If you are going to design an XC race specific tire, you start with speed. The Continental Race King ProTection Tire offers exceptional speed. But speed isn't enough, really. There are still technical sections, soft corners, and descents to deal with in World Cup XC racing. As such, a tire built to race can also be a great option for fast trail riding, especially on hardpack and compacted soil (i.e. many soft track course).. The Race King is a durable racing tire that, thanks to ProTection and Revolution Tubeless Ready status, can be ridden every day, even with such low profile tread blocks. The revered BlackChili rubber compound delivers a surprisingly tacky grip for a tire that rolls smooth and fast.
Thanks to the venerable Continental ProTection casing, durability on the course is amazing. The extra all-round puncture protection layer renders the casing especially durable and resists sidewall blowouts sharp rocks can dish out, yet remains supple. This is because the ProTection belt extends under the tread and through the sidewall. This is especially important when running lower pressures in a tubeless set-up. This Race King features the Revolution Tubeless Ready bead so it can easily be run tubeless. Just add sealant so that small punctures won't delay your ride or ruin your race.
Continental's BlackChili compound ensures that the Race King has exceptionally low rolling resistance, but offers tenacious grip on hardpack, slick rock, or packed dirt. With proprietary synthetic and natural rubber compounds, the secret to the properties of BlackChili comes from special nanometric carbon soot particles, which are optimized in shape and surface properties for each tire it is used in. With the Race King, emphasis was put on speed and directional grip, defining therace-oriented design, but many trail riders will fall in love with the speed and learn to master the grip even in loose material.
That is the beauty of a tubeless tire that offers substantial sidewall and casing protection. When you combine those two features, and the magic of BlackChili, you have tires that are offer far more flexible usage than simple tread analysis provides. Here in Colorado, it is not uncommon to see 100-120mm travel bikes on the trails with a 2.4 Mountain King up front and a 2.2 Race King on the back. if you love to race, ride fast, or master the controlled slide, you have to have a Race King ProTection Tire in your quiver. You just have to.