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Kenda Kolossal D.H. Tire

4.37/5 (19 Reviews)
Weight : 1290 grams MSRP : $40.00


Product Description

  • 2.6" CAP Ply casing can handle the big hits
  • Ramped knobs with tie-bar technology
  • Aggressive braking and cornering knobs
  • Size: 26 x 2.6
  • Wire Bead


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by ian jo a Downhiller from vancouver

    Date Reviewed: May 6, 2009

    Strengths:    absolutely incredible, its too bad kenda doesnt make this tire anymore. I've been riding this tire for 14 months with NOT A SINGLE FLAT. I've also been riding trials for 17 years, this tire is beyond perfection. I've even intentionially tried to pinch flat it and it still won't budge. If the kenda rep sees this this, the kollosal rocks beyond my career.

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    I've been riding 17 years primarily in trials.I bought the kenda kollasall 2.6 14 months ago and it NEVER FLATTENED, If the reps are reading this, please contact me I_johansen@yahoo.com.

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    Favorite Trail:   seventh secret

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Purchased At:   snowcovers

    Similar Products Used:   klein/tioga/wtb/panaracer/shcwalbe/kenda rocks!

    Bike Setup:   norco manifesto/signature hans no wey rey 05

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by dhaddict a Downhiller from Reno, Nevada, USA

    Date Reviewed: July 13, 2008

    Strengths:    Amazing grip, The tred design helps it just mow through anything you point it at. WILL NOT PINCH FLAT

    Weaknesses:    They wear extremely fast but other than that, none.

    Bottom Line:   
    Great tires except for the fast wearing their awesome.

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    Favorite Trail:   Livewire

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   Came with bike

    Similar Products Used:   WTB Velociraptor, Specialized Chunder, Nevegals

    Bike Setup:   2004 Azonic Force 1, Manitou Xvert carbon fork, and Fox vanilla shock

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Micah Radnich a Downhiller from Norco, CA

    Date Reviewed: April 7, 2008

    Strengths:    point and shoot, pick your own line, make your own trail toughness. Pretty resistant to flats. Floats and grabs in the sand, pass your buddies while they get off to push! Honestly air down, and aim for the sand just to show off. They're incredible.

    Weaknesses:    Tires are Heavy! feels like i'm peddling a motorcycle. side walls cracked right about where the sidewall rubber and tread rubber would join. Made my tires get wider and rub on the frame.

    Bottom Line:   
    Jump off anything you want. Ride through the same stuff you'd point a dirtbike through, bushes, baseball size sharp rocks or whatever, 2 reliable no flat years. All this tough has a price though, weight. The bikes pretty fat at 37 lbs. Handles the big stuff, would go much smaller and lighter for x-country.

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    Favorite Trail:   fullerton loop

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Purchased At:   mike's bikes

    Similar Products Used:   WTB moto-raptor

    Bike Setup:   Giant DS3 Warp, Fox float RL rear, blown out front suntour fork, mostly stock.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Eli a Weekend Warrior from Somewhere, CT, USA

    Date Reviewed: October 8, 2007

    Strengths:    Decent grip and cornering.

    Weaknesses:    Horribly screwed up sizing... my 2.35 measured around 2'

    Bottom Line:   
    Decend tire for your money but you can't get it any more!

    What a useless review

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    Favorite Trail:   Killington

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $5.00

    Purchased At:   Kenda's website

    Similar Products Used:   Special-Ed Enduro

    Bike Setup:   C-dale Super V with 6 inches of travel rear and 5 front.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Paul a Weekend Warrior from Santa Barbara

    Date Reviewed: June 3, 2005

    Strengths:    SUUUPER grippy. SUUUPER cheap! tough sidewalls offer great stability on everything. Climbing (yes, climbing) is excellent in most any condition, except for wet and loose mucky stuff.

    Weaknesses:    Heavy for FR, but average weight for DH. an aramid or kevlar version would be very nice.

    Bottom Line:   
    I have a hard time justifying the use of any other tire for my rides. It's a great stiff yet forgiving tire that will last a long long time(unless you were to get the lower durometer tire). So far I've been running very low pressures without any flats. This tire will help you climb most anything. For some reason doesn't seem as wide as a 2.6 should be; maybe it's just a perception issue, as the Intense inner diameter rim size is a very wide 39mm. That surely helps in the stiffness of the already stiff tire.

    And for $5/tire, it's practically unbeatable.

