Review: Continental's New Kryptotal DH Tires

Apr 7, 2022
by Seb Stott  
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For a company that sold €10.2 billion worth of tires in 2020, Continental hasn't exactly been lighting up the MTB world lately. While we often get criticized for focusing too much on Maxxis and Schwalbe, they're what the vast majority of test bikes are equipped with, they're winning most of the races, and they're what most people buy. More to the point, the last time I rode a Continental tire my overriding memory of it was how effectively it transmitted every bump to my hands.

But Continental acknowledged these issues - they admitted at the launch of the new range that their outgoing gravity tires were less supple than the Maxxis equivalent - and decided to invest heavily into developing an all-new gravity tire range.
Continental Kryptotal DH Details
• Intended use: downhill (maybe enduro too)
• Front- and rear-specific versions
• Claimed weight: 1,290 g (actual weight unverified as both tires arrived with sealant)
• Configuration tested: 29x2.4", downhill casing, supersoft
• Measured casing width: 2.39" / 60.7mm (front), 2.34" / 59.4mm (rear)
• MSRP: From 59.95 EUR
conti-tyres.co.uk



Working with the Athertons, over the last four years they aimed to develop tires capable of winning World Cups and prizing customers, OEMs and even journalists away from the big two brands. Continental say they worked especially hard to increase suppleness compared to the old tires. Has it worked? I've been riding Continental's mixed-conditions tires, the Kryptotal Front and Kryptotal Rear, to find out.

Kryptotal (front)

- Size options: 27.5x2.4, 29x2.4
- Casing options: downhill, enduro
- Compound options: supersoft, soft
Kryptotal (rear)

- Size options: 27.5x2.4, 27.5x2.6, 29x2.4, 29x2.6
- Casing options: downhill, enduro, trail
- Compound options: supersoft, soft, endurance

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Details

The Kryptotal is the mixed-conditions tire in the range. It sits between the Xynotal, designed for dry, hardpack conditions, and the Argotal, which is aimed at loose terrain. There's also the Hydrotal which is a dedicated mud tire. That makes the Kryptotal comparable to a Minion or an Assegai from Maxxis. I tested them in their DH casing, but there are also lighter versions for enduro and trail. At around 1,300 g, they're comparable in weight to some brands' enduro tires, and Continental say most of their enduro racers are using the DH casing too.

Continental decided during development to split their mixed-conditions tire into two: one for the rear and one for the front. The rear has more emphasis on rolling speed and braking grip, with alternating pairs of ramped central tread blocks, much like you'd find on a Maxxis DHR2, or many other rear-biased tires dating back to the Michelin DH 16. These are paired with identical (not alternating) shoulder blocks with generous, even spacing between them.

The front has a similar shoulder tread to the rear tire, but the central blocks have alternating groups of two then three blocks, and the groups of two alternate between lateral and longitudinal sipes to help with braking and cornering grip on hardpack surfaces. The profile of the front tire is slightly rounder than the rear, presumably to help provide a more predictable turn-in. By my measurements, the front is slightly wider too - 2.39" vs 2.34", both on a 30 mm rim at 30 psi. That's very similar to a 2.5" Maxxis Assegai. Both measure about 2.42" across the widest part of the tread. While we've got the callipers out, the centre tread averages about 4.5 mm (0.177") deep, which is similar to an Assegai, but a Schwalbe Magic Mary measures nearer 5.5 mm.

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At a glance, the Kryptotal front bears a strong resemblance to a Maxxis Assegai, but on closer inspection, there are several differences. The Assegai has only longitudinal siping in its paired central tread blocks; it has less of a gap between the centre and shoulder tread, the shoulder blocks are alternating (not identical), and the profile is more rounded. I'll get onto how they compare on the trail later.

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2.5" Maxxis Assegai (left) and Continental Kryptotal front

Under the surface, Continental use 110 tpi (threads per inch) fabric in a bid to increase suppleness compared to lower thread counts more typical of downhill tires- the higher the thread count, the thinner the nylon threads that make up the carcass, so the more flexible the sidewall. Continental say they tried several casing constructions but found 110 tpi offered the right balance of suppleness and support.


