Continental Mountain King Review

4.27 out of 5
By Syd Patricio    on Feb 10, 2015

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Continental Mountain King II
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Continental Mountain King 2.2

February 22, 2018
Pros: Fast rolling.

Cons: After riding 2.4 on a 26 they felt thin.

Recommendation: Used these on my 27.5 Hardtail and loved them. Rode them on the street, gravel and trails and rolled great. Lasted me a long time and still had enough tread to sell them.

March 18, 2016
Model/Year: 2011 29x2.4

Pros: Ok in tacky dirt

Cons: Doesn't set up tubeless well, doesn't transition dirt to mud/sand

Recommendation: Meh

May 24, 2015
Pros: Transformed me into a hill climber, great traction, shedded mud better than my old Geax,

Cons: None, yet

May 19, 2015
Pros: Confidence inspiring Awesome grip Protektion Handling

Cons: price$

Recommendation: i run this tire as a front with a x-king 2.2 on the rear. Man what an awesome combo. My bike feels like it's on rails now. My lbs recommended these tires to me and they are so confident in them that they told me if I puncture a sidewalk they will replace it at no cost. I've got three rides on them now and I can feel myself riding faster as these tires definitely are confidence inspiring.

March 22, 2015
Model/Year: 2014 Black Chili/29er 2.4" Folding.

Pros: High Quality build w/ made in Germany model
Light for style and size(non Protection)
Long lasting

Cons: None, this is the best tire I have ever owned.

Recommendation: I used it on the front as this is where I tend to place the larger, more aggressive tire.
Had bought a Schwalbe RoRo to replace the stock small block tires and while they rolled nicely these high end tires gave me little confidence on cornering so I tried these MK2s.
First thought was they didn't feel that heavy considering size. Mounted with tube on Crest easy. They roll well but not great.
The terrain I ride varies and thats what these are designed for and its been bliss. The first run I did ,my bud who is faster immediately saw that I was staying on his ass the entire way down a shorter downhill trail full of tight switchbacks on a mix of hardpack with loose dirt in braking areas as well as large ruts. What I noticed was that I had complete confidence in hitting these corners with speed without fear of washing out and they delivered. Really, what more do you want from a front tire, it handles higher speed rocky fire road corners equally well.
Steep tech where brakeing and being able to feel the grip is important and once again I saw no issues! I can do steep crawls down just about everything but wet rock of course but there is no tire that can crawl down slick wet rock. The Black Chili is great stuff as it actually does what it claims by giving a harder rubbers durability as well as grip like a soft compound.
Pay attention because if the price is cheap its likely their cheap version made in INdia and lacks the BC compound making the tire suck and giving the German model a bad name.

February 10, 2015
Model/Year: 2013 Mountain King II Protection Black Chili 2.4

Pros: Low Weight, great traction on just about anything, no punctures after 700 miles in Colorado's rocky conditions, low wear compared to some other tires, good volume, no knob squirm

Cons: Casings can deform. Mine did off a drop at Moab. Two of my friends had the same issue. Side walls frayed but haven't failed yet.

Recommendation: I will buy them again because of the performance and hope they figure out the casings that oddly deform.

December 12, 2013
Model/Year: 2012

Pros: Lightweight Good Traction on dry conditions.

Cons: Not a mud tire at all. Turns to slick.

July 23, 2013
Model/Year: 2012

Pros: It's tough and grips the trail while being easy on the wallet.

Cons: Probably not light and swift enough for the gramcounters out there.

Recommendation: After mounting this on my rear wheel (with Maxxis Ardent up front. Ardent is a little wider despite the same 2.4 measurement) I haven't had any slide-outs. I have also had no tube punctures even though I've had a few cactus spines stick in. These tires are tough.

April 20, 2013
Pros: Lightweight, sticky yet fast rolling

Cons: None

Recommendation: Way better than my old WTB Nanos.

December 21, 2012
Pros: -Great traction
-Fast rolling
-High quality Continental rubber

Recommendation: The 2.4 version of this tire makes a great lighter weight, faster rolling alternative to a DH tire and it provides nearly the same amount of traction.