The not-so-minor details
Continental Trail King 2.2 tyre
- Weight: 752gm
- Size tested:: 26 x 2.2
The most aggressive trail tyre in the Continental line-up is the Trail King (previously known, rather kinkily, as the Rubber Queen). It’s a blocky tread that reminds us vaguely of the pattern found on Schwalbe’s Hans Dampf – that can’t be a bad thing – and was developed with input from freeride guru Richie Schley.
The version we’ve got on test is a 26×2.2″ with reinforced Protection sidewalls, tubeless ready, and in the fancy Black Chili compound. Conti make a lot of noise about this unique compound, claiming a superior balance of durability, rolling speed and traction, so it’ll be good to put it to the test. We reviewed the X-King in a 2.2″ not long ago – it’s more of an all-rounder – check out the test here.
We’ll have a full report on these guys soon, but you can check out Conti’s own blurb below for now.
We have given the Trail King ProTection ‘coat’, which together with the APEX reinforcement, makes it more tear and puncture-resistant than ever. Although the extra soft BlackChili Compound provides phenomenal grip, it remains true for a long time. The first choice for free riders and enduro riders who also want to use the Trail King ‘Tubeless Ready’. The 2.2 Trail King which can be used tubeless in the ProTection version is a real favourite for trail and enduro riders who feel the need for speed on some of mother natures toughest trails.
Extremely low rolling resistance and excellent grip are the trademarks of the BlackChili Trail King. If you want to tune your All Mountain Bike, take the lighter RaceSport version. Also available in standard compound (non Apex) wire and foldable versions which are great value for money.