Ride Impressions

I first rode the tires at Dyfi bike park (where the Athertons did much of their testing and where the tires were launched). I've ridden there once before on Continental's older tires, but it was clear straight away that the new tires had a very supple yet damped feel over the hardpack surface, full of small stones and braking bumps. I was surprised that Continental recommended I start with 28 psi in the rear and 26 psi in the front; that seemed a touch firm for a DH tire, but I gave it a go and the ride feel was impressive, with very little harshness and none of the "wooden" feeling you can get from an overly stiff carcass.

Does that mean the tires are too flimsy and unsupportive? I tried dropping the pressures down to 25/22 psi (which is on the low side for bike park terrain at my weight), and while I did feel the rear tire fold slightly, causing a subtle rear-wheel-steering sensation in the berms with the highest cornering forces, they were by no means squirmy or unstable. I had no burping or sidewall marking and I never felt the tire was being pushed around (which is often accompanied by a pinging sound) when riding through pinball rocks. So despite remaining relatively comfortable at higher pressures, they offer good stability at lower pressures too, making the window of usable pressure very wide.

There were times when the tires slipped on the wet rocks that make up the more technical tracks (e.g. "Race track") at Dyfi, but having ridden here before I know how slippy these rocks can be.

While I was down south I also rode in the Forest of Dean, which has lots of limestone rock. With pressures at 24/21 psi, the grip was impressive on off-camber rocky tracks which I've ridden many times before. There was no pinging or squirming here either.

After Dyfi, the rest of my rides on the Kryptotals involved earning my turns, including plenty of familiar tarmac, singletrack and fire road climbs, plus a few miles of road riding to reach the trailhead on a couple of occasions. This was less punishing than I had expected for a DH tire. They're noticeably draggier than any trail tires, but it doesn't feel like it's sapping the life out of you. Of course, rolling resistance is impossible to measure without proper scientific tests, but I'd say they're far from the worst as far as downhill tires go, and they wouldn't be a bad choice on an enduro bike for someone who prioritises technical descending.

Back home in the Tweed Valley, I rode more muddy, rooty and rocky descents, including a day of testing against a Maxxis Assegai (Maxxgrip) and a Schwalbe Magic Mary (Ultra Soft) on the same greasy track and on the same bike. Even in a back-to-back test, it's difficult to say too much about how grip compares because the difference between sliding and surviving can sometimes be a centimetre difference in line choice or subtle changes in body position. With that said, I would say the Magic Mary offers a little more bite in muddy corners and slid less often when things got really soft and loose. This isn't exactly surprising as the Magic Mary is more biased towards loose conditions, and Continental's Argotal is probably a fairer comparison. Compared to the Assegai, I honestly can't tell much between them out on the trail. I'm tempted to say that the Kryptotal offers more cornering bite, but in a blind test, I doubt I could tell the difference. Given the success of the Assegai, I suppose that's high praise for Continental.

It's too soon to say much about durability, but Continental claim this is something they've kept in mind even for the softest compound downhill version. I'll update this review when I've put more time into them.



Pros

+ Excellent suppleness reduces harshness over high-frequency bumps
+ Dependable grip and stability in a wide range of conditions
+ Reasonable weight and rolling resistance make them an option for burly enduro bikes too
+ Wide pressure window makes setup easier

Cons

- Not the grippiest in soft conditions, but more aggressive tread patterns are available





Pinkbike's Take

bigquotesHaving ridden them in a wide range of conditions, what impressed me most about the Kryptotals is their dependability. Sure, I found the limits of their grip occasionally, and I'm not saying they're the grippiest tires in the world, but they rarely let go completely. They never threw up any surprises, underperformed in any particular aspect or trail condition, squirmed, burped or lurched abruptly. They just work.

