Continental Rubber Queen Review

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Test Rig
I used my Ibis Mojo (5.5 inch travel) as my main stead for the testing of the Rubber Queens. I spent the vast majority of the time testing on the 2.4 inch size, with only an occasional foray onto the 2.2′s. I only tested the normal version (Black Chili/Apex), so hopefully I can get a UST test done next. The Mojo was equipped with an entire slew of forks (Magura Thor, Manitou Elite and DT Swiss EXC 150) and shocks (Fox RLC and DT Swiss Carbon) during the test period. I primarily used the very sweet American Classic All Mountain wheelset, but depending on the fork I was using at the time, I would switch to a Hope/ZTR355 front wheel. I was unsuccessful in getting them set up in a tubeless mode, so I stuck with tubes the entire time. I also used the new Schwalbe Fat Albert 2.4 as a front tire and the Rubber Queen on the rear, as they seemed to work well together.

Ride Impressions
When you pump these tires up the first time you realize how voluminous they are. They have a very round profile and the knobs don’t protrude out very far from the casing, this tire is mostly a giant casing with some toothy knobs stuck on it. She has some girth to her! Continental tires are notoriously under sized for their specifications, but these babies are right on the money. Due to their prodigious size, there might be clearance issues on some bikes rear triangles?

Measured Specs:
Rubber Queen 2.4
Weight: 826.8 grams and 829 grams
Casing width 2.37 inches
Casing height: 2.27 inches

Rubber Queen 2.2
Weight: 704.0 grams and 689.6 grams
Casing width: 2.25 inches
Casing height: 2.18 inches

So how do they ride? These tires have so much girth that they have their own mini-suspension built into them, which makes them really nice to bashing through rocks gardens and ugly terrain. They ride well at any speeds, but they prefer to be traveling with a lot of momentum, so they are true speed demons. The tires like to be run at low pressure, and anything much above 25-28 psi seemed detrimental to their riding characteristic (my fave is 25psi on the nose).

Next » Ride Impressions – Continued

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • Mile High Mark says:

    These are some of the tallest tires I’ve come across. I’m running the 2.2″ UST version, and had to switch to a 2.1″ Nevegal in the back because the Queenie only cleared my Trek’s chainstay bridge by a hair.

  • Reformed Roadie says:

    Umm…what non-studded tires work on ice? How can you really harp on that as a negative?

  • Brian Mullin says:

    Yes, studded tires are what you want if you are running around on lots of icy conditions. I have run plenty of tires in the Colorado winter, where patches of ice between snow are very common, and you need to be careful with any non studded tire, since they are not going to the best in those conditions. All of those tires I have ridden have offered at least some traction, the Rubber Queens were just useless, and slipped around, the Conti Mtn Kings did admirably on ice (an attribute for them). My job as a reviewer is to identity both positive and negative aspects and characteristics of a tire, and this was a very glaring issue with this tire while riding this winter.

  • RF says:

    who gave you the MSRP for the tires??? why is it that the price of the RQ 2.4 UST at competitive is more than $100++/tire here in the states, while in UK it’s only close to $60???

  • Brian Mullin says:

    Prices were given to me by US Brand Manager for Continental, I will cross check with him again.

  • RF says:

    so prices were updated. heard really nothing but good and rave reviews. but i still won’t buy the tires here though. why is the price almost doubled compare to UK for the RQ 2.4 UST? at least the US Brand Manager can answer you.

  • Oni says:

    have to say, was totally stoked to buy these tires, but as far as actual performance I’m not as excited. Need more time on them, but have noticed they are very dependent on PSI. Have also noticed that they are a straight line tire, once you start leaning over, things can get interesting (again, PSI dependent).

    Wear seems good for a sticky tire. Have a ride that involves a long road climb on the front and a 30 MPH road descent on the back. Still have the little hairs on them.

    A riding buddy had it on the back for one ride and then switched back to the Mountain King.

    Cost on these tires is $ as well.

    Oni

  • Grant says:

    I’ve got both the 2.4″ and 2.2″ UST versions. The 2.2″ UST tyre is made in Taiwan and does not use the Black Chilli compound. When mounted i couldn’t pick any real weight resistance difference. They are both very similar in size. I agree that the 2.2″ corners a little better than the 2.4″ version, but neither of them corner as well as a 2.5″ UST Maxxis Minion DHF. The lower weight is worth the trade off though. The 2.4″ have a smoother feel when riding. I think the tread pattern negates the need for the Black Chilli compound when running these tyres on the rear. Both seem to have plenty of traction. It’s usually a little sandy with plenty or rocks where i ride and it has been wet while running these tyres. So far they are definitely better than the 2.25″ Nobby Nics i had previously and more confidence inspiring than 2.35″ Maxxis Ignitors.

  • Dylan B says:

    Will these tires clear the rear end of a 2009 SX Trail?

    Thanks

    Dylan

  • Anonymous says:

    The 2.2 will fit, and most likely the 2.4, knowing Specialized geometry it should be fine

  • Dylan B says:

    Thanks!

  • Bam says:

    Will these tires clear the rear end of a 2010 Ellsworth Epiphany SST (Medium)?

  • Cesar says:

    I read everywhere that the Blackchilli compound is not only grippy but also long lasting. In my experience with the Der Kaiser, this seems to be a big lie. 7 rides and already falling apart.

    How was the duration of your set?

  • Brian Mullin says:

    They were stickier and offered more grip, but I am not sure if it extended the tread life? I haven’t used the Der Kaiser, so I can’t comment on that. Regardless, any tire shouldn’t give durability issue after that many rides, Black Chili or not.

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