Continental Explorer Pro Tire

4.07/5 (172 Reviews)
Weight : 515 grams (Kevlar) MSRP : $51.95


Product Description

The Explorer Pro features the new Endless Edge tread block design, defining a new tyre generation for cross country and allround use. The tread pattern features reduced-profile five-cornered blocks in variable orientation, extending low onto the sidewall area for outstanding cornering control. The ExplorerPro boasts an extremely low weight and fine casing for smooth traction on roots and stones. Also available as ExplorerPro Dual and ExplorerProTection. size: 2.1
  • 26 x 2.10 570 grams (wire) 515 grams (Kevlar)


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by BDS a Weekend Warrior from Frederick, MD

    Date Reviewed: November 7, 2009

    Strengths:    In the beginning it had great traction.

    Weaknesses:    The nobs wore down very fast. I don't ride nearly as much as I like so my tires last usually 2-3 years. These wore down within 9 months and started to have nobs break off. They then started to crack down the middle.

    Bottom Line:   
    I really wanted to like these tires and got a great deal on them, but they didn't live up to my expectations.

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    Favorite Trail:   Frederick Watershed

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Purchased At:   Competitive Cyclist

    Bike Setup:   Trek EX8

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Malamute a Cross Country Rider from belgium

    Date Reviewed: August 1, 2009

    Strengths:    Only used it up front
    Cornering is amazing, great braking power


    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    I only used this tire up front and less then a month only, tho im going to install these again as they pleased me very well.
    When cornering it didnt even think aboud comming loose, also when braking the tire doesnt hesitate for a second, the rolling ability is i cant really say alot aboud as i only used it in very muddy terain and only less then a month aswell.

    the tire is an excelent choise for Xc riders who want a tire u can trust up front wich will not loose traction in any condition, tho for the ppl who are into agressive all mountain and freeride etc they are build to light imo

    5chillies on value
    and another 5 for overall

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   xaveer

    Similar Products Used:   Mountain kings, nobbie nics, and some older types

    Bike Setup:   hardtail with average to descent XC setup
    fox f90 fork

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by schlim a Cross Country Rider from Hayden, ID

    Date Reviewed: October 12, 2008

    Strengths:    **Review for PROtection DuraSkin version**
    Endless Edge side lugs are spectacular. 540g for a kevlar reinforced tire. Mounted dead straight in the rim with no wobbles. Ultra-fast through gravel and loose junk. Nice climbing traction from the rear. Great feeling of stability at higher speeds.


    Weaknesses:    Pretty hard carcass, so comfort is somewhat lacking. Rolling resistance and vibration on the road, but I'd rather have off-road bite. As usual with Conti tires, closer to a 2.0 than a 2.1.

    Bottom Line:   
    I grabbed these on a whim from Competitive Cyclist when I saw that they were closing out the 07 version of the Explorer Protection tires with the DuraSkin kevlar weave sidewalls.

    The casing seemed pretty hard once mounted on the bike, which made me concerned about wheel deflection off of the terrain. I didn't have to worry, though. These tires bite every bit as well as my Conti Vertical Pro 2.3s.
    They aren't quite as soft and comfy, but they transmit the feel of the trail extraordinarily well.

    Cornering grip is the most critical thing I look for in a tire, and these things have it in gobs. I cranked the bike over as hard as I could on some swoopy berms in gravel and assorted loose stuff. They didn't break loose. Occasionally I could feel the back tire skip a couple of inches before digging right back in. The same trail was ridiculously faster with the Explorers over the Panaracer Fire 2.1s. The bead is true and the tire mounted up straight on both tires the first time. The bead is tight enough that I think this could be run tubeless successfully if desired.

    The Explorers are an older model tire that will probably be dropped eventually for the newer Mountain King-type Conti tires, but I'm pleased to have found them. Hopefully the newer tire designs will work as well for me.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Purchased At:   Competitive Cyclist

    Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Fire XC 2.1, Fire FR 2.4, Rampage 2.3, Hutchinson Barracuda MRC UST 2.1, Kenda Nevegal UST 2.1, IRC Serac XC 1.9, IRC Mythos XC 2.1, Ritchey Z-Max Evolution 2.3, WTB Nano Raptor 2.1, Conti Vertical Pro 2.3

    Bike Setup:   06 Titus Racer X, DT Swiss 240s 4.2d, X.9, RS Reba Team

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Sebastien a Cross Country Rider from Metz, France

    Date Reviewed: May 19, 2007

    Strengths:    Great cornering ability, can go tubeless, moderate weight, durable

    Weaknesses:    Less comfortable than other tires, rolling resistance

    Bottom Line:   
    This review is for the Explorer Pro.

