This is not the 2010 Mountain King ProTection. Nor is it the rockin' Mountain King UST, or Mountain King Race Sport. Head spinning yet? Don't sweat it. The reason for the similar naming convention is that Mountain King indicates a tread pattern, and each additional feature that comes with that pattern is tagged on. Think of it like the displacement of a motor added to the name of a car and you have the gist. So first, Mountain King indicates Conti's extraordinary, open-spaced Mountain King tread pattern, which is great at mud shedding, but it's now revised with stiffer side knobs for better cornering on hard pack. And in the case of the ProTection, it's a lower volume, and therefore lighter (by 230g) package than its big-volume, Mountain King UST, brother. That makes the ProTection a little faster rolling as well, but as the name would indicate, also better armored against punctures because it's a four-ply tire, not a three-ply, and that extra ProTection tech comes in the form of a continuous, high-strength rubberized nylon wrap that encompasses the entire casing. That puts three plies of rubber at the sidewall and four beneath the tread.Note as well that this is not the same knob pattern as the first generation Mountain King ProTection. This second generation tire trades that race-specific, low-knob pattern for far more aggressive knobs. The Mountain King ProTection will also corner better in wet mud, too, because its side knobs are taller than on the older tire design. The Black Chili compound (tiny fragments of embedded carbon) improves grip by allowing faster rubber deformation, so you get a sensation of the tire clinging through corners rather than suddenly breaking loose.The Continental Mountain King Protection tire comes in both 2.2in and 2.4in widths in a 26in diameter. The tread is made from Black Chili compound rubber. The casing features 4 plies totaling 240 TPI under the tread and 3 plies totaling 180 TPI beneath the sidewalls. The Continental Mountain King Protection tire is foldable and comes in black on black. Claimed weights: 2.2" is 590g, 2.4" is 650g. Application: XC/Trail/MarathonGround: All Conditions
I have tested the Protection version of the 2.4 Continental Mountain King tires over the last several months on my Ibis Mojo. I have been able to cross compare them against several other tires in all sorts of variable terrain, and I must say they are primo! Long Live the Mountain King. I have used the normal version of the Mountain King 2.4 on my 29er for almost a year, and I have been very satisfied with them, except for their weak sidewalls that on occasion can be prone to tears and punctures, so the Protection version had piqued my interest. Continue reading →
Strengths: Grips on turns and pulls you out of ruts. does not cary a pund of mud in your tread like others.
Saved me from many spills. makes up for riders mistakes.
Weaknesses: slow on asphault
I have had this tire on several bikes and never had a flat. This tire is not as thin as the Race King sidewalls but remember you have the light weight for speed. You can get a thicker tire but your adding weight, your choice?
Weaknesses: 29x2.4 is more like a 2.2, tire squirms all over the trail, feels like riding on a flat tire. not good for dry hardpack
I had to put my stock Fast Trak 2.0 tires back on since the Mountain Kings were too vague and squirmy. The knobs are just too tall and the casing to floppy I think. I'm saving them for winter.
Date Reviewed: July 9, 2012
Strengths: Don't wear away very quickly
Weaknesses: Don't seem to grip on any surface. You have to run insanely high pressures to avoid pinch flats
Basically on tarmac these don't work cause the little studs don't give any grip. On wet roots and rocks you slide. In mud it wobbles and won't track in straight line. If it is bone dry with no dust the tire works alright but if there is dust it will slide in the dust. Surprisingly I found it works alright on wet grass. I will not buy these again and will just pay a bit more and get a decent tire.
Weaknesses: Endless pinch flats, always gets a pinch flat, this tire gives you a lot of pinch flats, pinch flats never end, eternal pinch flats and thin sidewalls(probably why it gets pinch flats).
I bought this tire because it was on sale and I was looking for a fast rolling rear tire. It has a good tread pattern that ok for steep climbs.
The downside is every single time I went on a ride with this tire, I got a pinch flat. I even ran high pressures that I never run just to avoid a pinch flat one time, but I got one anyway! I did one ride and I didn't get a flat on the trail and I was stoked I actually made it home with out changing a tube. I went to get my bike the next morning and the tire went flat over night!!! It is so thin you could never use this tire for its advertised purpose. This tire is for the guy who rides around at 60psi bouncing around on the trail all day on a 60$ bike he got off craigslist. If you actually ride your nice rig down mountains with rocks, branches, roots and dirt, buy something else. Fortunately I bought it at performance bike(walmart) and they let me exchange it and I bought a WTB wolverine(awesome!). I like continentals tread patterns but I will not be buying any of their tires ever again because I spent 15$ on tubes for a tire that only cost 25$ in the first place. Makes no sense.
I run these on front and ride mostly single track on loose over hard pack. In comparison to the Bontrager XR3, these are much better for front tire application. I can attest to the XR3's prone to wash out but these are holding up on the sections where I washed out before on the previous tire. For the price, I'd recommend it and buy it again.
Strengths: The Protection Black Chilli version seals easily with Stans to run tubeless.
Weaknesses: Everything else.
I run a 26x2.2 Protection Black Chilli on my rear. This is possibly the worse tire I have ever ridden. In a little over a month, over about a 100 miles of rocky Colorado Front Range terrain the tire is nearly destroyed.
Many knobs are torn off or severely worn. Its braking performance is non existent. The tire will lock and skid without the slightest hesitation. In addition the tire feels very noodly. While it grips okay when climbing (though it is a very slow feeling tire) on corners I get a rolling sensation that makes me think the tire is going to roll off the rim. It messes with my mojo.
On hard dirtpack the tire squirms and is very slow. I bought it primarily for rocky terrain though and it does climb but I don't think appreciably better than other tires. In all other aspects its worse than times I've had before. In addition its expensive. A $50 tire should last longer than a month.
