Continental 650B XKing, Kaiser DH, CycloXKing Tubular and Clincher Tires

by Brian Mullin on August 29, 2012

New Conti releases at Eurobike and Interbike:

Rammstein is the culmination of almost two years of R&D between
Continental Engineers and Conti sponsored gravity riders like the
Athertons and Richey Schley

  • MSRP: $84.95
  • Hand made in Continental’s factory in Korbach, Germany
  • Wedged-shaped shoulder lugs provide progressive reliability at speed
  • Center tread maximizes acceleration while providing robust braking
  • APEX technology—a rubber layer between plys in the carcass and wrapped aroundbead—provides protection from pinch flats
  • Dual ply carcass makes tire torsionally strong and adds puncture resistance
  • Features Continental’s proprietary Black Chili Compound
  • 360 TPI
  • 1200-grams
  • Available in 26 x 2.4

first and only tubular tire with Conti’s famed BlackChili Compound;
every Cyclo X-King is hand sewn by the experts in Continental’s Korbach,
Germany factory. A profile derived from the all-purpose X-King tread
pattern gives this tire low rolling resistance thanks to alternating
center lugs and a firm grip on everything from hadpack to medium loam
due to aggressive shoulder knobs. The real secret of the X-King’s
performance is its BlackChili Compound which has 30% higher grip, but
26% less rolling resistance and 5% greater durability than activated
silica rubber.

  • MSRP: $124.95

the success the X-King tread pattern has enjoyed with mountain bike
riders everywhere, making this tread in a cyclocross version was an
obvious choice. The X-King tread features a symmetrical center section
for excellent straight-line climbing and braking matched to firm
shoulder knobs that provide predictable handling in mixed conditions.
The X-King’s Black Chili compound gives it lower rolling resistance and
better traction than any other rubber. Available in a 32C width to
conform to UCI sizing rules. Cyclocross Race and Cyclocross Speed
Clincher in 35C widths with round out Conti’s cyclocross clincher

  • MSRP: $54.95

will bring their full range of unique technologies to bear on the new
size including their proprietary Black Chili tread compound and
ProTection Revolution Tubeless Ready casing. The new 27.5-inch tires
that feature Black Chili compound will be made in Continental’s Korbach
Germany facility. To get start the 27.5-inch campaign, Continental has
developed their most versatile tread pattern, the X-King. It will be
available in both a 2.2 and 2.4-inch width and at least one size in
their ProTection RTR casing. Prices are expected to fall directly in
line with Continental’s current 26- and 29-inch tire offerings.
Thoughts => I would like to see a few more tires in the 650B size, including Mountain King and my fave tire, the Trail King.

Update 5/2/12 => They released a Trail King 2.2 ProTection w/APEX earlier this year, and it will be followed at sometime by the TK 26×2.4 and 29×2.2,29×2.4. In regards to the 650B, they’ll start with XKing, and follow with Mountain King and Trail King, all in 2.2/2.4 ProTection, fold and wire, etc.

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