The running properties of a tyre's rubber compound are largely determined by three interacting factors - static friction [grip], rolling resistance and mileage. The dilemma: If one of these factors is improved, at least one of the other factors worsens in return. A tyre with maximum grip wears faster and rolls slower. If you make the tyre faster or more durable, its grip decreases again.
With the BlackChili Compound, a tread compound that’s based on the latest findings in polymer and raw material research, Continental has provided the cycling scene with a lasting answer to the problem. Depending on the area of application of a tyre, the compound recipe is specifically adapted - whether for racing bikes or mountain bikes, for time trials or downhill. For BlackChili, Continental refines special synthetic rubbers with proven natural rubber to produce particularly high-performance tread compounds. Soot particles are then added to these mixtures, which in turn are optimised in shape and surface properties. The complex compound technology is so sensitive that tyres with BlackChili Compound are produced exclusively in Korbach.
Uncompromisingly designed for use in mountain bike racing: The RaceSport carcasses combine consistent lightweight construction and noticeably better puncture protection at the very highest level. Together with renowned pro mountain bikers, Continental has created the perfect starting point for competition tyres. Handcrafted in Germany, they offer rolling resistance and puncture protection at World Cup level. The construction makes all the difference: a particularly fine and flexible nylon fabric with an elaborately manufactured, protective rubber coating and universal foot. Together with the legendary BlackChili Compound this is the ultimate combination for XC and Marathon Race.