Continental CrossCountry Tire

4.24/5 (106 Reviews)
Weight : 390 grams (kevlar)


Product Description

Continental's CrossCountry model comes in two widths, 1.5" for unsurpassed speed, lightness and mud clearance; and 2.0" for extra rubber when you need it. CrossCountry's tread blocks features water-diversion sipes, reshaped chevrons for improved penetration and enhanced self-cleaning, with a more aggressive side profile.
  • 26 x 1.50 440 grams (wire) 390 grams (Kevlar)


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by periwinklekog a Racer from Portland, OR, usa

    Date Reviewed: January 28, 2012

    Strengths:    Using the same singlespeed mountain bike for both short-track and cyclocross, I've used the 1.5's for 'cross season and the 2.0's for short-track. They roll fast and so far no flats on either width. An excellent tire if you insist on running 26" wheels. Although people say this is a muddy conditions tire I've used it successfully on drier courses with lots of loose, chunky clods of dirt. Good traction, amazingly low rolling resistance for the tread pattern.

    Weaknesses:    1.5's no longer made and getting harder to find.

    Bottom Line:   
    I love this tire and have stocked up on a couple extra sets of the 1.5 because they're no longer made. You can still get the 2.0 and it's a fine tire for tacky or muddy conditions. Kinda spendy but Contis are usually worth it.

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    Favorite Trail:   PIR moto course

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Bike Setup:   Redline Monocog singlespeed 26'er - with parts upgrades inc. Misfit Pstcles handlebar, Truvativ Styole cranks/GXP bottom bracket, Crank Bros 5050XX pedals.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by williesurvives1 a Cross Country Rider from New Jersey

    Date Reviewed: March 21, 2010

    Strengths:    low rolling resistance

    Weaknesses:    flat easy

    Bottom Line:   
    they roll fast but flat easy 2 years of riding them and one is shot has a bubble in it

    gonna try Maxiss tires

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   net

    Bike Setup:   cannondale Scalpel

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by CoconutFish a Cross Country Rider from Quezon City, NCR, Philippines

    Date Reviewed: December 1, 2009

    Strengths:    - Long lasting tread
    - Fast acceleration on wet to mucky conditions
    - Digs deep and still takes total control of the terrain
    - All-arounder, with total rolling resistance
    - The Perfect Rear-Tire


    Weaknesses:    - Weak sidewalls... but still lasted 1.9 years of use
    - Expensive
    - Hard-to-find / Hard-to-Acquire


    Bottom Line:   
    I had this ordered from Newtons a few years back and used it on some occasions especially during wet and rainy conditions... and on one of my favored trails, La Mesa Watershed.

    The tire lasted me 1 year and 9 months before it died down on me. It was the perfect muddy to mucky tire that would dig deep just to get enough traction to push it forward aggressively. The knobs on this tire are strategically places to provide perfect acceleration with superior grip that I haven't found on any of the tires I have tried. Even the Continental Edge 1.9 doesn't come close to it even if it has a large carcass compared to the CrossCountry's 1.5.

    The only problem is its hard to acquire in my area. That you have to order it from the distributor to own one.

    Bottomline, I would recommend this tire to all those wanting the perfect grip on wet, muddy and mucky conditions. This is the perfect-rear tire.

    I just hope I can own one again.

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    Favorite Trail:   DRT - Kandila

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $26.00

    Purchased At:   Newtons

    Similar Products Used:   Continental Speed King 2.1 (wire), Continental Mountain King 2.0 (wire), Continental Edge 1.9 (wire), Kenda Small Block Eight 1.95 DTC (folding)

    Bike Setup:   2009 Vision Pursuit (hardtail), 2008 SRSuntour XCR LOD, 2009 Deore Groupset (on 8-speed set-up), Shimano Non-Series Hubs with Alexrims XD-Lite on Continental Mountain King 2.0s

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by illinihand a Cross Country Rider from Champaign, IL

    Date Reviewed: October 13, 2008

    Strengths:    Great Tread, fast, long lasting, great all around tire.

    Weaknesses:    Side walls wore out but that was after 13 years!!!!!

    Bottom Line:   
    These are my favorite tires ever! I love riding thin tires, I feel like I am much faster and never have a problem on trails. I bought my first pair of these when I was in Jr. High School in the mid 90's. I quit riding for 13 years and have now come back to it. I found these in my parents garage and put them on my new bike and have been riding them for the last 2 years. The side walls are finally wearing out so I am going to get some new ones but I love these tires. My first set was a wire pair so now I am going to get the Kevlar.

