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Take one glance at the Continental Race King UST's tread pattern and you'll see that this tire's goal, first and foremost, is to roll fast. It comes as no surprise that Irina Kalentieva--riding for Topeak/Ergon--took the first Race King prototype to a spot on the podium at the 2007 UCI World Championships. Continental designed the Race King UST to excel in a wide variety of terrain, though this tire's short knobs will grip hard packed soils like glue. Unlike some other race tires, this King's low-profile tread pattern is mated to a large volume 330tpi casing--which will conform to even the most subtle trail irregularities--for fast-rolling, sure-footed handling. The closely spaced center knobs will roll quickly and efficiently while the closely spaced side knobs provide fantastic cornering traction, in addition to generous sidewall protection.

The Continental Race King UST tire is available in two sizes: 26 x 2.0 and 26 x 2.2in, which weigh in at a very reasonable 575g and 650g respectively. The UST version of the Race King is tubeless compatible with any UST rim, and can be used with most tubeless-ready rims and their corresponding sealing strip.

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Best Damp to Dry conditions tire in production

    This tire is one of the best tires ever to grace our singletrack afflictions. I have put thousands of training and racing miles on these tires and they perform perfectly in damp and dry conditions. The tire especially shines as being fast, acceleration and speed are it eureka moments. The Black Chili Rubber compound is a nice mix of super tacky yet I get good mileage out of this tire. The tire seated on my NoTubes rims with a hand pump, gotta like that. The tire is round with good squared corner knobs so the tire never feels like you are on marbles when cornering, tracks well.
    I ride a hardtail mostly and therefore use the 2.2 for added volume and thus better compliance and cushion for long rides and races.
    Mud is not their time to shine, as the knobs are small and tightly spaced, this turns into a slick quickly. Look to the Speed King for wetter/muddy conditions.

    Lighter than advertised

      I wish h & r had had a pair of these. I guess I got the last one. The one they sent was a 2.2 and it weighs 650g not 700 like the listing says. I am not sure if it is black chili or not (the box says made in taiwan, I thought all the black chili ones were german). I'll post more details once I have had a chance to ride it.

      Lighter than advertised