Continental Vapor Tire

3.07/5 (27 Reviews)
MSRP : $19.99


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by 6294andrew a Weekend Warrior from england

    Date Reviewed: November 20, 2011

    Strengths:    good all round, clears most mud, rolls well, fairly puncher resistant,

    Weaknesses:    a bit heavy

    Bottom Line:   
    good tyre, but expensive, i'd buy again!

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   noah's ark

    Bike Setup:   dekerf rigid, 2x9, light xcountry flyer

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by momomo68 a Cross Country Rider from Austin, TX, US

    Date Reviewed: March 19, 2011

    Strengths:    Alright on hard pack, as rear tire.

    Weaknesses:    Short tread, low grip, low tread life, rocks can cut to wires, horrible wet traction, near impossible to get on/off

    Bottom Line:   
    DON'T BUY THESE TIRES! There are better knobbies for sand/mud/rocks and there are better slicks and hybrids for hardpack - DO NOT BUY! The two products listed above are SO much better!

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    Favorite Trail:   Barton Springs Greenbelt

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   Local Bike Shop

    Similar Products Used:   Bontrager knobbies, WTB Velociraptor 2.1s

    Bike Setup:   Trek 6000, 4in travel fork

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Hugh_J a Cross Country Rider from Romania

    Date Reviewed: June 3, 2010

    Strengths:    looks Ok-is

    Weaknesses:    Destroyed in 2 days and 60 kms - central part utterly doomed :)...
    http://haralamb.blogspot.com/2010/05/anvelope-continental-vapor.html


    Bottom Line:   
    will never buy Conti again...hardly wait to get my hands on some money and get rid of'em.

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    Favorite Trail:   Academiei - Romniceanu

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   xBikers

    Similar Products Used:   Schwalbe SmartSam (much better)

    Bike Setup:   Cube Analog Disk 2009 w/ dart 2 and SRAM

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by John Thompson a Cross Country Rider from Plymouth UK

    Date Reviewed: January 20, 2008

    Strengths:    Fast(ish) tyre. Predictable. Lasts well. Good for what it is. Continental make good tyres - you can't go far wrong.

    Weaknesses:    Not the best grip in the wet. Too small for aggressive trail riding. Took them off the full susser in the hunt for more grip and bigger volume.

    Bottom Line:   
    Good tyre for mile munchers who dont want to buy new tyres every year. I use these on my hardtail for commuting instead of slicks, as it enables me to take off road shortcuts (and basically have a bit of fun in the process). Ideal for mixed conditions. This would be a great tyre for someone who predominantly rides fire trails or who is neither aggressive or technical.

    Not the lightest or grippiest because of the good amount of hardish compound tread but this means it doesn't wear out fast. The steel versions are excellent value budget tyres. I wouldn't buy the more expensive versions again because I don't think they are worth the extra cash. If I were buying an expensive tyre I wouldn't want a 'jack-of-all-trades' tyre like this one.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   online

    Similar Products Used:   conti verticals, specialized resolution

    Bike Setup:   works stumpy

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by jv a Cross Country Rider from philippines

    Date Reviewed: October 10, 2007

    Strengths:    has a good mileage for the wear and tear, low rolling ressistance, the tire could be used for the rear and in front and thats one thing i like about it.

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    i use my bike a lot and i do go trail biking almost every week and i do not have any bad experiences about this tire excep for pedalling in lose rocks coz it could damage the tire a lot. i ride around 60+ km per ride and that would be back and fort from my place to the trail and back again to my place.

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    Favorite Trail:   anywhere

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   newton bike shop

    Similar Products Used:   kenda klaw, kharisma, maxxis larsen TT

    Bike Setup:   full cross country

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by eric hawkins a Cross Country Rider from lawrenvceville, GA USA

    Date Reviewed: September 24, 2007

    Strengths:    Looks cool.

