Continental Baron Black Chili 2.3in tyre£49.95

Top mountain bike tyre for mixed conditions

BikeRadar score4/5

It says somethIng about the UK that the Baron was originally an exclusively wet weather tyre. Its compound and carcass make it brilliant all year round if you push right to the edge on every ride.

It’s relatively skinny, but the hefty reinforced Apex carcass lands and sucks up hits better than most bigger tyres, and it handles tubeless-ready running fine. The ramped knobs and Conti’s Black Chili compound mean it rolls okay once you’ve heaved it up to speed.

The predictable and totally trustworthy grip from the split knobs and shock-soaking carcass make it probably the best mixed-conditions gripper we’ve ever ridden. Flowing across rocks and roots or carving wet berms, you can almost forget it’s wet, making it worth the price.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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