Since 1892: Bicycle Tyres From Continental
Hanover, Germany. Continental has been developing and manufacturing bicycle tyres since 1892. Those early, so-called "pneumatics", which were much more comfortable and had less rolling resistance than the rim-mounted leather or iron bands used before them, have since been transformed into truly high-tech products.
Today's product lines offered by Continental are built to satisfy the demands of touring cyclists, mountain bikers and racing professionals – indeed, the leading teams of this year's Tour de France rode on tyres made by the company's plant in Korbach (Hesse).
Continental is the only bicycle tyre producer with manufacturing operations in Germany.Tyres - also those for bicycles - consist of different components that are 'baked' under heat and pressure during the vulcanisation process to form the finished rubber product. Crude rubber is the essential base material and is mixed together with carbon black , sulphur, accelerators, antioxidants, dyes, waxes and oils. The various tyre components are then made out of this mixture together with reinforcing materials like Kevlar and steel wire. Nowadays, more modern materials, such as silica, are included to provide better adhesion on wet surfaces and a lower rolling resistance.
Since the early times of bicycle tyre production, cyclists have had mainly one cause for concern: their tyres should be resistant above all to stone penetration and punctures. Modern tyres, like the CONTACT Plus tyre from Continental, feature a specially reinforced puncture-proof layer beneath the tread which is capable of even stopping sharp urban detritus. Despite this extra puncture protection, CONTACT Plus is barely heavier than a normal tourer/commuter tyre. Modern-day bicycle tyres are technologically sophisticated products designed to cater for different biking habits and different types of bicycles.
Continental has engineered its MTB tyre range to fit tubeless and standard rims. Tubeless fitment is hassle free with no compressor inflation required. All Continental MTB tyres are now certified for use on Electric Mountain Bikes (E-25). With five build options and three diameter choices (26", 27.5", 29"), the Continental range covers every requirement, from >1kg downhill tyres to lightweight cross-country options. The addition of 2.6 & 2.8 tread sizes gives further choice for B+ riders. Owners of urban/commuter bikes and racers can also choose from a wide spectrum of tyres, including tubeless and tubular options. What's more, for the modern harsh winters in northern Europe, there's also a studded winter tyre series for both trekking and mountain bikes.Continental AG is a leading supplier of tyres, brake systems, chassis components and industrial elastomers.Marketing Service International.