Continental Rubber Queen Tire

4.11/5 (9 Reviews)
MSRP : $63.99

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Continental Rubber Queen Folding Tire: Continental?s Rubber Queen hooks up in a huge variety of conditions without any frame-clearance issues. Widely spaced, square knobs give you predictable traction as you stuff it into corners...

Continental Rubber Queen Tire Pro Review

I have been bashing away on a set of the Continental Rubber Queen 2.4's for around 4 months now, and I must say this is “Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy”. These are big suckers, that is just a blast to use, and they love to haul ass through the meanest territory you can throw at them. Yes, with these babies size does count! The Rubber Queen is a new tire for Continental, and it joins their other existing Downhill, Freeride and All Mountain tires the Der Kaiser and the Rain King. Continue reading →

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Trailsnail a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2013

Strengths:    Excellent grip in various terrains

Weaknesses:    price tag and tire cover seems rather weak (flat due to a thorn twice)

Bottom Line:   
worth the money, the only tire I rode offering comparable grip in various terrains was the Tioga DH. Home terrain is dusty, sandy hardpacked dirt, but even on slippery wet rocks in the alps the tire did an excellent job

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pinkrobe a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2013

Strengths:    In the 2.4, BIG. In the 2.2, QUITE LARGE. Excellent rim protection, amazing durability and grip in all conditions.

Weaknesses:    Hefty, but the more I ride, the lighter it gets. Not my favourite front tire.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great, grippy tire. My local conditions are loose over hardpack, with scree and roots. I have also used it in easy-rolling cedar forest, up fire roads, through greasy rock gardens on slippery Wet Coast roots and granite slabs. There's even a few days of lift-accessed riding in there. Control, predictability, grip - these are the main benefits. It rolls fine, even tubeless at low psi. This is not a weight weenie's tire - the 26x2.4 weighs 850g with the Kevlar bead. It's a fun tire. If your legs can generate the power, the tire will get you up just about everything. On the way down, it grips and drifts predictably. The large volume helps prevent rim dings.

I run the non-UST version tubeless [split tube] with Stan's as low as ~18psi [I am 180# + gear]. I tried using it on the front, but it had this tendency to grip loose rock and roll it in a weird way. Whatever, it felt odd. I moved it to the rear wheel and never looked back. ;-)

I have paired it with an Ardent 2.4 in front, and that is a nice combo. The RQ has more climbing traction than the Ardent, IMHO. I am now trying a Conti Baron 2.3 in front to see how it feels. Overall, I feel the RQ is an excellent tire.

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Favorite Trail:   The one with the sweet downhill and the cool section after the twisty bit.

Duration Product Used:   3 years

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   CRC

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Ardent 2.4, WTB Stout, Maxxis DHF 2.5 and 2.7, Specialized Cannibal, WTB Velociraptor, Ritchey Z-Max, some other Contis.

Bike Setup:   Ibis Mojo HD

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Rob Schofield

Date Reviewed: October 31, 2012

Strengths:    Rubber queen not so good. 2 weeks on normal rough roads the trim bead fractured & tour through side wall causing tube to explode

Weaknesses:    AS above

Bottom Line:   
I thought it was great but did not stand up to much. I have another tyer of the same type which I will only use it on the front wheel.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Nationals a Cross Country Rider from New Zealand

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2011

Strengths:    Great cornering and grip in the mud and on soft terrain. Had a Aspen on the front and changed it back to my RubberQueen because of the mud and the performance was awesome.

Weaknesses:    Need to have it at 40 psi or above other wise they wobble on your rim.

Bottom Line:   
Great Tyre for the mud and soft terrain. Handles like a dream once you get the pressure right.

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Favorite Trail:   Little Red Riding Huck, Rotorua

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Cycletime

Similar Products Used:   Aspen, Mountain King, CrossMarx

Bike Setup:   Merida Mission Full Suspension Single Speed with XT Hubs, Fox Floats RLC and Elixir 5's.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rzozaya1969 a Weekend Warrior from Mexico, Mexico city

Date Reviewed: January 16, 2010

Strengths:    Rolls pretty well, nice weight, good traction for the trails I ride on.

Weaknesses:    I haven't found any yet.

Bottom Line:   
I really like this tires, so far I think they're the ones that I like the most. I liked the Nevegals a lot before the RQ.

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Favorite Trail:   Any

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Chain Reaction Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Nevegals, Nobby Nic, Fat Albert, Maxxis Advantages, Panaracer Fire XC

Bike Setup:   Knolly Endorphin

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Rollin'in'Zona a Racer from Northern, AZ, USA

Date Reviewed: June 11, 2009

Strengths:    It rolls fast, corners fairly well, and handles itself in a predictable manner.

Weaknesses:    Perhaps the flimsyest sidewall i've EVER seen.

Bottom Line:   
This tire(RQ 2.4 non-ust) felt FANTASTIC for three rides. It rolls fast, corners well, and handles itself in a nicely predictable manner.

