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Continental Cross King ProTection

The Continental Cross King tire stands out as a versatile and high-performing option for a variety of riding conditions. I especially appreciate its exceptional pedal traction, reliable braking performance, and ease of installation. Changes in the 2.3 version reflect Continental’s commitment to improvement. With a favorable price-to-performance ratio, the Cross King remains a top choice for those seeking a tire that delivers on both functionality and value.

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Continental Cross King ProTection Review

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Johan van Seijen

January 1, 2023


The Continental Cross King is renowned for its versatility, excelling in a broad range of conditions from dry hardpack to light mud. The balanced tread pattern provides commendable cornering performance, ensuring stability and grip. I found that the changes in the 2.3 version, with increased knob height, enhanced cornering even further.

Pedal Traction:
I especially praise the Cross King for its exceptional pedal traction. The tire’s ability to maintain significant grip during various terrains, including gravel, trail, and moderate singletrack, adds to its appeal. When riding with a somewhat lower tire pressures than I normally would, it enhanced the comfort significantly.

Braking Traction:
The Cross King demonstrates reliable braking traction, crucial for riders navigating diverse terrains. The increased knob height in the 2.3 version has improved braking performance. However, keep in mind the preferred intended use of this tire, which is dry conditions, hardpack, and light trail riding.

Rolling Resistance:
As I expected from an XC tire, the Cross King strikes a balance between minimal rolling resistance and traction during cornering. The 2.3 version introduces changes in knob height and tread thickness, impacting rolling resistance.

Ease of Installation:
Installation of the Continental Cross King is as easy as can be. I never had issues with Continental mountain bike tires before, and didn’t expect any hee. The tire’s compatibility with tubeless setups and secure fitting on rims contribute to a hassle-free experience. Although never the most important aspect of a tire, I can certainly appreciate the convenience of the installation process, which further contributes to the overall positive experience.

Continental Cross King ProTection Specifications

DiameterSizeETRTOWeight (gr)Tread colorSidewall colorCompound/CasingPuncture protectionTire bead
2626×2.2055-559565BlackBlackBlackChiliProTection casingtlr
2626×2.2055-559565BlackBernsteinBlackChiliProTection casingtlr
2626×2.3058-559675BlackBlackBlackChiliProTection casingtlr
27.527.5×2.2055-584590BlackBlackBlackChiliProTection casingtlr
27.527.5×2.2055-584590BlackBernsteinBlackChiliProTection casingtlr
27.527.5×2.3058-584705BlackBlackBlackChiliProTection casingtlr
27.527.5×2.6065-584785BlackBlackBlackChiliProTection casingtlr
27.527.5×2.8070-584830BlackBlackBlackChiliProTection casingtlr
2929×2.2055-622630BlackBlackBlackChiliProTection casingtlr
2929×2.2055-622630BlackBernsteinBlackChiliProTection casingtlr
2929×2.3058-622755BlackBlackBlackChiliProTection casingtlr