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  1. #1
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    Check out my Conti X-King sidewall

    Hey,
    This isn't a rant.
    Just want to know if my sidewall should look like this after 5 months of riding.
    This is the latest "Protection" X-King / running tubeless w/ sealant.
    *disclaimer - I do ride rock-strewn singletrack.
    As you can see, there are all these fine fibers sticking out of my sidewall.



    thanks for looking.

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    Honestly, I've never seen those in my life. But I have noticed that the X-King isn't the most durable tire. I lost 32 knobs in 2 rides

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    This is normal for continental the polyamide they use is more brittle than the nylon the others use. That tire will fail at the bead soon.
    "Dish is illogical." Spoke of Vulcan.

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    Hmmm, It's my rear tire. Guess I'll just keep going till it rips.

    If it were on the front I'd be more worried.

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    Quit parking too close to curbs...

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    I have the Racesport version of those tires and they look similar from scuffing against rocks.
    '12 Soma Analog SS
    '10 Transition TransAM
    '07 Felt F1X
    '97 Schwinn Mesa SS
    '89 Fuji Saratoga
    '86 Fuji Club

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    I have the same tire with 4 days of very rocky riding in Southern Utah. They help up and performed great. Very pleased with it so far. I never keep a tire for (5) months so hopefully my tire will never get that bad.

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    My MK II's with Protection sidewalls looked like after 5 days of riding in the Phoenix area last year.

    Also lost a couple of knobs too. heard from others on the forum that it was a manufacturing defect and the rubber compound was to blame and was supposed to have been fixed in newer tires.

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