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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 29-inch Tire for your ride. Made by engineers that continually push the envelope in terms of what we're able to expect from a top-notch tire, you can feel confident that this heavy-duty mountain bike tire will work for you in the worst conditions, while still rolling nicely through a break to the fire roads.
For many years, the Continental Mountain King tires have been all about the soft- and loose-grip type of riding. However, what's so special about this version is that Continental has made a particular effort to broaden its competencies. It realized that most of us are riding in a variety of surface conditions every day, and so it took a look at how it could give the Mountain King better reactions when cornering on hardpack or rolling over fire roads. Consequently, this version features strengthened shoulder lugs and more space toward the center lugs in order to lower rolling-resistance and to improve cornering.
Continental included its Protection technology with these tires, so you're able to enjoy the benefits of the smooth, yet gripp'y treads as well as enhanced puncture protection (hence the name). Continental also added an additional layer that encircles the tire in order to guard against punctures. Unlike puncture-resistant troughs in other brands' tires, this protection actually reaches wall-to-wall in order to resist damage all of the way around.
Continental has been careful to ensure that the added layer doesn't harden the feel or reduce the level of dampening comfort that it provides. One reason that this 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's 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 in order to create a compound that reacts to surface objects more quickly, improving grip. These particles also form a tight bond that improves compound strength, while also lengthening tread life and reducing the chances that lugs will rip and tear. Compared to Continental's earlier-generation tire compound, Black Chili tires claim to provide 26% less rolling-resistance, 30% more grip, and an improvement to tread life by 5%.
The Continental Mountain King Protection 29-inch Tire is available in the color Black and in 2.2- and 2.4-inch width.
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The inside of the Continental MTB tires packaging.
These Are Revo Tubeless Ready
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These are 'Revo Tubeless Ready' tires. They're ready to run tubeless and they're the Protection model (you'll see this when you try to add a size to your cart). The description mentions the Protection feature but the title doesn't indicate they're Conti's tubeless ready
I'm running a 2.2 on the back and a 2.4 on the front. The higher volume 2.4 actually made it significantly easier to mount with sealant without spilling/making a mess. An interesting byproduct of having some wider rubber up front.