    Weaknesses:    Very weak rubber

    Bottom Line:   
    Had Vapors on the front and rear. After 50 miles of riding the front tire sidewall ripped parallel to the rim. after another 30 miles of riding the rear tire ripped in the same manner. These were UST tires on Mavic Crossmax rims running about 40lbs air pressure. Not sure how you get a sidewall to rip. These will be the last Continentals I ever waste money on. Prior I had Hutchinson Python's with about 500 miles on them.

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    Favorite Trail:   Chicopee

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $55.00

    Purchased At:   REI

    Similar Products Used:   Hutchinson Python, Michelin Wildgripper

    Bike Setup:   Specialized 2006 Stumpjumper with Mavic Crossmax wheels

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Adam Hunter a Weekend Warrior from Liverpool UK

    Date Reviewed: September 1, 2007

    Strengths:    Grips, low rolling resistance, wears well, fairly cheap (£14 GBP)

    Weaknesses:    Not a 2.1" tyre

    Bottom Line:   
    I like this tyre, I use it on the rear with a Conti Vertical up front. Grips well and has never let me down. I found the wear rate to be alot better than specialized tyres and the Conti's have less rolling resistance.

    I'll be buying this tyre again...

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $14.00

    Purchased At:   Wiggle.co.uk

    Similar Products Used:   Various Specialized tyres


    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by David Bennett a Cross Country Rider from Highlands Ranch, Co, USA

    Date Reviewed: June 10, 2007

    Strengths:    None

    Weaknesses:    every thing

    Bottom Line:   
    dont buy them tread wears fast

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    Favorite Trail:   Mt. Falcon Park

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $45.00

    Purchased At:   Bicycle Pedal'r

    Similar Products Used:   just about anything you can think of

    Bike Setup:   xc bike

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by pedal from Christchurch, New Zealand

    Date Reviewed: April 22, 2007

    Strengths:    Rolls like a slick

    Weaknesses:    Grips like a slick

    Bottom Line:   
    Got them free as a small race prize (donated by a bike manufacturer who presumably decided not to fit them to any new bike) and mounted them on the back of the singlespeed for a faster roll - replaced 2.35 tires at 25lbs mounted for comfort

    1 Roll hell fast on the groomed hard flat trails where I mostly ride the SS
    2 Grip is fine in these conditions and breakaway/slide is there but it is predictable (I like this)
    3 Have taken them on a couple of trails with wet dirt, looser surfaces and grass - there is very little grip when the trail gets wet or on even slight up/downhills
    4 I run them around 30lbs & actually find they soften the back end reasonably well - no flats yet with v lightwt tubes but mostly ridden on the well made trails - no rocks etc
    5 Way undersized - mine measured at 51/46 - more like a small 2.0 or 1.9 not a 2.1 and visually looks small
    Bottom Line: If you mount these on the front please invite me along for the ride, I will enjoy my day. If you want a fast rear tire for a race or trails with good surface grip then this will work - because I think this is what Continental intended I'll give up some chillies.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   Slicks

    Bike Setup:   This tire is on the back of my DMR singlespeed with old bulletproof rim brake Mavic Crossmaxs

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Andy Lo a Cross Country Rider from Penang, Malaysia

    Date Reviewed: March 5, 2007

    Strengths:    Cheap. Very good price compared to other tires available. Quite light?

    Weaknesses:    Wears off quick. Had 3 punctures in 6 months of usage. But once was because of nail and another pinch flat.

    Bottom Line:   
    For the price I paid for it, I have nothing to complain about. I paid RM35, which I think is about US$10 now. Might be a bit soft when trying to grip on soft surfaces(wet grass etc.) I will get this again though on my next replacement.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $10.00

    Purchased At:   KT Cycletron

    Similar Products Used:   Maxxis wormdrive, Michelin wildgripper.

    Bike Setup:   Tank Easton Elite 17" with Deore groupset, hydraulic disc with XT 8" rotor front, Shimano WH565 wheelset, Truvativ stem, bar and seatpost.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Mike S a Cross Country Rider from Switzerland

    Date Reviewed: November 13, 2006

    Strengths:    perform well on hardpack and roll well at high pressures (so do lots of tyres!)

