Continental Race King Tire - 29in

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
  • Low-profile
  • Aggressive tread pattern
  • ProTection technology
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The most underrated XC tire there is

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I feel like I've used them all - RaRas, Spesh (new gripton included), Ikon, Ardent Race, Thunder Burts, etc. These are probably the best tires you can buy in terms of speed, grip, longevity and flat/sidewall protection. The downside is that the sidewalls get chewed up after a few rides and look like hell, but these tires have been bombproof for me. I have used them in every condition, wet, dry, rocky, sandy, hardback, etc. They do pretty good in all conditions. I always come back to this tire when everything else fails. They are not going to hook up as good as something like the RaRa, but they hold there own and feel faster to me. Regardless, they are definitely more robust even than the SS RaRa and cheaper. For the price, they can't be beat.
Definitely recommend them

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.