Kenda Small Block Eight/Tomac Edition

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 Love these tires so much. Honestly there are only a couple situations where they don't perform well. Muddy conditions, wet leaves, clay, and sand. Otherwise they are amazing. I've surprised SO many riders by being able to ride very quickly on these tires. These, combined with my Easton Havoc wheelset, are killer.
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 i just got these they do extremely well on the dirt and street not good in sand and mud and snow but when your riding down the street they whistle and it sounds great i strongly recomend them for dirt jumping more then street tup
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 I use the 700x32 on my cyclocross bike. Great hard pack, dirt and asphalt performance. My cross tire of choice until the rain and mud come, then they gunk up with mud and get slick... but that's not what they're designed for. Also, great puncture resistance and tread life even at 16-20 psi on the cross bike. Thumbs up for the skinny version.
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 Love this tyre on the back of my hardtail, rules on tarmac, hardpack and slightly loose dry trails. Do not ride it in the wet, it clogs up instantly upon sight of mud and the cornering knobs just can't hold on. Having said that it's a good enough tyre that it's worth buying both wet and dry tyres so you can use this in the dry.
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 great tire. grips good and rolls SUPER fast! only downside is it's thin. if you're around lots of rough terrain don't get the folding one. you'll go through tubes like no tomorrow. and make sure to run high PSI so the tire doesn't try to fold over the rim
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 This tyre makes dry weather riding on hard-pack an absolute experience.
The cornering capabilities of this tyre are extraordinary.
I wish this tyre was developed years ago, i feel as though i have missed out on many years of much more enjoyable riding!!
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 fast rolling, great for dry trails

BUT and this is a big but...

poor in the wet (even on tarmac)
not that amazing for cornering (i have these on the back and front)

bottom line:

i might just run one of these on my back as it is an incredibly fast rolling tyre, however, lacks the level of control needed up front
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 great tire. grips good and rolls SUPER fast! only downside is it's thin. if you're around lots of rough terrain don't get the folding one. you'll go through tubes like no tomorrow.

and make sure to run high PSI so the tire doesn't try to fold over the rim.
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 Riding this tires in my bike for a while, im pretty much stoked about the grip on solid, dry ground. Except XC also very good for Dirt Jumping. The rolling resistance is quite good, too.
The protection ( may not the right word Big Grin ) is ok, but could be better. Also, on mud or loose ground the tire may is not the best choice...
But all in all a very good tire, recommend it!
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 They are NOT doing well in:
sand (and generally loose surfaces);
dry clay (I believe there is no tire for very dry clay);
leaves (too little tread; grass is also not their element);
wet surfaces (every one understands, I guess).
BUT in every other conditions they are (almost) awesome! Grippy (although sometimes they do a little skid while starting from the gate), fast rolling, and LIGHT. I hope they don't wear out too fast!
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 Great front tyre for my DJ hardtail. Anything wet does not go well with this tyre, clogs instantly and loses grip, apart from that, it's grippy on hard packed and asphalt. Really light and fast rolling, tread lasts a decent length of time too!
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 Maybe the best tire ever tried on XC/AM.

Light, VERY FAST but very grippy. Some people don't like them when things get wet but i don't have problem since they're very predictable.

Hardpack is a charm, roots and slickrock too. Not intended to use in deep mud but ok when trail gets damp.

Inverted tread for rear use gives more traction on roots. My fav's summer tires.
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 Great tire. I have the 26 x 2.35

Pros: great on road/hard packed trails. I don't like riding on the mud so much so great for me.

Cons: not so great on loose/wet conditions and steep climbs
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 Best Best Best tire ive ever road! they last forever and i do some hard braking! The grip and lightness of them make my bike haul ass when pumping between sets! Awesome Tires!
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 this tire works really well for dirt jumping. they roll smoothly on hardpack and concrete, and grip well on hardpack and loose dirt. they don't work as well in mud but they are great otherwise
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 The ultimate tire!
Kenda Small Block Eight is highly recomended as it is a solid all around great tire. This tire is great for everything it could be just a ride down the street or biking through rugged trails.
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 Great commuting tire, great for ripping around in most conditions on pavement and hardpack in the summer months. Rolls super smooth, but slows practically to a halt in loose dirt.
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 This tyre is super grippy for the summer on mud and tarmac, it is quite light and offers confidence in cornering.
It doesn't go well on clay and some other forms of trail but overall a super tyre for the summer.
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 Light tires that are grippy and very quick rolling tire with a high volume casing.

