The History of Continental and Its Technologies for Bicycle Tires

The Blog Passionate blog gathered data on the history of the Continental tire company, and on the innovative ProTection, Black Chili and other technologies. Follow it.

More than 100 years of experience in the development and production of bicycle tires have established Continental as an unrivaled company in this industry. At its development center in Korbach, they are constantly developing revolutionary new technologies such as the unbeatable Black Chili compound and the Vectram™ antiframes, both used in the best competition tires. These technologies require sophisticated processes to ensure our legendary quality in the final product. As a global company, Continental also maintains high-tech production facilities outside Germany, where Continental tires are produced for you with the same level of care and dedication. One thing that all Continental tires have in common is that they are developed at the Technology Center in Korbach,

Continental is a leader in technology that is always up to date with the needs of the market. Today, with the information being delivered in the most different forms and speeds, it is extremely important that our customers can have the answers to the most frequently asked questions in a clear and objective way.

The Story

It all started in 1871 in Hannover, Germany, with the start of production of flexible rubber artifacts and massive tires for carriages and bicycles. In 1892, following its tradition of pioneering and commitment to the most technologically advanced solutions, it became the first German company to produce bicycle tires. In 1921, Continental once again pioneered the German market by launching more flexible textile fabrics and by producing the first large diameter tires to replace the masses previously used by commercial vehicles.

In the late 1970s, Continental became a multinational company with the acquisition of a number of companies, including Germany’s Techno-Chemie, a leading manufacturer of hoses. In 1998, it bought for US $ 1.93 billion the unit of brakes and chassis of the North American ITT, supplier of the main assemblers. With the purchase, the group became the world leader in the brake sector and occupy the second place in anti-lock brake systems (ABS) and servo brakes.

In 2006, Siemens VDO was acquired, which manufactures products for connectivity (telematics, Mobile Integration), instrumentation, displays, tachographs, as well as working in the multimedia segment with radios, SW products, among others.

Continental’s Tire Division accounts for 25% of total revenue, always standing out for the advanced technological solutions adopted in its products, which originally equip the vehicles of the main automakers such as BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and VW / Audi.

Thanks to a business strategy marked by diversification and synergy, involving the acquisition of important players in the world scenario, the Group is present in the most diverse areas related to the automotive industry, producing everything from tires to inner linings and ABS brakes, through hoses, tarpaulins Of brakes and cushions.

Continental, with a provisional turnover of 33.3 billion euros in 2013, is one of the leading international suppliers of automotive components. As a supplier of braking systems, drive and chassis systems, instrumentation, Infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to increased driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also a competent partner in interconnected automotive communication. Currently, Continental employs more than 182,000 employees in 49 countries.


ProTection tires are especially robust and immune to damage or penetration of foreign objects. The side walls are protected from damage with an additional layer of ProTection-plus a new design and the Black Chili compound, to tackle the world’s most difficult tracks.

Black Chili

Black Chili tires are an innovative blend of materials that can only be produced in Germany and is revolutionizing bicycle tires. The dilemma between achieving greater grip and reduced friction was overcome with the Black Chili Compound, bringing performance to a new level. The fact is that this compound has proven to be the best in many tests and periodic reviews, reassuring an advantage that can be measured and felt both in the laboratory and on the bike. The latest polymers, optimized nanoscale soot particles and fillers that guarantee a unique performance – from downhill tires to mountain bikes to anti-clock tires – are unmatched tires in their respective application areas.

Vectran Breaker

The Vectran Breaker tire protection features puncture protection designed from Vectran liquid crystal fibers. The patented Vectran anti-punch technology reconciles the conflicting objectives of low weight, low friction and maximum resistance to drilling and cutting in a fascinating way.

PolyX Breaker

Polyester has been used successfully in car tires and has proven its worth. The high durability of the polyester yarn is sewn as close as possible. As a result, we have a high density fabrication, which not only makes the breaker more durable, but also a particular resistance to holes. And here comes the tubeless bicycle tire, click APARENTINGBLOG.

Race sport

Easy, fast and safe. Made uncompromisingly for XC mountain biking and running (marathons). Combines consistent, lightweight design with exceptional hole protection at the highest level. The design makes the difference-with a high quality nylon and an extremely protective rubber coating along with the legendary BlackChili compound for the last day racing tire.