Continental Trail King Tire

3.94/5 (36 Reviews)
MSRP : $66.99

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Product Description

Uses Continental's Black Chili compound TireType: Clincher Tire Diameter: 26" ISO Width: 54 mm ISO Diameter: 559 / 26" mtn Tire Bead: Folding PSI: 45 - 58 PSI Weight: 650.0 g

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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by kyle a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: January 9, 2016

Strengths:    It has tread and knobs, so yeah, it hooks up and stops you, digs into dirt...kind of expected.

Weaknesses:    I haven't tried on the front(which is where it may go if I don't just cut it to pieces). On the rear---SLOW!! SLOW!!! SLOOOWWW!! I actually checked to make sure my brake wasn't dragging.
In turns this thing just lays flat, like it just pushes against my weight change

Bottom Line:   
I bought this against my better judgment while on a road trip to an out of town trail and my rear tire(Advent) was nearly bald. And another tire I purchased would not get on my rim no matter what I did, so last ditch stopped by a shop and they had the Trail King 27.5, 2.4----70 F'ing dollars!! I wasn't pleased but I knew the trails would have some slick areas so I felt I needed a tire so I wouldn't be sliding out and risk injury on rocks and chunky root sections.
This went on my beloved Transition Scout---a bike that is beyond playful, fast, favorite bike ever.
At first I didn't have much thought on the tire...went through a trail section with loads of technical areas and pinch climbs, so speed isn't a big concern, more just keeping traction and upright.
As soon as I got into straight away flats i noticed how tired my legs felt and my heart was pounding!
It finally came to me that maybe this new tire is a sloggy beast! It's freakin' huge! It looks like a 27.5 plus tire...really tall profile. I worked my guts out trying to get speed on this thing, then anytime I'd try and hop a root section, flick a turn..almost anything the Scout just felt DEAD!! This tire sucked all the fun out of riding my bike!
In turns it just laid there...flat and dull, straights it dropped an anchor. I didn't slip on anything so there's that, but that's not enough---I hate this tire!! Oh, and it also rubs the rear triangle in hard turns. Damn you!!
I'm sure on more predominant downhill rides this works much better, or on the front may be good(I'm a bit worried about how much the front end will rise with it), but if you're pedaling with it on the rear...get ready for a workout to get any speed!
I give mid chillies as I'm trying to be fair since i have no idea of durability and my use was very limited, but for what i know of it i have zero interest in keeping it, but i will since I paid so damn much and no one will give me anything near that amount since it's online for $40..
This review is mainly an outlet for me to yell and whine since my riding buddy heard enough and I'm sitting in my house looking at this money suck sitting on my bike, and the anger festers!

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Duration Product Used:   1 hour--I was too tired to go on!

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   shop

Similar Products Used:   LOADS of tires...many, many, many tires

Bike Setup:   Rippidy rippidy shred sled..Transition Scout, Marz 350NCR at 150mm, Sun Black Flag Pro wheels, RF Next SL cranks and bars, SRAM 1x11, Guide Brakes...lots of other random goodies..and it's pretty!!

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by dumblond a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2015

Strengths:    the tread on the 2.4 works well for the riding in NJ and it seems to be fairly durable

Weaknesses:    sidewalls, just atrocious,
tire is about 4 months old, running tubeless with over 30 psi and the sidewalls are just fuzzy cords that look like they'll let go soon, the tire lately hasn't been able to survive a mild ride without leaking after maybe hitting an off camber rock/root/marshmallow, holds air fine for about half the ride then it's a count down to refilling tire.....(plenty of fresh stan's in there and no signs of leaking when soaked in soapy water)......i remember this tire had the marketing fluff "Protection" written on sidewall, that text and all the rest of it is long gone as sidewall cords are all that's left

continental customer service, non existent
i've tried on three occasions over two weeks to contact them officially thru their site, nothing, zip, nada

Bottom Line:   
i'm voting with my $'s and flaming chilis

suck it continental, you don't get anymore $'s, you already got me for about $60 and won't even reply to my emails, wish zero chili's for value was an option

regretfully, i've come to learn from other NJ riders that they also had sidewall issues with these tires.....riders are throwing out tires with lots of tread because of toasted sidewalls

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Bike Setup:   SC Nomad

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by targnik a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: July 8, 2015

Strengths:    *Very good for almost all trail conditions (full on mud? Get a mud tire)
*Great traction
*Fast rolling (NB, front application)
*Durability - having ridden several hundred km's on various trail types, my TK 2.4 Protection [650b] tire still looks like it did post it's maiden voyage.

