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Continental Top Contact Winter II Premium 26 Inch Tire

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An all-seasons commuting warrior. The Top Contact Winter II Premium features a special tread and rubber compound borrowed from Continental's automotive tires. This unique design uses hundreds of sharp lugs to bite down and conform to road surfaces for superior traction on wet pavement and reliable grip over the occasional ice patch. This tread structure performs on hard packed dirt and gravel as well, all while maintaining a low rolling resistance.

The rubber itself is optimized for cold conditions, increasing grip when temperatures drop below freezing. The Poly X puncture barrier beneath the tread and DuraSkin sidewall protection keep out sharp objects without adding a lot of weight.

Continental rounds out their impressive Winter II Premium model with a top-quality 3-ply casing and 180 TPI total thread count for an awesome ride quality and excellent longevity.


  • Maximum pressure: 58 PSI
  • Recommended pressure: 45 PSI
  • Folding bead
  • 26 x 1.9 Inch (50-559 ISO) or 26 x 2.2 Inch (55-559 ISO)
  • Black with Reflective sidewall stripe
  • Handmade in Germany

Tire Type: Clincher-Folding 

Application: Winter 

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 50-559 mm

Rec Pressure: 45 PSI

Max Pressure: 58 PSI

Threads Per Inch: 3 Plies/180 Total 

Made in: Germany 

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Reviewed 1/9/2014
by BikerInColumbusOH
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11 of 11 customers found this review helpful.
Good for light snow, bare roads, horrible on ice.

These tires roll incredibly well, much much better than my Schwalbe Marathon Winter tires. The Top Contact Winter II work better than my studded tires on bare pavement (obviously), and they do remarkably well on light snow/slush.

On actual ice, these tires do horrible. ZERO noticeable improvement over my summer slicks. My Marathon Winter do much better on ice, but they also have hundreds of carbide-tipped spikes to grab into the ice.

On deep snow these work no better than the Marathon Winters, which work no better than any other tire. Once the snow is deep enough that your tires are only making contact with snow and no longer making contact with the road below, no tire provides any real traction, and anything outside a 'floaty' fatbike tire is going to be very difficult to ride.

These tires do seem to handle cold better than most, staying supple at lower temps than some other tire I ride.

Overall a very good tire, but if you plan on riding on ice frequently, get a set of studded tires instead. If you're like me, and end up having a week or two every winter where everything is iced up, but the rest of the winter it's clear, do what I do get both. I ride these most days and when things get icy, I swap wheelsets to the ones with my studded tires.

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Reviewed 1/17/2015
by Sandy
Casual Cyclist
Pittsburgh PA
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3 of 5 customers found this review helpful.
Probably wouldn't be riding much without these.

I had wanted these tires for a while. I am REALLY afraid of falling on my bike, and I live in the north. My knee is badly damaged, and sliding and falling on ice scares me. They're everything I expected, and I don't think I would be riding around here in the winter without them. And Bike Tires Direct was the only place I could afford them. Don't hesitate!

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Reviewed 9/12/2013
by Anonymous
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Coastal OC, CA
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7 of 9 customers found this review helpful.
All conditions tire

The Winter II looked like it might be a good replacement for the NLA Conti Top Touring 2000. It is! The application A rigid steel frame with mountain bike wheels and drivetrain. With a road handlebar and cyclocross-style brake setup the bike sees regular use on- and off-pavement. At 44mm width on a Mavic x517 rim, the (nominal) 50-559 Winter II is the same width as the (nominal) 47-559 Top Touring 2000. Several hundred miles of SoCal hot weather use has not revealed any problems. The Winter II when used front and rear is fast, grips well when cornering aggressively on pavement, and is forgiving when pushed to the limit. On fire road and singletrack, the tread pattern is surprisingly good at finding traction in the usual grit-on-hardpack SoCal dirt. The sipes create the equivalent of micro-knobs, and the dual-angle chevron void areas contribute to behavior somewhat like conventional knobs.

Bonus review When paired with a (nominal) 50-559 Cruise Contact on the rear, overall performance on pavement is even better. The Cruise Contact measures 48mm on a Mavic x517 rim, and when mounted opposite of the intended direction of rotation results in almost magical handling. When cornering at the limit of traction on pavement, the two tires carve beautifully, with gradual breakaway and recovery. Cornering on dirt is not quite as impressive, but the Winter II F & Cruise Contact R combo are certainly competent, which also applies to climbing, descending and braking. In each case, the buyer is quite pleased with the product.

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Reviewed 11/12/2012
by Eric B.
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Fort Collins, CO
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7 of 8 customers found this review helpful.
Great winter commuting tire

Biking back and forth to work in all sorts of conditions. So far, it grips well and rides much smoother than the knobbies it replaced.

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