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ContinentalX-King Tire - 27.5in
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  • ProTection + Black Chili, 27.5 x 2.2 ($35.07)
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King of dirt.

Fast and full of grip, the 2.4in-wide X-King 27.5in Tire rolls smoothly despite pronounced knobs. It also has Continental's high-TPI ProTection casing with Black Chili Rubber, making this voluminous tire perfect for the modern mountain bike. The tread pattern is the same as the rest of the X-King line, and it was developed for racing.

For that reason, offset and lowered center knobs are ramped for consistent speed. The offset also provides steady grip and efficient power transfer both accelerating and decelerating. For stable cornering, the shoulder knobs are taller than most to dig into loose trail surfaces.

Between the center and shoulder knobs there's a column of siped transitional knobs for better grip in wet conditions. Additionally, these knobs smooth the transition between the center surface and the edge of the tire, making the weight transfer from straight-line gas to braking and turning more confident and sure-footed.

Continental engineers also made use of its Black Chili compound. Essentially it's synthetic rubber with nano-sized particles to react to surface irregularities more effectively. This not only improves grip, but 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 provide 20% less rolling-resistance, 30% more grip, and an improved tread life of around 5%.

The Continental X-King 27.5in Tire is available in the color Black and in a 2.4in width.

  • High-TPI ProTection casing
  • Black Chili Rubber
  • Folding bead
  • Available in 27.5in x 2.4in
Tech SpecsWeight
Tech Specs
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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Still my go to tire for XC racing

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have this and the mountain king tires on both of my race bikes and haven't had too many problems. I have or have had 5 or 6 sets of these tires on my bikes. ( HT 29er and F/S 27.5.)
I have had some knobbies wear out, but that was after a full year of XC racing in the central texas rocky hills. Every now and then, I will have some leakage on the sidewall but nothing major, no air pressure loss. I have NEVER had a sidewall slice. Overall, they are still my go to tire for XC racing. I normally replace my tires after using them for two race seasons/series. (About 1 year) You can't beat the price point on these tires.

Brad in Texas
Cat 2

p.s. I did have some major leakage on a closeout mountain king tire that I put on my 29er trail/training bike. It finally stopped leaking after a while and the tire is still good.

Fast with traction

    I love this tire for everyday riding, it rolls fast enough for satisfaction, and grips even better. I primarily rode this on an XC hardtail but have put it on other rigs as well. The only downside for me was that the sidewalls are not the most durable, even with the protection sidewalls, threads were still showing earlier than expected.

    X King Tires

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This was my tire of choice for years while racing XC. I loved the tread for just about any terrain and since it comes in a 2.4in width, it was nice to be able to adapt to different trails by playing with the tire pressure. The biggest downside seemed to be the side wall durability, they would wear out quickly to where the tread began to show.

    Durability issues

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Went through 3 of these things on my cross country bike a while ago. Switched to a different brand and never looked back. Continental road tires are awesome, but their mountain tires have some QC issues. Mine constantly leaked fluid from the sidewall, and then I was ripping tread knobs off after a month. When they were new, they do grip pretty well, especially for an XC tire.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Great traction, stiff sidewalls, and fast. Never had a problem with these. Killer!

    Poor braking control and a puncture

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I ran this tubeless on the rear Stan's wheel of my Mojo HDR I purchased at Competitive Cyclist. This tire likes to lock up and break away. I could get used to drifting corners, but locking up when you really need to stop quickly is not good.

    I punctured this tire beyond use in the knobby area, after less than 10 rides or 3 months of use. That could have been driver error, but I did not have a lot of confidence in this tire to begin with.

    Poor braking control and a puncture
    Avg. ride time: 1h 45m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Great tread design, wears a little quick

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I really love the way this tire rides. I use the 2.4 as a rear tire, and run the pressure a little low for better traction. It rolls hella fast but still hooks up when I need it to.
    But I do feel like it is wearing a little too quick, and I've got some thin spots on the sidewalls that are a bit concerning. I'll probably get another one when it's dead, and if the next one wears just as quick, I'll probably try something new

    Nice looking tire, weak sidewall

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    This is a nice German made Black Chili tire at a great price from Competitive. Unfortunately the sidewalk failed on the second ride with under 18 miles on the tire. Ironically it failed next to the big Protection label emblazoned on the side of the tire. We were on a light gravel fire road with no obvious cause for the sidewall failure. I have several bikes and have never had such a failure with Schwalbe, MAXXIS or any other tire. Too early to know how the tire holds up or performs. It's still like new otherwise.

    Nice looking tire, weak sidewall