- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 29x2.3
I never thought I'd call Continental durable. Years ago, I had the X-King (replaced by the Cross King) and it shed knobs like it had mange!
I was enticed into running the Cross King - 29x2.3 - on the back, and it held up beautifully with a Mountain King up front, again as a 29x2.3. Each came in at 750 grams and it's a good combo for light trail riding.
It wasn't quite enough for me, so I put the Mountain King on the back and put a Trail King 29x2.4 up front and that is a winning combo for the Wasatch Back.
BTW, I had no problem with the steering on the Mountain King up front but wanted more braking power....they steer very well. Kind of a DHF-lite without any vagueness as you lay them over.
The Mountain King and Cross King are the same carcass with different tread. They both come in at just over 2.28", under 20 psi with knobs slightly wider. The ETRTO on the tire is 58-622, so the predicted 2.28" is right on for the carcass, but understated for the tread width which is 2.35" .