Continental Tires – Interbike 2011

by Brian Mullin on September 19, 2011

One of my favorite tires of all time is the Continental Trail King, which is known as the Rubber Queen in the rest of the world. It has the uber sticky Black Chili compound, has superb traction and braking capabilities, and tough Apex sidewalls. Unfortunately, it had only been available in a 26-inch tire size (2.2″ and 2.4″ widths), but I spied a 29-inch beast up on their display wall. After I stopped drooling, I asked Brett their rep when the highly coveted item will be available. He said their release date is still unknown, so they are vaporware or more accurately tireware. Ugh! The 29er Trail King should be available in 2.2″ and 2.4″ sizes, and I can’t wait to try a pair out on my 29er. Uber traction to the max!

They did have some trick new Mud Kings, which are obviously meant to get down and dirty. The deep, widely spaced, and aggressive lugs should be ideal in mud, snow, crud and extremely loose conditions. The folding 26×2.3 inch tire is handmade in Germany, and uses their Black Chili rubber compound, Apex Dual Ply sidewalls, and six plies of 60 tpi (6/360) for the casing, and weighs in at 1100 grams. Although designed for downhilling, it would be a great tire for any demanding riding in adverse conditions, and I am looking forward to thrashing a pair through the coming fall and winter. They have small brethren, the Mud King Protection, which comes in a skinnier 26″ x 1.8″ size, which also have the Black Chili compound.

Here is the Mud King tread pattern (big and beefy):

They came out with a new series called the RaceSport, which improves upon their Supersonic casing, and has 30% better sidewall protection, uses the Black Chili compound, 3/180 tpi and a smooth sidewall treatment.

New or updated releases:

26er

  • Baron 2.3″
  • Baron 2.3″ – with Black Chili
  • Mountain King 2.2″ & 2.4″
  • Mountain King RaceSport 2.2″ – with Black Chili
  • Mountain King ProTection 2.2″ & 2.4″ – with Black Chili
  • Mountain King UST 2.2″ & 2.4″
  • Mud King ProTection 1.8″ – with Black Chili
  • Mud King 2.3″ – with Black Chili
  • Race King 2.0″ & 2.2″
  • Race King RaceSport 2.0″ & 2.2″ – with Black Chil
  • Race King ProTection 2.2″ – with Black Chili
  • Race King UST 2.0″ & 2.2″
  • Trail King 2.2″ & 2.4″
  • Trail King UST 2.2″ – with Black Chili
  • X-King 2.2″ & 2.4″
  • X-King RaceSport 2.2″ & 2.4″ – with Black Chil
  • X-King Protection 2.2″ & 2.4″ – with Black Chili
  • X-King UST 2.2″ & 2.4″

29er

  • Mountain King 2.2″ & 2.4″
  • Mountain King RaceSport 2.2″ – with Black Chili
  • Mountain King ProTection 2.2″ – with Black Chili
  • Race King 2.2″ & 2.4″
  • Race King RaceSport 2.2″ – with Black Chil
  • Race King ProTection 2.2″ – with Black Chili
  • Trail King 2.2″ & 2.4″
  • X-King 2.2″ & 2.4″
  • X-King RaceSport 2.2″ & 2.4″ – with Black Chil
  • X-King ProTection 2.2″ – with Black Chili

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