The Kenda Slant Six DTC 2.10 is the love child of the Kenda Nevegal and Small Block 8. Kenda has taken its two most winning mountain tires, combined the best qualities of both, and minimized their weaknesses.
Strengths: Rolls fast, great side bite, don't wear out fast, very predictable when cornering hard. You can stand up on a hill to power up it if wanted or needed.
Weaknesses: Float over top of loose sand, a little heavier than the Specialized(about 50 grams)
I'm a larger rider, 6'5", about 220 lbs. I run them on my hardtail 29er, front and rear on Stan's ZTR 355'S. I use 30 lbs in the rear and 28 up front tubeless with Stan's sealant. Have never flatted or "burped" them.
I even used these for a CX race where it was raining and had no problems with mud or grass build up. They were a replacement for the Fasttracs which came stock on my bike. I would buy these over a Fasttrac any day.
I've ridden them everywhere from San Diego's Lake Moreno to Big Bear to up at Santa Barbera.
I discovered if you run them backwords, they hook up even better in the corners but they wear out a little quicker in the middle.
Strengths: Great all around tire for my trails (hard pack, loose over hard pack, fire roads, east coast rocky, rooty terrain Predictable when they break loose during cornering, Durability, Tread life, Wet grip okay
Weaknesses: Doesn't shed mud well, not good in sand, on the heavier end of the spectrum for 29er tires
I got these tires to replace the stock bontrager tires on a Trek Cobia which were downright dangerous in even slightly weight conditions. I have run these front and back, but more recently with a maxxis ardent front and slant in the rear. I have run them with tubes and without tubes. Setting up tubeless was easy on Stan's Arch Ex Rims. Haven't had any problems running them between 24-26 PSI. For my trails in Northeast TN (rocky, rooty, hardpack, XC), this combo works in most conditions. When it's really wet or muddy, they don't work well but they weren't made for those kind of conditions anyway. That being said they do have descent grip in slightly damp conditions on roots and rocks. Probably not light enough to race, but they do roll fast in dry conditions. If you can find these on sale, they are an awesome value because of tread life and durability and the ability to run them in most conditions. I have put over 1000 miles on a tire with life still left. I did not find them any good at shedding mud as tires I have with other various maxxis tires. If they shed mud a bit better and were 100 grams lighter, I would give them 5 chilies.
a Cross Country Rider
from mechanicsburg pa
Date Reviewed: December 14, 2011
Strengths: Shed mud well and grips when dry trails. Didn't see any big improvements as rear tire but felt great as front tire.
Weaknesses: sidewalls too thin. Ripped a 2" hole on tire in one rock garden area. only got about 5 rides on it.
Thought tire be great for rocks when dry out over summer. Saw no big difference as rear tire. Tried it as front tire and found it to be best on hard pack trails and rocks.
Took it on one hard ride up RCST trail epic network and rip a big hole in sidewall going right through tire. Found 3 to 4 inch slashes on other side wall. Too thin of protection on tire if you ride in rocks like pa (slate rocks).
Similar Products Used: i ran 16 different tires this year to see which ones I liked. I ran all 29er tires for wtb, panaracer (rampage and cg), kenda (sb8,nev), maxxis (ignitor), geax (aka, gato), and bontrager 29-4.
Bike Setup: hard tail salsa el marchi 29er
a Cross Country Rider
from Sandy Hook, CT, Estados Unidos
Date Reviewed: December 2, 2011
Strengths: Hooks up well, very supple yet sturdy, long wearing.
Weaknesses: Can't think of any.
This is the best tire I've used so far. I got it out west and it performed very well in the dry dusty conditions out there, and it's also performed great in the moister conditions back east. I use it on the rear, 26-28 PSI. I run tubes and have had no problems with pinch flats. It hooks up very well in forward direction, cornering, and braking, it has very supple yet strong sidewalls that have really smoothed out the ride of my hardtail, and has been long wearing so far. Works well on wet rocks and roots, but not so great in mud(but no small knob tire works well in mud). Rolls fast too. Better than my Maxxis Ikon in every way.
This isn't the lightest or fastest rolling tire but it hooks up and lasts. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for an all conditions 29er XC tire.
Similar Products Used: Specialized Fast Trak, Maxxis Ikon, WTB Weirwolf LT, WTD Exiwolf
Bike Setup: Specialized Stumpjumper Comp 29er.
a Cross Country Rider
from Denver, CO
Date Reviewed: August 16, 2011
Strengths: Low rolling resistance, Cornering grip
Weaknesses: weight, very poor traction in sand
These are fast and tough tires. and they corner, climb and hook up great in everything but sand. I've ridden them @ Centenial Cone, Golden Gate Canyon, Pine Bluffs, Walker Ranch, and Hilebrand Ranch; all on the front range of CO. They hook up great until you get them into sand; then they have a mind of their own. I find them completely unpredictable and unnerving (Especially the front). They seem to like higher pressures (Especially in sandy sections) than my other sets of TLR tires. It's a bummer because these tires are great otherwise, but the faster I hit the sandy sections the more squirmy they are. The same goes for lowering the pressure (especially in sand, but in general they hook up better at slightly higher pressures for me)
Strengths: Great grip in corners, loose gravel climbs, packed dirt. Smooth rolling, light weight.
Weaknesses: Kenda does not warranty sealant use.
I have mine set up tubeless with Stan's. Great all around and light tire. Haven't had any flats yet, sidewalls are tough but flexible. My adventure race team has been using them all year because we never know what conditions we will face in a race...pavement, gravel, mud, rock, dirt etc.
Strengths: Bite off the corners and good feel when the front tucks.
Weaknesses: Finding the limits of rear traction
I've enjoyed these tires so far. Great on med to hardpack. Pretty good on the roots as well. I'm still trying to find the limits of traction powering off the corners. I really like the bite off the corners. When the front looses traction it's pretty easy to correct.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: May 31, 2011
Strengths: Great speed and cornering tire. Seems like low rolling resistance compared to Nevegals I have been using on my 26er. Great grip. I ran these hard in a 24hr ride through rocky terrain without a hitch.
Weaknesses: 700 grams each...I guess its nice to know they have substance and I hope it makes them less likely to slice a sidewall? I can only hope.
Love these tires. Would definitely buy again. Will post if I change my mind