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    Favorite Trail:   Wissahickon

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $5.00

    Purchased At:   Kenda Direct

    Similar Products Used:   Nokian Gazzaloddi, WTB Weirwolf, Panaracer Fire

    Bike Setup:   AS-X, Fox 36RC2, hope m4's, Atomic hubs, Intense rims

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jim a Weekend Warrior from British Columbia

    Date Reviewed: January 10, 2005

    Strengths:    Super grippy, during icy, wet, and muddy conditions. Just flings the mud everywhere. Easy to install, bound to last a while due to the hard material.

    Weaknesses:    Measured a little less than 2.5" N/P though.

    Bottom Line:   
    Awesome tire, now on clearance by kenda for $5, Grippy, Super easy to install, going to last, KNOBBY!!(explains the grip) 5 chilli's for value as it cost only $15. Another 5 for being so damn great.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $15.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   Tioga Factory 2.1" Stout 2.3" (I measured it at 3"!!)

    Bike Setup:   '04 Kona Scrap, DJ3's, Doubletrack in rear, Stock throughout

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Joshua Donnelly a Downhiller from NY

    Date Reviewed: August 20, 2004

    Strengths:    It is awsome.It corners well and goes through just about everything from mud to sand to loose stone very well.It is big enough that it won't pinch


    Weaknesses:    None yet

    Bottom Line:   
    It is the best tire i'v tried so far and i'v been riding for 12 years.Its the best and if you can i would buy it as soon as possible and if you buy something else your going to be dissapointed

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   accord bike store

    Similar Products Used:   just about everything from walmart brands to big ones

    Bike Setup:   2004 Fuji Panic Pro

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Daniel a Downhiller from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

    Date Reviewed: August 16, 2004

    Strengths:    Its a huge tire, its great for downhill, freeride, and jumping!

    Weaknesses:    I havent found any and I dont think that I will

    Bottom Line:   
    Its a great tire...It came stock on my schwinn 240 dsx and I love it!

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    Favorite Trail:   any freeride, jumping, or downhill

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   came with bike

    Similar Products Used:   Maxxis Highroller

    Bike Setup:   2004 Schwinn 240 dsx, marzocchi jr t, truvative cranks, downhill/bmx pedals, vanilla rear shock, kenda tires, disc brakes and the whole package..

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by EDDIE NIGHTHAWK a Weekend Warrior from LAKELAND, FLA. USA

    Date Reviewed: February 17, 2003

    Strengths:    Great Grip!!! Mashes through Mud (and sheds it very well), Floats over sand, Stays sticky! (even in Milk!).

    Weaknesses:    None!

    Bottom Line:   
    This tire will greatly contribute to your staying upright!! Great for climbing, and warp speed cornering!! As well as just cruising the flat trails. Get one!!

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    Favorite Trail:   All of em!

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   Stock on my 2003 Banshee Scream

    Similar Products Used:   Hutchinson Mosquitos,(which are decent tires, but nothing like the Kendas....two different worlds!).

    Bike Setup:   2003 Banshee Scream. Kenda Kinetic front, Kolossal rear,Rock Shox Boxxer Race forks, Fox Vanilla R rear shock, Mega Range rear cogs, Deore deraileurs front and rear, Rapid Fire shifters, Truvativ Hussi cranks w/bash ring. Sun Single Track wheels, Shimano sealed rear hub,Formula sealed front disc hub, Hayes 8" Hydro brakes front and rear,Funn Fatty head.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Doug a Weekend Warrior from Pt.Bob

    Date Reviewed: January 30, 2003

    Strengths:    Best tire ever!!! Grips wicked around corners!!!


    Weaknesses:    Do NOT use this tire on the front, USE ONLY ON THE REAR.

    Bottom Line:   
    For all you North Shore Free Riders out their: Buy This Tire! It grips great when climbing wet ladders as the tread pattern grips perfectly in between the boards.
    Best Tire to use in the wet, and it always seems to be wet on the shore'.

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    Favorite Trail:   Whistler:A-Line

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   www.airbomb.com

    Similar Products Used:   None

    Bike Setup:   2001 Kona Stuff With Alex Rims DM24

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Tobin Sean a Weekend Warrior from Mission Viejo, CA

    Date Reviewed: October 10, 2002

    Strengths:    Stable at high speed, impressive turn in performance. Good grip, no surprizes.

