- Continental Race King RTR tread. Photo: Caley Fretz
- The Race King is a popular tread pattern among XC racers, and those living in rocky areas will appreciate the added protection that comes with the new RTR version. Photo: Caley Fretz
- The RTR gets a bit of extra protection. Photo: Caley Fretz
- The RTR designation equates to a more durable, tubeless-ready sidewall without the excess weight of a full UST tire. Photo: Caley Fretz
- Continental Mountain King tread. Photo: Caley Fretz
- Continental X-King RTR tread. Photo: Caley Fretz
Continental is adding a new line of tires between their current lightweight Race Sport and heavy-duty UST options. The range, dubbed Revolution Tubeless Ready, or RTR, offers up a full UST bead and mid-weight casing for full tubeless compatibility. It is clearly aimed directly at riders who prefer tubeless tires but don’t like the fragile sidewalls of the Race Sport line or the extra weight that comes with the full UST version — the vast majority of riders, in fact.
Continental’s use of a 4-ply casing with one rubberized ply, rather than three regular plies as used on the Race Sport line, increases sidewall protection and overall durability without much weight gain. Each tire uses Black Chili rubber and every model will retail for $65.
The RTR line is available in four tread patterns, the Mountain King, Trail King, X-King, and Race King, and will weigh 25-30% less than Continental’s UST tires. Each tread option is available in 26″ or 29″ diameter, and 2.2″ or 2.4″ width. Continental expects to debut 650b options by the Eurobike trade show this fall.
Race King RTR: 550 grams
X-King RTR: 570 grams
Trail King RTR: 638 grams
Mountain King RTR: 650 grams
Stan’s still has a stranglehold on the sealant market, but Continental has nonetheless pushed forward with their own take on flat protection. Their new Revo sealant was developed in close collaboration with chemical company Adhesetek and is latex and ammonia free, so it’s easy on hands and the environment.
Four different sizes of clogging particles float in the solution, each shaped like a thread so they’ll pull through and clog holes effectively.
The lack of latex makes it an interesting option for road tubulars, which often use latex tubes. When left deflated with a latex sealant, the sides of a latex tube can bond together and create a flat spot once reinflated. Since Revo doesn’t use any latex it can be safely used in any tubular.