Continental Trail King Tire - 26in $64.95
A large volume tire that crawls over nasty roots and rolls through boulder strewn trails, Continental's 2.4 inch-wide, UST compatible Trail King 26in Tire is perfect for long-travel, all-mountain applications. A Black Chili rubber compound on the tread, with carbon black rubber sidewalls adds to this tires versatility by providing extra grip.
The Black Chili compound is a rubber compound milled down to nano-particles and then formed back into treads. The nano-sized rubber flecks -- think of a soccer ball on the face of the earth -- apply more rubber to the trail in the same area as regular tires. Continental claims 30% increased adhesion, 26% lower rolling resistance, and 5% improved mileage.
The interior is lined with a thin layer of rubber to prevent air bleed over time, and Continental's APEX sidewall design means a strip of additional material above the bead helps stiffen the sidewall. This increases stability and control in hard turns and across off-camber terrain. The extra sidewall support also means slightly lower tire pressures are needed without worrying about burping and loss of control.
The 3-ply casing has a combined 180 tpi and is overlapped twice underneath the tread for added puncture protection. The Continental Trail King UST is compatible with tubeless wheel systems, though it can be used with a tube as well. It has a foldable Kevlar bead, and is available in 2.4in width only.