First Look: Kenda Releases New 26" Slalom and Park Tires

Apr 23, 2020 at 10:04
by Daniel Sapp  


Kenda has released two new tires, the 3-Sixty and Booster. Both are 26" tires engineered specifically for pump tracks, slalom, dirt jumping, and bike park style riding. Kenda says that both of the tires had large amounts of input and testing from athletes, including Kyle Strait and Austin "Bubba" Warren.


3-Sixty

The 3-Sixty is designed as a pump track and dirt jump tire. The spider-like lug pattern, with its low tread depth, is said to help the tire roll extremely fast, and the raised shoulders assist with cornering. The tire is available in two different compounds, black and tan, with the black being grippier and tan being faster rolling. Both versions utilize a 120 TPI casing and are available in a 26" x 2.25" size. Weights are 598-grams for the tan and 583-grams for the black (claimed). The tire is also tubeless-ready and sells for $59.95 USD.

According to Warren, the tire is extremely versatile, being able to run it on everything from dirt jumps to hardpack dual slalom tracks. He says the tire corners faster than the Kenda Small Block Eight, and that it doesn't roll over as much during cornering.





Booster

The Booster is the more versatile of the two new tires, having more tread, and is made for dual slalom, dirt jumping, and bike parks. The tread expands on Kenda's Booster cross-country tire and is available in all three wheel sizes, including a 26" diameter. Like the 3-Sixty, the new 26" Booster has two different rubber compounds - black or tan. While the tire is geared towards slalom and bike park, Warren says he'll even use it for A-Line style events.

The 26" Booster comes in a 2.25" width and a 120 TPI casing. The weight of the black compound tire is claimed to be 534-grams, and it sells for $59.95 USD.




For more information, visit Kendatire.com





80 Comments

  • 132 3
 #26ain'tdead !
  • 24 44
flag chyu (Apr 23, 2020 at 13:11) (Below Threshold)
 650b is dead.
  • 20 5
 @chyu:

