Continental Gravity Tire

4.13/5 (38 Reviews)
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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Sebastian

    Date Reviewed: August 15, 2012

    Strengths:    It's a pretty fast wheel, seems like it can take a beating over any rocks and roots. excellent climbing traction as well

    Weaknesses:    a bit spastic on turns, but if you stick it you got it!

    Bottom Line:   
    i was running low on doe and was jonesin to ride. (it was time for some new tread) i picked up a set of these for 64 bucks, and i am proud to say i made a great choice. the turning on the wheel is a little spastic, but i think thats just going to make me a better rider. i rode about 20 miles when i first broke em in and i was climbing like i never have before. it was impressive. hitting berms was intense but it'll get smoother within time. they did slip a couple of times but i was running them at 40 psi. i weigh 155, i think next time i'll run em at 35.
    as for breaking i don't have a strong opinion on yet. it's been a while since i rode and i was feeling a bit under the weather. if the case is that the wheel doesn't break that well, i would think a mountain king on the front would be good, an other factor could be preparation to break. (one just has to know when and when not to) any way... i'd say this is a dope xc tire. if you like berms and ride in a cocktail of trail conditions, this is a dope budget tire for it.

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by T_woot a Cross Country Rider from Auburn, CA

    Date Reviewed: January 26, 2009

    Strengths:    it rolls

    Weaknesses:    Tire sucks, doesn't grip in the mud, or of rocks, not impressed with climbing ability wet and dry. Doesn't corner worth crap at high speeds and washes out easily, skidding is unpredictable and stopping power lacks

    Bottom Line:   
    Get something else and invest your 20 on a different tire

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    Favorite Trail:   Annadel S.P.

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   Cambria Bicycle Outf

    Similar Products Used:   WTB stuff, Kenda Nevegals

    Bike Setup:   07 stumpjumper fsr set up for all mountain, ridden on everything, in every environment

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by orange030 a Cross Country Rider from Argyll

    Date Reviewed: October 5, 2008

    Strengths:    Decent grip and rolls pretty well. Ridden for 600 miles and not much tread wear. Okay if you want a cheap tyre you are happy replacing before tread wears out.

    Weaknesses:    Just blew out the side wall on rear tyre with no warning. On closer inspection much of tyre wall is perished on seam connecting it to steel bead. Would not trust another gravity tyre to be reliable..

    Bottom Line:   
    Decent performance when tyre worked but not long lasting enough and there seems to be quality/reliability problem.

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    Favorite Trail:   Highland Wildcat

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $23.00

    Purchased At:   with bike

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized pro and maxxis high roller

    Bike Setup:   Cove Stiffee with fox vanilla rlc forks

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by mmartinez15 a Weekend Warrior from san antonio, texas, usa

    Date Reviewed: July 16, 2008

    Strengths:    durable, tank like, excellent for rocky applications

    Weaknesses:    son of a u-no-what to take tire off rim, heavy as hell, not so great cornering on hardpack

    Bottom Line:   
    very heavy tire, took them off after only 2 mos, good tire for very rocky terrain but thats not what i ride, changed to crossmax

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    Favorite Trail:   flat rock ranch, comfort tx

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $750.00

    Purchased At:   came on bike from eb

    Similar Products Used:   kenda blue groove, hutchison python, maxxis crossmark

    Bike Setup:   fuji thrill w rkshox rvlation 351 dual air fork, xt cass, crnb fsa seatpost, aliante gamma seat, vuelta team sl wheels, juicy 3, x9 der...

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by tuanscott a Cross Country Rider from Los Angeles, CA

    Date Reviewed: July 15, 2008

    Strengths:    Good grip, good cornering, relatively light, durable

    Weaknesses:    Doesn't shed mud, relatively heavy, not actually a true 2.3"

    Bottom Line:   
    I have the wire bead version. I saw them on sale and they were just two cheap to pass up. A year later, I'm still running them and they've got plenty of life left. I have yet to get a flat of any kind, despite running them at 30psi.

    These work very well in dry conditions; they corner well, they grip on a variety of terrain whether climbing or descending. In the wet they do not shed mud, so be warned. As long as you stick to dry conditions they ride well. I run them at about 30psi and they're nice and cushy. I'm something of a lightweight (150lbs), though, so they may not work for you.

    They're light for their size, but still fairly heavy if you're going to be racing XC (which I do, albeit not very well). They're not a true 2.3"; more like a 2.15-2.2". That works for and against them, in my opinion.

    Five chili's for value since I got them for dirt cheap; five chili's overall because they're very good. If they shed 150g they'd be amazing, but then they probably wouldn't be so durable.

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    Favorite Trail:   Anything with lots of climbing

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $12.00

    Purchased At:   jensonusa

    Similar Products Used:   Kenda, IRC, Panaracer


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Matthew a Weekend Warrior from California

    Date Reviewed: March 10, 2007

    Strengths:    This tire provides great climbing grip. I have almost 500 miles on it and grips almost as well as it did when it was new. This tire also has performed well on sandy and loose trails. It also delivers good control under heavy breaking conditions.