Weaknesses: Not much good for trail biking. In three months (Cycling 6 days a week) over 15 punctures.
If you're going off road don't buy them.
a All Mountain Rider
from New Zealand
Date Reviewed: February 24, 2012
Strengths: Would be good in other conditions
Has massive blank area before it grips on cornering
I had the 2.4's on my bike - soo Phat Bro! - manufacturer fitted also came with matching X King rear. Deffinately not suited to my style of riding. Mostly singletrack soft sandy and loose gravelly dry mud with corners (and 50ft splinters to keep it real).
They are great in a straight line but if I wanted that I'd have a road bike. Throw these into a corner at speed and there's a big blank response untill you lean over far enough to get the side knobs to grab, then when they finally get around to it expect a few of them to rip off.
Good if you like to buy new underwear.
I only gave them 2 Chillis as I'm sure that if you ride in swamps that these may be used as a floatation device - Safety first.
a Cross Country Rider
from San Antonio
Date Reviewed: January 20, 2012
Strengths: Looks, light weight, low rolling resistance
Weaknesses: flats, price, weak side walls
Tires look great and are very light. I ride a lot of rocky trails and eat up any tire I use. The Mtn Kings lasted as long as the usual wear I get. This tire does flat easy (really easy) due to the thin side walls. Also these tires flex A llot, more than any other tire I have ridden. I thought for a while I had broken a spoke but it turned out to be the flexible side walls. The tires may be too thin. Overall, money was worth it but moving on to a different tire.
a Cross Country Rider
from Westchester, NY
Date Reviewed: January 1, 2012
Strengths: Grips and corners on dry, loose trails
Weaknesses: Wet roots and rocks
This review is for the regular Mountain Kings (non-chili, non-folding bead).
Bought these tires (used but almost new) on Ebay for a their open tread design. Immediately loved them on the Autumn trails. They grip really well on dry, loose trails (leaf covered) and the cornering was excellent. They shed all the buildup as well. However, they are a nightmare on wet roots and rocks! They cannot grip anything wet, so be prepared to slide around a bit.
Similar Products Used: Kenda Navegals, Maxxis Crossmarks
Bike Setup: Santa Cruz Blur XC on stock Mavic rims (running tubes)
a Weekend Warrior
from New Mexico
Date Reviewed: December 5, 2011
Strengths: Light, fast, decent traction
Weaknesses: Weak, wear rate
Good first impression, able to stay on line, efficient climbing, traction on rock and loose stuff which is most of what I ride. Rear tire was gone at 100 miles. Front tire did not want to hold air without tube; not the tire's fault since it wasn't made for that, but when I cleaned out the sealant and put a tube in, the tire was horribly misshapen and unusable. Put the worn out rear tire up front and it too was distorted beyond useability. Could blame it on the sealant I suppose, but that's never happened with any other tire I've used. In any case, the wear rate makes this tire a very expensive proposition at 50 cents a mile. Think I'll try some others, but probably not Contis.
Similar Products Used: Rocket Ron, Panaracer, Kenda Nevagal
Bike Setup: RMB Altitude 50 RSL
a Cross Country Rider
from Oakland, CA
Date Reviewed: November 29, 2011
Strengths: Good volume in 2.4 size (actually are 2.5 inches at 30 psi). Casing is 2 3/16 inches. For Continental this is a strength. Nice void areas that hold up well to rocks. They roll better than you would think on smooth surfaces.
Weaknesses: You need to order larger size than you think w/ Conti. They are slippery when wet on smooth rocks/logs. They are fine in regular mud and wet dirt/sand. They are able to hold pounds of mud if sticky clay mud.
This is a really good tire. I would have waited to review it with more rides but just did a 4 hr Skyline Napa 90% singletrack ride in wet rocks/mud/fast flowy dry clay/leaf covered semi-epic. Really hard ride. I was nervous about sliding out but as I put in hours started to really like these tires at about 32psi. I will be riding these at 29 psi now. The rubber pyramids are supple, so at a point they flex and give way under braking-you really need to feather the brakes or they skid. I still like Nevegals for large volume but these are very light comparatively. I ALMOST gave this 3 chili's for rating. 3 for value(good).
Similar Products Used: Nevegal 2.3, Ignitor 2.1, Hutch Toro 2.15, Schwalbe Albert, Geax Mezcal 2.1(awesome in dry conditions). Oh, Farmer Johns in the 8o's
Bike Setup: GT Carbon Marathon Pro XTR level, UST XT Wheels.
a Cross Country Rider
from Bedford, England, UK
Date Reviewed: November 25, 2011
Strengths: Do well in just about any situation
Weaknesses: Got a puncture on first outing, but not happened since, and I was riding some rocky terrain that day
This review is for the new overhauled 2011 Mountain King 2.2 standard tyre.
I was running Maxxis Aspen tyres (summer tyres) and now its November and winter I wanted something more suitable for the UK winter months.
I got the new MK 2.2's from Halfords for £17 each, shop around and you can get a pair for £30, which makes these tyres incredible value. Just 1 Maxxis Aspen or other comparable tyre is £30+.
I can only presume previous bad reviews for this tyre are for the first version of the tyre. It has now been revamped for 2011 and has different tread pattern to the picture above.
Ive put 60 miles on these tyres now, all on local trails and 2 different red routes, in UK November conditions (cold and muddy and slippy!).
All I can say is these tyres rock! So far they've really impressed, they just do well in every situation and condition. On loose wet mud theyre controllable, on wet woodwork they still slide around, but nothing compared to the Aspens I was running. They perform well everywhere.
For me, Im not sure I will ever need a different tyre now, great performance and great value for money.