    Weaknesses:    None.

    Bottom Line:   
    Very impressive. I bought the set of 2.6 front and 2.35 rear at the 24 Hours of Adrenelin race for $20.00 at the Kenda booth. The performance is excellent. The stability on loose and dusty Big Bear trails was much improved over the Intense 2.7 I replaced. The 2.3 rear looks small at first, but there is no loss in performance. I run Kenda's front and rear and have no plans on returning to the Maxxis or Intense set up. Running pressure at 22 psi worked best for me@ 162 lbs. It's also nice to have equipment no one else has. You dont see these tires on many bikes. Great look with the oversize white letter logos.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $10.00

    Purchased At:   24 Hours of Adrenelin

    Similar Products Used:   Intense 2.7(60), Nokian 2.3. Maxxis high roller.

    Bike Setup:   GT DHi, Monster T, Romic shock, Kore Stictly D bars, XT/XTR.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mickey Dee a Downhiller from Everett

    Date Reviewed: July 18, 2002

    Strengths:    I DONT DH, I FREERIDE!!! They are wide and thick so its hard to get pinch flats (I havent gotten one yet), but thats expected of a D.H. tire.

    Weaknesses:    They dont like to sit straight on the rim

    Bottom Line:   
    I paid $40 canadian a piece for them and for what they are thats a sweet deal. So if your looking for a nice dh/freeride tire and you dont have a whole lot of money, get them (if you can find them).

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    Favorite Trail:   the Boogieman

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $40.00

    Purchased At:   Cove Bike Shop

    Similar Products Used:   maxxis high roller

    Bike Setup:   Norco vps launch with bombers

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Jake a Downhiller from Melbourne

    Date Reviewed: May 24, 2002

    Strengths:    good on hardpack to loamy dirt, and generally dry conditions

    Weaknesses:    no good in the mud/ heavy mud, the tread just clogs up with mud and there is no grip at all

    Bottom Line:   
    this tyre is good in generally dry conditions, but just does not have the tread depth to hold on in the mud

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Similar Products Used:   Michelin 32 dh soft

    Bike Setup:   KHS dominatrix, 7" boxxers, grimeca d/brakes, xt rear.

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Chris Davies a Downhiller from Cape Town

    Date Reviewed: February 22, 2002

    Strengths:    Thick rubber so thorns don't bother me, large tread knobs

    Weaknesses:    No transition knobs. The bike slides on hard cornering but sometimes, if you lean further, there's better grip as the edge knobbies catch - not always though!

    Bottom Line:   
    A good price and a good tyre, but I wish I'd paid the extra 60% for another Gazza 2.6". All in all a good tyre for loamy conditions and rock terrible on loose gravel. Not tried on mud yet (winter has yet to arrive).

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    Favorite Trail:   Eden, Stellenbosch

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $22.00

    Purchased At:   South Africa

    Similar Products Used:   Nokian Gazza 2.6", Hutchinson Squale 2.2"

    Bike Setup:   Pacific/Muddy Fox DH, DNM 7" USD, Hayes Mech 8" discs, Gazza 2.6 on front, DNM Raimon 2.3" rear shock

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Terry Brenton a Downhiller from Arvada, Colorado

    Date Reviewed: August 26, 2001

    Strengths:    It's big and beefy. I really liked how this tire performed in wetter conditions.

    Weaknesses:    Traction in other conditions is less than par.

    Bottom Line:   
    Usually I wouldn't say I have a good enough base to write something on a tire I've only used less than a month. But I had to warn others about this tire.

    The price was unbeatable, for DH treads. I paid $20. For $20, I can't whine too much. However, the performance outside of wet stuff was so bad for this tire there is no excuse. Case and point, it's cheap mans DH trends. The new KHS less than $2000 fully equipped DH bike boasts these tires. You get $20 worth of performance out of them. They kinda gave a vague gripping feel in fast corners, not giving me the confidence to really get over on the side lugs fearing the whole bike would whip out from underneath me. The treads did brake well, and seemed to be fairly durable.

    If you need a tire but don't have the money to take out a loan for a DH tire, this will get you through. But if you've ridden on good quality DH treads before, you won't be satisfied with the tire performance.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   Mountain and Road Bicycle Repair

    Similar Products Used:   Any DH tire made by Nokian, Maxxis, Tioga, Intense, Conti...

    Bike Setup:   Free ride Santa Cruz Bullit.

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