Known for great, I might even say almost the best road tyres. Continental finally got on the gravel game and launched two new tyres. Terra Speed and Terra Trail Both 40c an available in 700c or 650b.
- Both are tubeless ready and use Black Chill compound. which is soft and grippy rubber (used in their road tyres also)
- Both use Continental’s “protection” system for increase puncture resistance, 3 layers of high thread count – scroll down for diagram.
- Both have thick meaty side walls, essential for gravel riding to avoid side slices.
- Both weigh in at 450grams.
- Available for $60 each.
The Speed uses a bi directional tread pattern with smaller lugs than the Trail version. This design looks promising for a fast rolling tire and reminds me of a more durable version of the G-One Allround. The centre lugs are scaled down for more efficiency. The side lugs are larger and siped (molded slits top of block) for additional surface area and grip along with the black Chilli rubber compound.
Terra Trail has more aggressive knobby lugs compared to Speed version with more bite on the edges. This seems similar to a Terravail Rutland or a Beefed up WTB Riddler. Center knobs are smaller and closer for less rolling resistance. The side lugs are siped for additional surface area and grip along with the black Chilli rubber compound.
Both of these tyres have a nice hand feel, the side walls feel durable and I expect high things from them. The black chilli compound does feel grippy to the touch, and I will let you know about mounting up and ride quality soon.
If you are in Portland, you can Grab a set at Metropolis Cycles… shameless plug there. More to come….