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    New Continental tires for 2018

    Looking forward to some reviews on them. Haven't seen a whole lot of press coverage on them yet but they appear to be heavily revised tread patterns.

    Trail King looks good in a 27.5 x 2.6 @ 910g with protection and the black chile compound. Definitely seems to be some emphasis on rolling resistance. Der Baron looks good too.

    https://www.bikerumor.com/2017/09/26/continental/

    Bike-discount.com is showing in stock on 3/12/18 for about $55/tire.

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    the biggest question is on if they fixed the casing issues or not. the compound and the the tread pattern have been great for a while. Just going tubeless without UST was a issues.

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    Race king is the fastest round profile tire on the market. Where is the plus tire, where round profile tire shines.

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    Yeah, they fixed the side knobs on the Trail King so they don't have those sections that look like they were deformed in the womb.

    Not sure about the Mountain king. I understand the extra meat in the center but those side knobs don't inspire confidence.

    Cross King, rather have a Barzo G+.

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    My experience with all Continental tires has been bead separation, warped casing and knobbies pealing off!! I would not run them if they were free!

    Continental Trail King UST Sidewall Failure

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    Quote Originally Posted by In2falling View Post
    My experience with all Continental tires has been bead separation, warped casing and knobbies pealing off!! I would not run them if they were free!

    Continental Trail King UST Sidewall Failure
    Yep. I won't put anything they make on my bikes OR my cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 92gli View Post
    Yep. I won't put anything they make on my bikes OR my cars.
    I agree, the black chili compound is really good for traction but always have had issues with leaking...

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    That was basically my experience too. Great compound and the ProTection casing was a good strength/weight for my local trails, but the bead issues scared me off. Hopefully they've got a handle on it.

    I'm not really sure what to make of the new Mountain King, it looks like it could be a good rear tire but then they claim it's designed for clearing mud...

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    Dammit, now I'm going to have to audition tyres all over again - it's taken me years to find the setup I like. The new Mountain King (III?) looks like it might roll a bit faster without being more susceptible to mud clogging, and I'm keen to try out the new Race King as that's been my favourite summer rear tyre for a long time. Sadly I'm going to have to sack the Cross King (which was X King but I think Conti got fed up with customers pronouncing it wrong) as they've made the side knobs squarer and knobblier and I much prefer a round profile up front. Might have to defect to a Schwalbe Rocket Ron for that one, now that they've got a decent rubber compound with Addix.

    I'm sensing there are very mixed feelings about Conti tyres in this neck of the woods. Was there a bad batch or something in the US? They're very popular in northern Europe and I'm not aware of any bead issues over here, in fact I find the beads mate perfectly with hooked rims. I've blown a few sidewalls on the RaceSport flavours, but that's the price you pay for the low weight of that variant. It wasn't so long ago that I could destroy a race-spec Schwalbe in 10 hours of riding, now a decent race spec tyre from Conti or Schwalbe will last me all season (albeit with a bit of stitching and patching on any sidewall gashes). I've never had to repair a ProTection sidewall, they just pick up a few scrapes along the way.
    Hose me down till the water runs clear.

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