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Continental X-King 26" Protection Tire

Item #: TI263A01
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Continental X-King 26" Protection Tire

Continental X-King 26" Protection Tire

The X- King is an insanely fast, grippy tire. Despite the pronounced studs, the X- King rolls smoothly and very quietly. This light tire has many applications. It can be used as either a front or rear tire in a veriety of terrains. The X-King is infused with Continental’s Black Chili Compound, which offers a solid grip and is self cleaning. The shoulder lugs provide absolute stability during high speed corners. This version of the X- King features two forms of cutting edge tire technology; Black Chili Compound, and Revolution Tubeless Ready System (RTR.)

Black Chili compound hit the market in 2007, and has been a hit with cyclists ever since, as it has proven to take tire performance to the next level, in all areas. The BlackChili compound lasts longer, grips better, and rolls faster. It has 26% less rolling resistance, 30% higher grip, and even 5% longer mileage. The Black Chili Compound is only made in Korbach Germany, and the recipe is not shared with any other tire manufacturer.

The Revolution Tubeless Ready system provides the perfect combination of smooth running, grip, and puncture protection. ProTection RTR features 4 ply heavy duty nylon (4 under tread, 3 in the sidewall.) The Revolution Tubeless Ready (RTR) system offers a UST style bead, and mid- weight casing for full tubeless compatibility. For optimal results, Continental recommends using the Continental RevoSealant with these tires.

Note: If Stan's was previously used, both the tire and rim must be scrubbed using Simple Green or a similar cleaner, before Continental Revo Sealant can be used.

  • Handmade in Korbach, Germany
  • BlackChili compound provides outstanding grip and low rolling resistance
  • Fills the gap between the Mountain King II and Race King
  • Fast, high grip and excellent self-cleaning tread design
  • A dense central tread provides smooth rolling, whilst raised outer knobs provide sure cornering traction
  • Intended Use: Mountain/ XC
  • Folding Bead
  • 26” Wheel
4.2 / 5.0
13 Reviews
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fast rolling and grippy
I won a set of these tires in an online contest, and I love them. They roll quite fast and grip well despite the small-ish knobs. The 2.2 version isn't too heavy, which is a plus for me, and they seem to be wearing well. The rubber does feel pretty soft, so I'm sure road miles would quickly wear them down. That said, though, they're just about perfect for my hardpack XC riding conditions.

PROS: Fast Rolling, Grip, Light, Braking

BEST USES: XC, Hardpack
October 9, 2012
Good tire, fast, no good in wet/loose
Decent durability(waaaaay better than RR), but the rolling characteristics are great. It will eat sealant when installing, but then seals nicely. This is not an all rounder, it gets zero grip on wet or loose. It is a straight screamer, yet sticks nicely on hardpack and rock slabs. Not a good front tire, but solid in rear with a 'Ron in front. For this type of tire, it should be lighter, but I like it as a wicked quick rear tire for rugged, dry XC courses.

PROS: Zero Rolling Resistance, Attractive Design, Durable

CONS: Heavy, Difficult To Install

BEST USES: Racing, Mountain Biking
October 15, 2013
Great Tires
Great lightweight tires, decent traction & tread life.
December 9, 2016
11 months ago
Scottsdale, AZ
X-King is the KING
Good all arounder, but not for muddy conditions. I have a set of RaceSport 2.2s mounted up right now. Setup for tubeless was easy (using ZTR Flow rims). Just used them for a 12 hour endurance race on a very diverse course. They performed flawlessly.....this is my second set of X-Kings and when I wear these out I'll be putting on another set.

PROS: Cornering, durability, Ease of tubeless mounting, Fast Rolling, Climbing

BEST USES: Hardpack, Loose, Dry, Wet but not muddy, Sandy
February 22, 2012
Ocala, Florida
X-King 26" protection tire
The tire works great. It's a little smaller than you would expect a 2.2 tire to be. I need to refill it with air every time I ride. It doesn't set up as well tubeless as other tubeless tires I've used.

PROS: Durable, Attractive Design

CONS: Difficult To Install
September 21, 2015
Richmond, VA
As expected for price and brand
fast rolling tire, a little sketchy on loose gravel...

PROS: Good traction on solid, Easy seal, Small knobs-fast rolling

CONS: Small knobs-poor traction
June 25, 2012
Steamboat, CO
Great tire for dry conditions
I immediately noticed the difference in traction while turning. I am able to lean in and the tire just sticks. I have not tried this tire in any muddy conditions, but for dry hardpacked it works great.
October 26, 2012
Los Angeles
My favorite tire
I have not tried a ton of tires but of the ones I have ridden on, I like these the best. The knob pattern is consistent which makes flat-land cornering fun and easy. The trails that I ride have a bunch of roots and sometimes in the worst places. These tires grip them well. The tough sidewall adds weight but I can see where it would be useful. Good all-rounder. I have even put a pair on my friend's bike and they saw a huge improvement in traction and stability.

PROS: Consistent Knobbing, Tough sidewall, Tubeless option, Looks sharp

CONS: Heavy

BEST USES: Sandy, Loose Packed Dirt, Dry, Hard Packed Dirt, Roots
October 7, 2012
Impressive tires
Delivery was on time as promised.

PROS: Attractive Design, Easy To Install
June 30, 2014
Senoia, GA
nice and tough tire
it´s a little porous on the sides, but the tubeless sealer solves that problem anyway is an excellent tire,
Fast and grippy

PROS: Attractive Design
September 10, 2015

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