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  • Continental - X-King ProTection Tire - 26in - Black Chili

Continental X-King ProTection Tire - 26in

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    • Black Chili, 26x2.2
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    Roll on.

    Trying to nail that perfect balance between speed, rolling resistance, and corner-hugging grip? It can be like looking for a tiny unicorn-shaped needle in a rubbery haystack, or it can be as easy as slapping on the Continental X-King ProTection Tire. A grippy but fast shoe for enduro-oriented riders, the X-King blends closely spaced and fast-rolling center knobs with blockier, wider edge knobs to balance speedy rolling and bombproof grip on firm, dry terrain.

    Enduro takes a toll on your tires, too, but the X-King boasts Continental's ProTection casing, which basically employs an extra ply to the tire, protecting it against cuts, tears, and gashes when you're steamrolling down rough and rocky terrain. This extra protection is even more essential because the X-King is set up to be run tubeless, which can make punctures a slightly bigger deal. Luckily, the Black Chili rubber compound is strong on its own, and Continental also claims it reduces rolling resistance, increases grip, and even improves tread life, so you'll be able to ride the X-King long after your friends have changed out their tires.

    • Black Chili compound
    • ProTection casing
    • Tubeless
    • Folding bead
    • Item #CON000C

    Tech Specs

    Compound
    Black Chili compound
    Size
    26 in x 2.2 in, 26 in x 2.4 in
    Type
    tubeless
    Casing
    ProTection
    Bead
    folding
    Claimed Weight
    2.2 in 595 g, 2.4 in 660 g
    Recommended Use
    all-mountain, cross-country
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited

    Tech Specs

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    Amazingly fragile!

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    I got these for my wife, a 63 year old 135 pound woman who bikes in northern Utah. Apparently that is too much for these tires in a 26x2.4, as she is beginning to tear knobs off after about 50 miles. The only reason I'm hanging on to them is that, on the good side, they roll with very low resistance and they hold air well, tubeless.

    Meh performance and terrible durability

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought these looking for a tire that I could use as a daily driver for XC style riding, with occasional racing. I expected low rolling resistance, ok traction, and ok durability. Rolling resistance seems good, but traction is disappointing even for a lighter tire, especially on the edges of the tread.

    The real issue is the durability though. After only ~25 miles of riding, several tread blocks have already fallen off all the way down to the casing, and many more are partially broken. As you can see in the picture, the little nipple things are still on there, so the tire is clearly new, but a whole tread block is gone and others are not looking good. The rotation direction is correct, I ran ~45 psi in the tires, and have been riding in southern California. I weigh ~190 lb.

    I will be returning these and will not be buying Continental tires again.

    Meh performance and terrible durability

    Solid XC tubeless tire

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This tire has low rolling resistance, and decent grip in dry conditions. True to their name they are best suited for XC riding, I have been using them on my all mountain bike but would recommend something with more aggressive tread for those who are focused more on the descent. I didn’t run into any issues mounting this tubeless (I always set the bead using a CO2) and the sidewall seems to be stiff enough to feel predictable even at sub 30 psi pressure. I bought the 26” 2.4.

    Been great so far

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I am a beginner just starting my MTB experience. I had a knowledgeable mechanic counsel me to put this tire on the front to help with traction and control for down hill sections. I have an older, used tire in the back that is only a 2.1 width. So having this 2.4 tire in the front was to give me that necessary control as I continue improving. So far even on wet days it has stuck nicely with great traction. My rims require me to use a tube to inflate, and that worked great.

    Ride well, but have sidewall issues.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I rode these tires for a full season and like them for the most part. The traction was excellent for the area that I ride in (northern UT). However, the side walls break down quickly and seep out liquid, so you always get back from a ride with mud caked to your wheels and crap flung all over your frame/fork. Mine bit the bullet when the sidewall got a small slit just above the bead. It took me a while to figure out what the hell was going on because the whole tire was wet and made it hard to find the issue. I would only recommend these if you found them on closeout and didn't mind replacing your tires in a month or two.

    Ride well, but have sidewall issues.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I rode these tires for a full season and like them for the most part. The traction was excellent for the area that I ride in (northern UT). However, the side walls break down quickly and seep out liquid, so you always get back from a ride with mud caked to your wheels and crap flung all over your frame/fork. Mine bit the bullet when the sidewall got a small slit just above the bead. It took me a while to figure out what the hell was going on because the whole tire was wet and made it hard to find the issue. I would only recommend these if you found them on closeout and didn't mind replacing your tires in a month or two.

    Excellent XC tire

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Long lasting and really fast . Exceptional on hard pack and loose over hard conditions short of moon dust. Best summer XC tire I have ridden. It is definitely not an all conditions AM tire. For this go to the mountain kings or trail kings.

    fast rolling rubber

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Upgraded to these from an older pair of conti's, they rolled noticeably faster over hard pack rolling terrain which is what I prefer to ride. Grip was excellent also, not so solid in sandy conditions but I have yet to have a tire I've been happy with in sand. I would recommend this as a great all around tire, very good in most all conditions and has been very good against punctures.

    Solid grip in all conditions

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Have ridden on these just a few times now, but am very pleased with how they handle the mud, and how fast they roll on hard surfaces. Out here in Park City, the mud is like slippery clay. These tires do pretty well in these situations -- they still slip some, but if you stay seated, you can get some good grip. I've been able to ride 6-7% muddy slippery grades with these no problem.