ContinentalDer Baron Projekt Tire - 27.5in
Item # CON004O
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May 28, 2020
Budget Enduro Tire
- I've used it several times
- True to size
- Size Bought
I do not generally write reviews out of a combination of being apathetic and believe that most reviews on the internet are generated by kooks. However, out of consciousness for the mountain biking community I have taken to the internet and become a tire critic. After Covid struck I was out of work and looking for an inexpensive alternative to a Maxxis tire and gave this Baron a shot (I purchased a Continental Trail King for the rear wheel, which was even worse). My first impression out of the box was that the tire lacked the enduro casing quality of Maxxis for sure, but was much softer and lighter than anything I have seen from WTB, Specialized or Kenda. The only other enduro-marketed tire I have seen this light has come from Schwalbe (which is notorious for flatting). On the trail the tire performed above my low expectations. In springy, wet Northern California dirt the tire bit nicely and even did well on wet rock. However as conditions dried out the tire lost its identity in the sand and loose. Upon cornering the tire at speed, it folded and burped air and sealant. And through rock gardens it splatted over and over (even at 30 psi). As corners and rock are where a tire makes it hay in the sport, the tire is a proven throwaway for any aggressive rider in aggressive terrain. This tire is a mud and wet specialist and SHOULD NOT be purchased by riders used to the performance of any other enduro/trail tire on the market. Do not be lured by the price.