new tyres!

balchy88 Posts: 108
edited June 2009 in MTB general
hi i have some panaracer cinder 2.25 on my hardtail, i find the to be abit heavy, is there a similar tyre out there but lighter and less rolling resistance? with the same comfort?


  • capoz77
    capoz77 Posts: 503
    my favourite tyres of all time Continental Vertical Pros!

    Weigh only 610g per tyre, 2.3 width but when inflated looks more like a 2.1! Very puncture proof, grippy as hell and go down a hill like a rocket up a drainpipe 8) ... ical.shtml ... 51crx.aspx


    September 2003 - Enduro tyre test

    - "..An excellent tyre.." !
    “Another big tyre that has found favour with the Brits, largely due to it's ability to handle practically every trail surface with sure-footedness. The ProTection is instantly recognisable by it's pentagonal-shaped lugs, Conti's Endless Edge system, and twee spiders web motif. But don't let the gimmicks fool you; this tread sticks to dirt like bogies to a men's toilet wall. The difference between the standard and Vertical ProTection is the latter's Duraskin wall, which adds sidewall toughness at the cost of some 20 grams in weight. If you ride in rocky terrain, the pay-off is well worth it. The knob profile is roundish, making for effortless transitions from upright to right over, but the closely spaced lugs mean the tread will pack up in really claggy mud. Everything else though, the ProTection takes in it's stride. We know riders who swear by these tyres and we can see why. If we were to choose one tyre to serve us all year round it would be the Continental Vertical ProTection. This tyre is mid priced and so offers good value. In performance terms, it is well worth the extra two quid over the main contenders..”

    2001- Extracts from three separate tyre tests from MBUK during 200/2001

    - "..a hard riders rubber dream come true.." !
    “One of the best tyres money can buy….is so predictable that it practically has time to write you a letter of intent before initiating a slide...If there was any justice in the world, the Vertical Pro would be the most popular tyre of the year. Try it....Greg Herbold and Smiff were given some of the first prototype Vertical ProTection tyres to test on the demanding terrain surrounding Lake Garda, Italy. Smiffy & Greg spent hours trying to puncture them, but one wrecked wheel later and no puncture, the two gave up. Suffice to say, they're good, reinforced or not. The grip is amazing, the weight is good and the 2.3" size is just perfect. It'll sit happily on the back of hardtails and still offers reasonable clearance thanks to it's shape. It's not overly wide, more like tall & rounded. If you thought Continental tyres were all about road bikes, think again. The Vertical Pro & ProTection are a hard riders rubber dream come true." Test result 5/5


    - "..we heartily recommend them.." !
    "2.3” wide tyres usually mean heavy, big downhill behemoths but Continental’s Vertical ProTection treads come in at under 600g per tyre. To get to this weight Conti have used their skills in tyre construction to lay up a thin carcass with extra protection where it matters on the tastefully brown sidewalls. The 2.3” size allows you to run fairly low tyre pressures for traction yet still have plenty of air volume left to prevent pinch flats. The tread pattern is close, with small knobs spread across the round tyre profile with tread blocks progressing far down the tyre sidewall. For quirkiness, they also have little spider webs hidden within the knobs – Cute. They can be run as either a front or rear tyre with arrows indicating tyre direction".

    "In the past 10 month’s use around the Pennines and Lake District we’ve been very impressed with the handling and durability of the tyre on the loose rocky trails common to these areas. The tread pattern clears mud quite well and maintains contact with the ground at quite scary lean angles. The close knobs even mean the tyre isn’t too slow on tarmac either. If you can run 2.3” wide tyres in your frame, then we heartily recommend them. One of our favourite tyres."
  • seataltea
    seataltea Posts: 594
    Oooh no not Verticals they are for winter when you need big grip in mud and filth.

    Get some Conti Race Kings, fitted a pair to my new Boardman Pro HT only an hour ago, fast, grippy, cheap and fat, bit like me.

    When you ride the pair side by side the Verticals suck themselves to a surface, fantastic in poor conditions but no good in summer.
    'nulla tenaci invia est via'
    Boardman HT Pro fully X0'd
    CUBE Peleton 2012
    Genesis Aether 20 all season commuter
  • _Ferret_
    _Ferret_ Posts: 660
    AHhhh not the verticals! I almost had a nasty spill on those!

    If you want a tyre with low rolling resistance and very light get the nobby nics evo 2,25. If you like riding heavy stuff then go for the 2,4 version. Check out the weights online. Yes they are expensive, but then they are damn good...
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