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    Favorite Trail:   Kickapoo

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Purchased At:   Pro Bikes

    Bike Setup:   Scott Scale 70, Shimano Deore XT compontents. Chris King Wheels

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Dave a Racer from Atlanta, GA

    Date Reviewed: July 17, 2003

    Strengths:    Low rolling resistance, lightweight, great off-camber and mud traction.

    Weaknesses:    Get's funny looks bacuase of it's narrowness.

    Bottom Line:   
    I won my first race with these!

    There has been nothing but rain all season and wanted to get setup with a mud combination and I had heard that an extremely narrow rear is actually a good thing in the slop...it will dig down to the hard surface and grip along with maximum clearence in the chainstays for mud accumulation. This proved to be surprisingly true....they even gripped wet grass.
    I ran this as a rear-only with a WTB Velociraptor in the front. Pumped the contis to about 55 lbs. and the WTBs to 40. I'm a heavier rider so drop 5 lbs off both if you are under 195 lbs.

    The day of the race, the sun came out and baked the course so there were only a few muddy sections that these handled well. The course had rutted out sections where I gripped the sides instead of bobmbing the middle and this combination held the off-camber wall incredibly well.

    Running that narrow tire deifies logic. But they work really well.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Purchased At:   Roswell Bicycles

    Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Fire XC (great all-around tire), Panaracer Trailblaster (flat monsters), WTB Velociraptor (great)

    Bike Setup:   Specialized Stumpjumper FSR XC Pro, Raceface turbine cranks, XTR everything else.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Elsa Chang a Weekend Warrior from Taipei, Taiwan

    Date Reviewed: December 8, 2002

    Strengths:    1.5 inch, looks great with my small frame

    Weaknesses:    Weight: 470g (foldable)

    Bottom Line:   
    If you really care about weight, don't buy this product. It claimed 390g, but actually 466g in my digital scale.

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    Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

    Price Paid:    $24.00

    Bike Setup:   Schwinn frame, XTR, Avid Mag, SID Race Carbon

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Giancarlo a Cross Country Rider from Genoa, Italia

    Date Reviewed: August 17, 2002

    Strengths:    It light and fast to hold the ground very well.

    Weaknesses:    price is high and the side puncture.

    Bottom Line:   
    The tyre is very good for holding the ground and you can rely on in the wet too, mine puncture on the side which is bad and I speak to Continental.de and they say light rotts the side and it break. So is a problem as they make it. I get a new one for nothing so I am not unhappy. So you much watch the side.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years


    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Jon.B a Weekend Warrior from TX

    Date Reviewed: August 11, 2002

    Strengths:    This tire is fast and holds a good line. The tread last a long time and is deep for a Kevlar tire. It has a nice "feel" on the trail.

    Weaknesses:    A bit thin and the sidewalls are not made well enough.

    Bottom Line:   
    I am only writing because I have read some of the reviews here and I have had the same problems with the side of my Contis giving out. Down here riding conditions are different from the west coast but that seems to make no difference to the durability. Apart from the sides the tire is spot on and surprised me because it could hold a line even with lateral pressure which you wouldn't think looking at the tread. A shame about the sides they should be manufactured much better than that.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $60.00

    Purchased At:   speedgoar.com

    Similar Products Used:   Bontrager:Hutchinsons:Tioga:Nokian:WTB:Panaracers.


    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Louis a Cross Country Rider from Quebec, Canada

    Date Reviewed: August 9, 2002

    Strengths:    The 2.0 is good and works in all conditions. Not as lite as the 1.9 but like the Man said my 1.9 blew the side wall out but the 2.0 is different.

    Weaknesses:    A bit heavy and colud roll better.

    Bottom Line:   
    There are a few Cross-country tires and this is for the 1.9 & the 2.0. The 1.9 is better, superb tread that grips in anything with low rolling resistance and lite in the Kevlar. The side walls disintigrated on me. They are like layers of thin brown cotton that unravel..........strange. The 2.0 is sorted on the walls so Continental sussed the problem, but it dont roll as well. The 2.0 is heavier and the feel is heavier but its reliable. A good tire but for the back it washes out on the front.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Fire XC, Velociraptor, Onza Houch, Ritcheys

    Bike Setup:   Scott Strike/Rockshox SID SL/Shimano XTR/Hope Minidiscs/Mavic Crossmax/ Ritchey bars, stem, seatpost & Pedals.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Dan a Weekend Warrior from Northride CA

    Date Reviewed: August 8, 2002

    Strengths:    Great tread, lasts a long time and digs in good. Great back tire.

    Weaknesses:    Weak sidewalls.

