Continental Speed King ProTection Tyre review

Light and responsive rubber

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £29.00 RRP | USD $52.11
Continental Speed King Protection

Our review

Super-light and super-responsive, although Supersonic version is the grippy one
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Super-light and surprisingly grippy, the Speed King ProTection gets the standard slippery-when-wet compound.


Designed for marathon cross country racing, the Speed King is phenomenally light and responsive, but very skinny for its nominal size (we tested 2.1in, but it also comes in 2.3in).

However, while the ProTection version helps shrug off rocks and thorns, we’d actually recommend the even lighter Supersonic with Black Chilli compound.  It’s more fragile but is remarkably grippy on wet singletrack and will give you tons of mud control for wet riding.


Continental have produced the Speed King in Wire, Folding, ProTection and Supersonic versions.

Product Specifications


Name Speed King Protection
Brand Continental

Tyre Width Sizes Available 2.1 In 2.3 In
Manufacturer's Description The Speed King is designed for marathon racing. This tyre offers low rolling resistance and secure grip at 530g (2.1). the tread of the Speed King masters various terrain.. from fire road to moist single trail. The shoulder knobs reach deep into the side for predictable handling on hard and loose pack giving you enough where other already skid and slide.
Weight (g) 530