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Mountain King 2.4 29er

By: Ty Brookhart

The Continental Mountain King 29 tire comes in both 2.2" and 2.4" widths with 29" diameter. The casing is made from 3 ply 180tpi cloth, and it has a foldable Kevlar bead. The tread and sidewalls are Black. Maximum inflation pressure is 65psi. 735g (2.2)/ 860g (2.4).

Continental's Mountain King 2.4 tears through wet, mucky conditions. The tire has aggressive knobs that are well spaced to shed mud and rotting leaves. In messy conditions, cornering is superb and steering is predictable. The rubber compound is soft and tacky, adhering well to wet roots. The angular knobs dig deep into loamy soils and loose gravel. These are the best wet weather 29er tire I've ridden and they performed well in gravel and sand as well.

However, they tend to wander a bit on hardpack and the tread pattern, combined with the soft rubber, just doesn't engage well on rock faces or pavement. There fells like a bit more rolling resistance than some of the other tires in its class. The thin sidewalls also give some concern to durability, though I rode the tires hard through rocks and roots and never had an issue.

Strengths:
  • Great traction in wet and mucky conditions, as well as loose soils and gravel
  • Light
  • Big volume
  • Predictable steering and cornering
  • Splendid climbing tire
  • sheds mud and trail debris very well
  • Continental quality in construction and roundness
Weaknesses:
  • Wanders on rocks and hardpack
  • Rolling resistance - the tires seem to make noise and squirm a bit on asphalt and hardpack. Thus it seems like it's not the fastest tire for those conditions
Bottom line:

These are my wet winter tire of choice. They claw up muddy climbs, straighten out slimy turns, and hold a line in loose soil conditions of all types. They are one of the lightest big volume tires out there, and there is sacrifice in performance if pure speed is the issue. If you're not racing, this may be an ideal tire to keep you upright and safe in any kind of riding condition. They are a great value at $40 too. Continental has done a superb job again.

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Value Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars



 

Overall Rating:

4.75 out of 5 Stars



 

 

 

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