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A large volume tire that crawls over nasty roots and rolls through boulder strewn trails, Continental's 2.4 inch-wide, tubeless ready compatible Trail King 26in Tire is perfect for long-travel, all-mountain applications. A Black Chili rubber compound on the tread, with carbon black rubber sidewalls adds to this tires versatility by providing extra grip.
The Black Chili compound is a rubber compound milled down to nano-particles and then formed back into treads. The nano-sized rubber flecks -- think of a soccer ball on the face of the earth -- apply more rubber to the trail in the same area as regular tires. Continental claims 30% increased adhesion, 26% lower rolling resistance, and 5% improved mileage.
The interior is lined with a thin layer of rubber to prevent air bleed over time, and Continental's APEX sidewall design means a strip of additional material above the bead helps stiffen the sidewall. This increases stability and control in hard turns and across off-camber terrain. The extra sidewall support also means slightly lower tire pressures are needed without worrying about burping and loss of control.
The 3-ply casing has a combined 180 tpi and is overlapped twice underneath the tread for added puncture protection. The Continental Trail King is compatible with tubeless wheel systems, though it can be used with a tube as well. It has a foldable Kevlar bead, and is available in 2.4in width only.
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When it comes to something that is going to keep me connected to the ground, it is not something that I take lightly. Being as mtb tires are what can make or brake a ride, I researched my options for many weeks before I ended up deciding on the Trail Kings in 26x2.2. From the reviews that I read, the black chili compound was the way to go as they are handmade in Germany (the wire beaded ones are made in Taiwan) and are sticky as all get out in dry, hardpacked to loose over hard pack condition and on rock. I was a bit concerned with longevity of the tire with the tire being so soft and grippy, but I was reassured by many that this tire was durable, so I had no qualms about giving it a try. Riding in Colorado, I figured this would be the perfect tire and was excited to give it a try.
Once I got the tire, it was easy to put on and the beads hooked up with ease. Initial impression were that the tire was a bit wide for being a 2.2 size, but it was a good looking tire and complemented my bike. On the trail I was impressed this the ease of rolling and ability to keep speed and I found a new confidence in cornering.
After 3 rides and about 20 miles I looked over the tread and noticed that some of the knobs were splitting off. I was a bit put off by this as I figured that they should be durable, especially since I had only ridden on hardpack with a couple small rock gardens.
Overall, these are a great tire with lots of grip that will improve your cornering and keep speed with ease with low rolling resistance. Durability wise, you should probably consider a different tire.
Can this tire be used in a non UST...
Can this tire be used in a non UST wheelset?
Yes they can be. I currently run them on a DT Swiss 420 wheelset with tubes.