MTB Tire Test: Continental Race King RaceSport

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Contents and Test Summary

  1. Introduction
  2. Manufacturer Specifications
  3. Size, Weight, Thickness
  4. Rolling Resistance: 22.4 watts
  5. Puncture Resistance: 7 tread / 4 sidewall
  6. Conclusion: 5 / 5 Highly Recommended
  • Continental Race King RaceSport
Performance compared to all other MTB tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - highest - strongest)

Continental Race King RaceSport road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Because this is the fastest mountain bike tire I have tested yet, I've been using it as a rear tire for some time, and it really is quick in real life as well. Continental says the Race King RaceSport 29 x 2.2 is the ultimate race tire with World Cup performance. This is accomplished with an "optimal combination of ultra-lightweight and race-worthy puncture resistance." There used to be a SuperSonic version of the Race King, but it is no longer available. The RaceSport is now the fastest Race King you can buy.

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RaceSport means this version has the Continental Black Chili Compound, 3/180 TPI casing and it's handmade in Germany. It does not have a Tubeless-Ready rating. If you want the Tubeless-Ready rating, you need the Protection series which has a reinforced casing.

Although the RaceSport does not have a Tubeless-Ready rating, my personal experience is that it works just fine with a tubeless conversion kit on standard rims. Although getting it to seal completely might take a few days because of the thin sidewalls.

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Specs
Brand Continental
Model Race King RaceSport
Year 2014
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range High
Buy At Ad
Manufacturer part number 0100545
TPI 3/180
Compound Black Chili
Bead Folding
ETRTO 55-622
Size Inch 29"
Width Inch 2.20
Specified Weight 540 grams
Max Pressure 65
Made In Germany
Available Sizes 29 x 2.20
29 x 2.00
27.5 x 2.20
26 x 2.20
26 x 2.00

Continental Race King RaceSport Test Results

Continental Race King RaceSport  mountain bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements
Specified Weight 540 grams
Measured Weight 497 grams
Measured Width Carcass 55 mm
Measured Width Tread 51 mm
Measured Height 55 mm
Measured Knob Height Center 2.5 mm
Measured Knob Height Edge 2.5 mm
Measured Total Thickness Sidewall 0.45 mm
Measured Total Thickness Center (excluding knobs) 1.70 mm
All size measurements are taken at an air pressure of 35 psi / 2.4 bars on a 17.8 mm inner width rim.

The actual weight of this RaceSport only 497 grams while Continental claims it to have a weight of 540 grams. I'm not sure if this is normal or that I just got lucky and received an exceptionally light sample (I bought it in a store myself). I am also not sure how much the extra 40 grams will influence the results; I might test this in the future.

Rolling Resistance Test Results

Rolling Resistance Test Results
Inner Tube Conti MTB 29 (225 gr butyl)
Rolling Resistance
55 PSI / 3.8 Bar
CRR: 0.00540
Rolling Resistance
45 PSI / 3.1 Bar
18.7 Watts
CRR: 0.00561
Rolling Resistance
35 PSI / 2.4 Bar
20.0 Watts
CRR: 0.00600
Rolling Resistance
25 PSI / 1.7 Bar
22.4 Watts
CRR: 0.00671
All numbers are for a single tire at a speed of 29 km/h / 18 mph and a load of 42.5 kg / 94 lbs.

Use the formula: RR (Watts) = CRR * speed (m/s) * load (N) to calculate rolling resistance at a given speed and load.

On the most important measurement for off-road usage which is at an air pressure of 25 psi / 1.7 bar, rolling resistance is a very low 22.4 watts. At higher air pressures, rolling resistance is best in class as well. It will be very hard for other manufacturers to get close to the rolling resistance of the Race King RaceSport

Puncture Resistance Test Results

Continental Race King RaceSport  mountain bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Result (higher is better)
Puncture Resistance Tread 7 Points
Puncture Resistance Sidewall 4 Points

Unexpectedly, this tire is able to score 7 points in the puncture resistance test. 7 points is average but excellent for such a fast tire. I did not expect the RaceSport to perform this well in the puncture resistance test because the tire feels fragile and flexible.


  • Continental Race King RaceSport
Performance compared to all other MTB tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - highest - strongest)

The Race King RaceSport is a race tire as performance in the rolling resistance test is great. Although knob height at the edge of the tire is low with a height of only 2.5 mm, there are a lot of knobs to make up for it. I probably wouldn't want to use it as a front tire unless you're riding a lot on a very hard surface. Volume is very high as well, with a casing width of 55 mm and height of 55 mm it's is the biggest 2.2 rated tire I've seen yet.

Low rolling resistance, average puncture resistance, low weight, small knobs: If you want to go fast and don't need a whole lot of grip, buy a Race King!

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RATING: 5 / 5
Highly Recommended


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