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Continental Race King ProTection

The Continental Race King is a tire tailored for those who crave speed in cross-country racing. Its low weight, improved casing design, and BlackChili compound make it a formidable choice for riders seeking an edge in terms of rolling performance. The compromises in cornering and braking traction are acceptable trade-offs for the sheer speed it brings to the table. With a reasonable price tag, the Race King stands as a commendable option for XC riders prioritizing velocity and efficiency.

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Continental Race King ProTection Review

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Johan van Seijen

April 14, 2020


With the Continental Speed King being discontinued, which was one of my all-time favorite tires, the Race King is now the lightest and fastest XC tire in the German brand’s lineup. The Continental Race King, excels in providing fast rolling capabilities with a low-profile tread pattern. While it performs admirably in dry conditions, the emphasis on speed somewhat compromises its cornering ability. I noticed a slight trade-off between high-speed performance and aggressive cornering.

Pedal Traction:
I’ve always been attracted to Continental for making tires with an extreme focus on low weight and high speed. Although not the grippiest tire you can possibly ride, the Race King still impresses with excellent pedal traction. The redesigned casing and improved tread pattern contribute to the tire’s ability to maintain traction during acceleration, enhancing the overall riding experience, especially in cross-country racing scenarios.

Braking Traction:
The Race King features a tread pattern optimized for reduced rolling resistance, making it a very speedy choice indeed. While braking traction is adequate, it’s no match when compared against tires designed for more aggressive trail riding. The shallow tread design, effective for speed, limits its grip in challenging braking situations.

Rolling Resistance:
The standout feature of the Race King has to be its exceptional rolling resistance, making it a top choice if you prioritize speed. In a straight line that is. The Protection version, with its re-engineered casing, contributes to a lighter tire that further enhances the rolling performance. The BlackChili compound and open tread pattern with small knobbies play pivotal roles in lowering rolling resistance.

Ease of Installation:
Installing the tires, as with any other Continental tires I’ve used, is a generally straightforward process. The Protection version, with its additional sidewall protection, maintains a good balance between weight and durability. Tubeless setups are praised for their ease, providing riders with a hassle-free experience during installation.

Positioned in the mid-price range, the Continental Race King offers a compelling combination of speed and reliability, making it a valuable investment for XC enthusiasts. While it may not be the cheapest option, its performance and durability contribute to a favorable price-to-value ratio.

Continental Race King ProTection Specifications

DiameterSizeETRTOWeight (gr)Tread colorSidewall colorCompound/CasingPuncture protectionTire bead
2626×2.2055×559535BlackBlackBlackChiliProTection casingtlr
2626×2.2055×559535BlackBernsteinBlackChiliProTection casingfoldable
27.527.5×2.2055-584560BlackBlackBlackChiliProTection casingfoldable
27.527.5×2.2055-584560BlackBernsteinBlackChiliProTection casingfoldable
2929×2.2055-622595BlackBlackBlackChiliProTection casingfoldable
2929×2.2055-622595BlackBernsteinBlackChiliProTection casingfoldable