From the first few runs, it's easy to forget about them and trust they won't let you down. At the same time, they're light and efficient enough to consider using on an enduro bike too, and they're comfortable enough for long days in the bike park without punishing your hands too much. So while Continental designed them with and for World Cup racers, they're far more versatile than that would suggest.
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129 Comments
  • 114 2
 But how do they compare to Mike Bears?
  • 27 0
 yes
  • 16 2
 Tell you what, at least I remember what the hell a Mike Bear is. Scary.

Kryptotal? Is that like an NFT sedative?
  • 11 0
 @sjma: To be fair, Mike Bear is a better name for a tyre than this.
  • 60 3
 That's $65 in freedom currency? If that's true I'll give 'em a shot for sure!
  • 44 0
 theyre selling for 48 euros on bikecomponents.de but they have a flat rate of 40 euro shipping to the USA. I bought two pairs of the kryptotal to try out so with the shipping added on it was 232 euros or 58 euro per tire. Converted to freedom bucks thats $63 a tire. If the performance is as good as it sounds this could be a maxxis killer
  • 11 0
 @TannerValhouli: Competition will be good... but if these catch on I'm sure they'll creep up all sneaky-like to $100+ over the next 3-4 years.
  • 8 0
 @Quinn-39: that’s why I’m trying em out now.
  • 8 2
 I've loved conti ever since I got some on clearance for $25 and decided to ignore comments and give them a shot, now its my go-to tire brand for lighter trail tires.
  • 1 0
 @TannerValhouli: I'm going to swing by the house and steal one after they come in.
  • 1 0
 I always seem to be able to get Continental tires in whatever spec I need for $45-55. Even Kenda costs way more nowadays.
  • 1 0
 @office: For the old models- yes... but if these are actually good/a real Minion/Assegai competitor, I will be curious to see what happens.
  • 3 0
 They're already on biketiresdirect (pre-order) for $85 for trail and $99 for dh.
  • 2 0
 @Quinn-39: I'm on a list for the new cross kings when they come out, the pricing is $52 each. Im pretty sure that's the same price their other models were pre-pandemic.
  • 1 0
 *enduro for $85.
  • 1 0
 @Trudeez: can buy them for way cheaper from a certain German bicycle component distributor, just need to buy a few to justify the shipping. I grabbed two pairs and was in for $63 a tire for DH, which look to be $100 on the same sites the enduros are 85
  • 1 0
 @RonSauce: Cool. Those are not the tires being discussed here.

