JRTG » Totally agree about the Conti ones, have 2.4 xkings on mine and unless bone dry, they are useless. They will be heading to the bin very soon ...
fenred » Really? I'd contest the 'unless bone dry they're useless' comment, I rode Xking F and Kenda karma R all last winter in clay based slop on my rigid SS, never got round to switching to winter tyres and slid around a lot but I made it through...prob did a lot for my handling skills in the long run. Not willy waving, just saying tyre selection isn't the be all and end all
I think Continental are their own worst enemies with this, due to them producing the cheepo rubbish versions and calling them the same thing as the expensive German versions.
FWIW, expensive German black chilli versions seem fine to me. And as far as other reviews go, they say the same thing.
Trouble with this kinda thing is, if you look for forum tyre reviews, you will always find someone rubbishing any brand tyre, saying it will kill you as soon as it gets wet. Probably because they had an off or a bad day and are blaming it on the tyre. Or chose the wrong type of tyre for the riding they are doing / their expectations being to high.