Continental is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of bike tires. All its tires are handmade at its production facilities and feature the latest tire technologies. Continental’s compounds maximize grip and mileage while minimizing rolling resistance, whether you are a professional rider or hobbyist.
Continental is well known as an automotive manufacturing company that makes tires and other components for cars, trucks, buses, and more. They have a huge bike tire manufacturing division. In fact, they have been making tires for bikes longer than they have been making any other product in their range.
The company was founded in 1871, making tires for carriages and bicycles. Car tires came later, and they continue to make bike tires.
The company is headquartered in Germany. Their tires are German-made, which is unusual in the bike and bike component manufacturing industry since most bikes, parts, and accessories are manufactured in plants in Asia. Continental trades on its “Handmade in Germany” slogan. In addition to making all their tires at their manufacturing facilities in Germany, they do all of their research and development work there.
Throughout its history, Continental has remained at the forefront of tire production technology. The range includes four specialized compounds designed to maximize grip while minimizing rolling resistance. Continental also works hard on durability and has a compound in the range that features some of the best anti-puncture technology available.
The company sponsors riders and professional racing teams and uses those relationships to get feedback and information on the performance of their tires. This, along with its unrivaled experience in tire manufacturing, makes Continental tires a favorite option for cyclists of all skill and ability levels.
Continental produces a vast range of tires to suit the style of bike that you ride and the type of riding you do. This ranges from weekend excursions on the road or trail to professional cyclists who put in several hours per day, every day.
You will find an extensive selection of these tires on BikeExchange. One of the key things to look out for is the compound used in the tire. This is where Continental delivers its latest technological advances. There are four main compounds used across the range:
• Black Chilli - this high performing tire maximizes all three elements: grip, speed, and durability • ProTection - a mountain bike tire compound that is built tough while still being lightweight • RaceSport - a tire designed specifically for mountain bike racing • Vectran - an anti-puncture tire that does not compromise on rolling resistance
Its tires are divided into four categories:
• Race - road and indoor • MTB - hardpack, loose, downhill, allround, and mud • Cross - hardpack and allround • City/Trekking - city, trekking, E-Bike, and style
Continental sponsors a number of individual mountain bike racers including Danny MacAskill, Andreu Lacondeguy, and Sam Pilgrim. They also support the Topeak-Ergon Racing team, Team AMG Rotwild, the BMC MTB Racing team, and the Madison Saracen Factory race team.
On the roads it sponsors the Lampre-Merida, Lotto Soudal, Movistar, BMC Racing, and Orica GreenEDGE teams.
They also sponsor a number of triathlon athletes and teams, including the Brownlee brothers, the BMC-Etixx Pro Triathlon team, and the SCOTT International Triathlon team.