The price listed in the article for the Enduro/Downhill tires everyone is discussing here is 60euro and up. You'll also note that my original point is that the prices may creep up over the next few years if these catch on as a real competitor- not talking about what the price is posted at currently. My comment had nothing to do with pandemic or supply chain- just how the popularity of a product can affect value/pricing.
  • 1 0
 @Quinn-39: my only point being conti tires have stayed pretty much the same price. Its not like marketing forgot to change price tags. The reason I mention the pandemic is because all prices on everything have gone insane, $50 in 2019 =/= $50 in 2022. Continental tires have stayed fairly consistently priced in spite of many factors that have caused prices to skyrocket, including popularity, although I think "demand" is the word you want.
  • 52 8
 Complete naming failure
  • 8 2
 The first thing i thought of too. I mean where do they sell these at the chemists?
  • 22 0
 And yet it still manages to be better than assegai
  • 41 1
 no 2.6 wide for front but there is for rear, why?
  • 11 5
 I'm running a 27.5x2.6 in the back with a 29x2.4 up front. My thinking is that the bigger rear tire protects the rim just a bit more and takes out a bit of harshness, at the expense of a little less bite in hard corners and a more vague feeling. The 29x2.4 up front bites in to the corners a bit harder, feels a bit more precise, and I'm not usually destroying front rims. It's probably mostly placebo on my part, but I like the setup right now and it makes sense in my brain at least.
  • 21 1
 @alanbonk: yyeah, except you are running a mullet which bigger size rear is a normal thing. I don't see anyone running 2.4 front 2.6 rear on a full 29
  • 6 0
 probably for ebikes, a lot of them get specd with larger rear tyres
  • 3 1
 For E-Bikes
  • 1 1
 Mullet specific.
  • 9 0
 @Noeserd: I have, really not sure why the trend is a wider front, when you want steering precision up front, calm and muted, more floatation, braking and climbing grip etc in the back. Like my dirt bike came in the 80s... It didn't look right but I swapped them on a trip and how it felt was obvious, fatter in the front was bad.
  • 1 0
 @Noeserd: I'm pretty sure Jeff Kendall-Weed does exactly this (or at least he did until recently)
  • 4 0
 @tomeasy: What i'm trying to say is most of the people prefers bigger tire in front than rear, i doubt not even 1% of the overall customers uses bigger tire in rear. Just give the option
  • 18 0
 Found my next set of tyres. Good job Continental
  • 5 0
 ditto... they look worth riding out to see what they're like.. I've got a new Gamux Sego on the way and need a set of tires for it.. this may be the call!
  • 1 0
 @Msicola: Excellent choice of bike!!
  • 8 0
 Anyone knows where those are produced ? Since they don't talk about it I'd say somewhere in Asia but if those were Made in Germany it would be a nice surprise and I'd start considering them.
  • 1 2
 I've never loved Conti mtb tyres too much so I won't comment on those, but I do love their roadie counterparts and, to be perfectly honest, I've never found the Germany made tyres to be better. Actually, Taiwanese tyres were always fit and forget while German tyres more often than not used to develop those cracks along the sidewalls.
  • 5 0
 @pakleni: if you think I ask this because I am worried about the quality of the products coming from Asia you are clearly missing the point by a long long shot.
  • 4 0
 There was a FAQ somewhere. Continental stated that their DH and Enduro casing tyers are produced in Germany, trail casing tyers will be from Asia.
  • 2 0
 Apparently there are dh/Enduro carcasses in existence that were produced in China. (2.6" wide)
Origin is still visible on the sidewall of every tyre
  • 2 0
 @whoopsy: for those like me that never set a foot in a shop, looking at the flanc of the tire can only be done once purchased. Thanks for the other info tho.
  • 7 1
 As someone who has settled on a Der Baron Up front and an Assegai on the back I’m very keen to try their rear specific Assegai equivalent.
I tried the Kaiser on the back but found it rolled way too fast and couldn’t dig into the terrain the PNW (Vancouver NS) dishes out.

The Baron is however still my favourite front that I ride religiously, the choice of Assegai on the back is just a compromise. I hate pedalling with it because of how much drag it generates so if the Kryptotal rear rolls even 1/10th nicer than the Assegai with a similar ride I’m sold.
  • 5 1
 If you wanna keep riding the Baron, you need to hoard a few. They will be discontinued it seems
  • 2 0
 Kryptotal rear is more like a DHRII and should be pretty Shore-friendly by the looks of it, with one big question mark: whether the new compound works on wet cedar+granite.
  • 3 1
 The new tyres don't use the german-made BCC rubber anymore. If you want to keep enjoying the Baron grip on the wet roots and rocks of the PNW, better hoard them now.
  • 1 0
 @AndrewHornor: True story; I've never been across the Atlantic. However, when I was a kid, I wanted to see California bec
  • 8 0
 @AndrewHornor: Sorry, it slipped away..

..because of the beaches and waves. Then 10 years later, I wanted to see the NYC because apparently it never sleeps. Now I just want to wisit some Canadian cedar forest to feel it and smell it just after the rain Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Der Baron is also one of my faves.. there only “issue” is straightline stability on harder surfaces.. the wide gap between centrr lugs feels a but like riding in a rut.. but thats a rare situation
  • 1 0
 @GZMS:
True, I’ve noticed this especially if I’m hunting down a fire trail… death wobbles!
  • 3 0
 @AndrewHornor: Happily ran the DHRII before the Assegai came out so I can’t complain about that.

