Continental X-King Tire

2.98/5 (47 Reviews)
MSRP : $44.99

Product Description

Its developers say it can do anything! Its riders say, “That's myTyre!” Super fast, but nevertheless with a good grip,The X-King was developed withTheTopeak Ergon mountain bike professionalTeam. Despite pronounced studs,The X-King rolls off smoothly and very quietly. No matter if you are on your own or in aTeam, with Race and Mountain King,The super-light X-King easily covers many uses, ranging from cross country/raceTo Alpcross.The X-King simply leaves its competitors behind. Its Black Chili Co

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Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by James a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2016

Strengths:    Roles well, grips well on climbs, light weight.

Weaknesses:    Cuts easily, impossible to run tubeless on my bike. Narrower than advertised

Bottom Line:   
Well this tire is pretty much junk in my opinion, and here is why:
1. I didn't expect it to mount tubeless, because it is not tubeless specific. I still tried with tubeless specific rims but the bead is way to big to allow you to inflate the tire.
2. The sidewalls are super weak. They get cut up easily ruining the tire after one cut. They also start to kind of wear out from flexing over time, and the threads start showing.
3. The knobs are to soft and to flexible making the bike fell really unsettled during hard cornering.
4. The only thing it has going for it is a nice center ridge which makes it role quite nicely on hard pack and pavement.
I should have bought an additional Maxxis cross mark when I had a chance, those tires are quite superior for durability and handling.

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Favorite Trail:   WF Trail

Duration Product Used:   8 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   GN Cycle and ski

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis cross mark and ignitor, specilized ground control, bontrager team issue.

Bike Setup:   Salsa Mamasita 29er, with 100 mm Reba. Shimano XT tubeless wheels.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Kay Wong a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2016

Strengths:    1. Lighter than most 29ER tires
2. Cheap.

Weaknesses:    1. Too soft sidewall.
2. Easy punched
3. Difficult to mount (because too soft sidewall)

Bottom Line:   
This is the worst tires in my MTB life.

Installation takes me a hour. Since the sidewall is unreasonable soft, it took more than a hour to mount one tire. Finally I had to insert a tube to inflat, then took the tube away, and mount successful with a lot of soap water and an electronic pump. (stand pump couldn't)

Again, since sidewall is unreasonable soft, the steeling is uncontrollable in lower pressure, such as below 30. If more than 30, the tire is too bounce in rocky territories.

Again and again, since sidewall is unreasonable soft, one of 2 tires have been split within 2 weeks.

Never -- never try this tire even it is cheap.

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

Date Reviewed: December 3, 2015

Strengths:    nice burly tread pattern works well on DRY rocky trails

Weaknesses:    narrower than advertised

Bottom Line:   
(x king folding 29x2.4) i just ran an x king 2160 miles on my hardtail. i liked it enough i got another one. most of my riding is on drought-dry northern california/marin headlands fire roads and singletrack.

these are probably bottom of the line OEM tires that i'm buying but they work...very well...for me.

the only weakness i can fathom in this tire is that it seems narrower than the 2.35 fire cross treads on my surly.

i would use the panaracers on my hardtail, but sometimes riding the rampage up long climbs was like pushing a bulldozer...

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Favorite Trail:   boggs mountain

Duration Product Used:   2160 miles

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   jenson, REI

Similar Products Used:   panaracer rampage 29 x 2.35

Bike Setup:   2011 marin pine mtn 29er hardtail xt/mavic wheels, reba rl, x9/x7 drivetrain

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Ninerd

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2015

Strengths:    Good low price, traction wasn't too bad out here in Arizona.

Weaknesses:    Sidewall sucks butt. It's so thin and I've torn two of them now. Sucks to throw away a tire with so much tread left. Not even a month old :-(

Bottom Line:   
Don't waste your time on them unless your trails are smooth as butter.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Luis Yanez

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2014

Strengths:    Roll fast and quiet.