You probably missed that Pinkbike poll from a couple weeks ago then......
  • 27 0
 God bless them Kenda people Big Grin ......now I don’t have to worry about hoarding 26in tires for my dirt jump bikes, only worry about hoarding Hand Sanitizers
  • 4 0
 @SirWonky: dont forget your toilet paper
  • 1 1
 #khsaintdeadeither.......right?
  • 73 0
 Good, glad companies are supporting part of the sport that seems overlooked these days
  • 32 9
 *eye roll* Doesn't Kenda realize 29" is the future of pump track??
  • 4 0
 I tried to ride my hardtail on a pumptrack, but the wheelbase was so long by the time I could pump the front end was on the next roller. 22" bmx is the future if pumptracks.
  • 3 0
 @fruitsd79: That, or the tracks themselves change over time.
  • 13 0
 The Booster is a fantastic trail tire. Fast rolling, good grip and so far durable, at least for me anyway.
  • 3 0
 What kind of trails are you riding?
  • 17 0
 Looks like it! I run IKONS for most trail riding (and slalom) and I go fasssst. Seems like a lot of people out there are over-tired (ie: over forked)... and could benefit from a less aggressive tire like the Booster. Def going to look into these new Kendas. Like the color too Smile
  • 14 0
 @filmdrew: errybody be thinkin they gotta have a DHF. When in a lot of cases they’d be goin faster on a Forecaster/Rekon/Ikon
  • 2 0
 @filmdrew: Agreed. I'm very excited about these tires.
  • 3 0
 I had Minions and Aggressors and yeah, grip till the end of time but dang they were slow rolling and heavy. The Agarros are very fast and grippy, but not terribly light at about 960 per tire. But they are for me light years better then the Minions for my riding. Ditto with the Boosters great tires for twisty singletrack, trail riding.
  • 2 0
 @filmdrew: nahh.. Most are just outta shape...
  • 1 0
 @Thirty3: Yeah, I had DHF/ Agressor set up on my trail bike and I agree 100%. Endless grip but heavy and slow. I have some XC tires on there now since the lockdown has me relegated to mostly fire roads. I was blown away at how much faster rolling the Conti Xkings are. The rear end gets squirmy and drifty when I push it hard in a corner so I would like something in between... like a trail tire! lol. Might try the E13 trail tires soon.
  • 4 0
 @filmdrew: Around here the dirt gets extremely hardpacky in summer ( or even right now), on top of this there is always some loose sand or dirt. I tried an aggressor /ikon combo last year and while it is fast it also is sketchy AF. The sidewalls of the icon are made of paper, there is very low damping and braking traction on soil mentioned above is non existent. In my opinion, even on mellow tracks, you should at least run something like the minion dhr 2 exo maxxterra 2.3 on the front (and an agressor on the rear) if you like to descend fast. It rolls ok and you can actually attack.
  • 11 0
 Cheers Kenda for thinking of us 26" riders. Looks like a good replacement for Schwalbe tabletop!!
Next, please do a few folding bead 2.4 or 2.5 dh / enduro tires in 26 Smile
  • 1 0
 Schwalbe has a new dj/pumptrack tire meant to replace Tabletops. It's called Billy Bonkers
  • 1 0
 Replaced my table tops with kenda small block 8. Much better tyre.
  • 1 0
 @DaveGFC: For my DJ bikes, the Small Block 8 is a pretty good set up.
  • 2 0
 @bman33: I have a mismatched set: Ikon 3c in the front and Kenda sbe in the back
  • 3 0
 @kmoter: I hear that is a good set up. However, my OCD won't let me put two different brands of tire on the same bike. Big Grin
  • 13 0
 26 for life!
  • 12 0
 Did somebody say park? AND 26?
  • 14 2
 looks like a Rekon
  • 2 3
 If you can't beat the best, copy them
  • 15 0
 And you can't get a Rekon in 26", so...
  • 2 0
 totally! in classic panaracer magic/latte colorway no less
  • 5 1
 Looks like a Rekon Race!
  • 4 0
 Like a racing Ralph with better profile and 120 tpi.
  • 1 3
 Or a Rock Razor or a Riddler or...
  • 1 1
 Or a recon and a butterscotch Tioga Psycho had a baby
  • 9 0
 Stfu and take my money !!!!
  • 9 0
 Not the tires we deserve, but the tires we need.
  • 3 0
 FINALLY, wish more companies (especially BMX ones) would realise that quite a lot of people actually ride dirt jump bikes at skatepark these days. And we all pretty much run maxxis DTH Smile
  • 1 0
 Cult x Vans do their tyre in 26.
  • 1 0
 been using the Kenda Booster on a single speed 29er fully rigid bike I built.. 29 x 2.6 damn good tires.. never slip or spin ouf with my awesome climbing skills and leg power, tires are beefy enough to absorb most of the chattery pumps
  • 1 0
 Kenda K-Rads are radical to be honest (way to name the tire by the way). The amount of loose traction I need without an insane amount of rolling resistance, for riding on hard surfaces, which I end up doing a lot unfortunately. If you ride on multiple surfaces, but find yourself on asphalt, or hard trails a lot, they are perfect.
  • 4 0
 Black sidewalls and tan rubber. Hmmm.
  • 39 3
 Like putting a pizza on a pineapple
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: or an apple on a pine tree
  • 1 0
 @noisette: I've been hunting for a living pine tree that doesnt produce pinecones. I want to plan one in my yard. Let me know if you find one.
  • 1 0
 @takeiteasyridehard: spoken like a man that has been hoarding toilet paper since before covid...
  • 2 2
 @recon311: ain't that the truth. If only you knew....I may be fond of toilet paper...you can never be too careful. I am rich on mountain money!