Also interested to see how the new compound is. Somehow they got the friction coefficient dialled on magic Squamish rock. Nothing grips on wet cedar though
  • 1 0
 @Ttimer:
I’d seen people having a hard time getting them in the last few months already.
I’ve already got a barely used (albeit 2.4) after I went up to a 2.6 on the front but good idea to stockpile. Being a Front I generally get 1.5-2 seasons off them already. A pair would last me a while
  • 4 0
 Baron is a great fall and winter front tire with black chili compound as it has a great grip on a wet roots and rocks also when the temperature goes below 5 celsius (41 F). Maxxis 3c rubber becomes hard and does not have any grip. I wonder how these new Conti tires will work in cold conditions.
  • 1 0
 That's a pretty unusual setup for around our parts (clay/rock & loose over hard when dry). I have used a der Baron up front as a trail tyre as its grip is rather limited. especially when wet. If you swap it for an Assegai in Exo + with Maxxgrip you will have a less wooden feeling tyre with significantly more grip and feel. Minion DHR2 even in 3C feels far more precise than a Der Baron
  • 2 1
 @Ttimer: That is actually wrong. First of all, tires can be made to a high standad in China as well. But the DH and Enduro tires are still made in Germany, only the Trail and 2.6 tires are made in china
  • 2 0
 @professed: I'm originally from Aus, and while I haven't had the chance to ride my current setup back home i know exactly what you're talking about.
I almost want to say you're better using a proper mud tyre (at the sacrifice of dry/rock traction) in that super fine bull dust. nothing can find grip in that stuff and when its wet its worse than ice.
Barons the perfect PNW tire but ill probably go to a Assegai/DHR combo when i go back home (though like i said, the drag on an Assegai is next level here. i imagine it rolls a fair bit faster when its bone dry.)
  • 2 0
 @pakleni: during the rain. There is no after the rain here.
  • 8 0
 This review felt a bit sparse. Could have said a bit more about the cornering bite and the transition from center knobs to side knobs.
  • 1 1
 Lol I can't tell if youre being sarcastic, but I unsarcastically feel that a more in depth review could have been interesting. He hints that it may have cornered better than an assguy, but puts nothing behind the statement...
  • 2 1
 @Dogl0rd: not sarcastic and I agree with you.
  • 6 1
 I have ridden the Der Baron and Der Kaiser combo and despite the fact that the grip was good I have suffered several serious air burping front and rear on DTSwiss E1700 wheel set, the last one leading to a destroyed rim. I am quite light, 160lbs and was running 26/28psi on my enduro bike. The burping happened on 2 Kaiser and 1 Baron.

I have contacted Continental and the tire retailer as well to report what happened and I have been told that it was my fault for running stupid low pressure (28psi!!) and that I should have put at least 40psi in my tires...
Note that I have also ran Michelin Enduro and all the classic DHF, DHRII, HRII exo+ and co from Maxxis in the same range of pressure or below, on the same rims and on the same trails without having ever encountered a similar issue...

So for me that was the end with Continental tires, I was disappointed by their answer and I have seen later on that some reviews reported the same air burping issues...
  • 2 0
 I'm currently running Baron/Kaiser setup with Rimpact and they're awesome. Compared to Schwalbe Supergravity or Maxxis DH, they're much lighter (with rimpact included) and have less rolling resistance.
  • 1 3
 I've had Contis blow clean off the rim on a landing and ended up hurt as a result. They just don't know how to do tubeless.properly and safely. Would not touch them again.
  • 1 0
 I bought the contis due the good reviews. Rear tyre last me 3 hours of riding, 3 FREAKIN HOURS, and i mean normal riding. It unbid from the rim 2 times and on the second time it rip a whole in the sidewall. For a downhill tyre, the sidewall are to and weak and don't have much protection.
  • 5 0
 @sebstott after the most recent World Cup at Snowshoe with three of the top five racers running Continentals in the worst track conditions of the season, perhaps it’s time for an update on these tires. Also, it would be cool to know which Continental tire combos the pros ran during the race.
  • 1 0
 Several raced on Argotals
  • 6 2
 I wish I could get excited about a new Continental tire. Every tire I've bought for the last 3 or 4 years has had an issue with the casing. Last one I bought I'm still awaiting on warranty. It's been a year and 5 months. The Continental distributor in the US doesn't return emails or phone calls. Continental is dead to me and I used to be a fan boy.
  • 8 11
 I had similar situation with a bunch of Der Baron's.
I just posted that I gave up on Continental because I had too many casing fails wobble wobble wobble
and they deleted my comment??
that is not right at all Pinkbike?
We are not allowed to share our opinions anymore? good and bad?
I didn't say anything bad and nothing that justifies being deleted?
  • 23 4
 @redman733: Your grammar leads me to believe nobody understood what your point was and you went below threshold.
  • 9 0
 @redman733: your comment is still there, under the other (product release) article
  • 3 4
 @RonSauce: thank you Andrew.
Ron what is the opposite of above me?
  • 11 3
 So they have made a DHR and an Assegai
  • 1 0
 DHR sucks in wet slop. This tire is probably better.
  • 7 0
 Will the tread stay on the tires longer than 2 months unlike Maxxis?
  • 7 0
 I can't speak for the new tires, but the Kaiser and Baron tread lasted really long for the grip they offered.
  • 7 0
 30psi in my conti minions?
  • 7 0
 The more competition in the tire market, the better
  • 2 0
 Does anyone know if the new Continentals have different beads?