Good enough to take the place of my old favorite the Hutchinson Python.

Obviously not for muddy conditions.
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 I own a 2.35 version, and it is a great tire. It is great for street, dirt jumps, and hard pack trails with its nice rounded profile and small knobs, not so great on loose trails, overall great tire.
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 Perfect for nice dry xc. You glide down the trails with no effort.
The one thing these tires arent good for is muddy terrain becuase the mud sticks to the tires and doesnt come off easily.
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 very grippy, very light, last well, fast rolling, all in all its the perfect tire for a dj/slopestyle bike even for some trails too. very impressed with this tire and highly reccommend
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 im really satisfied with my 2.1 Kenda SB8, performs well even uphill ride but perfect for cross-country. it has tight grips for cornering especially on technical trails. best buy tires!
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 They stick like glue to just about anything, but mud. But what tire does?
I used to ride aggressive tires, but the small blocks are a faster and grippier tire. Hands own the best tires ever made.
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 When i first got this i thought it would clog up easly andlose tracktion, but they are great for XC and all mountain riding in wet and muddy condition. they throw alot of mud around and are a pain to get dog crap out of!!
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 this tire is works for just about any situation. i can be dirt jumping in the morning, run home put a front brake on my bikeand then go trail riding. Its smooth but still grips
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 Very wasy-rolling tire. Recommended uses on road and clean dirt. Definitely not a mud tire. Fast corners on hardpack seem unpredictable.
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 awsome tires,they are worth the 50 bucks.verry grippy and super light!I rode mines for a year and still grippy and in verry good shape.Good job Kenda.
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 One of the best tiers for dirt/4x/slopestyle its very fast and realy grippy! it looks mighty fine as well and its light there for its perfeckt for weight freaks!
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 best tire ive ever rode great for anything no cons beside weight. it grips really well and lasts long even if you ride hard get this tire for sure it rocks
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 this is a very good front tire for trials...light and grippy
plus roman uses it and hes a good at trials so whats good for him is good for me, you and the whole world
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 great tyre great grip just needs a dual ply version bever slid out on me even in the damp leaves and loamy stuff still sticks and great tyre just punctures too easily
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 it's very lightBig Grin , Is a good choise to buy this tire , is very good to ride street with this tire .And the price is very low for the good tire quality
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 this tire is bad for a rear tire. first use of it i got a Flat in the race! this is a good tire for the front. I use it as a street tire ind its fine
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 super good looks, lightweight and perfect size corners awesome and has the best grip for packed and loose dirt and fairly good for street/park too.
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 f*cking sickest tires ever they dont get better than these,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,..........................
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 fastest rolling tire i've ever ride, and really grippy... there's just one thing, the 1,95 is a little bit wider... as wide as some 2,10 maxxis
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 Great DJ tires! They hook up up and roll real easy. Also great street tire. All around good tire for your hard tail.
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 Probably the grippiest motherf*cker out there. AND SUUPAA LIGHT FO YOU. Good purchase. Dirtjamps. Sidewalls are kinda thin.
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 best tire,light weight,and inexpensive highly recomend to whoever rides dirtjumps,they grip like shit to a blanket
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 Pros: amazingly grippy and light seems like the best tire out, also wears fairly slow
Cons: fairly pricey
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 grips like shit to a blanket...
wears out if you ride a lot of street oriented stuff.but lasts a long time on trailer.
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 light, tough, fast rolling, high PSI rating, good grip on hard pack, street, and park, good price compared to KHE mac 2's
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Kenda Small Block Eight/Tomac Edition (MSRP $54.99) — Excellent hard pack XC race tire 8 Nevegal shaped but smaller knobs across the tire for better 'bite' DTC - Dual Tread Compound offers cornering grip with faster center line acceleration One of the fastest rolling tires in the Kenda Premium line

Specifications Compare to other Tires

Release Date 2009
Price $55
Weight 451-888 g
Tire Width 1.95/2.10/2.35
Diameter 26
Riding Genre Xc-Dh
Bead Type Folding/wire
Bead Type - there are two main types. Kevlar/Folding Bead (lighter and ca be folded so riders can put them in their jersey pocket or hydration pack incase they rip their sidewall) and Wire/Steel Bead (heavier, cheaper, not as strong or portable, and more difficult to mount on a rim).
Rubber Durometer Dtc/Tubless
Rubber Durometer - is the measurement used by the rubber industry to identify a the harness of rubber. This is important as the tire's durometer effects the grip, how fast the tire will wear, and if the knobs on a tire flex.

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