Continental Vertical Pro Tire

4.29/5 (175 Reviews)
Weight : 590 grams (kevlar) MSRP : $44.95


Product Description

The revolutionary innovation: the first Continental-downhill-tire with tubeless technology has a completely new tread design with superior performance. Specially designed shoulder blocks offer excellent handling in turns at high speed. The "Endless Edge" tread block design features five-cornered-blocks in variable orientation for grip and effortless, precise steering in all conditions and for all kinds of soils. The VerticalPro provides smooth rolling on hard pack and stable handling on gravel with extremely high limits. The tire is suitable for front and rear use. VerticalPro is also available in wire and Kevlar bead.
  • Vertical Pro 26 x 2.30 660 grams (wire) 590 grams (Kevlar)
  • Vertical Pro TL(tubeless) 26 x 2.30 960 grams (wire)


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Andy Billingsly a Weekend Warrior

    Date Reviewed: June 23, 2012

    Strengths:    Traction, low rolling resistance, excellent cornering

    Weaknesses:    mud, wet rocks, wet roots

    Bottom Line:   
    I have about 350 miles on this tire on the rear and I have never had it break loose and the traction is great!

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by rothnic a Weekend Warrior

    Date Reviewed: June 15, 2012

    Strengths:    Sidewall durability, black chili rubber, grip

    Weaknesses:    Volume, Mud

    Bottom Line:   
    Purchased these from Nashbar on sale, and are perfect for the rooty/rocky trails in Alabama/Tenn/Georgia area. The many small lugs provide excellent grip in these conditions, but can pack up in mud. The only thing keeping these from being perfect is the volume being a little low for the 2.3. However, unlike other reviews I have measured the width and from lug to lug they measure exactly 2.3 with dial calipers.

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    Favorite Trail:   Monte Sano

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Purchased At:   Nashbar

    Bike Setup:   2008 Specialized Enduro

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Lee a All Mountain Rider

    Date Reviewed: April 26, 2012

    Strengths:    Good side wall protection, I could stab these tyres and they would still roll. Fast for a chunky tyre
    Looks the part


    Weaknesses:    holds well on concrete and asphalt. But hang on, i purchased a MTB tyre???

    Bottom Line:   
    Crap really, I feel really unsafe on these donuts. like people before me have stated one minute all seems OK but then WAMMM they just seem to go out on you with no real warning.
    For the rest of you that think they are great so did I. They seem to offer a good package, but once you have hit the trail like a piece of cheese to a grader, you think what the!! after a few more time it's like get F@ck i'm not that incompetent

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    Similar Products Used:   Race King, Ardents

    Bike Setup:   Specialized Epic Carbon

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by elguapo a Cross Country Rider from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

    Date Reviewed: July 13, 2011

    Strengths:    It rolls

    Weaknesses:    Lets loose like no other!

    Bottom Line:   
    Will come out from under you when you least expect it and it feels like you just hit a patch of ice. I now have a BROKEN LEG to prove it. Using tire on rear only. It had come out from under me a few times before, but this last time when I broke my leg I thought I would check to see what others say and sure enough there are reports of it letting lose! Appears to hook up most of the time but when it goes, it goes fast and hard...like no other tire I have experienced. Avoid this one at all costs! I love Continental tires and will buy more in the future but obviously not this one and wanted to make sure I got the warning out there.

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    Favorite Trail:   Little Creek

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $45.00

    Purchased At:   Over the Edge Sports

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized, Continental, WTB

    Bike Setup:   Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Chainy a Weekend Warrior from Germany

    Date Reviewed: January 4, 2011

    Strengths:    Pretty light weigtht, nice volume, reasonable rolling resistance, quite pinch-resistant for that weight.

    Weaknesses:    Wears rather quickly, thorns love them, loud on tarmac (is that bad? yet rolls rather well)
    Handling on gravel and in foul weather rather iffy.


    Bottom Line:   
    Grip levels are quite high, but you won't feel the transition from grip to drift. Most tires start drifting slowly, this one will just let go and down you go. Makes for some iffy handling.