If the MK 2.4 Protection is as durable, I wouldn't need to purchase new tires for several seasons!!

Weaknesses:    Weight - static... not really noticeable out on the trails (front application)

Bottom Line:   
If the TK (& MK) last as long as I think they will/would... you'd only need to purchase new tires every 3 years or so!

That is great value for money!!

(Used for more like 8 - 10 months)

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Duration Product Used:   8 - 10 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Torpedo7 (NZ site)

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Rich a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2015

Strengths:    Traction

Weaknesses:    Pinch flats and overall weight

Bottom Line:   
Should be called Pinch Flat King!
Put the trail King on as a front tire only. (32 llbs with tube) My first impression was, it's a bit heavy, but it is a 2.4 (26er) so I'll deal with that. and it does have really good traction...but
Ride 1: Pinch flat after about 20 minutes
Ride 2: Pinch flat after about 30 minutes. This sucks, I'm done with this tire.

Maybe this tire only works tubeless, therefore I'll give it 2 stars

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Duration Product Used:   2 rides

Bike Setup:   26" Trail king front tire.
26" Specialized ground control rear tire

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Vassago6 a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: February 9, 2015

Strengths:    Excellent grip and control. Low rolling resistance. Looks great on your rig.

Weaknesses:    Can be difficult to set the bead.

Bottom Line:   
Initial impressions; Conti TK's; protection, black chili, tubeless 2.4F/2.2R @ 40- 45 psi.
Mounting- went on fine but could not get the bead to set without having to employ the compressor. On the wheels, these look fantastic.
Only having these a week I've been able to log 18 asphalt miles and 84 trail miles. Central Texas (Austin / San Antonio)
On the paved surface, mixed concrete and blacktop, these tires roll smooth and easy, very low rolling resistance. A huge surprise for such a beefy case. Was able to maintain a steady cadence over extended periods, average 16.6 mph.
On the trail, All hail the King!!! Our trails are made up of a mix; hardpack, twisty single track, rocky creek beds, loose gravel banks, some muddy washes, root laden slopes and good powdery dirt. Short burst hill climbs and the always loved rocky drop ins. These tires roll fast and inspire confidence. They have pushed me to try and find more treacherous lines. Grip excellent through the twisties, handle the off-camber hillside lines, even the mud holes left by recent rains- these tires stuck to the off-camber, slippery bank with confidence. In fact, all of the varied terrain encountered proved no problem. It may be early and only time will provide the final verdict but WOW, These rock! In 3 months I'll follow up with an additional review. Hope that my opinion is the same as today. Danka Conti!!!!
Trails hit since installed: Barton creek greenway (Austin), Leon creek/ OP Schnabel and McAllister parks (San Antonio)

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Favorite Trail:   Durango, CO

Duration Product Used:   One week

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   Bike city, San anton

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Nevegal, Kenda Excavators

Bike Setup:   Ibis mojo, all mountain.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kostas a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2015

Strengths:    Very good traction and grip at most surfaces and conditions.
Can go easily at low pressures (I tried up to 35psi) with no any puncture problems in heavy Greek rock terrain.
Very low weight for the class and dimension.
Very good grip information.
Good braking in most conditions.
Very good in mud as an allrounder.

Weaknesses:    Not the best for wet loose gravel (but not bad)
Not the best for loose round stones.
Braking on loose gravel with leaves is not great.

Bottom Line:   
I tested the Conti trail king Chili comp. Protection 2,2" in a KTM Prowler AT3 as a rear tyre.The tyre was that was I expected to be. In MOST conditions is a great tyre. It is not the best tyre in wet gravel and in braking over loose gravel with leaves but it is over average in these conditions.

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Price Paid:    $42.00

Purchased At:

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by MTBKR

Date Reviewed: December 19, 2014

Strengths:    good traction on most surfaces. good traction to rolling resistance ratio

Weaknesses:    Side wall is week. I damaged two within 3 month with very low miles on them. I got no response to emails sent to customer service. hard to seal as tubeless on UST rims

Bottom Line:   
I used the mountain king on the back and trail kings on the front. the mountain kings have been ok. but the trail kings both had side wall issues. one got a tear inside the rim, the other bulged so bad it was rubbing on the frame. I sent two emails to their us customer service in US (highwaytwo) asking for a replacement but have not heard back at all.

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Similar Products Used:   trail kings, Minions, Hans Damf

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by dirtrider76 a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: November 6, 2014

Strengths:    Grip, volume, wear

Weaknesses:    The sidewalls tear easy!