    Weaknesses:    I haven't found any.

    Bottom Line:   
    I do all of my riding in SOCAL which is some rocks, lots of loose dirt, sand and an occasional section of hard pack. This tire has really hung in. I expected to get 300 miles out of it and now I am at 500 and I think I can squeeze a few more hundred out it. It still delivers consistent grip when climbing. For a cheap tire this one can't be beat.

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    Favorite Trail:   Daley Ranch

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $28.00

    Purchased At:   REI

    Similar Products Used:   Lots of others.

    Bike Setup:   '05 GF Cake 2

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Jon BonJovie a Racer from Marin, California

    Date Reviewed: January 29, 2007

    Strengths:    Well, not a lot of strengths. It climbs ok, does like to slip out when you don't want it to. Gets clogged really easily with mud so it will want to dump you in the muddy turns going down twisty singletracks.

    Weaknesses:    Flats out if i drop it under 40psi. Side walls seem kinda iffy, doesn't like to corner at all. Wants to drift all over the place. Lots and lots of flats at 35 psi, even with dh latex tubes.

    Bottom Line:   
    Dont buy this tire. It really sucks. Flats out all the time, wants to drift every where. When you hit the brakes hard it just slides out. Don't buy it.

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    Favorite Trail:   windy ridge, eldridge, old springs

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   Hmmm. Christmas present

    Similar Products Used:   Wtb, kenda, Panaracer,

    Bike Setup:   Trance 2 with Raceface evolve cranks, thomson 70mm stem, answer protaper bars, Reba Sl, Fox Rp3, Hayes 9xc with 7inch rotors and hope stainless steel lines. Time Carbon rxs atac pedals, xt front deraileur and rear cassette. mavic hand made rims with dt swiss hubs. Rampage front tire, nobby nic rear tire.

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by drew a Weekend Warrior from camp lejeune nc

    Date Reviewed: December 12, 2006

    Strengths:    grips like majic.
    seals up fine w/ stans for tubeless use..don't know what others were complaining about.
    Fairly light all in all for a general trail bike.


    Weaknesses:    Not even Close to 2.3- , more like a 2.1 if that.
    I have a 2.3 IRC Mibro UST on the front and it dwarfs the Gravity.


    Bottom Line:   
    Good tire that grips in like none other I have used. The size was a disappointment as it is much smaller than it's claimed size but it does what a tire should.

    I wanted to get a tire w/ some volume because I weigh over 240, this is not that tire- but at 35-40psi it grips like a claw on all the surfaces I have run it on so far. I am really happy with it using the Stan's conversion- it sealed right up and is holding perfectly. I have not been off any drops yet, so I don't know if it will burp or the lack of volume will allow me to smack rim...we will see!

    three turds for the misleading advertising on size---

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   a whole bunch fellas...these work out well as any, and should at least retard my search for a perfect tire for a while.

    Bike Setup:   AM Heckler

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by X-1 a Cross Country Rider from East Bay, CA

    Date Reviewed: November 29, 2006

    Strengths:    Awesome, predictable, consistent GRIP on almost any surface; hardpack, rocks, powder, loam, gravel, name it. On pavement they don't get sketchy or squirmy either.
    Treadwear!
    Durability!


    Weaknesses:    Weight (USTs are anchors)
    All the traction confidence on 95% of surfaces will get you into trouble the first time you hit clay mud.


    Bottom Line:   
    I've beat on these tires for nearly 2yrs with no flats, burps, tears, nada. The only time they spooked me was on peanut-butter-clay mud (does anything grip in that?). Otherwise they've been phenomenal. Next tires will be Vertical or Gravity non USTs with Stans to save some redundant weight.

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    Favorite Trail:   anything I'm riding

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Similar Products Used:   Not much recently as these things just won't wear out!

    Bike Setup:   Yeti 575/Mav DUC

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by DH a Downhiller from England

    Date Reviewed: November 26, 2006

    Strengths:    Good in most dry Conditions,Dry grass Mud etc,

    Weaknesses:    sucks in the wet,the last week ive been using it in the woods with loads of tree stumps and also on some wobbly rocky terrain in dry and wet conditions,the tread is getting ripped of like its being ground against metal sand paper.

    pics here: http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=248275


    Bottom Line:   
    Well ive only been using a Continental Gravity on the front cause i got it for free new,its nice in dry mud dry grass etc,and yes i knew before i used it,it sucks in the wet,but the last week ive been using it in the woods with loads of tree stumps and also on some wobbly rocky terrain in dry and wet conditions,the tread is getting ripped of like its being ground against metal sand paper.

    For a so called FR tyre im not impressed.

    Do not buy if your going to be riding on rocky terrain or in the woods with lots of tree stumps and defanitly not in th wet.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   Swampthings,Highrollers,Nokian Gazza's,Michelin DH Comp 32.

