Touring Bike Tire Test: Continental Contact II

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  • Continental Contact II
Performance compared to all other touring bike tires
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Continental Contact II road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

The Continental Contact II is Continental's most all-round touring tire, Conti even calls this their Jack of all trades. The Contact II has a triple layer 180 TPI carcass, 25 km/h E-bike rating, Eco logo and a 'SafetySystem' anti-puncture layer. Although the Contact II is a direct competitor to the very popular Schwalbe Marathon range of tires, it doesn't have a thick anti-puncture layer. It instead uses a thin layer of kevlar reinforced nylon (SafetySystem) under the tread.

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The biggest advantage of using a stronger but thinner layer of anti-puncture protection is the weight savings. With a factory specified weight of 620 grams for the 37-622 version, the Contact II is 110 grams lighter than the Schwalbe Marathon (read review). If equal rolling resistance and puncture resistance can be achieved with just this thin layer, the lower weight is a nice bonus. Continue to read about the full test results.

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Specs
Brand Continental
Model Contact II
Year 2015
Supplied By Supplied by Continental
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range Med
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Manufacturer part number 0100262
TPI 3/180
Bead Wire
ETRTO 37-622
Size Inch 28"
Width mm 37.00
Specified Weight 620 grams
Max Air Pressure (psi) 88
Made In Members Only
Available Sizes 47-622 (28x1.75)
42-622 (28x1.60)
37-622 (28x1.40)
32-622 (28x1.25)
28-622 (28x1.10)

Continental Contact II Test Results

Continental Contact II Touring/E-Bike on a rolling resistance test machine

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements
Specified Weight 620 grams
Measured Weight 623 grams
Measured Width 34 mm (un-round)
Measured Height 31 mm (un-round)
Tread Depth 1.8 mm
Total Tire Thickness Center 4.2 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall Members Only
All size measurements are taken at an air pressure of 60 psi / 4 bars on a 17.8 mm inner width rim.

The measured weight of my sample of the Contact II is 623 grams, this is very close to the specified weight of 620 grams. On my 17C rim, at an air pressure of 60 psi / 4 bar, the 37-622 Contact measures 34 mm wide and 31 mm high. Most 37-622 rated tires measure closer to 35 - 37 mm wide.

With a measured tread depth of 1.8 mm, the Contact ends up in the middle of the pack. Because the usage of only a thin layer of anti-puncture material, the Total Tire Thickness Tread measurement comes in at 4.2 mm. 4.2 mm is a very low measurement and comes close to the thickness of fast road bike tires (3 mm). While the total tire tread thickness is low, the sidewall is much thicker than comparable tires and comes in at 1.95 mm thick.

Rolling Resistance Test Results

Rolling Resistance Test Results
Inner Tube Conti Tour 28 (170 gr butyl)
Rolling Resistance
75 PSI / 5 Bar
21.7 Watts
CRR: 0.00650
Rolling Resistance
60 PSI / 4 Bar
24.3 Watts
CRR: 0.00728
Rolling Resistance
45 PSI / 3 Bar
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Rolling Resistance
30 PSI / 2 Bar
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All numbers are for a single tire at a speed of 29 km/h / 18 mph and a load of 42.5 kg / 94 lbs.

Use the formula: RR (Watts) = CRR * speed (m/s) * load (N) to calculate rolling resistance at a given speed and load.

Rolling resistance at an air pressure of 60 psi / 4 bar is 24.3 watts, this is 3 watts more than the Schwalbe Marathon. When dropping air pressure, rolling resistance rises to 28.9 watts at 45 psi and 39.4 watts at 30 psi. At these lower pressures, the disadvantage of the Contact II grows to 5.1 and 8.9 watts respectively.

When we look at the charts, it's obvious rolling resistance at low air pressure is really bad. When you make sure air pressure never drops below 50-60 psi, this might be an OK tire. If you like to run low air pressure for increased comfort or just don't check your air pressure often, forget about this tire.

Puncture Resistance Test Results

Continental Contact II Touring/E-Bike on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Total Puncture Score Tread 65 Points
Total Puncture Score Sidewall Members Only
Tread Puncture Force Sharp Needle 11 Points
Tread Puncture Force Blunt Needle No Data
Tread Total Tire Thickness 4.2 mm
Sidewall Puncture Force Sharp Needle Members Only
Sidewall Puncture Force Blunt Needle No Data
Sidewall Total Tire Thickness Members Only

In the puncture resistance test, the Contact II scores quite low. In the tread puncture resistance test, it scores a low 11 points. In the sidewall puncture resistance test, on the other hand, it scores an above average 7 points.

When we also combine the total tire thickness measurements with the puncture resistance scores (Puncture Factor), the Contact scores even lower. With a Puncture Factor Tread score of 46 points, it's at the bottom of the pack. While the Puncture Factor Tread score is very low, the Puncture Factor Sidewall score of 14 points is at the top of the list. The high sidewall scores are of limited use as I think the Tread scores are much more important for most touring/e-bike usage.

Static Grip Test Results

NOTE: Grip test data is only available on tires tested after November 2018. You can find more information about our grip test here: Introducing Grip Testing

Static Grip Test Results
Wet Grip Average No Data
Wet Grip Center No Data
Wet Grip Edge No Data
Grip in points = coefficient of friction * 100
Tour/E-Bike grip test rim width = 23.0 mm


  • Continental Contact II
Performance compared to all other touring bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)

Pro Members get 11-point radar charts

I find it hard to judge the Continental Contact II, it doesn't really stand out at anything. When we exclude the slight weight disadvantage, the Schwalbe Marathon (read review) performs better on every test. To make it even worse, performance in the puncture resistance test is very low. For touring/e-bike usage, puncture resistance is just as important as rolling resistance. I would have given this tire a recommended 3/5 rating if puncture resistance was at least average.

At the moment, I just don't think there is a tire on the market that beats the Schwalbe Marathon on rolling resistance/puncture resistance and price. Given that the Contact II is close to the same price as the Marathon, I can't recommend it.

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RATING: 2.0 / 5
Not Recommended