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ContinentalDer Kaiser Projekt Tire - 29in

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Der Kaiser Projekt Tire

As a dedicated downhill race tire, the Continental Der Kaiser Projekt 29in Tire provides all the grip, cornering control, and fast-rolling speed to stand atop the podium. Since it's primarily designed as a downhill racing tire, it's not as durable as the standard Der Kaiser 2.5-inch Tire, which is a better option for lift-accessed laps on the weekends and training sessions at the local downhill course. The upside is a lighter weight and faster rolling performance—both of which give you an advantage when every second is absolutely crucial on race day.

This 2.4-inch width tire comes tubeless-ready, so you can reap the benefits of running drastically lower pressures to gain confident traction and heightened composure over rough sections of downhill courses. At only 1000 grams, it's pretty lightweight for a downhill tire, meaning it's best for race day only, as it's lacking the significant reinforcement of burlier options on the market.

Although it's not as burly as many downhill-dedicated tires, it does come with Continental's Protection Apex reinforcement layer, so you'll have extra peace of mind from the race-stopping flats and punctures common on downhill courses. Additionally, you'll find Continental's BlackChili compound, which optimizes grip and lowers rolling resistance to shave precious seconds from your downhill runs. BlackChili is unlike other rubber compounds on the market, which usually emphasize one tire characteristic over the other, only to compromise in riding and racing performance.

  • Downhill racing tire that's lightweight and grippy
  • All-around tread excels everywhere but wet, muddy conditions
  • BlackChili compound lowers rolling resistance, increases grip
  • Protection Apex reinforcement from small punctures on race day
  • 4 plies of 240 tpi casing makes it lighter than other DH tires
  • Tubeless-ready for running lower pressures and self-sealing
  • Handmade in Germany with exceptional fit and finish

Tech Specs
CompoundBlack Chili
Size29 x 2.4 in
Typetubeless-ready clincher
ProtectionProtection Apex
TPI4 plies of 240 tpi
Recommended Usedownhill
Manufacturer Warrantylimited

Claimed Weight

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2lb 3.3oz

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What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Incredible Grip!

I've used it several times
True to size
Size Bought
6` 0"
195 lbs

I normally don’t write reviews, but Der Kaiser has amazing grip. Way more grip than the Maxxis Minion DHR 2 I was running before. And not just the grip improvement you get when going from an old tire to a new one. This Der Kaiser has me cleaning techy, chunky, and steep climbs way more often and way easier, and it has me cornering better and faster. Ride mostly throughout Utah on loose over hard pack and rocky. Highly recommend!! (Can’t speak to the durability because have only had them a few months.)

I'm a road cyclist with kids whose interest made me buy a hardtail to ride trails with them. A cut sidewall on the Maxxis that came on my bike sent me to my LBS over here in the Middle East to get a replacement; I'd always balked at the price of buying tires using black chili compound, but the grip, as you pointed out, is out of this world. I don't generally write reviews, but now, when my road tires wear out, I'm going to swap my Schwalbes for Contis. Simply the best rubber compound I've ever ridden.

>Rating: 5

Quite good

I've put it through the wringer
Runs large
Size Bought
6` 2"
230 lbs

I have been running these for about a year now. The casing seems similar to the EXO+ casing from Maxxis, durability-wise. The black chili compound has tenacious grip in all conditions and lasts for a very long time. A side note: the 2.4" casing on this tire is slightly wider than a 2.5" Maxxis wide trail (WT) casing.

>Rating: 2

Heavy, weak sidewalls.

I replaced these as soon as I possibly could on my Fuel EX8, they were a bit more beefy than necessary, though they didn't last well at all as the sidewalls were getting pinch holes within the month.