Asking because WAO wheels specifically states that continental tires are not compatible with their rims, due to something I can't remember offhand>. Has this fixed that issue?
  • 2 0
 When I bought and installed Der Baron and Der Kaiser I remember how INSANELY tight the beads were. Wonder if that has something to do with it? They were the most diffficult tires I have ever installed on my wheels (Bontrager Line 30's)
  • 1 0
 @Ryan2949: Same here. WTB are a very close second.
  • 2 0
 I didn't know that. I ran trail kings and der kaiser's on my unions for a year with no problems.
  • 5 0
 @Chongo1969: Der Barons were awful to mount. Avoiding flying Park Tool metal tire levers got old fast. I can mount Specialized Butchers entirely by hand over Rimpact Pro inserts. Like a whole new world.
  • 9 1
 @Ryan2949: No tire is easy to put onto Bontrager wheels with their proprietary rim strip. Doesn't give the bead anywhere to go.
  • 1 0
 My last conti feel off the bead way before the tread ran out. So here is hoping they changed it.
  • 1 0
 @Stihlgoin: Few days ago I had a brutal fight with 2 stuck tires&inserts due sealant incompatibility. Never had tire levers flying around,I lost 1 of them and found it like 2 days later. It was funny to see it vanishing in the room like it went to other world hehehe.
Replace them with a Dh22 and butcher gravity with octamusse inserts,the Dh22 was a little harder to inflate but the butcher go on with only 1 hand on the floor pump and the valve core still on,very very easy.
  • 7 0
 @Ryan2949: 100%. I broke a tire level trying to install one on my old Range and lost a litre of sweat. Then I cried when I realized I installed it backwards.

