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.
I live in the dry southern Utah desert and wanted a tire with low rolling resistance but still gripped good on the rocks and hard pack. I decided to take the plunge with the Small Bolck 8 and I was pleasantly surprised with its performance, even in the sand it seems to float nearly as well as a meatier tire. It rolls awesome and feels very fast even with the 2.35 width, and on the street it's very quiet and smooth. When converting it has a very smooth transition and it grips very well. If you ride in very loose conditions this may not be the trie for you,I never really rode in those conditions. I ran it with a Nevegal up front and it was the best tire combo I've had, it also wear very well and lasted longer than most rear tires.
At the recommendation of people who ride way more than me, I run this as my back tire with a Nevegal DTC up front. At first I was skeptical because those 2 tires are so different, but the combo is perfect for everything in my area. The SB8 rolls fast on our hardpacked clay trails but also grabs really well over logpiles, sand, rocks, gravel. I'm totally pleased with my purchase and will buy another when needed!
Good in the gravel, on the hard pack, and most trails. Not bad in the mud and fairly fast on pavement. Pretty resistant to thorn puncture, however the knobs wear down somewhat quickly.
(1.8) Great, fast tire on dry or snowy trails. Wears faster than Geax tires I run before, but this tire is way safer in wet, slipery conditions comparing to Geax saguaro. K8 is a great all around tire.
I have been running this tire on my DJ bike for 3 years now. It rolls fast and hooks up the berms great! It can also handle loose over hard pack soil pretty well. Buy it!
I've been running the 2.35 SB8 as a front tire on my DJ bike for a couple years now. It's a great choice for our hard pack trails. It handles little the sandy patches that gather in the corners of berms very well and makes me feel really confident when really leaning the bike over. Great DJ / Pump track tire.
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).