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Preview Group Test: Which is the best Enduro Tire?

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.

Reifen platt - Rennen gelaufen! Gerade im Racing ist die Pannensicherheit der Reifen von großer Bedeutung.

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.

Zu Gast in Korbach: Der alte Schornstein ist mittlerweile ein Industriedenkmal.

The old chimney is now only an industrial monument. But nevertheless Continental still produces mountain bike tires here, “made in Germany”.

Auf den vielfältigen Prüfständen wurde unter anderem die Festigkeit der Lauffläche und Karkasse geprüft.

On various test equipment, the strength of the tread and the carcass was examined.

Auch wenn sich die Rollwiderstandswerte aus dem Labor nur zum Teil in die Praxis übertragen lassen, so halfen sie doch unsere Ergebnisse zu evaluieren.

Even if the rolling resistance values ​​can not be transferred into practice completely, they still helped to evaluate our results.

Mit modernster Technik wurden die Reifen geprüft.

With modern technology, the tires were tested thoroughly.

Knallharte Fakten. Im Labor gibt es kein Pardon.

Hard-hitting facts. In the laboratory there are no excuses.

Zusammen mit dem Focus Trail Team Fahrer Tobias Reiser testeten wir die Reifen nicht nur  auf unterschiedlichen Untergründen, sondern auch bei verschiedenen Witterungsbedingungen.

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.

Wenn die Reifen im Grenzbereich bewegt werden sind Platten keine Seltenheit

If the tires gets pushed to the limit, punctures are not uncommon. A couple of new tubes were therefore required.

Der Reifenheber war bei diesen Reifen zum Teil unverzichtbar. Die dicke Karkasse macht die Montage zum Kraftakt.

The tire lever was essential for this tire. The thick casing makes installation a feat of strength.

Für den direkten Vergleich ist der exakte Reifendruck entscheidend.

For direct comparison of the tire the exact pressure was important.

Am Ende gelang es uns anhand der vielfältigen Praxiserfahrungen und der Laborwerte ein klares Testfazit zu ziehen.

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

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