However, on the fourth ride the flimsy sidewall gave way to a 1"/2cm gash while tooling slowly through 3"-4" cobbles. I'm so dissapointed - but not surprised. I almost sent them back when they arrived because I doubted the paper-thin sidewalls. At $75 per tire, this tire cost me $25 per ride. Unfortunately, I bought a set...

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Favorite Trail:   Life

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $75.00

Similar Products Used:   Ah, 15 years of tires on 4 different bikes... Maxxis, Kenda, Schwalbe, Intense, Panaracer, IRC...

Bike Setup:   6x6

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jgusta a Weekend Warrior from PDX, OR

Date Reviewed: November 21, 2008

Strengths:    Huge, monster volumed, stiff sidewall tire with absolute no sidelug flex allows to run crazy low pressures with excellent pinch flat resistance. Good/great all conditioned tread pattern

Weaknesses:    Couldn't get to mount tubeless on standard rims with conversion kit like other non-UST tires. Raised my BB height a bit due to being pretty tall. Expensive and overpriced if buying them in the states.

Bottom Line:   
This tire absolutely rocks! Only a couple weeks on it, but got about six good rides in varied terrain from rocks to roots to hardpack to wet to muck. Tire excells in all conditions except for mud and muck. This tire is also huge for its size, even bigger than the Schwalbe BB it replaced with better traction and roll over rocks, roots, wet and hardpack. The only condition I could see the BB to be better would be in the mid/late summer thick dust and crazy loose conditions due to slightly more aggressive tread, but the RQ kills it in everything else.

The ultimate AM/FR tire, good job with this one Conti!

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Favorite Trail:   any thing rocky, rooty, and fast

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Chain Reaction Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Schwalbe Big Betty, Conti Diesel, WTB Prowlers, Motoraptor, Kenda Neve, BG, Kinetic, Specialized Enduro, Maxxis Highroller

Bike Setup:   06' Turner RFX 6x6 with AM/FR build

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by steve from australia

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2008

Strengths:    see below

Weaknesses:    see below

Bottom Line:   
forgot to mention, the non-UST version only weighs 850gm; 1050gm is for UST tyre. Maybe an administrator can fix this? The apex sidewall has a thick insert above bead that prevents pinching, and duraskin means no sidewall tears. Will post a follow up later, for now I have to get ready to ride!

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Favorite Trail:   see below

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   see below

Bike Setup:   see below

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve from Australia

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2008

Strengths:    Tractor-like grip, massive air volume, relatively light, almost impossible to pinch-flat.

Weaknesses:    the name.

Bottom Line:   
As you can probably tell I have a bit of a tyre fetish, and this is so far the best rear tyre I have used. Will try it on the front in a few weeks to see how it goes there. Even if you have never liked conti tyres before, you'll like this one. Rolls deceptively fast. The bag is huge, bigger than big betty so can run v low pressure (25psi w/ stans conversion) without fear. Traction is outstanding all the way from one gnarly edge to the other. This must be very close to the perfect freeride/AM tyre. Go buy it!

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Favorite Trail:   one i'm riding

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $80.00

Similar Products Used:   conti gravity/vertical/leader/petrol, Kenda Nevegal, Ritchey z-max, Schwalbe Nobby Nic/Big Betty, Geax Barro Mtn, Maxxis High Roller/Larsen.

Bike Setup:   6 and 6, goes up and down, wheels go round

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Trail king/ rubber queen VS. Hans Dampf

So I have be trying to decide what tires to run this year. I ride on pretty much every condition except really muddy. I have a set of HDs on my bike now and like them for the most part. Two things that are making me think I want a tire change are. The rear feels a bit slow when trying to keep momen ... Read More »

Continental Rubber Queen question

Guys, I bought a set of these [EMAIL=""][/EMAIL] hoping to set them up tubeless on my Stans Flows. I noticed after the fact they were not the UST type but the regular clincher t ... Read More »

Continental Rubber Queen Black Chili RaceSport 2013 29x2.2"

Anyone tried the new tyres? I'm curious bout the actual weight of the tyres.Read More »

Mountain King / Rubber Queen any good at cornering?

Hello everybody! Well this is the story. We have some Continental fans here, and after having listened to them, I got a pair of MK II 2.2 tyres. Well cross-country tyres they are, so narrow, no visible side knobs, whatever. Will be sold soon. So, I am thinking, will the 2.4 be any better? The ... Read More »

Maxxis Advantage vs Continental X-King, Rubber Queen / Trail King

Anyone has experience with all of the three following tires (I am running with tubes)? 1) Maxxis Advantage 2.1 XC (Exception Series) 2) Continental X-King 2.2 Racesport 3) Continental Rubber Queen / Trail King 2.2 (Black Chili) I am riding on XC singletrack, mainly hardpacked with roots, roc ... Read More »

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