On a serious note...my wife works at a tree farm. She gets that question far too often from people who let's just say have questionable political views. Oh and pine trees that dont drop pine needles, can I get one of those too? Or a tree that doesn't require any water. It boggles my mind how stupid trump supporters are....

Jokingly, she has considered saying - yes we have a 3d printer, let me go make one for you.
  • 1 0
 @takeiteasyridehard: just get a fake christmas tree, easy.
  • 5 0
 @takeiteasyridehard: I love it how you slipped in with Trump into this. Comment boards with 26" stuff should be politics free. Because we ride these things because we outsiders. We should be united, telling people who don't have DJs or BMXes they are losers with no skills and no style. Everything below 27,5 - politics free! And no fkng fixies!!!

Somoene made no waki filter, there should be no Trump filter.
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Can't agree more!
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: you are right. I am sorry. I would delete my comment if I could. There is no excuse for my behavior....
  • 4 0
 Moar tires! Take my money!
  • 4 0
 the Boostmaster needs to rock these
  • 3 0
 WHERE'S THE PINNER? Must be hanging out with the Grim Donut ...

www.pinkbike.com/photo/18256409
  • 1 0
 The Pinner must be on the grim donut.
  • 3 0
 Nice! Would consider booster
  • 1 0
 Maxxis, Michelin, Specialized: We are pushing product development mostly in 27.5 and 29er applications. Nobody buys good stuff for 26" tires anymore.
Kenda: Hold my beer.
  • 1 0
 still rocking one (of a set ) kenda kozmik light from over 20 yrs ago god i love them !
if only they made them in 24's too
  • 1 0
 What model number? Looks like the design changed a lot over the years. Looks like China and Taiwan are still selling knock offs of the old ones.
  • 3 0
 SLALOM!
  • 1 0
 Tubeless compatible? Wanting some fast rolling tires for my 26" commuter that sees dirt.
  • 1 0
 Half a kilo tyres? That seems heavy af. My DTH wouldn't be nearly that much
  • 1 0
 After checking my folding DTH wieghs in at 345g.
  • 1 0
 Will the Booster work on my XC hardtail (circa 1991)? The rear axle spacing isn't 148 mm x 12 mm.
  • 4 3
 Seems like a more expensive DTH and Ikon
  • 3 1
 Except the tires you referenced kind of suck for anything other than bluegroove bmx racing and xc(in my opinion). Even though kendra rubber tends not to impress me, I have been wanting to replace the maxxis Larsen TT on the front of my DJ, and haven't found anything I like better or even close to as well(yes I tried the crossmark). This new short knobby tire looks interesting to me...
  • 1 0
 @takeiteasyridehard: It's probably up to the type of dirt you have at your disposal; I've done all of Santa Cruz on Ikons since 2016. Hardpack with loose redwood fibers on top.
  • 2 2
 @takeiteasyridehard: try Bontrager XR2 if you need Larsen TT level of bite. Quite frankly I don’t have any clue how’s that booster better than Small Block 8. Our local DJers ride DTH 2.1. They are easily in Swedish top 20 so it’s not that bad. Many Conti Race King around as well. I’ll be trying speed kings now.
  • 3 0
 DTH - magents for pumptracks/skateparks
Ikon - magnets for dirt jumps. Handles hard surface with lose, rocky sand really good.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I had the same reaction to both of these, I didn't realize the SB8 needed replacing (just need better sidewalls that don't tear at 60+ psi)
  • 1 0
 I need these for my klunker
  • 1 0
 Tan booster sold out and they dont ship to canada eh?
  • 2 0
 Can we get a 2.35?
  • 1 0
 I'll just keep rocking my Holy Rollers..
  • 1 0
 Someone knows which one is greener. White or black rolling??
  • 1 0
 colours!
  • 1 0
 Thank you.
  • 3 4
 Question for the Irish riders: would you prefer the black or the tan?
  • 1 0
 LOL... good Juan
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