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  • ProTection + Black Chili, 27.5 x 2.2 ($35.95)
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Item # CON001T

King of the mountains.

Particularly shrewd at shedding mud, the open-spaced 2.4in-wide Continental Mountain King is a perfect tire for 27.5in bikes bound for wet and loose terrain. It's equipped with Black Chili rubber and a ProTection casing too, so scree fields full of sharp rocks won’t slow this tire down.

ProTection is 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 for excellent durability and strength. The Mountain King's tread is designed to dig first and foremost, but that doesn't mean it's a drag on hardpact.

Conti's Black Chili compound is estimated to decrease rolling-resistance by 26%, have a higher friction value of 30%, and to increase durability by 5%. It does through the use of tiny fragments of embedded carbon. The Continental Mountain King 27.5in Tire is foldable and available in a 2.4in width.

  • Large, widely spaced lugs
  • Continental Protection
  • Black Chili compound
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Tech Specs
Black Chili compound
27.5 in x 2.4 in
Recommended Use

Actual Weight

Actual weights are measured in-house by the Competitive Cyclist team.

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ProTection + Black Chili, 27.5 x 2.2

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Not even for free would I use this tire

    Made in Germany, TR, all the tricky rubber designators, crazy low price....How could I resist? But they are simply terrible tires in every way. Super stiff and very hard to mount using latex fluid. The grip on the trail is also bad, unpredictable, slides out, a lot. I was using a Maxxis High Roller before I tried this and the performance difference is huge. Grip corning vs no grip corning, grip on slippy climbs vs. no grip on slippery climbs. And the thing rolls like a Mac truck tire. Kept it on for 8 rides and finally gave up. Back to Maxxis or Schwalbe.

    Not bad, but a little more to be desired

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've had a string of bad luck with Conti's, but I still think they are probably the higher end of the tire spectrum. Pros- they do the business (which is what you really want), If you take a tubeless flat on the trail, these are extremely easy to remove from the rim without breaking your wrists (huge plus) . Cons- minus some operator error here and there, i wish they were more durable. I have had this specific tire "chunk out" with good knobs still left. Definitely have to keep the air on the plus side of 30 psi for the rear, even though the sidewalls are super strong cause they will pinch flat on medium drops. Last the challenge of mounting them will test the legitimacy of your bag of tricks. Almost impossible to mount with basic tire mounting skills. At home an air compressor is very important and removable valve core for increased air flow. IMPORTANT, prior to inflating take a tire lever and pulling the bead, run the level around both side of the tire. I just saved you hours of struggle time. It would also be sweet of Conti came out with a 2.3 size.

    Not tubeless ready

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    After reading some reviews I decided to try these out. Struggled to mount them. Took two doses of stans per tire and there was latex everywhere including all over me by the time I finally got them mounted. I have an air compressor with stans air tool. I've mounted, WTB, Specialized, Maxxis tubeless with no issues ever before. These tires did not want to mount. Was mounting to a 2016 Santa Cruz Bronson with 27.5 rims 27-28 mm in size. Once mounted they do ride nice, but its just not worth the hassle. I would not buy these again.

    I had struggled mounting these also, even with pulling the valve core and using a compressor. There is a trick! Mount the tire, then take a tire lever and run it around the bead on both sides, this pulls the bead closer to the rim. Not really pulling it off but pulling it closer to the rim if that makes sense (its not complicated). It worked for me every time after hours of struggles prior.

    I Can Dig It.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I completely agree with Connor Johnson's "Chunky, Hunky Tire". It could not summaries my sentiments any better. I feel very confident landing jumps with it, and I love it as a rear tire with a very progressive cornering feel. I have this paired with a front WTB Vigilante. I think the vigilante is a more precise tire that is less likely to wash out in slower corners, but the mountain king provides better high-speed cornering. I can only think of 2 cons--Mounting it tubeless was a chore--by far the hardest I have ever had to deal with (needed to use a high-power air compressor and about a 55 gallon drum of tire sealant). It also is a slow rolling tire. However, I can live with these flaws for a great all-mountain/endure tire.

    Avg. ride time: 3h 15m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Chunky, Hunky Tire

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've been running this as my rear tire on my Specialized Enduro Expert 27.5" with their Roval Fattie rims.


    -You can seriously lay into turns. Rockin' a Conti Trail King on the front and don't hesitate just railing turns.

    -While you may be giving up a bit of speed, this has traction for days. Just sit back and lay the hammer down, this tire will take it from there. Its pretty happy grabbing on to just about anything. I've ridden slabby rock, wet roots and loose dirt great with it.

    - If the Trail King looks wide, this tire is even wider! Measures out to be 2.51" on the Roval Fattie rims, friends have thought it was reaching into the chubby 2.8" realm.

    -Has seemed durable so far. Treads held up and I definitely can and do knick the edges occasionally but has been solid.


    -Definitely a bit slow rolling. I am somewhat biased as I personally love a semi slick with knobs on the side in the rear.

    -Tad on the heavier side, but would rather have great performing tires than drop a few grams.

    Overall, I would run this again as a rear tire. Tacky as can be and doesn't skip a beat on the uphill traction nor ripping around berms.

    Chunky, Hunky Tire
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    Avg. ride time: 7h 44m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Is it Mountain King 2 ProTection?

    Continentel Mountain King Tire

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Great all around tire. Slight more spacing than the Trail Kings which I have previously ridden and liked. Running the 2.4s on a wider 25 mm internal rim, and like how the round profile gives a very consistent feel to the ride. The transition as the bike lays over is predictable, I prefer this over the more square edged tires(Maxxis HR2), but that is generally personal preference. For a 2.4 tire doesn’t feel sluggish getting up to speed, but good traction at speed on hard pack, and confidence inspiring on Technical decents.

    This tire performs!

      Having been a fan of the Maxxis High Roller 2, after 1 ride on these I was hooked! Puns.. I've been running lower air pressure than any other tire with no burps, blowouts, sidewall cuts etc. They roll better with the center knob placement and grip well all the way out to the very edges. Swapping tires is a thing of the past. These are my go to for Park City, to Moab to the park.


      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This is the perfect trail/enduro tire. The sidewall protection is perfect and they setup tubeless, wonderfully. Great cornering nobs that are sticky and durable.

      Perfect tire

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Great traction! Sidewalls do not flex, can be set up to run tubeless as well. I use this tire for the rear.

      Everyone Likes New Tires

      Finally got both sets of tires mounted up on the trail bikes, 2.4 ft and 2.2 rr. The bikes are prep'd and ready for this weekends trip to the White Rim Trail!

      Everyone Likes New Tires
      Avg. ride time: 2h 26m per week
      • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

      Just the right amount of slide

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I've been running this as my rear tire (2.4) for a month or two now and really enjoy the grip, and the slide. This tire is fairly slow rolling, but corners great, and can slide when you want it to. I would recommend this rear tire to anyone. The high volume makes you feel like you are riding a monster truck when paired with a 2.4 trail king front.

      What are you running on front? I have Easton Heist, 30mm internal and have this tire front and back. low pressure, feeling amazing so far. A strong climber, and still gets good speed. I ride tech mostly.