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So I want to try a new setup in 2.6. I have a problem where I just like buying and trying tires . Been running WTB vigilante/trailboss 2.6 they're good tires but heavy, a bit draggy and don't really like there grip on hard pack. Ran DHF before with rekon rear both 2.8's. DHF was good but wanted to try a tire that you don't have to lean as much. Rekon was just ok didn't care for its grip on off camber trails.
There isn't much on the Hellkat and Nevegal combo other than I hear they roll pretty good and seem to grip good on a variety of terrain.
I have been eyeing the Hans Dampf too as I like the looks of it. But not sure if it would be enough as a front and how it would do rear. I don't mind giving up some grip in the front compared to a dhf since I ride on a fair amount of harder/rocky ground with loose over hard flat turns. But don't want to be let down when things get a bit rougher.
 

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Got these and a Hans Dampf to try. Very curious how they all do. Not sure what I'm gonna try first but the Nevegal is more aggressive than I anticipated, which I don't mind. Might try it on the front for a bit before it goes on the back.
 

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So I want to try a new setup in 2.6. I have a problem where I just like buying and trying tires . Been running WTB vigilante/trailboss 2.6 they're good tires but heavy, a bit draggy and don't really like there grip on hard pack. Ran DHF before with rekon rear both 2.8's. DHF was good but wanted to try a tire that you don't have to lean as much. Rekon was just ok didn't care for its grip on off camber trails.
There isn't much on the Hellkat and Nevegal combo other than I hear they roll pretty good and seem to grip good on a variety of terrain.
I have been eyeing the Hans Dampf too as I like the looks of it. But not sure if it would be enough as a front and how it would do rear. I don't mind giving up some grip in the front compared to a dhf since I ride on a fair amount of harder/rocky ground with loose over hard flat turns. But don't want to be let down when things get a bit rougher.
The Nevegal (II) does not roll good. And it's horrible on pavement, even a Minion is much better. I would not buy one again, it's not a bad tire, but it's not as good as a Maxxis tire.
 

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Might be a while before I try them, I put a new hans Dampf on the front and gonna try it out for a bit. I liked it on the first ride but who knows. I’ll update if/when I put them on.
 

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Its cool that you are rolling a Hans Dampf first, as many of us have experience with that tire, then you can compare it to newer Kenda tires. I will predict the Hans Dampf is better, however, I look forward to your opinion as I was a huge Nevegal fan in 2008-2009. Looking forward to your opinions. I like the Vittoria Goma 2.4 front, very tough grippy summer tires. Hans Damf is good (great in wet mud) but not my favorite. If I am not rolling Vittoria, I am on Maxxis Shorty 29 x 2.5 3c front for winter.
 

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I put the Nevegal on the back for my ride tomorrow to see how it does. just rolling on the concrete I can feel the lugs hitting the ground. Tommorow is gonna be a good test of both as the trails are hardback with loose gravel and rocks. The other trails I frequent are very rocky with small sharp rocks. Not sure if I am even gonna try the Hellkat now depending on how the Hans damp does.
 

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Did a 25 mile ride on hard loose over hard trails and really liked the Hans Dampf on the front. It felt very good in all the unbermed tight turns. But the Nevegal really seems to roll good. I get a lot faster and got several PR’s. It never seemed to slip in any of the turns and sticks to some rock slabs like Velcro. Not really sure if I am even gonna try the Hellkat at this point as I’m very pleased with the HD. But will still probably try the Nevegal on the front for a bit just for the heck of it.
 

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There's an incredible amount of ignorance from people commenting without even knowing these are NEW tires.

The Hellka Prot/ REDESIGNED Nevegal 2 Pro is probably best new tire combo released in the last 12 months that has gone completely unnoticed and ignored by maxxis/schwalbe fanboys.

