Continental Mountain King Protection tyre review

Even with a ripstop ‘Protection’ sidewall, weight is very low, which means an extremely responsive character.

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £29.00 RRP | USD $49.71
Continental Mountain King Protection 2.2In

Our review

All-conditions tyre is fast feeling and grippy. It's worth the price.
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The Mountain King is the all-rounder in Continental’s impressive new new tyre royalty. It exhibits excellent grip and speed, and good lifespan balance for most conditions. Like most Contis it’s slightly small for a given size, and its price reflects handmade German quality.

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Even with a ripstop ‘Protection’ sidewall, weight is very low, which means an extremely responsive character. There’s a slightly ‘growly’ wide-spaced tread, but they’ve got a really nice, lively rolling feel. The wide open tread means excellent bite in mixed conditions.

The new extra-fine carbon granule ‘Black Chili’ compound also adds excellent rock and irregular trail adhesion without the slow, tacky feel of a simpler soft-compound mix. They do come out smaller than most tyres (although not as small as they used to), and the lighter weight means the larger 2.4in carcass is a bit unstable.

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Puncture resistance has proved okay so far, and these 2.2-inchers are a good all-round dimension. While the price is high, so is the performance. In short, this all-conditions tyre is fast feeling and grippy. It’s worth the price.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Mountain King Protection 2.2in
Brand Continental

Tyre Width Sizes Available 2.2in
Weight (g) 550
Available Colours Black