Continental are a novel model in biking. The proudly German firm has its roots deep within the highest echelons of German manufacturing for over 150 years. The model’s expertise and improvement centre in Korbach is the house to the most recent developments which have improved the standard of biking tyre efficiency by way of the fixed developments to each supplies and processes of manufacture. Being a big world participant within the tyre marketplace for all autos, Continental have manufacturing services around the globe, nevertheless these all adhere to strict high quality pointers from the Korbach plant.
Continental is an enormous firm. You could assume you understand how massive they’re. However they’re greater than that. They make use of practically 250,000 individuals globally. Okay, so the tyre division of Continental isn’t all of that. The tyre division solely(!) has round 50,000 staff and has gross sales nicely into billions of euros – So, Nonetheless, fairly massive.
Continental don’t simply make tyres. They’ve divisions working in numerous areas throughout the automotive trade from infotainment and connectivity to electrical power storage programs within the newest Electrical Automobiles.
1871 – Continental based in Hanover, Germany. Amongst numerous mushy rubber items and rubberised materials, Continental manufacture strong tyres for bicycles.
1882 – The rampant horse motif is first used as Continental’s brand.
1900 – The primary German airship – the LZ 1 – makes use of Continental rubber balloon materials for holding the gasoline.
1904 – Continental produce the world’s first automotive tyre that has a patterned tread on it.
1909 – Continental start their relationship with the world of artificial rubber. Utilizing artificial rubber created by Bayer laboratories, Continental efficiently vulcanise it and make some early prototype tyres.
1921 – Continental pioneer the usage of wire fibre carcass which ends up in a a lot much less stiff tyre carcass in comparison with present linen carcass designs.
1926 – A substance referred to as ‘carbon black’ is added to Continental’s tyres which ends up in higher sturdiness and ageing. It additionally makes them look REALLY black which most people appear to love.
1936 – Artificial rubber is lastly launched correctly into Continental’s manufacturing course of.
1943 – Continental file a patent for tubeless automotive tyres.
1955 – Continental start manufacture of tubeless automotive tyres.
The fashionable period
In newer years Continental has seen competitors success throughout all areas of motorbike driving, there are actually too many successes to record, nevertheless listed here are some milestones from a UK perspective.
1980’s – Noticed the primary version Continental Grand Prix clincher which provided tubular-like efficiency for street riders.
1992 – Olympic excessive efficiency 110g monitor tyres on the well-known Lotus bike of Chris Boardman – Gold Olympic 4000m Pursuit.
2005 – Continental made their subsequent massive leap with artificial rubber expertise. The identify for the entire undertaking was ‘Black Chili’. Basically Black Chili is a rubber compound comprised of a proprietary mixture of pure rubber and artificial rubber with a magic ingredient of carbon soot particles.
2015 – Continental Competitors Tubular tyres TDF winner Chris Frrome Staff Sky
2016 – Continental Competitors Tubular tyres TDF winner Chris Froome Staff Sky
2017 – Continental Competitors Tubular tyres TDF winner Chris Froome Staff Sky
2018 – Continental Competitors Tubular tyres TDF winner Geraint Thomas Staff Sky
2019 – Continental Competitors Tubular tyres TDF winner Egan Bernal Staff Ineos
2021 & 2022 – World Tour Staff Tyre provide; Staff Ineos, Groupama FDJ, Arkea Samsic, Bahrain Victorious, Movistar, Wanty
2022 Continental Highlights
GP5000 S TR
The race outcomes for the GP5000 S TR tyre converse volumes for its efficiency on the highest degree. Each the Paris Roubaix and the World Time Trial Championships had been gained on the GP5000 S TR. Continental managed to make this tyre 50 grams lighter, extra grippy and extra puncture proof than the earlier version. Continental achieved this wizardry by way of a complete re-design of the tyre, transferring from three layers to 2 and eradicating the inside layer of rubber which allowed the earlier GP5000 TL model work with out sealant. So like different tubeless tyres the GP5000 S TR wants sealant. The tyre options Black Chilli tread rubber and the Vectran puncture resistant strip.
The GP4000S II was an excellent tyre, a lot liked by street riders everywhere in the world. So, when Continental launched the GP5000 clincher in 2018 and introduced; 12% higher rolling resistance, 20% elevated puncture safety along with improved grip and luxury, oh and it’s lighter too, it’s truthful to say eyebrows had been raised. Nonetheless, practically 4 years after the GP5000 tyre launched, these claims had been very well-founded. The GP5000 clincher is an excellent street tyre, particularly when matched with a light-weight inside tube, such because the Continental Supersonic.
Puncture safety is a crucial ingredient for tyres, notably in winter when roads are in worse situation and chilly fingers make punctures harder to swap inside tubes. Continental Gatorskins have developed an unrivalled fame for resisting punctures. The minimize resistant Duraskin layer protects the entire tyre, whereas the puncture proof Poly X Breaker (a densely woven, extremely resistant, polyester fibre) resists penetration by way of the tread, stopping punctures. With a weight of 250 grams for the 25mm folding gatorskin, they’ve confirmed to be very talked-about amongst UK street riders.
Continental’s gravel bike tyre vary is on the market in 27.5″ and 700c, it is usually break up into two kinds of tyre; The Terra Path TR has smaller centre knobs and chunkier facet shoulder knobs for grip in a wide range of circumstances and surfaces together with muddy trails. The lighter treaded Terra Velocity TR options smaller, extra spaced knobs, decrease rolling resistance and is extra suited to dry, dusty and unfastened gravel tracks and trails.
‘Beefed-up’ MTB Vary
2022 has seen a sharper concentrate on MTB tyres, largely due to collaboration and suggestions from skilled athletes such because the Athertons. The most recent vary is designed TR (Tubeless Prepared) round 27.5 & 29er wheels with widths of two.4 and a couple of.6. The mannequin identify on the sidewall is joined by 3 symbols which determine the kind of tyre. The tyres can be found in DH, Enduro and Path casings and totally different rubber compounds.
The Xynotal is right for laborious, rocky terrain with giant knobs to offer a grippy contact patch on laborious surfaces. The Kryptotal are all-rounder tyres, the one ones to be entrance and rear particular. The entrance tyre providing stability and management. The rear has totally different sized knobs and detrimental areas to supply grip over diversified terrain for enhanced braking energy, grip and stability. Argotal is designed for unfastened surfaces together with dusty circumstances – the extensive, open tread sample permits for self cleansing, bolstered shoulder knobs permit additional cornering grip and stability. The Hydrotal is targeted extra on moist and muddy terrain. The open tread permits for self cleansing and bolstered shoulder knobs add stability. The Hydrotal is designed as a Downhill racing tyre and has a DH particular casing and mushy rubber compound.