    I've used this tire in many different conditions.

    To make it short, this is simply the best front tire I've ever tried. It gives me confidence to ride aggressively in nearly any condition. Cornering is so secure with this tire !

    As a bonus, this tires mounts easily tubeless (using "no-flats" conversion kit).

    Sadly, as a rear tire, it is not that exceptionnal : although traction is great, I find there's too much rolling resistance when it's dry, and does not shed enough mud when it's very muddy.

    Other point that can be a bit annoying, confort is so-so on this version, esp. compared to the Maxxis Crossmark.

    However, if I had to use a single rear tire all over the year, this would be this one without a doubt.

    Rating : 5 chilis front, 3 rear.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Similar Products Used:   Many from Maxxis, Michelin and Hutchinson

    Bike Setup:   Viper Fugitif (Softail)

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by turtel a Weekend Warrior from penguin tasmania orstralia

    Date Reviewed: April 26, 2007

    Strengths:    lite but allrite

    Weaknesses:    wear quickly ish

    Bottom Line:   
    grippy in all conditions except rocky and bullwinkle conditions here in taz country. work very well in dry conditions eg SA. handle mud pretty good but struggle a little in rock/gravel. all up the dogs bollocks as long as there isn't too many baby heads. LITE BUT ORLRITE.

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    Favorite Trail:   mount montgomery

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Similar Products Used:   michelin ritchey specialised kenda et al--ive got a migrain just thinking about it

    Bike Setup:   stumpy pro etc

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Ryan a Cross Country Rider from Indianapolis, IN

    Date Reviewed: April 23, 2007

    Strengths:    durability, fair performance in tech sections, relatively fast.

    Weaknesses:    terrible cornering and breaking performance.

    Bottom Line:   
    I ran these tires for about a full year hoping I'd find some medium ground with them. I experimented quite a bit with different PSI's, but I could never find a setting where these tires would give a consistent performance.

    Overall, they perform OK in rocky and rooty sections and they aren't too bad while climbing. In all fairness, I never had a moment where they lost traction on a climb. However, all confidence is lost once you hit the twists and turns of the trail as these tires really want to squirm away from you once you start to lean the bike over.

    I'd look elsewhere for an all-around XC tire. Try the Crossmark. I've been very happy with them since switching over.

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    Favorite Trail:   BCSP

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   BGI

    Similar Products Used:   IRC Mythos, Hutchinson Pythons, Kenda Karma, Maxxis Crossmark (currently running)

    Bike Setup:   Curtlo Adv. Mountaineer, White Bros fork, X.9 stuff, King classic hubs, Mavic 517 rims, Race Face turbine cranks.....

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Deryck Todd a Racer from East Lonodon, Eastern Cape, South Africa

    Date Reviewed: March 10, 2007

    Strengths:    Great traction in all conditions. Corners really good aswell

    Weaknesses:    Wear kinda fast if you ride abit on tar

    Bottom Line:   
    Great tyres for all offroad terrain. Light weight and durable.

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    Favorite Trail:   Longhill

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $125.00

    Purchased At:   Cycle HQ

    Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Flyweight, Hutchinson

    Bike Setup:   Carbon Sliverback Michigan. Full XT, Manitou Black fork

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mike Blitz a Cross Country Rider from WB, MI USA

    Date Reviewed: November 14, 2006

    Strengths:    Great traction in all conditions. Extremely durable.

    Weaknesses:    None worth time to mention

    Bottom Line:   
    Had same tires on previous bike. Replaced stock tires with new Cont's when tread on OAM tires needed replacements. As you can see from above set up, I always upgrade when OAM needs to be replaced.

