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Continental
Speed Ride Tire (Folding)

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Tear it up.

Continental's Speed Ride lives up to its name, featuring a low profile diamond tread down that rockets over bike paths and paved streets, yet provides just enough grip to inspire confidence on the trails. Shoulder lugs help keep the rubber side down when cornering as well.

A Puncture ProTection layer has been added beneath the tread, keeping out thorns or road debris and keeping you rolling.

The Speed Ride (Folding) is available in All Black and Black/Reflex, 700c x 42mm.

 

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 42-622 mm

 

Max Pressure: 85 PSI

 

Threads Per Inch: 3 Plies/84 Total TPI

Black - 700c x 42mm

Weight: 420 grams

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Perfect for D2R2's blend of dirt and paved roads
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by cbratina
Cycling Enthusiast
Litchfield, CT
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

Bought the 700x35c for my Litespeed Blue Ridge to use on dirt road rides. The best tire I ever used for D2R2, incredible grip on the dirt roads and able to out roll other cross bikes on descents, some with heavy road tires. No flats to date and with all the rocks I have hit, there are no cuts.

Reviewed 8/15/2014
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Good on gravelfire roads, Great on snow!
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by DaveH
Daily Commuter
Portland, OR
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

Bought the 42mm for local gravelfire roads and they work great. Was pleasantly surprised when they also excelled in the recent Portland snow. Ran them at lower pressure and the width and thousands(?) of edges on the tread gripped all the snow and ice. No noticeable wear and tear or flats after a few hundred miles. Would definitely buy again.

Reviewed 1/3/2017
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A great tire
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by Stephen
Cycling Enthusiast
Oxford, NJ
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

Have the 42s. Super tire using on my cross bike mainly riding roads. Ride real nice and fast for style tire. When riding with groups I don't feel as if I'm giving up anything to my buddies riding road bikes. As another reviewer stated, this tire rolls. On downhills as fast most road tires. Well buy again.

Reviewed 12/31/2016
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Great on mixed terrain tour
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by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
SF East Bay, Ca
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

Bought to try a wider tire on my cross bike. Was pleasantly surprised how fast, smooth and resiliant they are. Worked great on a tour over dirt, gravel, and long road miles. Fast on the road and gave good confidence on wet dirt road descents.

Reviewed 5/8/2017
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Limited rides, but great so far
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by JefDiesel
Competitive Racer
Spokane
3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

Bought this tire for my winter riding on cross bike. So far it has not disappointed. Mostly on roads, but its been solid on gravel, hardpack, even some light snow. Just the amount of rubber under foot, adds to the confidence when on questionable surface. Durable to date as well. No complaints, would recommend.

Reviewed 2/24/2014
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A bit more weight and width, a lot more puncture resistance
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by Cycling King
Competitive Racer
East of Seattle Area

I have these on my Salsa Fargo Ti, a drop bar fully rigid mountain bike. I use the bike for commuting in the Pacific NW, it rains up here from time to time, so I run full fenders on the bike. I was using the Conti Cyclocross Speed, 35mm. I flatted often on the road but for a light supple sidewall and casing, that's what you get. I now have 11 months on these Conti Speed Ride tires, 42mm, 60 grams heavier, AND HALF THE PRICE. The Speed Ride feels just as fast and supple on the road. I've had only one flat in 11 months, same commute five days a week on wet, gravelly and dry roads and sometimes unpaved shortcuts. I am 6' and 172 (maybe 180 in the winter) and run these at 30-35 psi up front and 35-45 in the rear on Stan's rims. I do the team rides on wet days and hang just fine with others on their 700x25 fendered rain bikes. These tires are fat and super comfortable and still roll fast enough to hang with those who ruin their road bikes in the rain. I have done some trail riding, to include Grand Ridge and Duthie Hill. They climb well, corner pretty good (with enough lean and low pressure the side knobs kick in) and can do what you'd expect a rigid hard tail to do. Not good for snow and ice on the asphalt, so one tire cannot do it all, but these are pretty darn close. Ride quality A, Speed A-, Durability A, Traction A, and did I mention, THEY ARE CHEAP! I am very pleased.

Reviewed 7/6/2018
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Do NOt buy the folding tires
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Cycling Enthusiast
Boulder, Co

I bough these two folding tires and new tubes for my Ksyrium rims. In two days I have had 6 flat tires. Took them to the bike shop and they told me that it was pinching the tires and we swap diameters from 32mm to 35-43mm tubes. Left tthe bike shop and had two other flats, front and rear tires. I have to throw them away. A a piece of crap.

Reviewed 6/16/2018
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Amazing tire
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by Tom
colorado

Bike tires were perfect for my use. Good road and off road performance

Reviewed 5/7/2018
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Great performance, bad longevity.
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by DNP
Cycling Enthusiast
Portland, OR
2 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

I love the way this tire handles pavement and dirt. Excellent volume, grip, and fast rolling...and cheap! It's not so great at preventing flats so I would never use it as a city tire. This one is best left for the fun rides. I've had four of these tires and all of them started breaking down at the beadsidewall. They're unthreading themselves like a stitch coming loose on your clothes. There are threads all over where the tire meets the rim.