Weaknesses:    Tires wear terribly fart, sidewalls very weak and thin, loose alot of air when running tubeless and tires burp easily...

Bottom Line:   
These came Oem with my 2013 rift zone. In 3 months Ive had my bike, center nubs are already COMPLETELY worn out and The bike has Not been street ridden. Ran these tubeless from day 1, always leaked air, had pinchflats on both, tires burp easily... My geax saguaros by comparison lasted 9 months of extensive use and were still in good condition when i Sold my old bike... I dont recommend these tires in any way

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

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2014

Strengths:    I ride the protection 2.2 and it works perfect for the dry hardpack in northern california

Weaknesses:    The center knobs wear down quickly in rocky conditions.

Bottom Line:   
This is my number one choice for a XC 29" tubeless rear tire. I Have ran the x king 2.2 protection in the front and in the back but found it to work best in the back with a mountain king 2.4 protection in the front. Before I found this tire i was riding Schwalbe Racing Ralphs and was constantly having to deal with ripped side walls, however once i went with the x king and mountain king i have not had to deal with a sidewall tear again even while rideing the same trails.

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Price Paid:    $59.00

Bike Setup:   Canondale F-29

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Brisk Snail

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2013

Strengths:    Soft compound, tons of grip at lower pressures, especially on loose terrain, shallow snow, soft ground surfaces. One of the tires that sits absolutely strait on a rim. A high-quality product.

Weaknesses:    Can't come close to Ardents in cornering at high pressures. X-king certainly has more tendency to skip. Rolling poorly at low pressure. Finding the good bias is pretty tricky. Plus 2.4 is the same width as my 2.2 Geax Saguaro (it is not probably bad)

Bottom Line:   
I use 29x2.4 folding as a front tire. To be honest, I expected more performance on hardpacks. You can find a tire that has more grip on dry country roads with less rolling resistance.
Nevertheless, it is superb at lower pressures when road goes off-road (except more or less deep mud).
I believe if it was more versatile, it would be rated with "five burning flames".

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Steve

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2013

Strengths:    Nice tread design

Weaknesses:    Leak air running tubeless more than others. Side walls are supposed to be reinforced but are not durable.

Bottom Line:   
Cheap. On sale, the price on the steel bead version was too much for me to resist. After seeing the poor durability after a few rides I regretted buying them. Got what I paid for. My commuter bikes loves them!

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Angus

Date Reviewed: October 9, 2013

Strengths:    rolls fast, good grip on sandy, rocky, loose, and hardpacked conditions. Predictable behaviour with good feedback.

Weaknesses:    Loses some lugs, leaks used as tubeless

Bottom Line:   
Am running the protection version. Had some problems getting a seal despite using UST rims. Fixed this with some liberal application of Stans no Tubes.
Was very excited after using them on loose XC trails - good grip F and R.
I have lost some lugs after a couple of rides on rocky terrain - not too bad as this has happened on Schwable UST tyres also on these tracks.

The most notable problem is that I have experienced some bad burping on a short, twisty hardpacked descent. ('The Luge' at Stromlo Forest Park here in the ACT). I repeated this four times with the same result - severely reduced tyre pressure and I can see where the Stans has blown out the sides. The last time I started with a high pressure - 39psi - but the tyre still came away from the rim.

If I hadn't stopped to inflate I'm sure this tyre would have come off the rim, I would have come off the bike, and a spectacular crash would have resulted. (I have experienced this with three of their tyres now as I bought a Mountain King 2 to try on the front.)

I have since put tubes in the tyres and lodged a customer complaint with Continental since this tyre seems unsafe. We'll see how long it takes to get action.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Rumblefish29er

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2013

Strengths:    Surprisingly good traction and performance for such a narrow tire (29 x2.2 was definitely narrower). Light, fast roller, fairly good grip.

Weaknesses:    2.2 was too narrow. Dances around in roots and rocks. Sidewall was really soft - blew out after relatively few rides.

