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.
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.
Similar Products Used: WTB Velociraptor, Specialized Chunder, Nevegals
Bike Setup: 2004 Azonic Force 1, Manitou Xvert carbon fork, and Fox vanilla shock
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.
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.
Bike Setup: C-dale Super V with 6 inches of travel rear and 5 front.
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.
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.
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.
a Weekend Warrior
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.
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'.
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.
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.
Bike Setup: KHS dominatrix, 7" boxxers, grimeca d/brakes, xt rear.
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!
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).
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
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.
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.