bike 07/2016 - Cross Country Tip! (Rating: very good!)
MountainBIKE 03/2013 - test winner! (Rating: very good!)
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 RS and ProTection models are developed and produced in Korbach, Germany with best materials such as BlackChili Compound and they guarantee significantly better rolling resistance and puncture protection respectively.
Race King is available in several versions differing as follows:
Race King Performance with PureGrip-Compound: The low cost version as folding tire with the same tread and PureGrip Compound. This new rubber mix, given the self explanatory name "PureGrip", is ranked just behind Conti'S BlackChili compound and is being used in their performance products both in the road and mountain bike sectors. Whilst providing great grip, it is also long lasting and highly durable - both characteristics of Continental tyres, which are exclusively manufactured in the factory in Hefei (Asia).
Race King RaceSport with BlackChili Compound: Higher puncture protection, folding tire with BlackChili Compound. Uncompromisingly designed for use in mountain bike racing: the RaceSport carcasses combine logical light construction and noticeably better protection against flat tires at the very highest level. Together with famous professional mountain bikers, Continental has created the perfect starting basis for competition tires. Handmade in Germany, they offer a 30% better protection against flat tires than Supersonic tires. The construction makes the difference - particularly fine and high-grade nylon fabric with an expensive, protective, rubber lining and a universal foot. Together with the legendary Black Chili Compound, the ultimate combination for XC racing and marathon events.
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.
This unique tread rubber mixture which is only produced in Continental German factory has revolutionised 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 kilometre.