Continental revises King tire series

Adds 2.6 sizes, improves durability and tubeless ready functionality

Tires
Continental King Series

Nearly all of Continental’s MTB tires have been updated.

Continental has never been one to chase trends. While many tire makers immediately went all in on plus and fat size sizes, the German brand held back waiting to see how things shook out with actual consumer demand. Now they’re ready to launch, bringing a completely revised King series to market, highlighted by improved tubeless ready functionality and the addition of 2.6 widths in some models.

Continental Trail King

The Trail King has long been a favored tire here at Mtbr.

All four Continental King models (plus the Der Baron) have revised tread patterns, are billed as having better air tightness and seatability, boast reinforced casing for greater durability at lower inflation pressures, and come with new ProTection construction that’s claimed to deliver reduced weight in the neighborhood of 20-30 grams per tire. Continental also boasts TrueSize where sizing convention actually means they measure what they say. And all of the tires have a suggested rim width range molded into sidewall.

Continental Protection

The other big news is the addition of a Cordura protection layer (think the material used in high end backpacks), which is claimed to both increase durability and lower weight while also increasing suppleness. The two graphics above and below illustrate this new implementation. [Click the image to enlarge.]

Continental Protection Apex

Keep scrolling down to see how each tire’s tread pattern has changed, as well as see preliminary pricing lists for all five tires.

Continental Trail King

Continental Trail King

Continental Mountain King

Continental Mountain King

Continental Cross King

Continental Cross King

Continental Race King

Continental Race King

Continental Der Baron

Continental King Series Pricing

Continental King Series Pricing

To learn more, head over to www.continental-tires.com.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympics, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the Mtbr staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.


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  • MK says:

    Would have been useful to mention the reasons for changes and the direction they want to take their tires; what the the benefits Continental is aiming for with the changes?

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