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Continental Race King ProTection MTB-Folding Tire 26x2.2 Inches - 2020

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Description of Continental Race King ProTection MTB-Folding Tire 26x2.2 Inches - 2020

Now considered a legendary tyre, the Race King heralded the advent of the current Continental MTB tyre range. Irina Kalentieva won two World Championships on Race King tyres as well as countless other wins. When it's dry, the Race King is faster, cleaner and safer. Rolling resistance is almost on a par with race bike tyres. The ProTection model is developed and produced in Korbach, Germany with best materials such as BlackChili compound. This will guarantee significantly better rolling resistance and puncture protection respectively.

Race King ProTection with BlackChili Compound: Maximum puncture protection, with BlackChili Compound. Better than ever before, the new Continental ProTection casing. The extra all-round puncture protection layer renders the casings especially durable and intensive to damage or penetration from foreign elements. Treads and sidewalls are equally protected, and are 25% lighter and offer 30% more puncture protection than their predecessors protected by DuraSkin. Rolling resistance and absorption has also significantly improved. The new Made in Germany technology allows it to withstand even the hardest trails across the world. What's more: they're universally usable, are inspired by BlackChili Compound and have an aesthetically pleasing sidewall design. The new Revolution Tubeless Ready bead improves the application of Tubeless Ready Tires. For optimal results with sealing for tubeless use and whilst riding, we recommend the application of the new Continental RevoSealant.

  • a classic competition tyre which feels at home at the Cross Country World Cup or at marathons
  • low rolling resistance, good self-damping and low weight make it the right choice for all race bikes
  • excellent puncture resistance thanks to continuous ProTection TubelessReady insert from end to end
  • excellent grip, high mileage and efficient rolling thanks to BlackChili Compound

BlackChili Compound
This unique tread rubber mixture which is only produced in Continental German factory has revolutionized bicycle tyres. The resultant compound showed a new relationship between grip and rolling resistance. This "Elevated level", as it was previously known, was given the name "BlackChili". Countless test wins that were shown in laboratory tests show a tangible benefit. The latest polymers, nanoscale soot particles and optimized fillers all guarantee a unique performance, from downhill MTB tyres to the time trial tyres of the ProTour, they are second to none in their respective areas. BlackChili Compound improves rolling resistance by 26% and provides 30% more grip than activated silica compounds. Premium tyres with BlackChili Compound also impress with higher mileage and unlike many multi-compounds, provide a constant ride from the first to the last kilometer.
Tire construction: ProTection
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Note: Tubeless Ready tires require tubeless compatible rims/wheels, tubeless valves, tubeless rim tape and sealing fluid for tubeless mounting. Sealant fluid is not required for tubeless UST tires, but is recommended for increased puncture protection. Installation should only be carried out by qualified personnel.
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Fact Sheet of Continental Race King ProTection MTB-Folding Tire 26x2.2 Inches - 2020

Product Name: Continental Race King ProTection MTB-Folding Tire 26x2.2 Inches - 2020
Manufacturer: Continental
Item Code: CON366460
activity: Bike
usage bikesport: MTB, Cross Country
wheel size: 26" (559mm)
tire type: Folding Tire, Tubeless Ready
tire pressure: 3-4bar
ETRTO: 55-559
carcass density: 60TPI/EPI
tire compound: BlackChili Compound
Model year: 2021
Color: Black
weight: 545g
manufacturer item code: 0101486
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Yes, it works pretty well on tarmac
In my search for a MTB tyre with low rolling resistance on tarmac, tests suggested that this version of the Race King (Protection 2020; Attention: The "performance" version of this tyre is from 2015 and seems to have higher resistance than this version.) is one of the best non-half-slicks. In comparisson to my old Maxxis tires (really old) I was pleasantly surprised by the difference that could be felt.
But it should be noted that the tyre pressure might have a over-average influence on the rolling resistance. For me (85kg) the difference of 2,5 to 2 bar in the rear led to 26 instead of 30km/h.

- Rolling resistance on tarmac is pretty low, especially with higher pressures.
- Good grip on dry ground

- Bad in mud
Not that awesome on tarmac.
- Incredibly sticky and soft compound - great for winter riding
- Rolls great on hardpack

- Was a pain to put it onto MTX33 rim and to make it sit straight. The soapy water trick didn't help, you'll need to blow in 4 bar pressure and then it pops onto place.
- Sticks to the smooth tarmac like hell, it even resists turning the bars when standing. Didn't do any scientific tests, but if feels like they have high rolligh resistance on tarmac as well. Putting the slick tire (maxxis dth) to the back wheel surely made a difference.
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