Kenda Small Block Eight UST Tubeless Tire

DESCRIPTION

The Kenda Small Block Eight UST 2.1 excellent hard pack XC race tire 8 Nevegal shaped but smaller knobs across the tire for better 'bite'. DTC - Dual Tread Compound offers cornering grip with faster center line acceleration. One of the fastest rolling tires in the Kenda Premium line.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 29, 2013]
Pedro
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

None

Weakness:

bad grip, can't be patched, develops kinks and bumps

This tires' grip for general xc use is terrible, will hamper your climbing ability on loose terrain, will make you fall on corners, they will diminish your handling skills. They are just not a "smart" product..
After paying retail, I used them till they busted. This review is how I can pay Kenda back

Similar Products Used:

hutchinson python, good, wtb nanoraptor, v.good, many others, this sm8 has the worst grip of them all

[Feb 17, 2011]
Ob1Hoagie
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

- Good sidewall strength.
- Can run at VERY low air pressure.
- Works great with Stan's, no delamination issues.
- Great traction in the desert.

Weakness:

- Weight ? But I'm not a weight weenie.

Awesome tires ! With Stan's mounted on a ZTR Flow rim the tire just rocks in the desert and is able to handle all of the nasty stuff that the desert can throw at a tire.

Similar Products Used:

Too many to remember...

[Dec 07, 2010]
stanley
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

I have the Kenda small block, dual tread compound, mounted on a Cannondale F9. The tires are plagued with flats. My family rides the typical low end Schwinns without every having a tire problem. When we ride together I'm always having to stop for repair. My local bike store looked carefully for nicks, tears, etc. The tire is exceedingly thin and I would not recommend it. Adding insult to injury, its not easy communicating with Kenda. Its takes a week for them to respond to a question. They have no customer service and as a result I told them my confidence in their company has shattered.

Weakness:

I have the Kenda small block, dual tread compound, mounted on a Cannondale F9. The tires are plagued with flats. My family rides the typical low end Schwinns without every having a tire problem. When we ride together I'm always having to stop for repair. My local bike store looked carefully for nicks, tears, etc. The tire is exceedingly thin and I would not recommend it. Adding insult to injury, its not easy communicating with Kenda. Its takes a week for them to respond to a question. They have no customer service and as a result I told them my confidence in their company has shattered.

I have the Kenda small block, dual tread compound, mounted on a Cannondale F9. The tires are plagued with flats. My family rides the typical low end Schwinns without every having a tire problem. When we ride together I'm always having to stop for repair. My local bike store looked carefully for nicks, tears, etc. The tire is exceedingly thin and I would not recommend it. Adding insult to injury, its not easy communicating with Kenda. Its takes a week for them to respond to a question. They have no customer service and as a result I told them my confidence in their company has shattered.

Similar Products Used:

I have the Kenda small block, dual tread compound, mounted on a Cannondale F9. The tires are plagued with flats. My family rides the typical low end Schwinns without every having a tire problem. When we ride together I'm always having to stop for repair. My local bike store looked carefully for nicks, tears, etc. The tire is exceedingly thin and I would not recommend it. Adding insult to injury, its not easy communicating with Kenda. Its takes a week for them to respond to a question. They have no customer service and as a result I told them my confidence in their company has shattered.

[Nov 27, 2009]
Sonoran_Flyer
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Excellant as a rear tire. Great traction in loose over hard pack in the desert. Great climbing traction.

Weakness:

Traction is a little weak in areas with large loose rock.

This is my favorite rear tire in the 2.1" size. I run it at 34 lbs gives excellant traction and is a fast tire.

[Oct 25, 2009]
tom
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

light and fast

Weakness:

bounce/slide around in rocks -spin a little when clmbing in big rocks

Have only ridden this tire x 2 (on the back) but I'm amazed how well it grips riding desert gravel and sand-corners great with an ocasional slight slide- I have a nevgal up front and would feeel insecure puting this up there

Similar Products Used:

nevgal

[Oct 02, 2009]
angelotrek
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

low rolling resistance, grips great,and brakes well. i chose this tire because i liked the tread pattern and the casing looked like a true 2.1.

Weakness:

none so far. will update review later under wet conditions.

i was looking for a fast rolling 2.1 rear tire that would grip and brake well because i'm a heavy guy. did alot of researched and it came down to this tire. i'm amazed with the overall performance of this tire!

Similar Products Used:

specialized captains(ripped four rear tires in three months, last two were armadillo's) panaracer fire x/c(too skinny for me @235lbs)

[Feb 26, 2009]
Angel
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Nice tread design, good on the street and on the dirt

Weakness:

Little slipping in wetter conditions(as expected)

These tired are awesome. I ride a lot on the street and some on the dirt. Whatever I am doing they do well. In real slick conditions (like after a heavy rain) they do get a little slick in the mudd, but what doesnt, It all on the rider and I for on eam enjoying these tires. A little expensive but seem to be paying off for me!!!

Similar Products Used:

none

[Sep 27, 2008]
Iwan
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Fast.

Weakness:

Not a mud/winter tyre, but it was never meant to be.

Great summer / hard-pack / race tyre. Fast with enough grip to give me confidence

Similar Products Used:

WTB, Maxxis, Specialized

[Sep 27, 2008]
Chris
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Man, these tires are scary fast! They don't have as much grip as others I have used but it just makes your ride a little bit more interesting.

Weakness:

none yet.

So far so good. Super fast, good cornering( only used on hardpack and some loose over hardpack) Initial bite when hard braking is o.k, but then the rear locks up fairly easy. I'm loving the speed!

[Sep 12, 2008]
Popo
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Excellent traction in rocky conditions; very good handling; very low rolling resistance

Weakness:

None so far, but probably won't work well in wet and muddy conditions as the small tread will block up easily

Great tire. Will have to wait and see about durability and resistance to sidewall damage.

Similar Products Used:

Continentals; Maxxis; Michelins;

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