Continental Competition Tubular Tire
Continental refers to the tubular Competition tire as The Professional's Choice. Yes, the Competition is light, has terrific feel, grip, and control. But what makes it special, and crucial to the rigors of pro cycling, is the Vectran protection belt that fights punctures and impacts to prevent time and energy consuming tire changes. In order to compete for the win, you have to be in the race.
The supple, perfectly round casing is constructed of 3 bonded plys of tightly woven 180 tpi poly-cotton. It gives the tire a resilient ride that is consistent while cornering. The material is strong and resistant to wear and tear.The tread is made from Conti's BlackChili compound. It is derived directly from Moto GP racing and offers lots of high-end technology. With proprietary synthetic and natural rubber compounds, the secret to the properties of BlackChili comes from special nanometric carbon soot particles, which are optimized in shape and surface properties for each tire it is used in.These small particles also form a tighter bond with each other improving compound, longevity, and shear strength. Thanks to these polymers and carbon fillers, BlackChili delivers some of the strongest and most durable tread available, as well as having the least amount of rolling resistance and reducing the risk of small punctures.
Under this high-tech tread, Conti has placed a strip of Vectran which provides exceptional puncture resistance. It is essentially a protective belt made of super strong and extremely lightweight, pliable material. With the Competition, the belt covers a little more of the rounded sides of the tire, which helps keep the feel consistent, but also extends this extra protection beyond the center tread.
The Competition is offered in 19mm, 22mm, or 25mm widths. You can run the 19mm for TT and speed events and 22mm for most criteriums and road races or mix them. 19mm front and a 22mm rear is also a commonly run combination for slight weight reduction and added aerodynamics. The 25mm is the choice for rough roads and is the tire Conti sponsored teams choose for the Spring Classics. The extra volume and high protection level is ideal for the cobbles. You should expect this pro-level tubular tire to meet and exceed your expectations. Conti surely expects you to get mileage and satisfaction. Small wear levels indicators have been molded into the tread to measure wear.
- Supple, perfectly round, 3 ply 180 tpi casing for this tubular racing tire
- BlackChili compound delivers very low rolling resistance, durability, excellent grip
- Soft, woven, wide Vectran Breaker belt for incredible puncture defense
- Knurled/cross hatch tread pattern maximizes BlackChili for wet weather grip
- Removable valve cores allow you to extend as needed, easy access for sealant
- Size/Weight: 700x19 230g, 700x22 250g, 700x28 280g
- psi range: 700x19- 145-170, 700x22 & 25- 115-170
- Made in Germany
AnonymousPosted on 10/26/2014
I swapped from Conti Tempos to Conti Competitions on my HED3 TT wheels as the rocky debris on Colorado roads worried me. Ok the Tempos are arguably more a track tire but there are also good for TT on clean roads. The Competitions are probably a great road race tire but really a bit too heavy for TTs in hind site. They have not let me down but they are a bit boring compared to Tempos speed wise. Unfortunately they don't seem like wearing out any time soon so I guess I a stuck with then unless I can find a really big nail to ride over ;)
Pros Durable long lasting race tire
Cons Not really a super fast TT tub
AnonymousPosted on 6/3/2014
Just ordered my third set, I get one season per pair. They are a great tire. They go on straight, no lumpiness, they're very puncture resistant, ride and handle great. BUT they would make the Pope curse like a hip hop star putting them on.
Pros top quality, great ride, very tough
Cons take determination to mount
AnonymousPosted on 3/17/2014
I use the Conti Comp as my rear race tyre and I am well pleased. I have three road race bikes, three carbon tubular wheel-sets and three alloy tubular wheel-sets so plenty of comparison notes. Only two punctures in the last three years (just over 300 events) of racing and none were in Contis. They feel a bit heavy but, they perform very well. I don't think they are the best in any one area of performance however, overall I rate them the best! When it comes time to replace a rear tyre the Conti Competition is my first choice. I have never had an issue fitting tubulars, maybe because I have never used glue, I have only used tape and nobody will convince me otherwise to use glue. At 74kg/164lb I usually inflate 100-110psi for the rear with an estimated 4000-4500km/2400-2800m of use. Good wet and dry weather grip and handling are on offer here however, good value, durable and dependable/reliable are how I would reference the Conti Competition. I trust them!
Pros Excellent / number one overall
Cons A bit heavy maybe?
AnonymousPosted on 2/21/2014
Second fastest tire next to TUFO, however nothing can beat this tire in the quality department. Grip is second to none, the 19mm hugs like a much wider tire, and the tread-wear longevity will really surprise you via the black chili compound. And I agree, those who complain about flats per this tire really do need to watch the road a little bit more carefully. Flats are a lot like luck, you'll have streaks of good and bad luck -- but please, don't blame this tire, for if you ride it on good pavement you can easily get well over 2,000 miles on this.
Pros Best in Class, holds air very well, worth every $
Cons Ah, none
AnonymousPosted on 6/20/2013
Run these tires on Zipp 303s on some of rougher roads around Los Angeles. No flats, roll and corner well, trustworthy when descending local mountains. Have used other tubulars looking for either for durability or race quality and come back to these as dependable, reliable and excellent performance. Best ride quality at 95 to 110 psi.
Pros Best mix of reliability and performance.
Cons Price at LBS 127 USD
AnonymousPosted on 5/6/2013
Just switched from 23m Vittoria CX to 25m Continental Competition. Only have a couple hundred miles on them so far but here's my impressions. Love the ride. Corners a ton better, handles better in the wind, probably because moved up to 25. Very fast tire. Holds air 20x better. Tires feel a bit heavier, but I could be wrong. Give them a 4, till I put 2k miles on them, which I believe they'll get to, then I'll give them a 5.
Pros Fast, corners better, better in the wind
Cons Feels heavier, no experience with lifespan yet
AnonymousPosted on 1/8/2013
I use these for my race wheels and they are a great all-around set of tires. They're tougher and wear longer than Vittorias, but don't corner as confidently- pick your priority.
Don't know why people are using them as training tires- they're not. They'll tubular tires designed for road racing and have to strike a balance between toughness and performance.
Pros A good balance of light weight, strength, and cost
Cons Good in corners, but not as good as Vittorias
AnonymousPosted on 8/27/2012
couldn't be a more boring review: Second set that lasted until they wore out. I don't get the guys with all the flats. Maybe they should look down occasionally.
Pros tough, fast, straight
Cons ride harder than Vittorias
AnonymousPosted on 11/28/2011
3 flats on new tires in 5 months of riding about 150 miles per week on nice smooth southern California roads; tire pressure at 125psi. Not happy.
We have always had good luck with the Competition tires from Continental, suprised to see this review - ed
AnonymousPosted on 7/16/2011 3:10:09 PM
Have over 1000 miles on them and they look like new. Have put Stans no leak in them as I road ride and was hoping not to flat. Grip and ride very impressive. I dont know about all that many other tires out there but I like these.
PS. My other wheels have Hutchinson tubeless and I like the ride of those also. When I flat and put a tube in it feels like I am riding on a brick. I think old style tube tires need to be rethought out.