Bottom Line:   
I really like these tires in the 26x2.4 size. Great grip, tons of volume, wears well and even hooks up on our wet rock well. Sadly I killed 2 this year, the first I thought it was a fluke. Ripping through a turns and clipped a rock just right. The last one still had the nubs on it when the sidewall tore out! These are the only tires I've ever cut the sidewall open on and once their cut you realize how thin they are.

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Favorite Trail:   Moon lake

Duration Product Used:   1 month

Price Paid:    $55.00

Purchased At:   Online

Similar Products Used:   Clutch control, Weirwolf, HR2

Bike Setup:   Banshee Rune, fox36, blunt35's w/industry9's

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dirk Ross a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: October 13, 2014

Strengths:    Great tire for SoCal trails.

Weaknesses:    None so far except it's a little tight for mounting on my rims.

Bottom Line:   
I used Vertical Pros for years and really liked them. I was bummed out when they were discontinued but have used Trail Kings for a few years now and they are great for the trails I ride here in SoCal. Before I went tubeless I could run fairly low tire pressure on these - 30 front, 35 rear with getting pinch flats. I use the 2.2s for both of my bike but may check out a 2.4 for the front next time I buy tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JCP a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2014

Strengths:    Phenomenal grip, low rolling resistance

Weaknesses:    A little tight when getting on the rim

Bottom Line:   
Using the 2.2 as a rear tire. I was using the specialized purgatory control 2.3 which is a great tire in its own right. However I felt that the Purgatory would slip out on wet roots more so than most tires I've tried in the past. Tried the trail king 2.2 protection with the black chili compound. First of all, conti's usually run small, but I felt the trail kings were close to a true 2.2. I also have used the mountain king 2.2 which are considerably smaller. First thing I noticed about the trail king was the low rolling resistance. Very pleasantly surprised. In dry conditions, these grip as well as any other tire I have ever tried. The tires handled climbing and descending on varied terrain with ease. I credit that the the knob design and the black chili compound. You can lean into corners with absolute confidence. On wet roots, even when the trail king slip, you can feel the tire still trying to grab. Overall, very happy with the performance on wet roots. The price is awesome. I purchased these online for $45. I can't imagine ever using a different tire for the rear.

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Favorite Trail:   All of them

Duration Product Used:   1 month

Price Paid:    $45.00

Similar Products Used:   So many tires I cant list them all

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by thechez a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2013

Strengths:    Grip, cornering, transition, confidence, tough, easy to install

Weaknesses:    Heavy

Bottom Line:   
I have the Trail King 2.4 UST on the front of my FTM. Yes, it's a VERY heavy tire but not once do I worry about it cutting, blowing or losing it. It's built like a cast iron tank and affords you the confidence to attack the trail rather than work around it. It rolls decently for it's size and the lug pattern. The transition from the middle to the edge lugs is superb. It's a seamless transfer and is under control in all situations. This tire rolls a little slow on a packed dry trail but once it's up to speed it's fine. It grips in every condition. In the wet the Black Chili grabs rocks and roots with ease and doesn't allow much of anything to throw it off track. It doesn't clog up much with mud and the slick clay doesn't bother it too much(c'mon...what tire DOESN'T get affected by it?). If it weren't so darn heavy and large I'd have it on the back end. Instead, I got a 2.4 MKII which is a little smaller(a little).

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Favorite Trail:   Ape Canyon

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Slant Six, Nevegal, Karma. Specialized Master Control. Geax AKA

Bike Setup:   Titus FTM, Blunt SL rims, King hubs. Revelation RCT3, Trail King 2.4UST(ft), Mountain King II 2.4(r).

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by wilsonblur a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: July 5, 2013

Strengths:    Center traction, great wear, easy to set up as Tubless, high volume, great traction overall in anything, good cornering ability, very little tread block squirm, very predictable responses from casing and break away points. Roll decent for a big tire.

Weaknesses:    A little heav, but not too heavy, more size options, the difference between the 2.4 which is giant and the 2.2, which is tiny requires something in between. Little expensive too, barely fits the rear of my Nomad C.

