Although their latest treads are nothing new, Continental has seen the value of the cyclocross tubular market, and is planning on converting many of their popular mountain bike treads to be used in cyclocross.
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Continental, a big player in the road and mountain bike segment, only has one cyclocross tubular in their lineup. The CycloX King is a 32 mm all-arounder with a latex tube, 180 tpi and uses the Black Chili Compound for improved traction in wet conditions. However, Continental is expanding its tubular offering in the future.
According to a Continental developer, in a year or so, the SpeedKing tread will be adapted to a cyclocross tubular. Contintental swears by the fishscale pattern: it offers directional grip (either for acceleration or braking) and doesn’t wear down the way diamond tread does.