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    Favorite Trail:   PLRA, Highland, Maybury, Lakeshore

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Similar Products Used:   Bont. Jones A/C

    Bike Setup:   Stumpy Comp, upgrades - Chris King with DT Swiss fr, XT with 717 rear, King head, Thompson stem and post. Avid ultim rim brakes, XT crank, Bontrager racer X carbon bars. Stock - XTR rear, LX front, FX 80.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mike Blitz a Cross Country Rider from WB, MI USA

    Date Reviewed: November 14, 2006

    Strengths:    Great traction in all conditions. Extremely durable.

    Weaknesses:    None worth time to mention

    Bottom Line:   
    Had same tires on previous bike. Replaced stock tires with new Cont's when tread on OAM tires needed replacements. As you can see from above set up, I always upgrade when OAM needs to be replaced.

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    Favorite Trail:   PLRA, Highland, Maybury, Lakeshore

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Similar Products Used:   Bont. Jones A/C

    Bike Setup:   Stumpy Comp, upgrades - Chris King with DT Swiss fr, XT with 717 rear, King head, Thompson stem and post. Avid ultim rim brakes, XT crank, Bontrager racer X carbon bars. Stock - XTR rear, LX front, FX 80.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Joe from Jacksonville Fl

    Date Reviewed: September 30, 2006

    Strengths:    wow

    Weaknesses:    none so far

    Bottom Line:   
    This really feels like tire nirvanna to me. Light, aggressive, quick. Everyone is sooooo enamored with the VerticalPro model, you can pick them up for a steal almost anywhere.

    Is not as lethargic as the Spider felt, as quick as the maxxis but much more ability to handle corners.

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    Favorite Trail:   Tsali

    Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

    Price Paid:    $17.00

    Purchased At:   ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Hi-Roller, Hutch. Spider, IRC Mythos, Bonti Jones

    Bike Setup:   98 DBR v-link

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Daniel O' Brien a Cross Country Rider from England

    Date Reviewed: August 6, 2006

    Strengths:    Low weight. Rolling resistance.

    Weaknesses:    Shredded centre nobs after four rides. No grip on loose descents.

    Bottom Line:   
    The centre nobs on these tyres are shredded after just four rides. They lock up on ANY loose/rocky desecents and this shreds the lugs. Don't buy these if you want to do any form of mildly aggressive downhill riding. I have contacted Continental to complain.

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    Favorite Trail:   Chatel bike park, France

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $40.00

    Purchased At:   Wiggle

    Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Fire XC Pro 2.1

    Bike Setup:   Cannondale Jekyll 600

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Nizar Kailani a Cross Country Rider from Arcadia, CA

    Date Reviewed: June 30, 2006

    Strengths:    Amazing traction, low resistance, It feels like it has no knobs yet it's glued to the trail on turns, amazing I do not think I will ever buy anything else

    Weaknesses:    short life, high price

    Bottom Line:   
    If you can get a deal on a pair then they are the bes tire you can buy

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    Favorite Trail:   Claremont / Marshal

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $21.00

    Purchased At:   e-bay

    Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Fire XC Pro, Maxxis Hansventure, WTB

    Bike Setup:   Marin Eastpeak w/ XTR

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Al Osorio a Cross Country Rider from Zurich, Switzerland

    Date Reviewed: June 6, 2006

    Strengths:    Great value if you grab them with a discount. Perfect tourer for all conditions unless its a "Mud Fest". Low rolling resistance and very good weight. (Kevlar)Great all-a-rounder.

    Weaknesses:    A little expensive if you don't get a % off the standard price. Start to flat out easier towards end of treadlife but so do most. The knobs are a little shallow for the real muddy stuff and you should not ride with high pressure because you lose a lot of traction the back tire especially. (but who is riding hard pressure these days)

    Bottom Line:   
    Just wanted to say something good about these tires that are a must buy when on sale for tourers looking for quick tires that can hold up to a beating, and not have knobs that stick out like tumors.

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    Favorite Trail:   Engadin

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $28.00

    Purchased At:   ONline through German retailer

    Similar Products Used:   Little Albert Schwalbe-Better for mud, but then you add noticeable rolling resistance with the Alberts. It's a "climate" choice between the Explorer and Albert.

