Things have been pretty quiet from Continental Tyres for the last couple of years. The company has been busy with some dull corporate move arounds and logo redesigns, the revamping of its head office and perhaps it’s been sat around waiting for rim and tyre widths to settle down too.
So, now it’s back with a completely new take on its most popular designs. The tyres now all carry a suggested rim width on the sidewall, and the tyre sizes themselves have been changed to better reflect the actual width, rather than some seemingly random number.
Goldilocks plus tyres.
It seems that the whole plus-size thing seems to be settling down, with many companies deciding that 2.6in is a good compromise between weight and cushioning. The brand new 2.6in Baron is designed for 30-25mm internal rim widths.
The new 2.6in (by 27.5…) Baron will also be joined by 2.6in versions of the Trail King, Mountain King and Cross King, so Conti must see a future in this width.
The Cross King itself has had its XC-race-ready tread design nipped and tucked too. With a slightly narrower width now, the tread has been tightened to allow for smoother rolling on hardpack and a more predictable behaviour, as you can see in this diagram.
All of these new designs should start appearing around May time.
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