    Conti's Mountain King transitions ways smoother, grips even better and still rolls as good. (Yet it wears ways quicker)
    Schwalbe's Nobby Nic are quite comparable.

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    Favorite Trail:   Technical / "Classic AM"

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   Local dealer

    Similar Products Used:   Schwalbe Nobby N. & King Jim, Conti Mountain King

    Bike Setup:   130/130mm AM fully

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by DesertRiderAZ a Cross Country Rider from Santa Monica, CA

    Date Reviewed: October 26, 2009

    Strengths:    Point and shoot. It goes where you point it, climbs incredibly well, sticks to hardpack dirt, rocks, and roots, glides through sand and gravel. There's a reason this tire has the highest rating out of any with 100+ MTBR reviews. This tire is extremely durable (lasting through years of hard weekend riding). Recently re-released with Black Chili rubber, which is supposed to provide even greater traction. Buy it while you can! And send Continental a message that you love it! Your local bike shop will probably have to order the tire in, as Continental's recent production run was so small it didn't make the catalog. SERIOUSLY, BUY IT.

    Weaknesses:    The only time this tire ever loses traction is on wet rocks or roots. Hardly a failing, as virtually no tire provides good traction in that situation.

    Bottom Line:   
    The best tire I've ridden. The best tire my riding partners have ridden. Best for traction. Best for durability. Best for navigability.

    Special order it from your LBS. You won't look back.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $60.00

    Similar Products Used:   Panaracers, Specialized S-Works, IRC Mythos XC

    Bike Setup:   XT Scandium Dual Suspension Kona

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

    Date Reviewed: October 5, 2008

    Strengths:    Amazing grip and cornering traction, decent air volume, only 580g (non-protection sidewall), excels in all conditions but mud. Accelerates nicely due to its low weight.

    Weaknesses:    Packs up in mud, no biggie. Closer to a 2.2, but has decent air volume.

    Bottom Line:   
    These are quite simply the best tires I have ever run on my bike. My local trail conditions include loose over hardpack, loose babyhead rocks, hardpack dirt, and northwest roots. The Verticals have all the grip, traction, and cornering ability of a Panaracer Fire FR 2.4, but in a 2.3 and 300g lighter per tire. I have had no problems with sidewall cuts, even over sharp rocks at speed. The best thing about them is that I can lean the bike way over without feeling like they are going to break loose. I have only slid out once, and it was at low speed without weight over the front wheel. The Verticals are predictable, comfortable, and bite nicely when climbing.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    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

    Bike Setup:   Turner Six Pack, Z1 Light, Crossmax ST, X.9, DHX Air.

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by dirtjumpcook a Racer from melbourne

    Date Reviewed: August 28, 2008

    Strengths:    good grip on the dirt, holds well, takes corners very well

    Weaknesses:    narrow, gets clogged up with dirt easily, wears out pretty quickly

    Bottom Line:   
    don't buy it, for the same price you can get a much better Tyre

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    Favorite Trail:   buller

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   vicmtb

    Similar Products Used:   maxxis high roller

    Bike Setup:   kona stuff, dirt jumper 3 forks, hayes nine brakes,

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by r3trodisco a Weekend Warrior from uk

    Date Reviewed: August 25, 2008

    Strengths:    eats uk mud does not clog and up hill grip better than high rollers this is not just a down hill tyer but a trail masterpiece offering lots of grip and brill corner traction

    Weaknesses:    dont last long but who cares when there cheep and a little hevey for xc and trail but makes up for it wth grip

    Bottom Line:   
    brill value for money i love mine and for the price well worth a try very very good in extreem wet ang trail turning

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    Favorite Trail:   whiteways

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Purchased At:   halfords

    Similar Products Used:   high rollers and tioga cubes

    Bike Setup:   gt aggressor xc2 with full deore group set and rockshox dart 2 with tires reviewing

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by bigfatadder a Downhiller from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

    Date Reviewed: June 11, 2008

    Strengths:    None

    Weaknesses:    It is bad at everything

    Bottom Line:   
    Rubbish, throw it away and buy a different brand as Bontrager is terrible

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    Favorite Trail:   Hills

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Similar Products Used:   Many, many

    Bike Setup:   Tried on GT avalanche and Scott genius MC

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Luis a Weekend Warrior from Guimaraes - Portugal

    Date Reviewed: April 21, 2008

    Strengths:    Great Rolling, Great Grip, Great Durability, Great Weight!

