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    Continental Speed King 2.1 Supersonic Review


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    I just put a set back on my second bike I bought in 2007. Damn they are fast. They seem to handle the trails here in Germany quite well and are holding up quite well.

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    I had a set of those and I hated them.

    Very fast climbers, but coming back down they used to slide at the slightest provocation. I found them really unnerving to ride on anything even vaguely steep or off camber. Actually I rarely made it to off camber as they'd slide out from under me. Stuck them on fleabay after a month or so and went back to the boring high roller/larsen combo...

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    I have used these tires a lot and really
    like them. However they don't corner very
    good in my SoCal type of trails.

    Best, John

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    Are those trails hard pack, or rocky?

    Tires with extended and well-spaced knobs work best on surfaces that are soft enough to allow the knobs to penetrate the surface. If the knobs can't penetrate, they will squirm and fold and generally not grab well.

    The opposite is true of tires with small, tightly-packed knobs. Those work well on hard surfaces, but when the surface gets really soft, the voids fill up and the tire becomes a slick.

    There is some overlap on moist loam or slightly sandy soil. That's soft enough to allow knob penetration, but not so soft that the surface can't handle lateral load (like mud)

    Matching the tire to conditions can really pay performance dividends - and a tire/conditions mismatch can make for a miserable ride.

    The real question becomes: what is the minimum number of tires required to ensure a decent match to conditions?

    Based on the performance of the Speed King in some pretty sloppy stuff, I think I can make it work with a set of Race Kings for dry/hard, and Speed Kings for wet/soft, with some overlap in the middle where either tire should work well.

    The one variable I don't have covered at the moment is "thorny". The Continental Supersonic carcass is paper-thin and offers no thorn resistance at all. Happily, my local conditions don't see thorns so it isn't an issue for me, but there are areas on the continent that aren't so lucky.

    DG

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    The trails where I ride in SoCal are mostly
    lose over hardpack, but quite a few of the
    areas have sand. That is the big problem
    for me. Tall knobs aren't good on the hardpack
    and the shorter knobs suck in the sand. I
    have found that the Rocket Rons even with
    tall knobs work really well on the hardpack.
    Plus they are nice and light and roll very
    fast.

    Best, John

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    The X King would be a good all purpose tire if the conditions are slightly looser and wetter than the Race King would like.

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    I looked at the X King, but the shoulder knobs are smaller than the Speed King and the tread pattern is slightly denser, so I'm not sure if it could handle conditions as sloppy as the Speed King does.

    I wish Continental did a better job of specifying the intended conditions for their tires.

    DG

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