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Kenda Short Tracker Tire

3.67/5 (6 Reviews)
Weight : 435 grams MSRP : $29.98


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Product Description

  • Fast rolling minimalist knob design
  • Great urban assault and dirt jumping tire
  • 2 ply construction and Dual Tread Compound


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Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by okiman a Cross Country Rider from Okinawa, Japan

Date Reviewed: August 27, 2010

Strengths:    Great tire for onroad or hard packed trails. This can also be a great tire for the rear on DH. It slides nice and you can drift through the corners.

Weaknesses:    Wet up hill conditions it does not do that well in the rear.

Bottom Line:   
I really like this tire. I orginally got it for the daily urban assult, but have taken it offroad/XC and found that it can really be a great and fun tire as long as the conditons are right.

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Favorite Trail:   Single tracks in Yomitan

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Similar Products Used:   Going through all the Kenda's

Bike Setup:   Zaskar carbon

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by LB Kloppers a Cross Country Rider from CapeTown, South Africa

Date Reviewed: February 23, 2009

Strengths:    It rolls easily enough and the handling is good enough.

Weaknesses:    Despite several recomendations, it doesn't work as a tubeless. I never had a complete sealed wheel. The sidewalls are just too thin.

Bottom Line:   
Very average. I like my tubeless wheels and I doubt if I will buy them again, but I rode worst for shorter distances. These kept me going for about 2000Km and when I changed them, I found several thin nails inside. The "stop leak" did its job onthe running surface, but the sidewalls remained fulnarable.

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Favorite Trail:   To Hell and Back

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $33.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Factory

Similar Products Used:   Continental Town and Country

Bike Setup:   Scott Aspect 10 - Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by rad8 a Weekend Warrior from Yellowknife, NT, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2008

Strengths:    low rolling resistance (downright fast); decent grip and cornering

Weaknesses:    sidewall too thin on folding bead version for freeride (duh); would recommend, no wait, the DH casing is NECESSARY for any DJ/street applications

Bottom Line:   
The jumps I ride are in a sand/gravel pit. I was happy with the rolling resistance, grip, and cornering.

However, I purchased the 2.35 folding bead DTC version, and so I slightly tore the sidewall on a botched 180. But then my pressure was a little low for a thin tire and I weigh 220lbs.

If I had the DH casing the tire would still be on my rear wheel, as opposed to the yellow kirin (I live a small isolated town and so product availability is an issue). Rolls like a holy roller/k-rad, but corners surprisingly well on dirt.

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Favorite Trail:   north shore of frame lake, lol

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Price point

Similar Products Used:   holy roller, K-rad, yellow kirin, high roller, nevegal

Bike Setup:   Azonic steelhead, DJ1, shorty, 454 cranks, .243 pedals and handlebar, bb7 rear.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bob Myers a Weekend Warrior from Denver

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2008

Strengths:    Kenda Short Tracker 2.35 folding.
True to size. Hi volume. Good pavement traction.


Weaknesses:    Not too punchure proof. I pickup many Goathead thorns where I ride.

Bottom Line:   
I like this tire. It works well for bike path and the occasional State Park singletrack. Does not hold mud.

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Favorite Trail:   Colorado Trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $45.00

Similar Products Used:   Conti Town and Country 2.1"

Bike Setup:   Yeti AS-x setup in the winter for bike path riding just to keep fit.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Hendra a Cross Country Rider from Jimbaran, Bali, Indo

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2007

Strengths:    The name of John Tomac behind the product.
Kenda as a well known tire producer.
Light weight.


Weaknesses:    Not as grippy as I expected, especially on loose surfaces.
Lots of rolling resistance.


Bottom Line:   
Actually I was looking for an XC race tire to replace my Racing Ralph 2.25 which I feel too wide for my bike frame and need (between asphalt and single tracks).

I couldn't find anything around with a reasonable price compare to Panaracer and Michelin, so I decided to pick Kenda Short Tracker 1.9, but to be frankly, I didn't impressed very much.

Rolling resistance is significantly greater then my previous Racing Ralph, I can actually see how the center lugs design on Short Tracker is wider to each other which at the end will result a greater rolling resistance.

The lugs design which even lower then Racing Ralph, make it so unpredictable on loose surface.
Anyway, this is my first day's impression on the tire, I will re-submit my reviews after a few more rides.

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Favorite Trail:   Jimbaran

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $27.00

Purchased At:   Rodalink

Similar Products Used:   Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.25

Bike Setup:   Giant MCM Team Carbon, XT and XTR

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by funnytanlines a Cross Country Rider from philippines

Date Reviewed: November 28, 2006

Strengths:    i recently purchased the 1.9" version for xc racing and riding. i ran them with tubes initially and recently converted them to tubeless using stan's sealant. the short trackers are light, have good grip on hardpack, and shed mud easily. the sidewalls are pretty thin though, so when i put the sealant in, there was leaking through the sides for the first few days until the sealant built up on the insides.

Weaknesses:    durability? especially when running them tubeless.

Bottom Line:   
so far so good! go for it!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Similar Products Used:   kenda karma 2.0 l3r pro, wtb racing raptor.

Bike Setup:   single speed, 32x18.

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