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I am considering the MK 2.2 for a rear tire. I have a 26" MK 2.4 protection on the rear of my 26er, and really love it, and I believe it has a lot to do with the Black Chili compound. Are the 29er versions available with the Black Chili Compound? They are not labeled as Supersonic or Protection, so I am guessing not, but does anyone know for sure?
 

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hellocook said:
don't worry too much. i am sure that most of the black chili story is marketing ...
I don't know.... the traction of the one I have on wet rocks and roots is pretty impressive, and I have a hard time believing it is just the tread pattern. It usually has a lot to do with rubber compound. I definitely noticed the difference between Stick-E and non Stick-E Kenda tires.

Not saying this is a dealbreaker for the 29" MK's, as they still seem to get rave reviews for what I am looking for: a rear tire for east coast winter conditions.
 

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there is no doubt that conti has greatly improved their compounds.

i am using the 29er MKs (tubeless stan's) as well as 26" MK on 1 bike as protection 2.4 and on another as supersonic 2.2, both with tubes. Before i used up a set of UST MK 2.2. All these tires are great and i have had a lot of luck with them.

performance is comparable, i would consider wet traction on roots slighlty better with the UST and the 29er. I assume due to the tubeless set up and the bigger 29er foot print. So I guess tubeless and running lower pressures will help more than "black chili". also, the non-black-chilis are definetily on par or very close in performance to the black chili mountain kings.
 
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