Continental Rubber Queen Black Chili tyre review£44.95

Oustanding grip

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Continental have launched a serious assault on the mountain bike tyre market in the past couple of years with their range of Black Chili compound rubber royalty. Their new Queen is pricey, but its performance is outstanding.

The evolved paddle tread gives loads of straight-line drive and braking grip and stability. There are enough angles and sipes to keep it hooked up sideways, right over onto its shoulder too, with a useful pre-slip growl on drier surfaces.

The surface-moulding Black Chili compound sticks extremely well to all trail surfaces without slowing the tyre down. Its supple feel and low weight gives excellent agility and speed for such a surefooted tyre too. This lightweight version does puncture quite easily though and the price is an issue.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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