We have already tested six light trail tires in the last issue of ENDURO, now follows a test of six robust enduro tires in the next issue. These tires sill offer very good all round properties, but due to a softer rubber compound, and a robust carcass, also offer more grip and higher puncture resistance in the downhill.
Flat tires can ruin your race! Especially in Racing the puncture resistance of the tire becomes very important.
Also for this test, we traveled all the way to Korbach to test the tires in the laboratory of tire experts Continental.
The old chimney is now only an industrial monument. But nevertheless Continental still produces mountain bike tires here, “made in Germany”.
On various test equipment, the strength of the tread and the carcass was examined.
Even if the rolling resistance values can not be transferred into practice completely, they still helped to evaluate our results.
With modern technology, the tires were tested thoroughly.
Hard-hitting facts. In the laboratory there are no excuses.
Together with the Trail Focus team rider Tobias Reiser we tested the tires not only on different terrain, but also rode them in various weather conditions.
If the tires gets pushed to the limit, punctures are not uncommon. A couple of new tubes were therefore required.
The tire lever was essential for this tire. The thick casing makes installation a feat of strength.
For direct comparison of the tire the exact pressure was important.
At the end we succeeded on the basis of diverse practical experience and laboratory values to draw a clear test conclusion.
Which tire was able to offer up the best performance, you can learn in the next issue #012 of ENDURO. For sure, free & digital and recently now on your iPhone too!
Until then enjoy reading the current issue.
Words & Pictures: Christoph Bayer