Continental revamps its King Series mountain bike tires

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (BRAIN) —  Continental said it has redesigned its King Series line of mountain bike tires from the inside out.

Continental Trail King ProTection mountain bike tyre review

Continental’s Trail King was one of the first new generation tough, high-traction, downhill-proof but trail-efficient mountain bike tyres, and it’s still one of the best.

The broad open-paddle, siped-top tread with a wall of wavy side knobs gives excellent mechanical traction everywhere from bogs to bar-end scraping berms.

The unique Black Chili rubber compound underlines the well shaped tread with impressive adhesion across all the usual accident-causing surfaces that are lurking in your local woods.

It’s seriously fat for a listed 2.2in tyre and the scrim-reinforced Protection carcass is tough and stable without being too heavy. The tyre is fast rolling and year-round durable too, which helps make the price an investment, not an indulgence.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.


Continental to offer all 2014 mountain bike tyres in 650b – Eurobike 2013

During this year’s?Sea Otter we reported that Continental would be offering four of their most popular mountain bike tyres in 650b (27.5in) for 2014. At Eurobike 2013?the brand have further demonstrated their commitment to the wheel size, announcing plans to?offer their whole off-road range in 29er and 650b dimensions. Pricing is to be announced.

Conti showed BikeRadar their full complement of 2014 tyres, with the Mud King, Speed King, X-King and Trail King mounted and ready to roll in mid and large wheel sizes.

Continental are working on making their whole off-road range available for 650b and 29er wheels for 2014:

Continental’s off-road range will be available in 650b and 29er formats

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Continental goes all in with 650b – Sea Otter 2013

European bicycle, wheel and tire companies may have been slow to the 29er game but they’re certainly not sitting on their hands this time around. Continental is adopting the resurrected 27.5in format in a big way, producing its four most popular mountain bike treads in the ‘tweener size for 2014.

Continental’s 27.5in range will include the fast rolling Race King, the more versatile X-King, and two all-purpose trail treads: the Mountain King and the Trail King. Of those two, the Mountain King features a more rounded profile and bigger gap between the center tread and shoulder blocks for more of an ‘on-off’ cornering feel while the Trail King’s more squared-off shape and evenly distributed blocks should provide a more predictable and forgiving personality according to Continental North America brand manager Brett Hahn.

Continental is going Four 650b for 2014 (l to r): Race King, X-King, Mountain King, Trail King

The Race King will be offered only in a 2.2in width but the rest of the range will be available in 2.2 and 2.4in sizes. Continental also plans to release the new 27.5in tires in its tubeless-ready ProTection casing and ultralight RaceSport versions – both with Black Chili rubber compounds – plus lower-priced Sport variants with wire or folding beads.

All of the new 27.5in tires should be available in August and suggested retail price for premium versions is $64.95. Claimed weights are still TBD.

Meet the Kaiser Projekt

Continental also showed off its latest downhill tire, the Kaiser 2.4 Projekt, which was developed in cooperation with GT racer Gee Atherton. As compared to the existing soft-conditions Baron 2.5, the Kaiser Projekt 2.4 is meant as more of a all-conditions tire with a more linearly arranged shoulder tread and aggressively ramped center blocks for a faster roll.

Underneath, a two-ply casing with additional sidewall reinforcement helps ensure the tire will survive to the end of the run, too.

The new continental kaiser projekt 2.4 is a The Kaiser Projekt 2.4 was developed with Gee Atherton

As with all of its higher-end tires, Continental molds the Kaiser Projekt 2.4 with its Black Chili rubber compound, which has been tweaked for the specific application. Hahn wouldn’t characterize the compound as simply being harder or softer, however – and in fairness, our previous experiences with Continental’s Black Chili rubber does reinforce the idea that it behaves a bit differently than normal.

“We don’t play the durometer game,” he told BikeRadar. “We control the performance at the molecular level, not with hard or soft.”

The Kaiser Projekt is available now with a suggested retail price of $90. Claimed weight is 1,150g.