Kenda Tomac Small Block 8 26" Folding Tire
Ultimate XC Racing tire with lots of speed and grip. Well suited for a variety of riding conditions.
This is a fantastic tire. It really excells on hardpack however I have used them riding skiparks and single track ranging from loose to rocky. In all scenarios I was surprised with the performance. Th only downside I have seen so far is that they wear pretty fast. I purchased these tires because I had to commute on the streets to get to my favorite trails which are all mainly hard pack clay. I would highly recoment thesebtires to anyone looking for a fast dirt tire.
This is the other half of my \6 review. I run the 2.35 DTC version in the front, paired w/ a Slant 6 2.35 DTC. I ran this tire aired up @ 40-45 psi. Trail comp was a mix of LOH & HP w/ shallow sandy spots throughout (common feature of most trails in no. Indiana/so. Michigan). Conditions were dry. The SB-8 held tight in fast corners and off-camber descents, never felt like it would lose traction. Only in the high sandy spots of the trail was there noticeably less control (to be expected). However, I was mighty well impressed with the SB-8 ability to maintain momentum and control in the center of the shallower sandy climbs and longer sweepers. The knobs cut right down thru it. Price would otherwise seal this product w/ 5 stars, but I can't speak to their handling in more moist conditions; hence, the 4-star rating (same for the S-6 review). Will definitely replace the ol' Panaracer Fire XCs on my F/S with another set of the SB-8 & Slant-6 rubbers. Hope Kenda has something comparable in the 650B size (for my next bike).