasonably true, and I've repeatedly seen that it just isn't so.
  • 1 1
 my fast trak 2.0 is bigger than a mountain king 2.2 ..
  • 1 0
 I like my Minions, but I agree. You dont buy 295/55/13's for your Honda Civic.
  • 1 0
 MidgetSaw - are you serious? the FastTrak's are seriously skinny - my 2.0 FastTrak LK is visibly narrower than a 2.2 XKing; it also has a lot less traction!
  • 1 0
 late bump...
  • 3 0
 those madkaskillz tires are complete bite off the schwalbe table tops but it all good. They rule so these tires should also, except for the price.
  • 1 1
 There more like a bite off, with a little more bite. The center knobs look a little taller and the side knobs have a squarer edge in comparison to the Tabletops. Looks like it'll offer some more grip for when the trails get dusty, but at the same time roll like a champ on pavement. Number 1 choice fore Pave!!! Lol
  • 1 0
 Fingers crossed, they come in a 26"
  • 1 0
 I had some Contis 10 years ago. Fine in the dry, but lethal in the wet... they'd just let go, flick of a switch and I'd be on the floor. Took them off and binned them before I broke a collar bone or something. Swore I wouldn't spend my money on them again.
@Brugles may have changed my mind. Just hope he isn't a Conti insider!!!!
  • 1 0
 That was in the days when they used hard rubber = scary! ... Black Chilli is massively stickier than previous compounds; it somehow even finds traction on wet roots - especially with Rubber Queen tread pattern
  • 2 0
 2012/13: Continental Tires still believes I live in a country where you can't sell a tire called 'Rubber Queen'. Disappointing all around.
  • 1 0
 they should call it the latex queen or the whip queen, all the pre-teens would buy it
  • 1 0
 I think Trail King sounds so much better than Rubber Queen. Rubber Queen is more suited to a S&M dominatrix. However, I still ride with them.
  • 1 0
 That is part of the reason it is so awesome!
  • 1 0
 Great looking tires. Love the spaced out thread. Most tire companys just squeeze as much thread as they can on their tires. I will be trying these tires out!
  • 2 0
 Best tires ever - period!
  • 2 0
 I got so stoked when I saw him shred in Premium Rush.
  • 1 0
 please tell me the Macaskill tyre will come out in 26" so i dont have to buy a new wheelset?
  • 1 0
 Yes it's a inspired skye, his signature bike
  • 2 0
 Ich Will these tires!
  • 1 0
 Wait, the Rammstein is not a single tire, but a whole lineup?
  • 1 0
 yes, it's a designation given to multiple tyres to mark the high end models
  • 2 1
 Kind of disappointed that Danny's tire is only 24
  • 3 0
 not a mtn bike
  • 2 0
 should make them in 26"
  • 1 0
 yes more 2.4 29er tires! didnt think my 2.35s were quite cutting it
  • 1 0
 not a fan of flimsy contis
  • 1 0
 What's flimsy about them?
They give you multiple casing options, most of which are way stronger and more stable than single ply Maxxis; it's only the RaceSport & SuperSonic casings which are thin, but the equivalents of those from other brands are equally thin!
The UST, Apex, ProTection & DH casings are all very strong.
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