Continental has launched a new range of tyres dubbed the Gravity line. The new collection of tyres is made up of five brand new treads that are engineered for any terrain, whatever your riding style. Continental hasn't held back either as each tyre comes with three new casings and three rubber compounds. Here are all of the details.
2022 Continental GravityLine xynotal.jpg, by Liam Mercer
Designed especially for hardpack is the Xynotal and contact with the trail is the name of the game with this one. This tyre gets a heavily ramped tread to reduce rolling resistance while serving up continuous contact over hard surfaces. Continental says that it's built with a lot of positive profile for the best footprint on hard terrain and the tyre's sipings increase the number of contact edges in order to boost traction and braking performance.
Next up we've got the Kryptotal tyres with the RE model being designed for use at the rear of the bike and the FR at the front. These tyres are designed for mixed terrain and the RE tyre combines shallow and steep ramps for low rolling resistance, and there are open areas in the tread to create pronounced edges. Of course, the tread pattern on this one is designed for rear wheel use, with a focus on braking, traction, and stability.
As for the Kryptotal FR, it gets a tread profile designed for performance at the front of the bike with high controllability, agility and steering response, says the brand.
The Argotal edges more into looser terrain with a more open tread pattern with an emphasis on mud clearance. The knobs are more pronounced so they can dig into loose soils and the shoulder knobs get a chunk of support to keep cornering stable. Those shoulder knobs also get a tapered design for a boost in grip on loose terrain.
Rounding off the range is the Hydrotal which is Continental's new specialist for wet and particularly muddy conditions. Its tread pattern is open with a lot of space between the knobs and they're supported to boost stability. Like the Argotal, it gets supported shoulder knobs too to help the tyre behave when cornering.
With the new tyres, Continental has developed three new casings with the Downhill model being made up of six layers of carcass material at the tread that gets reduced to four at the side walls. This is to help protect against punctures but also provide suppleness. A cross-woven chafer textile protects the tyre and rim area and there's a foldable aramid bead. This tyre uses something Continental calls 'Apex' which sits around the bead to protect against snakebites while offering more support.
The Enduro casing sits in the middle of the range and it sees fewer layers of carcass material with three at the tread and two at the sidewall. Also differing from the burlier Downhill casing is that the Enduro model gets a cross-woven fabric reaching from the bead to the tread to offer protection against sidewall cuts. This tyre also gets that Apex tech.
Finally, the Trail casing gets everything seen on the Enduro model but loses the Apex tech around the bead. Along with the choice in casings, there are three rubber compounds on offer from Supersoft offering all-out grip to Endurance which is aimed towards longevity.
All tyres are available in each casing and compound apart from the Hydrotal which only comes with the Downhill casing and Supersoft rubber compound. Then, all tyres come in 2.4" widths but the Argotal and Kryptotal RE can be found in fatter 2.6" widths. Continental's new offerings are also available in 29" and 650b sizes with weights ranging from 1,000g up to 1,290g.
Prices for the Gravity tyres start at 60 Euro (~£50).
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