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

by Brian Mullin on August 29, 2012

New Conti releases at Eurobike and Interbike:

CONTINENTAL DER KAISER RAMMSTEIN
The
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

CONTINENTAL CYCLO X-KING TUBULAR
The
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

CONTINENTAL CYCLO X-KING CLINCHER
With
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
offering.

  • MSRP: $54.95

CONTINENTAL 650B PROGRAM
Continental
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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