Down with the Baron.
Big, aggressive knobs and a soft Black Chili compound team up to give the Der Baron Tire excellent downhill traction and control. Continental also ensured that this tire's ready for the sidewall-destroying rocks and ledges that litter DH runs.
The dual ply carcass is reinforced with Apex -- a rubber profile in between the tire's layers along the sidewall. This not only makes it tougher, it adds the Der Baron's ability to hold its line for stability during hard cornering and heavy landings. Most importantly though, the Apex reinforcement helps prevent rim impact on square edge hits.
The symmetrical tread pattern excels at shedding mud when the course is sloppy, and it'll dig into loose and loamy conditions. Adding to the traction picture is the previously mentioned 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 Der Baron Tire is 2.5in wide and only comes in 26in diameters.