Product Comparison: Continental X-King (100524) vs Maxxis Ikon (TR5173-Parent)

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General Specifications
About the Product
Pronounced 'cross king', the X-King perfectly fills the gap between our Race King and Mountain King II in terms of application. It was developed in conjunction with the Topeak-Ergon professional MTB team who have now recorded numerous race wins on what they call the 'perfect race day tire'.
The Ikon is for true racers looking for a true lightweight race tire. With 3C Triple Compound Technology, high-volume casing and a fast rolling tread design, the Ikon provides exemplary performance in all riding conditions. As its name suggests, the Ikon represents all that is true in racing.
X-King (100524)
Ikon (TR5173-Parent)
Key Specs
Wheel Size
26 in.
26 in.
Tyre width
2.2 in.
2.2 in.
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Continental X-King (100524) Fold ProTection Bike Tire
  • Wish I could give 6 stars. Tires are stylish, which shouldn't matter but somehow does, well packaged, easy to install, grip extremely well and are significantly lighter than my stock Trek Bontragers.
  • A solid but lightweight tire for serious riders who do not want to get punctures.
  • These are rock solid though. I did a race last weekend at Snowbird, UT where there were lots of sharp and loose rocks, in addition to roots, and I had no issues.
  • Great cornering and super thick side wall, so low pressure is not a problem. I think I could ride on it without air, since they are so bomb proof.
  • Great tires! Tough as nails and sidewall protection.
Maxxis Ikon (TR5173-Parent) 3C EXC EXO Folding Tire
  • I feel so much more confident bombing into a turn and knowing these tires will not easily wash out.
  • Unbelievable grip, low weight and low rolling resistance.
  • Sets up easily with no tube. Has more volume than you'd think.
  • Been riding these tires for over a month, really nice grip on front and rear. They don't seem to slide off of rocks as easily as other tires I've had.
  • My issue is that they have failed on me enough times to know it's not a coincidence. They tear very very easily.
Size & Weight
9 in.
10 in.
1.26 lbs.
1.3 lbs.
6 in.
8 in.
6 in.
5 in.
Type Of Protector
Symmetric tread
BlackChili Compound
3C MAXX SPEED Compound
Folding Bead
Continuous ProTection TubelessReady insert, Handmade in Germany
EXO Protection, High-volume, lightweight true racing tire, 3C Triple Compound Technology
What customers say about "Features"
Continental X-King (100524) Fold ProTection Bike Tire
  • The X-King is smoother and faster for average conditions and hard pack.
  • I like it for it's extremely strong construction. I ran it tubeless but tubeless is a pain unless you live on your bike and like changing out the tire fluid.
  • I've got over 100mi on these tires now and they are holding up well. They roll very fast and give good feedback.
  • If you're looking for a tire to help get you on the podium in any condition. This is it! It's what I use. I use a new set for racing.
  • Fast, tough, nimble and gripping. Total satisfaction.
Maxxis Ikon (TR5173-Parent) 3C EXC EXO Folding Tire
  • These tires allow seamless transitions to any lean angles during cornering with a very progressive bite.
  • Havent had any issues with flats or tears. Super fast on concrete, asphault and hard pack.
  • The raised center ridge provides smooth gliding on smooth surfaces and the aggressive outer tread digs in off road.
  • For width, traction and weight these appear to be the best choice. She says they are very consistent and predictable in grip.
  • It is extremely fast, and the EXO makes it very durable for such a light tire.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer warranty
1 year(s)
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