There has been countless reviews from sites/magazines stating that these "NEW" tires are right up there with the Magic Mary / DHF.

maybe if people bothered to spend at least 2 minutes on research before commenting on a a product they know nothing about....

here are some reviews for those who are too lazy(brought to you by the power of google):

https://enduro-mtb.com/en/first-ride-review-kenda-hellkat-helldiver-pro/

https://theloamwolf.com/2017/09/15/review-kenda-hellkat-pro-tires/

https://singletrackworld.com/2018/02/review-kenda-hellkat-pro-en-dtc-27-5x2-4in-tyre/

https://blisterreview.com/gear-reviews/mountain-bike-reviews/kenda-hellkat-pro-tire

https://dirtragmag.com/articles/review-kenda-hellkat-27-5-x-2-4-tires

https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/c...ain-bike-tyres/kenda-hellkat-pro-tire-review/

https://mbaction.com/review-kenda-hellkat-pro-27-5x2-4-tires/

https://blisterreview.com/gear-reviews/mountain-bike-reviews/kenda-nevegal-2-pro-tire

https://bikerumor.com/2017/09/05/ke...gal-2-pro-hellkat-enduro-mountain-bike-tires/

https://mbaction.com/test-kenda-nevegal-2-pro/

https://singletrackworld.com/2017/08/first-look-new-kenda-nevegal2-pro-hellkat-pro-tyres/

Hellkat pro FRONT & Nevegal 2 Pro REAR is currently a top 3 combo IMO
 

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I just received a HellKat for the front and a 2.4 Regolith for the rear. Prolly should have went Nevegal 2 rear but I think the Regolith might be a little faster but really no clue. On a side note Kenda is super great to order from and the sales rep was awesome with very fast shipping, ordered Sunday received Wednesday.
 

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There's an incredible amount of ignorance from people commenting without even knowing these are NEW tires.

The Hellka Prot/ REDESIGNED Nevegal 2 Pro is probably best new tire combo released in the last 12 months that has gone completely unnoticed and ignored by maxxis/schwalbe fanboys.

There has been countless reviews from sites/magazines stating that these "NEW" tires are right up there with the Magic Mary / DHF.

maybe if people bothered to spend at least 2 minutes on research before commenting on a a product they know nothing about....

here are some reviews for those who are too lazy(brought to you by the power of google):

https://enduro-mtb.com/en/first-ride-review-kenda-hellkat-helldiver-pro/

https://theloamwolf.com/2017/09/15/review-kenda-hellkat-pro-tires/

https://singletrackworld.com/2018/02/review-kenda-hellkat-pro-en-dtc-27-5x2-4in-tyre/

https://blisterreview.com/gear-reviews/mountain-bike-reviews/kenda-hellkat-pro-tire

https://dirtragmag.com/articles/review-kenda-hellkat-27-5-x-2-4-tires

https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/c...ain-bike-tyres/kenda-hellkat-pro-tire-review/

https://mbaction.com/review-kenda-hellkat-pro-27-5x2-4-tires/

https://blisterreview.com/gear-reviews/mountain-bike-reviews/kenda-nevegal-2-pro-tire

https://bikerumor.com/2017/09/05/ke...gal-2-pro-hellkat-enduro-mountain-bike-tires/

https://mbaction.com/test-kenda-nevegal-2-pro/

https://singletrackworld.com/2017/08/first-look-new-kenda-nevegal2-pro-hellkat-pro-tyres/

Hellkat pro FRONT & Nevegal 2 Pro REAR is currently a top 3 combo IMO
Maybe it's my ignorance of one of those reviewers, but the only review there that actually carries any weight in my book is the Blister Gear review. And they said...

"while the new Nevegal 2 isn't mindblowing in any category, the new tire's predictability and low rolling resistance come as significant improvements over its predecessor. What's more, it has a much better defined purpose within the range of tires on the market today. Riders who want a fast-rolling rear tire that drifts easily and predictably, or those looking for a minimal Trail tire that hooks up well on hardpack to damp conditions could certainly get along well with the Nevegal 2. And for those purposes, it should be considered as a very legitimate option."

Hardly sounds like a "top 3 combo" contender. Myself and many others on the forums come here for unbiased forum user reviews. If I just wanted to read a bunch of marketing crap then I'd flip on over to one of the other reviewers you listed.
 
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