The perfect choice for those not requiring larger volume, but demanding aggressive traction with relatively low rolling resistance and lighter weight. The 2.2 Mountain King does well virtually everywhere – in cross country races, marathons, or all day trail rides. It is slightly lighter than its bigger brother without sacrificing its outstanding qualities. The revised tread design now performs much better in harder, dryer conditions and Black Chili Compound delivers excellent wet performance as well.
Provided for review from Germany are the Mountain King II in 2.2. and the X-King also in 2.2. Both of these are the made-in-Germany tires with Black Chilli compound and ProTection sidewalls (an added puncture protection layer makes it more resistant to cuts, purportedly adds a damping effect and also makes the tires tubeless ready – the downside is a bit of added weight) I’ve ridden them mostly on technical rooty British Columbia trails with sand, mud, steep downhills and climbs and in all manner of conditions. Continue reading →
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