    Bottom Line:   
    The tread on these tires is real good it hooks up in most conditions and can cut it in bad mud and loamy soil. Not so good on the front it needs a front specific. Sad about the sides mine split clean out of nowhere! Still no idea what happened. Seems there is some kind of fault but I guess after 2 years Ive got no gripe. A real shame thou there was loads of tread on this one cos I hadnt used it much, 4 flammin turds for great tread but I guess only 2 for weird sidewalls.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $60.00

    Similar Products Used:   WTB, Bontrager Jones, Tioga, Hutchinson, Onza.

    Bike Setup:   Specialized M4 FSR, Truvative/RSSID/XT/XTR/Hope4s/959s.

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Maz a Cross Country Rider from Upstate New York

    Date Reviewed: August 7, 2002

    Strengths:    fast and lite hooks up on anything

    Weaknesses:    sides kind of fade away

    Bottom Line:   
    Nice and fast tire that hooks up real well in most anything.Walls are a funny kind of beige color and fade away. they not so much split or pop but mine just started to unravel......bad news. still I got told theyre out of production the 1.9 that is so I only paid $18..hey what dye expect.

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    Favorite Trail:   anything that I can learn from

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $18.00

    Purchased At:   plaines.com

    Similar Products Used:   Panaracer. Bonti. WTB

    Bike Setup:   Marin Mount Vision with mavic Crossmax Discs. Xtr.Manitou Mars. 858s.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from Bristol

    Date Reviewed: August 6, 2002

    Strengths:    Great tread.......lite........fast

    Weaknesses:    Lousey side walls

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a great tyre while it lasts but like a lot of other reviewers here my sidewalls have split for no reason. It's happened to other Guys I ride with on the Conti's like the Traction. Unfortunately in thr U.K unlike the U.S.A you get the " it must be your fault C**p ". I'm going with someone else from now on like Bontrager.

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    Favorite Trail:   Anything technical

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Purchased At:   L.B.S

    Similar Products Used:   Continental Navigator, Leader Pro, Traction Pro Dual (side walls split ),WTB Velociraptor, Onza Dan, Geax Blade, Warp, Beaumont, Tioga Factory XCs,

    Bike Setup:   Kone Explosive, Marzocchi Z2 BAM Lites, Full XTR, Mavic Crossride Ceramics, etc.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Spannerhead a Weekend Warrior from UK

    Date Reviewed: May 10, 2002

    Strengths:    Fast, nippy grippy, good in mud. Xlent forwrd traction

    Weaknesses:    Needs to be hard. especially on rocky stuff. Like all thin (1.5) tyres it does not like gravelly loose stuff.

    Don't consider it on a kona stinky unless you are just daft..


    Bottom Line:   
    This is a pure XC tyre. I got it because I wanted something that could hack the UK winter/spring mud. You can feel the rocks on it, but I would reccomend it to light riders who have light XC bikes.

    I say put it on the back with a wildgripper on the front.

    If you come to any rocky sections, pray, because you will be going fast when you dump!

    Frighteningly expensive..

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Similar Products Used:   Wildgrippers

    Bike Setup:   Kona stinky

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by karl a Cross Country Rider from York, England

    Date Reviewed: March 24, 2002

    Strengths:    Weight, traction, rolling resistance

    Bottom Line:   
    Spring weather is drying the trails enough for these to be replaced with semislicks...
    but what's the point when they are so light, have low rolling resistance and great traction for the ascents?

    Did find I had to pump the rear one to 60psi to prevent pinch flats on my hardtail, otherwise they're surprisingly touch for such a low weight.

    You know when you're coming out of a muddy rut and the rear tyre slips 'til it grips? -not with these, the side knobs really grab.
    Great tyres.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Bike Setup:   '01 Marin East Peak, Hopes, Mavic 517s

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Kirk a Cross Country Rider from Scotland

    Date Reviewed: September 2, 2001

    Strengths:    Superb forward traction and very light.

    Weaknesses:    seems to lack 'on edge' grip, the knobs on the side of the tyre not amounting to much, wearing away visibly already.

    Bottom Line:   
    I have the 1.5 tyre. Offers excellent forward traction, gives me forward grip when I need it. Cant rely on it in tricky on edge situations, feather the brake a bit too heavily and the tyre slides. Thought it'd be great cos its so light, but I realize I need a wider, chunkier tyre. Good in dry gritty conditions, poor in deep mud unless theres solid ground beneath to bite. A bit uncomfortable on the bum over roots/rocks due to the small size. Payed £25 for it, not worth the money when there are better, bigger, chunkier (heavier) tyres available.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $31.00

    Purchased At:   Velo Eccosse, Edinburgh

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized ground control.


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