Bottom Line:   
These came stock on my Salsa Spearfish. Wire bead, 29x2.2 with tubes. For smoother terrain they were pretty nice tires, both wet and dry. As the rocks and roots get bigger they lose their charm. If forced to use again, I would go with the 2.4 protection. I randomly blew the sidewall out, which is not a huge surprise, they were very thin. I liked it more as a rear tire and eventually switched to a Nevegal front. Heavier tire, but it offered so much more control.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Busko

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2013

Strengths:    Good allrounder. I haven't problem on any surface yet...

Weaknesses:    Yeah. There can be a bit problem on wet rocks and roots...

Bottom Line:   
I have these tires in 2.2 size on the front and also on the back. I have RaceSport version. I reccomend Protection version becouse of better prevetion of puncture...

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

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2013

Strengths:    Fast. Low rolling resistance.

Weaknesses:    26" 2.0 & 2.2 are same size. 1 ride in 1 hour took 39 knobs off rear tire on a trail with some rocks. I never had a tire lose a third this many knobs over its life. Hates trails that are sloped crosswise (sideslip). Expensive, the MSRP (July 2013) is $65 but discounted 50% in some stores.

Bottom Line:   
Not a confidence inspiring tire on even moderately difficult terrain. The tread won't last long on any rocks. OK for a dirt fire road if price is heavily discounted.

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Favorite Trail:   Park City Round Valley

Duration Product Used:   twice

Price Paid:    $64.00

Similar Products Used:   Nevegal, WTB Moto Raptor, Specialized Ground Control, Smoke & Dart

Bike Setup:   Giant Trance

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by druthomas a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: July 18, 2013

Strengths:    Tires work well in loose sandy race conditions. Wire Bead is pretty cheap online. The 26 2.2's are bigger and wider than a lot of folks make out. These roll really well!

Weaknesses:    Heavy but no matter for a 240# clyde.

Bottom Line:   
I swapped these back in for my spendy rocket rons that literally wore out in dozen rides and sucked in loose gravel with sand. Folks say they are not as big as spec'd but I will tell you they are wider and taller than 2.25 rocket rons. They floated in the speedy sand/gravel sections and climbing improved as well.

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Similar Products Used:   Rocket Ron's

Bike Setup:   01 Rainier 19" , 44 rlo, zac 19's

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Elias a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2013

Strengths:    Resistance, rolls fast, the name has an X and looks cool.

Weaknesses:    No traction in front. no good for fast donwhill with corners.

Bottom Line:   
These tires came on my focus bike, never had a puncture with these tires, using tubes. BUT, no good for me as a front tire. had a couple accidents cause lack of traction. for me no good. I run these in the back and backwards, it has very good traction in mud and sand when pedaling. Very good. In front I run nevegal.

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Favorite Trail:   Rocky conditions, loose sand, Going uphill, and ride downhill extremly fast.

Duration Product Used:   300km

Purchased At:   Jenson

Similar Products Used:   Slant six (puncture first ride as a rear tire) Small block and Kenda Nevegal (favorite in front in both of my bikes)

Bike Setup:   focus blackforest, KHS alite 500

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by tbaier

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2013

Strengths:    Inexpensive
Sticky compound grips well
Tread pattern is relatively fast yet still does well on roots/rocks
Sheds mud well

Weaknesses:    Width not as advertised
Pinhole leaks when run tubeless (though these stopped)
Weak casing deformed after 75 miles

Bottom Line:   

Yes, these will eventually stop leaking tubeless - just put an extra little bit of sealant it and keep tabs on the pressure for the first few days. I was disappointed in the volume - these are 2.0 tires on every rim I put them on. On the front, they were just ok, but on the rear they were exceptional. Really sticky tread, climbed like heck over roots and rocks, didn't get gummed up with mud - I was sold. That is, until the casing deformed. These tires had less than 75 miles on them! I figured they would be more stout at 700 grams.

Maybe the other verisons would last longer.

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