Based on it's downhill equivelent 'Der Baron', the Baron is a lighter model in a narrower 2.3 size for aggressive trail riding and Freeride.
With an 'Apex' rubber elastomer in the critical sidewall area to prevent impact punctures and an open tread with split lugs which adapt to the trail surface more quickly, the Baron is already turning a few heads.
Singletrack magazine tested the top of the range Black Chili version and had the following to say : "Rubber fiends rejoice! Here we have probably the best wet conditions, aggressive trail riding tyre around....is designed to cope with being ridden hard at speed on properly technical natural terrain. It also works a treat on the manmade surfaces of the trail centres...Overall: Could be the best wet conditioin UK trail tyre ever."
Continental Baron MTB Protection Tyre Features:
Aggressive trail riding tyre with plenty of bite, already a favourite with Singletrack & MBUK magazines.
At 800 grams it handles major abuse yet is light enough to climb too.
Developed with Atherton Racing.
Apex sidewalls for extra strength.
Continental Baron MTB Protection Tyre Specifications:
Rec. Inflation Pressure (psi): 45
Max. Inflation Pressure (psi): 58
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Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous Very hard to put how good these tyres are into words. Absolutely excel when the trail is damp right up to thick gloopy mud. if you need maximum grip in mixed conditions then I would look no further.
I run one on the front with a Rubber Queen 2.2 on the rear. seems like a good combo. In the dryer months I take it off for another Rubber Queen.
Have used it for a very muddy XC race and it's my tyre of choice for soft/ natural enduro races.
When this one eventually wears out (had it 18 months and looks new!) i'll replace it with another.
27 December 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Anonymous I have been holding out for the UST version of the Baron to arrive since the end of the summer but the date just kept slipping so I opted to purchase this version with the hope that I could use them tubeless, but even using CO2 cartridges I couldn't get them to hold air enough to seat and seal on the rim, so gave up and fitted tubes. This isn't a negative towards the tyre as it isn't intended to be tubeless, just thought I would mention it as I'm sure other people might be tempted to have a go themselves.
On the trail: Superb amount of grip in mud, wet rocks, roots and on todays ride, snow and ice. Compared to the rubber queens I've been using up to now, the Barons have transformed my bike in slippy conditions.
They are visibly smaller and narrower than my old 2.3 rubber queens, which I guess helps cut through mud better. Pretty good in ruts as well, side knobs dig in and allow you to ride out.
Only real negative comment I have relates to how true they are. Both front and rear have a wobble. When the wheels spin you can see it clearly; with the bike upside down and rear wheel spinning the gap between the tread and frame varies by 5mm, which is pretty big! My rims are perfectly true so it is definitely down to the tyres, although it doesn't detract from the ride and I would still recommend them as grip is superb.
01 December 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous I haven’t had a lot of experience with different tyres so I am no expert, but I will give you my opinion on this tyre.
I have been running this new Continental Baron 2.3 Black Chili 3ply 180tpi folding tyre now for 5 weeks and completed a number of different rides. Totalling 144 miles in different conditions and on multiple surfaces and on varied terrain. I use an inner tube at 38psi.
The Baron is classed as a light mud and U.K. winter tyre, but I opted for this because the last few British summers have been wet and muddy.
I put the Baron on the front and this replaced a no name Kenda 1.95 with a trail tread. I am running the same economy Kenda 1.95 with a trail tread on the back with tube at MIN 40psi.
This Baron is obviously wider, but it is also higher with more volume, and weighs in at 765grams. It appears to be accurate, measuring 2.3 inches wide at 38psi.
The first ride I did 23 miles on dry tarmac roads which included a few hills. No problems with the tyre. I was concerned when cornering on roads the grip might not be as good due to it being a knobbly tyre rather than a slicker tyre with more contact, but it was fine. The Baron also rolled smoothly.
Looking at the stats my run was slightly faster, so I would not say it was a slow tyre, but the ride seemed much harder, and I was more exhausted.
The second ride 66.5 miles on a flat ride, with 27 miles off road on tracks and trails, then 40 miles on dry tarmac roads.
The trail started dry on rough and stony, then softer trail, then wet and puddles followed by grass, then mud, then onto dryer single track then tram line ruts and farm fields. The Baron took everything in it’s stride, but I particularly noticed a big difference in the mud.
I was cautious when entering the mud because I used to slide but this Baron was sure footed. I noticed on a number of times the back Kenda tyre lost it and slid out, but the Baron was nailed down and held the bike, and so my confidence grew. Mud was cleared instantly.
The final stage of the ride was on tarmac and against a constant head wind. After some miles I was slowing and getting exhausted and it was hard work. My friend on another tyre felt the same so this could have been the head wind or the bigger Baron tyre.
The third ride 32.5 miles off road I was having fun and never doubted this tyre. Through wet, dry, firm, loose, soft, hard, up, down, slippery, and sharp stuff, it did the job.
A couple more shorter rides in the rain and again I had no complaints.
Finally a damp, dry, slimy, then wet weekend riding technical and aggressive MTB trails, graded green, red and a black. This threw everything at this tyre with many different surfaces and terrain, from dry loose gravel, to hard rock, slippery stone, dirt, wet grass, deep mud, wet slippery roots, damp logs and damp wooden boards, through rocky streams, plus jagged grit stone drops, and it never slipped once! Numerous times my back economy Kenda tyre slide and did some huge slides, but the front Baron tyre held tight and saved me. A few friends on other tyres commented how slippery sections were but I on the Baron never noticed.
No sign of damage so far, and it is impossible so soon to tell how it is wearing.
I also tested braking on different surfaces and didn’t notice a problem, so I have every confidence in this tyre. However I didn’t get a real opportunity to test the grip when banking over to use the side tread.
So far I am liking this tyre and would highly recommend it, and give it 5 out of 5. I may well get another for the rear.
I generally just use the same tyres all year round, and this tyre suits at the moment. But if we started to get dry hot summers, I may be tempted to change for summer to a less knobbly tyre like a Bontrager XR4 TLR Expert 2.35.
21 August 2012
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This is the standard Apex (non-UST) version of the Baron. We don't currently stock the UST version, but if we bring it in it will be listed separately; best bet is to keep an eye on the site for updates..
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