Reviewed 3/20/2018
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Great tire and very affordable
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by CincinnatiKid
Cycling Enthusiast
Cincinnati, OH
2 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

I replaced my big, wide heavy Schwalbe Big Bens with Continental Speed Ride Tires on my Salsa Fargo 2.

I do a mix of street riding with rail-to-trail riding-asphalt in a few places but mostly fine gravel rolled and compacted. Wherever I go the Continentals give me plenty of control and minimal rolling resistance. The Schwalbes certainly are more puncture resistant, though I have ridden about 800 miles on the Speed Rides without a flat. The fact that they are foldable is a big plus as it makes it much easier to pack an extra one in a pannier bag and have it handy-just in case. I highly recommend the Speed Ride.

Reviewed 3/5/2018
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Great tire and very affordable
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by CincinnatiKid
Cycling Enthusiast
Cincinnati, OH

I replaced my big, wide heavy Schwalbe Big Bens with Continental Speed Ride Tires on my Salsa Fargo 2.

I do a mix of street riding with rail-to-trail riding-asphalt in a few places but mostly fine gravel rolled and compacted. Wherever I go the Continentals give me plenty of control and minimal rolling resistance. The Schwalbes certainly are more puncture resistant, though I have ridden about 800 miles on the Speed Rides without a flat. The fact that they are foldable is a big plus as it makes it much easier to pack an extra one in a pannier bag and have it handy-just in case. I highly recommend the Speed Ride.

Reviewed 3/5/2018
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Good for touring on a 29er
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by Curt
Daily Commuter
Milwaukee, WI
1 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

Put these on a Trek 920 for a 200 mile Midwest tour. Worked great for gravel roads, shoulders, etc. but still felt fast on the paced paths. Not too heavy. Seems pretty durable, did well in the rain. I'm happy with them.

Reviewed 6/19/2017
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good fit on my cross bike
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by dennis at ERG! Bar
Competitive Racer
Michigan
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

They measure at 38-39mm so they fit on my 2012 Stevens Prestige Alloy frame and fork. There's a good solid 18-316 clearance to the chainstays so some mud won't be a problem. Super sticky Kanza mud might present a problem but I'm not going to do 'that' to my body anyway. Good high-volume fast-spinning gravel tire. Less precious than my Grifo XS tubulars which I would use if the course was hard-pack clay with no sand or loose point gravel. Pretty happy.

Reviewed 5/1/2017
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Great gravel path tire!
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by Anonymous
Competitive Racer
Bethlehem, PA

I used the Speed Tire for commuting to and from work. I work 5 miles from home, but take a gravel path from door to door making it a 18 mile trip each way. The Speed tire is perfect for the gravel to pavement environment between home and work.

Reviewed 1/3/2017
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light and fast, these tires take all the rough roads can dish out with no problems...great value to.
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by stormrider
Cycling Enthusiast
Reeders PA

i like the file tread with the small side nobs, also that its folding bead a plus to keep the weight down.

Reviewed 11/6/2017
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Great Grip and Speed
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by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Colorado

Typical Continental tire quality at a great price. These roll fast and have good grip on loose surfaces. Depending on your bike set up, these would be great commuter tires as well.

Reviewed 11/2/2017
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Amazing tire
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by Marckxman
PDX

Light, fast, grippy. What more can you want in a tire? Oh yeah, its stupidly cheap. Not sure how they can get a tire this good but they did. Rolls great on the street and does very well on hard packed dirt gravel. Plush ride too. If they fit your frame, get them.

I did manage to flat one on a blackberry thorn, but so what? Thats what you carry a spare tube for

Reviewed 10/31/2017
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love 'em
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by dlw
Cycling Enthusiast
Oregon

Price, ride, weight. this tire gets high marks on all fronts. favorite gravel tire - volume really lets you carry speed on descents.

Reviewed 8/21/2016
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Good light weight touring tire that is not immune to punctures
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by chouwalker
Cycling Enthusiast
Denver

I put these tires on my Trek 520 to ride from Pittsburgh to DC along the GAP and C&O Canal Towpath. The tires did great on the ride, with a smooth ride and easy rolling, even over the rough and sometimes muddy C&O Towpath. I did get 2 puncture flats in 400 miles of riding a fully loaded bike (self contained tour). So, while these tires may be puncture resistant, they are not puncture proof. If you want that, you have to get a heavier tire like the Schwalbe Marathon, which weighs twice as much as this tire. You make your choices and live with the consequences. If you want a lightweight touring tire, this is an excellent choice.

Reviewed 10/23/2017
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Ultimate Commuter Tire
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by MarkS
Cycling Enthusiast
Worcester, MA
5 of 5 customers found this review helpful.

I have a 23 mile, each way, bike commute that is 50% clear pavement, 25% bad pavement, and 25% on single trackcinder bike path. The commute is quite busy, so I don't get to choose my line half the time, the line is chosen for me.

I am faster on my cyclocross bike fitted with this tire than I am on my light road bike. When the line of cars is deep and slow, I drop into the gravel, dirt on the side and keep going. They roll over everything. I run them at max pressure (85psi) so I give up some of the bump absorption, but I don't care if the line is through a pothole, over broken pavement, clear road... it just doesn't matter. Over 500 miles so far and no flats and no sign of wear.

I'm impressed enough with the tire, that they are going onto a Salsa Mountain tandem as our race tire for the Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnee in August.

Reviewed 6/25/2016
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