* Measure twice, cut once.
  • 3 0
 @ismellfish: *dont cut your tyre
  • 2 0
 @ismellfish: I kid you not, I installed my Der baron and it had a bad casing, crazy wobble on it, bike24 gave me a new one warrantied no problem, but because it was so difficult to install I kept the defective one on and kept the new one as a spare LOl
  • 2 0
 @Ryan2949: nothing worse than doing everything right and ending up with a defect in the tire causing a wobble. I’m sure once you smash it around a bit on some of the rock up in Sudbury you won’t even notice.
  • 1 0
 @Ryan2949: Always worse when it’s the front tire and you have to see the wobble…especially with how well they wear barring a sidewall slice. I got warranty Der Baron 29s from Conti due to the sealant weeping. Economical, but no easier to mount. Ended up buying Bead Buddies for moto tires to help mount the 27.5 x 2.6 Der Barons on WTB KOM tough 35mm wheels with Rimpact inserts. Still had to take them to our local shop for their gorilla handed/ muscle memory assistance. Similar experience with WTB Judge tough casing 29x2.3 over a Rimpact Pro. My son quit trying, I finally muscled the bead on with the help of the Bead Buddies. Going Butcher all the way when the Judge wears out. I am recovering from ECU wrist surgery (unrelated to mounting bike tires) and have no appetite to struggle with an unnecessarily tight bead ever again.
  • 2 0
 it took two bike mechanics, a lot of cussing and grease to put those bastards on. Any else got the same problem?
The classic Maxxis Combo takes me 5 minutes to install on the same rim set .
  • 1 0
 They are tight, it took me 10 mins with big and sturdy levers, my previous e13 were worse but schwalbe and maxxis dh tires mount easier, true.
  • 1 0
 Nope. Warm tires, soapy water, DH tires went on Spank 359s no problem.
  • 4 0
 I remember Kryptonocs. I had a set on my rollerblades when I was 7.
  • 5 2
 Mounting and inflating Contis has ALWAYS been an issue. Poor form to not include the installation in a review.
  • 1 1
 I cant set my bead with a floor pump, but otherwise continental are the tires I find to be the easiest to mount.
  • 4 0
 I want dh casing with a hard rubber compound!!!
  • 3 0
 Guess there's only so many ways you can reinvent the wheel, or the thing that goes around it
  • 2 1
 They could invent a tire that doesn't have casing defects or blows of the rim (Conti), loses knobs after a while (Schwalbe) or is overrated and overpriced (Maxxis).
  • 2 0
 One month passed after introduction, but not all options available in bike shops. Enduro casing options are totally out of stock :/
  • 2 1
 This could be the first comment on 80% of bike component articles. Can't even buy sintered brake pads for my 105 road bike... That's probably the most ubiquitous disc brake for road bikes. Glad I stocked up on €20 pads for my Zees before going on a bike holiday...
  • 1 0
 Actually at that price I should of got a truck load. I'm liking the new spesh tires also coming from maxxis n wtb...eliminator t7/t9 2,6 in back Butcher. T9 2.6 front gravity...
  • 1 0
 After trying all the other big brands, I can say I love my conti de kaiser, de baron and the new mnt king. I wont be buying any other brand tyres
  • 1 0
 If new ones wobble like the old ones no thanks..I'm not looking anyway got gravity butchers of spec website this winter $34..t,9...
  • 2 0
 a conti tread pattern that I'd actually try
  • 2 0
 Which casings for the comparison tires?
  • 1 0
 I'll be needing some new rubber on the trail/enduro bike soon, think I'll give these a whirl.
  • 2 0
 Full review coming today apparently
  • 2 0
 Conti and vittoria are both bit#& slapping maxxis lately
  • 3 1
 So the Athertons said can we have some Maxxis tyres please.
  • 1 0
 Perfect example of a tyre that has been well marketed, absolute garbage to install compared to maxxis
  • 1 0
 I don’t get why the rear is available in 29x 2.6 but not the front? Strange imo
  • 8 8
 Continental: "How do we compete with Maxxis?"
Atherton's: "Make it look like a Maxxis Minion"
  • 1 0
 great review, covered the important details
  • 3 1
 26" option?
  • 2 0
 there will be one in the future.
Source: one of their instagram comments
  • 1 0
 Looks like a Maxxis Assegai.
  • 1 0
 Kryptotal enduro soft front I’ve just fitted days made in China on it
  • 1 1
 Sizing smaller than announced, Maxxis syndrom, so no thanks.
  • 2 0
 How much grip exactly are you going to sacrifice with a tire that's .06 of freedom units smaller than stated? And how ja much on the front being .01 too narrow? (Disclaimer: calipers are hugely dependant on the operator)
  • 3 0
 That's 1.5 or .25mm for those who fancy superior units.
  • 1 1
 I value my teeth way too much to ride Conti MTB tires. Great road stuff.
  • 1 0
 i run maxxis tires and smashed my teeth out anyway lol
  • 3 4
 Queue the haters….
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 Cue...

Also the community response has been surprisingly optimistic for once.

So... Guess you'll have to save the pitchfork for the next thread that mentions Beta?
  • 12 0
 @lepigpen: Maybe he just wants all the haters to stand in a single line...
  • 4 6
 Can we get mat beer or Dan roberts on this test please?
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