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  • ProTection + Black Chili, 26x2.4 ($44.97)
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Item # CON001S

Rule the roost.

This is not the 2010 Mountain King ProTection. Nor is it the rockin' Mountain King UST, or Mountain King Race Sport. Head spinning yet? Don't sweat it. The reason for the similar naming convention is that Mountain King indicates a tread pattern, and each additional feature that comes with that pattern is tagged on. Think of it like the displacement of a motor added to the name of a car, and you have the gist of it.

So first, Mountain King indicates Continental's extraordinary, open-spaced Mountain King tread pattern, which is particularly astute at mud shedding, but it's now revised with stiffer side knobs for enhanced cornering on hard pack. And in the case of the ProTection, it's a lower volume, and therefore lighter (by 230g), package than its big-volume, Mountain King UST, brother.

That makes the ProTection a little faster rolling as well, but as the name would indicate, also better armored against punctures. Why? Well, because it's a four-ply tire, not a three-ply, and that extra ProTection tech comes in the form of a continuous, high-strength rubberized nylon wrap that encompasses the entire casing. This puts three plies of rubber at the sidewall and four beneath the tread.

Note as well that this is not the same knob pattern as the first generation Mountain King ProTection. This second generation tire trades that race-specific, low-knob pattern for far more aggressive knobs.

The Mountain King tire will also corner better in wet mud, because its side knobs are taller than on the older tire design. The Black Chili compound (tiny fragments of embedded carbon) improves grip by allowing faster rubber deformation, so you get a sensation of the tire clinging through corners rather than suddenly breaking loose. Black Chili is estimated by Continental to decrease rolling-resistance by 26%, have a higher friction value of 30%, and to increase durability by 5%.

The Continental Mountain King 26-inch Tire is available with a 2.4-inch width. It's also foldable, weighs around 650g, and is available in the color Black/black.

Application: XC/Trail/Marathon

Ground: All Conditions

  • Tubeless-ready
  • Mountain King tread pattern
  • Black Chili compound
  • Protection casing

Tech Specs

Black Chili compound
26 x 2.4 in
clincher, tubeless ready
Claimed Weight:
650 g
Recommended Use:
all-mountain, enduro
Manufacturer Warranty:

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Solid performer

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the second set of these I've bought. They are all around solid performers, predictable, and pretty tough (protection version). I don't run tubeless so I cannot answer to that aspect. I ride the desert southwest, so sand, decomposing granite, sandstone, moon dust, mud and snow. Trail/Enduro style of riding. The Mountain King 2.4 is smaller than the Trail King 2.4.
These are especially good as a rear, breaking and climbing traction is excellent, better than High Rollers, Minions, Nevagals. It feels like the rear has better traction than the Nobby Nick and rolls faster/easier than the Hans Damfs.
As a front tire it is good in most conditions but baby heads sized rocks is gets squirrely. As a front tire it responds better to turning through the corners rather than leaning through corners. As always your mileage may vary. In my opinion the I deal combo is the Mountain King in the rear and the Trail King up front.

Pretty good but...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this tire and set it up tubeless. It works pretty well once it's on and sealed, but is a bear to inflate that first time. I have a compressor and it still took my about 30 minutes per tire to get the bead to set. I've since moved on to Maxxis Minions and am much happier.

sticky rubber

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

great tire that just really digs into any terrain you throw at it! Definitely slower on pavement than a harder compound rubber but will really let you get into the corners when the surface gets looser. I put about 50-60 miles on these in the first two days I had them on and loved every minute of it! During those two days we rolled over everything from moon dust to road. Definitely worth the price!