April 19, 2013
If you’re tired of hearing about 27.5in wheeled bikes, you’d better just go and ride your bike. It seems that much of the talk is about them this Sea Otter. One of the concerns that riders have had about this new development is whether there are going to be any tyres for this new in-betweeny wheel size. It seems there is. Schwalbe has already announced plenty of tyres, Maxxis has promised them too and now Continental is wading in with four treads, most of them in two different widths.
Conti will be offering the X-King, Rubber Queen (known as the Trail King in the over-butch world of the USA), the Race King and the Mountain King in 27.5in. All tyres will come in 2.2in and 2.4in widths (apart from the Race King which is 2.0 and 2.2in) and in three different prices – from full tubeless-ready, Black Chili, made in Germany treads down to much cheaper wire bead models. The tyres are in production right now. Seeing some on some wide rims, we can confirm that they’re pretty girthy…