Bottom Line:   
I have the 2.4 Rubber Queens (trail kings purchased from Europe) with Apex sidewalls tubeless ready. Rocks, roots, wet, dry, loose over hardback these are flat out great tires. We rode the The Whole Enchilada downhill in Moab twice last year and the conditions vary from wet rooty slippery rocks, to loose over hard pack, to sand stone all in one ride. These tires are incredibly grippy and predictable in all those conditions. I ran mine about 24 PSI front and 26 PSI rear on my Nomad C never burped or rolled. We have this trail called Apex and it puts tires in their graves. I have wrecked tires from four different companies on this trail. After about 500 miles I got a thorn in the casing and it was leaking. I assumed Stan's would seal it. Bad mistake with to little air pressure at Mach 5 speeds I cut the sidewalk on the rim repeatedly hitting tomahawk type rocks. User error. I tried some Hans Dampf's as replacements. The HD's puncture easier, don't wear as well, and the knobby's squirm a lot in corners with hardpack. My HD's have more wear after 250 miles than my RQ/TK's did after a full season. The HD's Corner slightly better but don't hook up as well in off camber situations and aren't nearly as predictable. The HD is a good tire but I prefer how predictable the RQ/TK is.

Honestly Bike mag just crowned it their favorite tire right after naming it their runner up to the Dampf. Those guys who are writing its the worst tire ever surely don't have the Black Chili version and I would go UST or Protection version for sure.Don't bother with the other versions of the tire. I ride AM in CO, plenty or rocks, jumps and drops as well as choppy techy high speed descents for reference.

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Favorite Trail:   The Whole Enchilada

Duration Product Used:   7 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Classifieds MTBR

Similar Products Used:   Kenyan Nevegal, Hans Dampf, Nobby nic's, vertical Pro, specialized Eskar and Ground Control

Bike Setup:   Nomad C

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Wade

Date Reviewed: April 1, 2013

Strengths:    Fills the rear triangle of my KOXX red sky very closely. Sticks to obstacles like a trials bike should. Lighter than a Try-All sticky lite. Excellent for the smaller riders that cannot preload a 2 ply tire as well. Lively feel on the rear of a trials bike if you don't like the dead feel of most dh tires. I run this tire between 14 - 24 psi depending on the sections features. Have had no issues with sidewalls from low pressure operation in trials.

Weaknesses:    Not for the heavy basher style rider. Elephants need not apply!

Bottom Line:   
Excellent trials rear tire for well skilled smooth riders

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David

Date Reviewed: February 8, 2013

Strengths:    Ride here in Eugene Oregon and the 2.2 version Trail King grabs wet roots, rocks and mud better than the Nevagal did and is lighter.

Weaknesses:    Had difficulty setting up the tire tubeless since it's not tubeless specific. Ended up putting a little Stans into the tire, put a tube in and pumped it up till the bead snaped into my Stans Tubeless rims. Once the bead was set and the tire formed into position I undid the bead on one side leaving the other bead secured and was able to pull the tube and pump up the tire allowing it to seat nicely and hold air. Never had this problem with Nevagals since they're tubeless ready and was able to just pump them up easily with a floor pump. After this the tires leaked Stans in tiny bits out the side so I had to do a lot of tire shaking to work the Stans latex into the pin holes. After 3 days of checking the tires day and evenin and re-pumping and re-shaking they finally held air well and I was able to complete a long ride without any air seepage. Pain in the butt but they grab better and I wanted to shave a pound of weight off the tires. Worth the effort.

Bottom Line:   
Once seated and sealed a great tire. I'm hoping they hold onto the rim ok with some 3-4 foot drops and technical riding through rocks. They do bite well and they're lighter than Nevagals.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Woofer2609 a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: January 29, 2013

Strengths:    Big casing, looks like a true 2.2 noteTHIS IS A REVIEW FOR THE 2.2, lightweight, good traction, seems to roll fast. This tire has lots of volume= cushy ride. If I can, I might try and run the 2.4 on my hardtail.

Weaknesses:    soft casing, but that's what happens when you weigh this little, other than that, not much. Sidewall tends to fall apart if run at really low pressure

Bottom Line:   
Well, seeing as this tire was free, with almost new tread from the recycle pile at MEC, I cannot complain. I needed a tire and it was there. I got a flat on it first time out, but I always run double walled Kenda Kinetics that weigh 1000 grams, so this at 700 is a flyweight. I have experimented with many pressures, and at 160lbs, I feel the correct tire pressure to avoid any pinch flats is 20-21lbs. This might, however, not avoid rim damage from a large impact higher than 18" for true XC work, it works well. I would not free ride with this as the sidewalls deform, tread seems to grip the trails here in North Vancouver pretty well, lotsa roots and rocks and always wet. The correct pressure is the key. They have a nice amount of volume, and pair nicely with Rhyno Lites (which are anything but, and negate any weight savings) This tire is comfortable being ridden for all mountain I feel, if you are lightweight.

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Duration Product Used:   4 mos

Similar Products Used:   well, Usually stiffer sidewalls, but put bike on diet, oh, and were free.

Bike Setup:   Hardtail dirt jumper used as XCX rig.

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