All hail the Mountain King! These tires are quite exceptional, and will handle most “all around” terrain with aplomb, and they, especially shine in loose conditions. They are most at home in the arid conditions of the Western US, but anywhere that is rocky and loose they should be great. They are very predictable, corner well, with great braking and steering attributes. The tires claw their way up terrain with great gripping power, and the Black Chili compound makes them as sticky as my rock climbing shoes. The Protection version is like having body Armour added to an already great tire, it is ready to duke it out with most anything that can be thrown at it. In muddy conditions the knobs just aren’t spaced properly to propel you through the slop, so they squirm a bit in those conditions. Their only flaw I could find was that on extremely wet rocks they could be a bit slipperier than I would have liked.
- Great all around tire.
- Sticky Black Chili rubber.
- Tough Duraskin sidewall amour.
- Loose condition Master.
- Great braking and steering control.
- Not the best on extremely wet rock.
- Slightly squirmy in deep mud.
- Undersized per their spec.
Value Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers
Overall Rating: 4.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers
Mountain King Protection 2.4 inch Specs:
Tire weight – 755.4 grams and 784.9 grams (Conti spec 750g)
Casing width – 2.18 inches
Knob width – 2.38 inches
Tire height – 2.15 inches
Tire Pressure used – 25-28 psi
MSRP – $75.00