    Bike Setup:   Imperial.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Adam Hunter a Weekend Warrior from Liverpool

    Date Reviewed: August 29, 2006

    Strengths:    Huge amount of grip over 99% of surfaces, wear rate is fantastic-I've done over a years riding on this tyre now both on and off trails and its not really worn that much compared to others I've used.

    Weaknesses:    Clogs up with thick mud easily

    Bottom Line:   
    Great tyre, sticks to almost everything and gives lots of confidence when cornering fast and braking. Definatly worth the money I paid for it.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Bike Setup:   Spesh hardrock pro, egg beaters, hope hydolic discs, easton monkey bars EA70, rockshox, mavic rims

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jim a Racer from Rio Rancho, NM USA

    Date Reviewed: June 29, 2006

    Strengths:    Good traction strong knobs

    Weaknesses:    Gravity's do not clear mud very well

    Bottom Line:   
    Great tire ran them this weekend at the Watermelon classic MTB race and they performed flawlessly. Have used Conti Vertical's and these tires are just as good. The Gravity has stronger knobs. All in all Conti makes some of the best tires around. The price of $20 for the wire beads is a real steal. You will really like these tires for the desert southwest conditions dry dusty hardpack and rocks. If you live where there is mud then you might look for another tire.

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    Favorite Trail:   King of the Mountain

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   REI

    Similar Products Used:   WTB Velociraptors, Michelin Wild grippers

    Bike Setup:   GT Avalanche Marzochi Fork

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Jorgex a Weekend Warrior from Almada, Portugal

    Date Reviewed: April 16, 2006

    Strengths:    -a SUPERB REAR TIRE design for enduro (Gravity protec)
    -Diesel is a light tire for 2.5 (772 g)
    -no squirl lives when you drive-by


    Weaknesses:    -expensive (€35 each one, Diesel and Gravity)
    -Diesel it's not 2.5, more like 2.3 (62-559)
    -Gravity, not 2.3 but 2.1 (57-559)
    -total disaster on thick mud


    Bottom Line:   
    This review is for Diesel Protection and Gravity Protection.

    A big surprise from Continental!!! Finally, a versatile round tire for heavy XC and enduro.

    -Gravity, front:
    It does the job.
    It's confortable, normal roller, good braking power. Not very stable on fast/aggressive corners.
    Nothing special really. I give it 3 chilis.

    -Diesel, front:
    This one excels grav. in everything.
    Light (for a 2.5) and extremely confortable. Cuts throu corners and gives a great brake control. Great on sand. Good price and it fits on small forks like Manitou Axel.
    5 chilis.

    -Gravity, rear:
    This is where the tire shines.
    Fits well on the rims (goodbye tire levers).
    Normal rolling ability, great on downhill but too much grip during uphill sections, perhaps Vapor is better for this job.
    About the corner ability, lets just say that i'm shocked how fast i go through corners.
    In case of skidding don't worry, it is predictable as any other Continental tire like Escape/CrossCountry or Ritchey Z-Max.
    If for some reason you to go through medium/thick mud, think twice. This is a fat tire so make a new trail in the middle of trees and rocks. Not a cheap tire.
    This is an amazing rear tire. 5 chilis.

    -Both:
    Best used with FR/DH tubes.
    My weight is over 100Kg and i use Diesel @30psi or less and Grav. @40psi.

    If you want to prepare your bike for an unknown trail with unknown weather conditions, look no further.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   Nokian, Maxxis, Ritchey, Huchinson, Continental...

    Bike Setup:   Giant escaper'92 (hardtail), Manitou Axel 100mm(om),Hayes disc brake, Mavic mx 321(f) and Mavic D521(r)

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by jason a Cross Country Rider from dallas

    Date Reviewed: March 8, 2006

    Strengths:    Rolls well, corners predictably in most conditions due to the rounded nature of the tread, wears well, reasonably light even for the wire version.

    Weaknesses:    a little small for 2.3

    Bottom Line:   
    I have the wire versions on my single speed, which is my ratted commuter bike that gets no love and only old parts. However I love these tires and are looking to switch to the kevlar version for my other bike.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   ebay

    Similar Products Used:   mutano raptors, mythos, smoke, dart, etc...

    Bike Setup:   single speed

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Matthew a Weekend Warrior from Westminster, CO USA

    Date Reviewed: February 3, 2006

    Strengths:    Long-wearing tire that tracks great in dry conditions.

    Weaknesses:    Narrow for a 2.3 tire.

    Bottom Line:   
    These are great tires for both front and rear use in dry conditions. I've had a lot of problems with premature tire damage (knobs ripping off) in the rocky conditions here in CO and UT. But these tires have been the welcome exception and, although expensive, have been a great investment.

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    Favorite Trail:   North Beaver Mesa to Onion Creek

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $45.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   WTB, Ritchey, IRC, etc.

    Bike Setup:   2003 Giant AC2 w/Cloud Nine rear/Z1 FR3 front shocks.

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