2012 Dirt 100: Continental Mountain King II 2.2 Protection
It’s a brave name to call a tyre, but Continental have done it justice on this second (and radically different from the first) attempt.
It is as close as we’ve ever found to the perfect all–round trail tyre. With the ProTection casing they’ve got the balance of weight and protection/support spot on, and a similar thing can be said about the amazing Black Chili compound. For a compound that grips so well it rolls and lasts far better than you’d ever expect. Continental really are onto something with this stuff.
The tread itself also strikes a fine blend of speed and grip, and it’s really only when things get really gloopy that it starts to feel out of its depth. If ever there was a Swiss Army knife of tyres this has to be it, and we rarely feel the need for the bigger 2.4" version.