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Continental X-King Protection 29" Tire

Continental X-King Protection 29" Tire

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Continental X-King Protection 29" Tire

Continental X-King Protection 29" 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.

In 2007, Black Chili compound hit the market. It has been a hit with cyclists ever since. Black Chili improves tire performance in all areas. It 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
  • ProTection - Revo Tubeless Ready
  • 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
  • 29” Wheel
3.8 / 5.0
17 Reviews
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Great dry grip
I purchased these tires as a last alternative as I had a ride scheduled and needed tires bad. This is what was in stock in the needed size and price range. I was stoked at the performance they delivered compared to a set of Racing Ralph's I took off, (not that the Ralph's are a bad tire, just not good for my use). My every day ride has about 4 miles of pavement and 16 miles of CA High Desert which consists of hard pack, decomposed granite, sand and jagged rocks. The X-Kings perform great on all of these surfaces and with the protection side wall, I have yet to even see a mark from the rocks! i'm running these on a carbon hard tail 29er and have found that 28-30 psi give me good dry grip and still rolls good on the pavement. I can easily say for my are these are great tires.

PROS: Light Weight, Low Rolling Resistance, Quiet On Street

CONS: none

BEST USES: Loose, Hard Pack
October 28, 2012
Apple Valley, CA
Great all around tire for hard riding and durability
This, along with the Continental Mountain King, are my go-to tires. My 29er hardtail has the 2.2 in the rear and 2.4 in the front, and I can swap it out for the 2.2 front when I do not need the additional traction. My 27.5 FS has 2.4 front and rear, typically with the X-King in back and Mountain King in front for additional control and cornering. Grip is good, if not great depending on the condition. This isn't the ideal tire for all conditions, but I ride in all seasons, weather, and mixed terrain from sandy beaches to gravel to rocky single track. While I'd love to have five wheelsets with varous tire combinations, that's just too expensive and cumbersome.

The tires are very durable - the only time I get flats is when the sidewall is so deteriorated from use that the sealant seeps through, and that is after 600-800 miles on the rear, 1200+ on the front (depends on the time of year and trails). See the attached pic - still held air pressure at this point.

The knobs hold up very well. When the start to wear out they turn out to be great gravel tires for another 200 miles.

These are not the lightest or most aggressive tire, but they are a perfect compromise for me. I want something that can be ridden hard on all terrain and not swap tires every two months or when the trails are dry or wet. While I would definitely race on them, however I'd prefer to be more selective based on the trail conditions. Then again, there's something to say about not having to worry about the tires and just go.

I have not had a problem setting these up tubeless.

I typically run the following:
2.2 X-King front and rear for smoother trails and gravel (29 hardtail)
2.2X-King 2.2 Rear with 2.4 X-King front all around setup (29er hardtail)
2.4 X-King front, 2.4 Mountain King for general trail riding (27.5 FS)
2.4 Mountain King front and Rear for most aggressive trail (27.5 FS)
September 14, 2016
Chapel Hill NC
Good combo of performance & value
It's not perfect, but compared to other tires (Maxxis, Schwalbe), it's less costly for the protection version, lasts longer, rolls as good or better, and is more cut resistant. I've had 6-8 of these tires, and keep coming back. I did have one warranted for an out-of-round carcass. The 2.2 looses knobs easier than the 2.4 because the 2.2 has a smaller radius where the knob attaches to the tire. One 2.4 I've had never did seal up real great, but overall they've been better than the competition. The tread hasn't lasted as long as the Mountain King though. Mostly use the X-kings as a back tire now. Not a good mud tire at all.

PROS: Rolling Resistance, Fit On Tlr Rims, Cut Resitance

CONS: Looses Some Knobs

BEST USES: Racing, Mountain Biking
July 18, 2015
Good Tire - Lacks Durability
I really like the design of the overall tire - lightweight, good traction, corners well, climbs very well and looks good. I purchased this tire to be used as a rear on my trail bike and within 200 miles the tread was very worn and I punctured the sidewall. Purchased another thinking maybe badluck but again within 200 miles tread was wearing fast and I again punctured a sidewall. Decided to run a tube to get some more life out of the tire and managed to get about 100 miles more before I moved on to another brand...

PROS: Lightweight, Easy To Install

CONS: Sidewall Puncture, Tread Wears Fast
August 15, 2014
Murrieta, CA
Low quality
This tire has not held up well. I have put about 30 miles on it. One tread block completely came off on the side wall. I have 3 more that have started to rip off. This is not a cheap tire but it has performed like one.

CONS: Durability
March 3, 2016
Tarrytown, Ny
very fast rolling
this are one of the fastest tires there are, when on the road, i´ve been able to hang out with roadies, nit bad traction on hard packs, and they have survived couple of rock gardens.
April 28, 2016
Really like these tires
Have used the X kings for several years now mostly on my rear tires on both my 29er and my 650b. I have used them here in FL, the mountains of NC, and in CA. I find them to have excellent grip and are very durable. The only con is that they are a little narrow for their size.

PROS: Easy To Install, Durable
January 29, 2016
Jacksonville, FL
Great Tire!!
Fast rolling tire with great traction. I recommend the 2.4 vs the 2.2in

PROS: Smooth Ride, Handles Well, Great Components, Lightweight

BEST USES: Single Track, Casual Trails, Cross Country
April 12, 2016
Perfect x country tire
Lightweight for x country biking
June 8, 2016
New Jersey
X-King 2.2 Protection
Great tread pattern, and excellent traction. I don't have many miles on yet, but they seem very durable.

Very stiff sidewall, would not recommend using these with tubes.

The actual width is around 2.0, not 2.2 as stated.

PROS: Durable, Easy To Install

CONS: Narrow Vs Stated Width, Narrow

BEST USES: Racing, Mountain Biking
December 2, 2013

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