The Gretchen question of cycling. The running properties of a tyre's rubber compound are largely determined by three interacting factors - static friction, rolling resistance and mileage. The dilemma: If one of these factors is improved, at least one other factor deteriorates. A tyre with maximum grip will wear faster and roll slower. If the tyre is made faster or more durable, its grip is reduced again.
With the BlackChili Compound, a tread compound that is always based on the latest findings in polymer and raw materials research, Continental has provided the cycling scene with a lasting answer. Depending on the area of application of a tyre, the compound formulation is specifically adjusted - whether for road bikes or mountain bikes, time trials or downhill. For BlackChili, Continental refines special synthetic rubbers with proven natural rubber to produce particularly high-performance tread compounds. Soot particles are then added to these mixtures, which in turn are optimized in shape and surface properties. The complex compound technology is so sensitive that tires with BlackChili Compound are produced exclusively in Korbach.
Enduro is the discipline that has been enjoying increasing popularity for some time now. It is the technical challenge of fast, hard descents and strenuous climbs. This requires a combination of puncture-proof construction, good rolling properties and excellent grip. The proven ProTection layer reliably protects the tyre from cuts and punctures without unduly increasing the weight. The additional apex sidewall stabilisation protects the tyre from punctures even at low tyre pressures. To optimize weight, it is also possible to drive the tire "tubeless ready" together with Conti RevoSealant. A non-slip BlackChili Compound tread provides the optimum pairing for efficient driving uphill and downhill without breakdowns.
Tubeless Ready tires can be driven with or without inner tube, as the tire and rim are designed to seal directly against each other. Compared to UST tires, however, tubeless ready tires are much lighter and therefore air-permeable in the sidewall. This is sealed with special sealing milk. All Continental mountain bike tyres are tubeless ready in the ProTection and performance versions. The revolutionary Tubeless Ready foot allows an easy and uncomplicated mounting of the tyre. For optimum sealing and application results, we recommend the use of the new Continental RevoSealant sealant .
When mounted correctly, the system is relatively airtight and less sensitive to snake bites than folding or wire tyres. Especially voluminous mountain bike tyres benefit from this design. Tubeless Ready tires can be driven with lower operating pressure. The risk of breakdowns is considerably lower because there is no hose that can penetrate. Even the "wandering" of the tyre on the rim has no consequences. It also improves off-road grip, comfort and rolling resistance.