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Ride the Continental Race King Black Chili ProTection 29in Tires to the top of your next podium. Offering a low-profile pattern that rolls fast and can handle just about any terrain or conditions, the Race King is the perfect package for cross-country racers -- from weekend warriors to pros like Irina Kalentieva, two-time World Cross-Country champion and a Race King fan.

Part of the secret of the Race King's success lies in its remarkable tread. The rolled shoulder profile and diamond-head arrow center tread pattern is primarily designed for superb power transfer while maintaining a very low profile so that it rolls exceptionally fast. Continental also incorporates transitional knobs from the center to the shoulder of the tire, so that when you're making quick weight transfers, from cornering to straight-ahead power and back again, the tire remains stable and secure beneath you. The shoulder knobs are low-profile, like the rest of the tread. Along the outer edge the pattern is doubled, with a ramped leading edge followed by a block tread -- the ramps roll quickly, but the block bites into the dirt for better traction.

Not only do the Race King tires shed mud like nobody’s business, but they also deliver bomb-proof performance, even on the nastiest, longest marathon rides. Continental included their ProTection technology with these tires, so you can enjoy the benefit of the smooth yet grippy treads as well as enhanced puncture protection (hence the name). Conti added an additional layer that encircles the tire to guard against punctures; unlike puncture-resistant troughs in other brands' tires, this protection reaches wall-to-wall to resist damage all the way around.

Continental has been careful to ensure that the added layer does not harden the feel and reduce the level of dampening comfort it can provide. One reason that is possible is because Continental heavily relies on its proprietary Black Chili rubber compound to help the tire be all things to all conditions. It has succeeded in making the tires grippier, tougher and lighter on their treads. Essentially, the Continental engineers in Germany refined their synthetic rubbers with nano-sized carbon particles to create a compound that reacts to surface objects more quickly, improving grip. These particles also form a tighter bond to improve compound strength, lengthening tread life and reducing the chances that lugs will rip and tear. Compared to Continental's earlier-generation tire compound, Black Chili tires offer 20% less rolling resistance and 30% more grip, yet also manage to improve tread life by 5%.

The Race King Protection is tubeless ready and Continental recommends the use of their RevoSealant to protect against the odd mini puncture. There are many advantages to having a tubeless set up, including the ability to run a tire at lower pressures; you can increase the contact patch and the grip of a tire without risking bothersome snakebites. The Continental Race King Protection 29in Tireis 2.2 inches wide, and has an ideal inflation level of between 50 and 65 psi.

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Black Chili compound is super sticky and I love the super durable sidewalls and low profile tread. I seem to never regret trading out other tires for Continentals. First ride out I had some tree roots knock the sidewalls and figured the sidewall was toast but to my surprise, no damages. That was refreshing compared to my Rocket Ron's that would tear pretty easily. I have yet to convert to tubeless on these bad boys, but I am stoked to try them out.