Continental X-King Tire

3.05/5 (41 Reviews)
MSRP : $44.99

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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: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.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Lucas

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2013

Strengths:    Fast rolling
Great traction on first ride

Weaknesses:    Not the best traction after first ride
Weak sidewalls
Short life spand
Easy to punture tubes

Bottom Line:   
This tire came on my new bike. I loved them the first ride then it all went down hill from there. Not in the fun way either.
After five rides there is a noticable wear on the tires. The sidwalls are starting to crack and i got 3 puntured tubes. On my kendas last year i got 3 the entire season.
I've used mountain kings before and got rid of them after 3 rides cuz they sucked so much and the side walls ripped so thats the end of my Continental experiment. Never again. Total garbage.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by rottenronny a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: April 30, 2013

Strengths:    Price, rolling resistance, volume.

Weaknesses:    Poor traction in the wet roots and rocks, poor in the knar.

Bottom Line:   
Kind of a scary tire really. They're cheap but not really worth having as their performance is poor and my life is worth a bit more than these tires.

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Duration Product Used:   60 days

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Wiggle

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Hi Roller, Maxxis Miniion, Maxxis Crossmark.

Bike Setup:   Mavic 721 on a Titus El Guapo and Stans Flow EX on Giant NRS.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jon a Racer

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2013

Strengths:    Grip, ride.

Weaknesses:    Width is narrow than most of it's competitors. Sidewalls leak if used as tubeless.

Bottom Line:   
These tires grip great over all kinds of terrain... they have extremely good braking grip.

When used with a tube this is probably the best tire out there for XC... however, let's face it. People ride tubeless now... it's better... and I'm just like everyone else in that respect. I use Stan's on all of my bikes... and that's where this tire fails. The sidewalls leak slowly, weeping Stan's out of numerous tiny little holes in the sidewall.

I've used dozens of tires throughout the years... different makes models (see below), this is the only tire that I've ever had to air up daily.

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Favorite Trail:   Any and all

Duration Product Used:   3 weeks

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Geax: AKA, Saguare, Barro Race. Specialized: The Captain, Renegade. Michelin: Wild Racer. Kenda: BG, Nevegal. WTB Wolverine.

Bike Setup:   Stans rims, Stans sealant.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by obenchain1 a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2013

Strengths:    These tires shed mud and grip in loose terrain very well. I went from GEAX AKA's to these because I live in a very moist area so the trails are mostly wet and sloppy so i needed something knobby to accommodate these conditions. Another very good thing about these tires is that they are fairly fast rolling and don't feel like you're pedaling big tractor tires, even at a low psi.

Weaknesses:    A bit on the heavy side.

Bottom Line:   
Overall a very good tire for the money. From what I can tell, they have worn well so far. I would buy these tires again

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Favorite Trail:   Carvins Cove

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Just The Right Gear,

Bike Setup:   All mountain

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

Date Reviewed: December 15, 2012

Strengths:    Great grip on dry terrain.

Weaknesses:    Weak side walls, no grip on wet or muddy condition

Bottom Line:   
On dry terrain I love it, on wet terrain hate it

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bartek Kasprzyk a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: November 25, 2012

Strengths:    Fast rollin great grip goes good through mud in comparison to other relative tyres like Schwalbe rocket ron

Weaknesses:    durability when used in abrasive rocks beside no weknesses

Bottom Line:   
I can recommand this tyre for anyone looking for fast good grip tyre with excellent possiblities in curves. My whole team uses mostly this tyre in Performance version weight real is about 515 grams, i used them for whole season no worries ill boy the same setup for my Specialized.You schould not buy this tyre when you are going for hard core All Mountain it wont last too long.

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Duration Product Used:   11 months

Similar Products Used:   Schwalbe Rocket Ron

Bike Setup:   Specialized S Works Stumpjumper 2010 XO XTR drive train and brakes DT Swiss Wheels

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