Crawling up mud-slicked trails. Bombing down stone and stump-riddled runs. When it's all about traction and blasting through any kind of trail debris, turn to the Continental Mountain King II ProTection Tires for your 29ers. Made by the company that continually pushes the envelope in terms of what we can expect from a top-notch tire, you can feel confident that this heavy-duty mountain bike tire, one of the favorites of Richie Schley, will work for you in the worst conditions and yet roll nicely once you break through to the fire roads.
For many years, the Continental Mountain King tires have been all about the soft and loose-grip type of riding. What is so special about this version is that the folks at Conti have made a particular effort to give it a much more rounded performance level. They realized that most of us are riding in a variety of surface conditions every day, and so they took a look at how they could give the Mountain King better reactions when cornering on hardpack or rolling over fire roads. Consequently, this version features beefed-up shoulder lugs and more space toward the center lugs to lower rolling resistance and improve cornering.
Continental included their Protection technology with these tires, so you can enjoy the benefit of the smooth yet grippy treads as well as enhanced puncture protection (hence the name). Conti added an additional layer that encircles the tire to guard against punctures; unlike puncture-resistant troughs in other brands' tires, this protection reaches wall-to-wall to resist damage all the way around.
Continental has been careful to ensure that the added layer does not harden the feel and reduce the level of dampening comfort it can provide. One reason that is possible is because Continental heavily relies on its proprietary Black Chili rubber compound to help the tire be all things to all conditions. It has succeeded in making the tires grippier, tougher and lighter on their treads. Essentially, the Continental engineers in Germany refined their synthetic rubbers with nano-particles to create a compound that reacts to surface objects more quickly, improving grip. These particles also form a tighter bond to improve compound strength, lengthening tread life and reducing the chances that lugs will rip and tear. Compared to Continental's earlier-generation tire compound, Black Chili tires offer 20% less rolling resistance and 30% more grip, yet also manage to improve tread life by 5%.
The Continental Mountain King II Protection 29in Tire is tubeless-ready and Continental recommends the use of their RevoSealant to protect against the odd mini-puncture.
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