Continental Cross-Country 1.5in£25.95

The alternate diagonal paddle tread is low enough to clean fast and, combined with smaller shoulder studs, it finds some bite in most mucky conditions. Its real party piece is how deep the ultra narrow 1.5in carcass cuts to find hard contact

BikeRadar score4/5

The alternate diagonal paddle tread is low enough to clean fast and, combined with smaller shoulder studs, it finds some bite in most mucky conditions.

Its real party piece is how deep the ultra narrow 1.5in carcass cuts to find hard contact and the amount of mud space it leaves between the tyre and frame.

The skinny profile minimises speed loss in sludge or on fireroads and the feather weight maximises acceleration, making this a fantastic winter race/MTB cyclocross tyre. On the other hand, it also makes handling feel sketchy, particularly on loose gravel or wet rock/ roots - and it pinch punctures easily on rocks or edges so pump it up hard.

 

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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