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Kenda King Of Traction Tire

3.6/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $19.99

Product Description

Kendas new "King ofTraction"Tread pattern is designed for maximum grip in wet/muddy/loose conditions. Spiky knobs bit inTo softTerrain, yet are spaced far enough apartTo allow mud clearing. proprietary rubber compound for increased wet weather performance

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by The Grinch a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: February 23, 2013

Strengths:    Incredible traction in mud and snow. Low price. Distinctive tread pattern lets everyone know you are a bad ass when you climb/decend the hill they can't.

Weaknesses:    Likes to squirm on wet roots. Wears fast (duh). Your LBS doesn't have them.

Bottom Line:   
I use these tires exclusively for biking in the snow. Traction is at least double any other tire I've tried. Cornering grip is amazing, almost too much at times. Wet snow is a blast, easy to climb but you can still get em loose when cornering fast. Very predictable, you get enough warning to bail, even if you hit ice. Gets real squirmy if you hit roots at an angle. Not so bad if you run low pressure.
You can often find these tires for $20 a piece at the end of the season.

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Favorite Trail:   Tryon Park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Jenson

Bike Setup:   Ibis Mojo SL

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by fesch a Cross Country Rider from Springfield, VA, USA

Date Reviewed: March 19, 2010

Strengths:    Grip, Grip, Grip. This is the grippiest tire I have ever used. It works great in wet, muddy conditions or on slick clay. It works great on wet roots, rocks and slopes. It sheds mud very well. This is a great winter tire.

Weaknesses:    Its not a fast roller.

Bottom Line:   
I really like this tire for wet, muddy or winter conditions. I find the grip amazing. Choose this tire for the appropriate conditions and you will pleased.

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Favorite Trail:   Accotink

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $42.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Nothing similar, everything else is wimpy in comparison.

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher HiFi Deluxe
Avid Juicy 5 brakes
Shimano XT components
Kenda Nevegal/KOT tires
Salsa bash guard
WTB SpeedV saddle
Crank Bros Joplin R Seatpost

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by schneidie a Downhiller from Storrs, Ct

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2009

Strengths:    Great grip in open grass fields/mud

Weaknesses:    Grip on rocks and roots is very poor compared to WetScream

Bottom Line:   
This tire is OK for a wet muddy downhill course. I'd avoid it on something really rocky (think slickrock highway at mount snow) as it likes to slide around. I did a few collegiate races on these (one at lehigh where it was nearly 100% mud with very few rocks) and they behaved very well.
For the price, there is no comparison for mud tires, but it'd be better to spend the extra money on a set of WetScreams

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Favorite Trail:   Threshold

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Kenda Trailer

Similar Products Used:   Maxxis WetScream, Maxxis SwampThing

Bike Setup:   Sinister r9, 888, vivid5.1, sram x.7

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jovanpuyo a Weekend Warrior from Quezon City, Philippines

Date Reviewed: August 19, 2009

Strengths:    If you're tired from slipping and sliding when you ride on muddy terrain, then this is the tire for you. Though they're relatively small at 1.8" in diameter, the tall knob dig through the mud to give you the traction you need.

Weaknesses:    These tires seem to wear out faster than the usual cross country tire.

Bottom Line:   
- Great tires for muddy terrain. After a few rides, it makes you more confident.
- They wear out fast.

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Favorite Trail:   La Mesa nature Reserve

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Extreme Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Team Master and Team Control, IRC Mythos, Kenda Nevegals

Bike Setup:   KHS Team Alite frame, Rock Shox Reba SL fork, Shimano XTR components, Chris King hubs, Mavic 819 rims, Crank Brothers Eggbeaters pedals

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Cycle Nomad a Cross Country Rider from In the Hudson Valley, NY

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2008

Strengths:    Excellent traction in loose rocky and muddy soil. It seemed like a perfect tire for the Fall conditions here in the Hudson Valley

Weaknesses:    I've used it for a few weeks (three times a week rider on dirt always) and the knobs seemed to be wearing quickly.(but they are tall)

Paper thin sidewalls give this tire a limited lifespan.

Bottom Line:   
I love the traction these tires give and don't mind that the knobs seemed to wear quickly. I figure that was because they are so tall.

After a few (2 or 3) weeks the sidewall was slashed by a rock and now they are trash.
The sidewalls are paper thin and I'm not surprised it was torn so easily.
If Kenda made these tires with some kind of sidewall protection, they'd be awesome tires.

Buy them if you really want some great traction and don't mind replacing them every few weeks, but I need something more durable.

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Favorite Trail:   dumb question

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $38.00

Purchased At:   online somewhere

Similar Products Used:   Nevegals, Blue Groove,etc...

Bike Setup:   Hardtail with 120mm fork

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