Continental X-King UST Tubeless Tire - 26in $64.95
Fast and aggressive.
While the Continental X-King UST Tubeless Tire is the heaviest of the race- and trail-focused X-King line, it's also a dedicated tubeless tire. Because of that, it's probably the most versatile of the lot. It's able to be run at far lower PSI than a tubed version, enabling better conformity to the trail and superior traction.
You might argue that the ProTection version of this tire is tougher, with a four-ply, rather than three-ply construction. However, as most racers and riders know, UST tubeless tires are able to suffer cuts and minor punctures, while still maintaining rideable pressure. This is due to the magic of the extra butyl layer inside that makes the sidewall tougher. And when you add sealant, you have a combo that repairs the wound before it ever slows you down.
The tread pattern of the Continental X-King UST Tubeless Tire is the same as the rest of the X-King line, and needless to say, it was developed for racing. It gets offset and lowered center knobs that are ramped for consistent speed. The offset also provides a steadier grip, power transfer, and smoother braking. The shoulder knobs are taller than most in order to dig into the surface of the trail for more stable cornering. Between the center and shoulder knobs there's a column of siped transitional knobs, and this siping gives the tire better grip in wet conditions. Additionally, these knobs help smooth the transition between the center surface and the edge of the tire, making that nanosecond of weight transfer from straight-line gas to braking and turning more confident and sure-footed.
The Continental X-King UST 26-inch Tubeless Tire is available in the color Black/black and in 2.2- and 2.4-inch widths.