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Tires that will take you to the podium.
Continental’s Race King 29-inch Tire is built tough for cross-country rippers who demand power and excellent, all-terrain traction. Continental uses its proprietary Black Chili compound for the Race King, which not only improves grip, but also makes the tire stronger and lighter. Compared to Continental's earlier-generation tire compound, Black Chili tires provide around 20% less rolling-resistance and 30% more grip, all while managing to improve tread life by 5%. The Race King’s low-profile tread pattern delivers excellent power transfer and superb handling. To accomplish this, Continental uses a rolled shoulder profile, transitional knobs, and a diamond-head arrow center tread pattern. Along the outer edge, the pattern uses a ramped leading edge and a block tread. The blocks enhance traction while the ramps ensure a quick rolling tire. The Race King is also built with Continental’s ProTection technology, which provides wall-to-wall protection against punctures.
- Made with Continental’s Black Chili compound
- Aggressive tread pattern
- ProTection technology
- Q & A
Rolls fast, but get the pressure right
The Continental Race King tires are great for xc racing when you want to roll fast. I've used them for Leadville the last couple of years, and they were great except when I smashed into a rock when they weren't quite inflated enough, which led to a series of flats. But when you have the setup dialed, the Race King is a great tire made for KOMs.
Great XC tires
These tire worked flawlessly and got me through my first Leadville 100. Ran them tubeless with 29psi rear and 27psi front. Had stable predictable handling, good traction and great (low) rolling resistance. Most importantly no flats! And Leadville although not technical has some high speed very rocky sections. These replaced a set of Ardent race 2.2's and these seemed to have quite a bit less rolling resistance. I would definitely highly recommend these for fast XC style riding.
"Bomb-proof performance"--not so much.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
These tires are described in part, "Even better, this also creates an enhanced level of puncture protection (hence the name)." No way. While the sidewalls seem beefier, my rear tire blew one out in LESS THAN 15 miles. I live in the desert and ride on rocky, prickly trails. But the only trail this tire saw was a 6' wide little-more-than-gravel road. Not only did the tire puncture, it split enough to spew RevoSealant all over the trail and cannot be salvaged. I'm hoping I just happened to get a defective tire. To cap off the bad taste in my mouth, after emailing my complaint to Competitive Cyclist, I got exactly nothing in return. No response. Crickets. Not even, "sorry, but these things happen".
Awesome XC tire
The Race King is the way to go for hardpack XC courses. Moving to a Race King made my bike feel like a road bike on the smooth stuff. Durability is solid as well. Defiantly recommend!
Great all around XC tires
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This is one of the best all around XC tires out there. I ran mine tubeless at 25 psi for training and as low as 21 for races. The ProTection technology makes for a super solid tubeless set up, and these tires have excellent flat protection especially when compared to some ultra-thin XC tires. It's a fast-rolling tread that also holds amazing grip on rocks and in corners. I have yet to run them in really wet or muddy conditions. An ideal XC quiver for one season would be 2-3 sets of these and a pair of X-Kings for the mud.
Is this the "Protection" version of the...
Is this the "Protection" version of the Race King?
Yes, this is the tubeless ready, protection variant of the Race King.