    Weaknesses:    unpredictable and don't grip well (especially front end) on gravel surfaces. traction is better at around half recommended max pressure but watch your av. speed and times drop!! I had to stop and pump them up again :-(

    Bottom Line:   
    If you like a tyre with a lot of feel at the front end (who doesn't) then look elsewhere. Might be good if you only ride areas that are hard pack and have absolutely no loose cover. I'm trying to wear mine out ASAP.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Purchased At:   local bike shop

    Similar Products Used:   Panaracer, Specialized

    Bike Setup:   Cannondale M800. Full XT, hollowtech cranks, Manitou SX Ti, Cane Creek Aeroheat wheels, Raceface evolve seatpost, Control tech stem, Selle Italia signo seat

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mike Bryant a Cross Country Rider from England

    Date Reviewed: August 9, 2006

    Strengths:    Very grippy on the rear. When on road these are fantastic, really gives me an edge on the on-road sections of my local track, compared to the other riders on mud tyres. "Enough" grip on the rear.

    Weaknesses:    Not good on the front. Was wranging my bike around trees when the front tyre gave out, hit my face on the tree at 20mph, ouch! Before you buy visit www.conti-online.com. Continental offer a chart somewhere on their website that details which tyres should be used where. Incidentally, Vapors are NOT recommended for front use! Also I thought I bought a 2.1 tyre. it's closer to 1.9!

    Bottom Line:   
    Use them on the back, get something better for the front! Good value at £14 per tyre ($20). Should be rear specific. The fact conti say they are for front as well, makes me say 4 overall.

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    Favorite Trail:   My local woods

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   Wiggle

    Similar Products Used:   Halo Knobbler, Vuelta Gecko (rubbish!)

    Bike Setup:   Shogun Curfew, Suntour XCR forks, Conti Vapor Rear, Halo Knobbler 2.2 front (SH*T loads of grip!). Nothing else changed.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Ybiker a Cross Country Rider from San Diego, CA

    Date Reviewed: July 6, 2006

    Strengths:    Excellent traction.

    Weaknesses:    Like most Continentals, pricey compared to IRC and WTB.

    Bottom Line:   
    I fall more in love with this tire the more I ride. It climbs well and has excellent traction in sand. If I start to get bogged down in the local sand pit, I can pop up the front and spin my way out.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   Bike Nashbar

    Similar Products Used:   Mythos XC.

    Bike Setup:   Y-bike with Cloud Nine rear shock, Judy DH front shock, Conti Explorer Protect front tire, Vapor Pro rear tire.

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Ezra a Cross Country Rider from Los Angeles

    Date Reviewed: April 16, 2006

    Strengths:    I didn't have more flats than normal. Fairly lightweight, seemed to roll pretty easy on flat stable terrain and long non-technical ascents. They did get better after I rode on them for a while.

    Weaknesses:    Washes out all of a sudden goes from gripping in corners to sliding on elbows and knees with no warning at all.

    Bottom Line:   
    I didn't like them, I had traction trouble even on tacky days

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   Came with bike

    Similar Products Used:   WTB Mutano, Panaracer Fire XC, Intense

    Bike Setup:   Blur, disc brakes

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Joe a Cross Country Rider from Sydney, Australia

    Date Reviewed: February 20, 2006

    Strengths:    Tough sidewalls in the Protection version

    Weaknesses:    Sketchy, breaks away unpredictably

    Bottom Line:   
    These are the first tyres I ever been able to powerslide, meaning I accelerated out of a corner only to have the back end slide out left and then back to the right on dead flat ground! I'd love to say it's because I'm so powerful but...

    Climbing they're hopeless and on rock as previously mentioned they're just dangerous.

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    Favorite Trail:   Manly Dam

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   30

    Similar Products Used:   More than I can remember, looking for the ultimate tyre!

    Bike Setup:   On-one Inbred SS

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