    Weaknesses:    None (a bit narrow, but it's ok)

    Bottom Line:   
    This is the absolute all mountain tire!

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   hibike.de

    Similar Products Used:   Nobby Nic's ; Conti Diesel ; Tioga Blue Dragon ; Nokian NBX; Hutchinsons....

    Bike Setup:   C'nndale Prophet SL , Lefty , Dt XR 4.1d , Hope Brakes

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Chris Lupton a Weekend Warrior from Suffolk, UK

    Date Reviewed: March 31, 2008

    Strengths:    Amazing grip. Decent rolling resistance & weight.

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    In the slippery, muddy conditions I ride in over winter, these tyres have no equal. I have seen others slide all over the place where these tyres have helped me hold a line. I haven't tried them in summer conditions yet, but on the few dry hardpack rides I have done this winter, thet have rolled well & gripped just as well as in mud. They aren't overly heavy either.

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    Favorite Trail:   Coed Y Brenin

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   Online

    Similar Products Used:   Nothing as good

    Bike Setup:   2008 Commencal Meta 5.5XT

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by David Bill a Cross Country Rider from Jacksonville, NC

    Date Reviewed: February 1, 2008

    Strengths:    Great Grip,low rolling resistance, durable

    Weaknesses:    none so far

    Bottom Line:   
    This tire has saved me on a lot of corners where the Mesquitoes would have dumped me on my head. Most popular tire on the local trails of Eastern North Carolina. This tire will warn you before it slips and then find traction anyway. Only complaint is I would like a larger size to use up front.

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    Favorite Trail:   Brig Trail

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $28.00

    Purchased At:   Jenson USA

    Similar Products Used:   Hutchison Mosquito, Specialized Pro

    Bike Setup:   07 Stumpjumper FSR Expert

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

    Date Reviewed: January 20, 2008

    Strengths:    Useful all round fast trail tyre that combines good grip with low weight and rolling resistance. Excellent in the dry. Sheds mud well. Grips very well at low pressures. Ok on tarmac. Seems to last well. Good for Dartmoor.

    Weaknesses:    Doesn't seem to grip on slick wet rock at all (slate at coed-y-brenin has casused me some pain because of this) - can range from scary to dangerous in these conditions. Also slippery over wet roots (but what tyre isnt?). Carcass not high enough volume to resist pinch flats at low pressures (I am using tubes so maybe this could be avoided by going tubeless). Too small to inspire confidence on rocky descents. Not really 2.3 - more like 2.1 imho.

    Bottom Line:   
    Seems like a good all round XC / trail tyre for non-hardcore riders. I am always trying others but I keep coming back to these because they offer a realy good compromise between speed and grip. Other tyres offer better grip or volume, but these are really fast for what you get from them.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   online

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized resolution 2.0, wtb motoraptor 2.24, panaracer smoke / dart, wtb velociraptor, continental vapor, maxxis swampthing.

    Bike Setup:   works stumpy.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Paul a Cross Country Rider from Nelson, BC Canada

    Date Reviewed: November 3, 2007

    Strengths:    Good for loose dirt.

    Weaknesses:    Bad for Rocks, trees especially wet ones.

    Bottom Line:   
    I was using Panaracer Cinders(best tire I have used) prior to using the Conti's. First thing I noticed was the tall knobs on the sides wouldn't grab on rocks and trees (wet or dry) causing me to slide off of them due to the knobs bending. The salesman told me that they are a do all tire which I would say isn't correct. I just checked the conti site and they say the same thing. I would say they are more of a loose dirt tire.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Similar Products Used:   WTB Mutano and Moto. Panaracer Cinder. Kenda Nevegal. Maxxis Igniter.

    Bike Setup:   07 Prophet 3Z.

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