Continental Baron Tire $64.95
Light and stout.
The Der Baron tire is a DH favorite when the course is sloppy and wet for its aggressive, widely spaced lugs and Chili Pepper rubber compound. It's a combination that sheds mud and digs deep for encouraging traction, but the tire is too portly if you're not planning on an assisted ride back to the top. That's where Continental's 180tpi Baron Tire comes into play.
By using a different casing and fewer plies, Continental dropped almost a pound of fat from the Der Baron -- while retaining the same renowned tread pattern and rubber compound. This makes the Baron an overachieving, wet-season enduro and all-mountain monster.
That's a lot of lost meat, but the Baron still gets the Apex sidewall treatment to ensure protection from rock damage without compromising a supple ride. Apex is a rubber piece in between the tire layers along the sidewall. This not only makes it tougher, it adds to the Baron's ability to remain stable during hard cornering and heavy landings. Most important though, the Apex reinforcement helps prevent rim impacts on square edge hits.
Adding to the Baron's mud-shedding symmetrical tread pattern is the aforementioned Black Chili compound. It's exclusive to Continental, and only available on tires produced at their German factory. The compound offers lower rolling resistance, while enhancing traction and prolonging tire life.
The Continental Baron Tire is 2.3in wide and only comes in 26in diameters.
Reviews & Community
The Baron doin it right
The Baron holdin down at the Bird.
DHin on the XC
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
After all my Schwable tires burned out within 6 weeks I decided to switch it up and go with conte I am currently using the baron as my front tire on my XC rig and am Loving it's super aggressive tread that makes those descents all the better. I haven't really felt an abundant amount of friction on the ascents as far as roll goes but have noticed when bombing pavement I lose some roll from the tread. But over all it's been a great tire that supplies me excellent traction when ascending or descending
Biking in Sweden
Great DH tire!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I just got one of these this season and it has been a great tire. I've been riding wet and muddy conditions in Sweden and Australia for the WC and it has been my tire of choice.
Are these tires actually ust ready? your...
Are these tires actually ust ready? your specs for them say tubeless. But just got a pair and the bead is different than my mountain kings which say ust ready and tubeless on the tire. I didn't pay $65 for non tubeless/ust tire.
UST and tubeless are two different standards. UST is a patented design, that when paired with a UST rim will allow for tubeless inflation without the need for sealant to help seal the tire bead and the rim. Tubeless means the rubber ply/compound is specifically designed to be air tight, but the bead does require sealant to seal at the rim.