    Bike Setup:   XT/Marzochi/hardtail/XTR V-brakes

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mads Meldgaard a Cross Country Rider from Aarhus

    Date Reviewed: May 30, 2006

    Strengths:    Superb cornering in all conditions, 460 grams (Supersonic), predictable handling

    Weaknesses:    Rolling resistance not equal to the best racing tires out there, which however comes for great traction in technical and/or wet conditions

    Bottom Line:   
    My tire philosophy is that to ride fast you most know your front tire in all conditions. Better to use the same tire in all conditions and thereby getting a very good feling for the "washout-limit". The Explorer is an excellent front tire for all conditions. I only change to another front tire (Racing Ralph) for Marathon in dry weather.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   Internet shop

    Similar Products Used:   Scwalbe Racing Ralph, Conti twister, Ritchey Speedmax, Ritchey Mud Max and several others

    Bike Setup:   XC-Fully

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Jo Dirt a Cross Country Rider from Canada

    Date Reviewed: January 22, 2006

    Strengths:    nice light weight
    decent all round grip on harder surfaces
    fast rolling
    2.1 allows a little extra cushion


    Weaknesses:    washes out big time going downhill fast
    not so good in loamy or soft soils
    prone to pinch flats


    Bottom Line:   
    These tires are a reasonable trade-off between absolute traction and ligh weight. Compared to my perennial fave, the panaracer fire xc pro, these simply do not offer the same grip as the panaracers. The conti's lose their cornering grip in any loose conditions and wash out badly. On the other hand, if you ride 90% of the time on hardpack or slickrock, these grip extremely well on such harder surfaces. Also, the explorers do shed mud reasonably well, with their simple, shallow and tapered tread block pattern -far better than the fire xc's do.

    Overall, a good tire for those looking for a little extra floatation or riders who typically find themselves on harder surfaces. A fair tread for racers looking for more grip than the average semi-slick offers as well. These tires occupy an odd niche: not in the superlight category like the maxxis flyweight or twister supersonic, and not in the all-mountian thrasher category, like the panaracers, making them a bit of an orphan.

    Sadly, they do disappoint in their ability to resist (or rather not resist) pinch flats as well. The casing is quite thin (keeping the weight down)and thus does very little to keep the rim from coming into hard contact with the tube. The required higher pressures one must run to keep pinch flats at bay compromises the tire's ability to conform to the soil as well, futher reducing their overall grip and cushioning. The fire xc is great in this respect, resisting pinch flats to an almost absurd degree, mushing themselves into any terrain to find traction -but the fire xc's weigh almost 70g more per tire.

    For their cobination of surprisingly light weight (515g), fast rolling, good mud clearing and fair grip, I'll give them a 4/5 all round.

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    Favorite Trail:   most anything dirty

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Similar Products Used:   so, so many

    Bike Setup:   05 s-works epic w/f100rlt, built to race

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    Conti Explorer Pro durability questions

    I'm looking at the "Explorer Pro" or "Explorer Protection". I've heard of the sidewalls and knobs ripping on the Explorer Pro for a couple people, I'm curious to hear others' experiences. And the Protection version, does that really add any durability? It's only 10 grams heavier (claimed) per tir ... Read More »

    Explorer Pro's with Stan's

    A LBS here has Explorer Pro's on sale for $20 each this weekend. I am in need of race tires for 24hrs of Steamboat and other races this year. I use Stan's ZTR355 rim in front, and Stan's Olympic rim in rear with his DIY tubeless setup. My other set of wheels has a Diesel in front, and Gravity Pro ... Read More »

    Conti Explorer Pro's.....shocked to see weight

    I use to run Explorer Pros all the time with never a problem tubed or tubeless and thought they were great tires. Weights from what I recall was in the neighborhood of 550 grams for size 2.1's. The older German made tires were lighter than the newer asian productions. I went off to try different ... Read More »

    Explorer Pro $19.88 excelsports.com

    This price is cheaper than some shops' price on steel beaded models.Read More »

    Continental Supersonic Explorer vs. Vertical Pro? DIFFERENCES?

    Besides the weight and width size what's the peformance difference between the two tires? It looks like they both have the same tread pattern. I'm looking for tires to match well with the Blur. I had the IRC Serac on my previous bike -- which was great for hardpack/rock trail riding in West.Read More »

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