Features: • Small Block Eight • 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 • Kenda has been certified by Mavic to build tubeless tires to the UST (Universal System Tubeless) standards. UST standards test a tire’s air retention, ease of mounting and dismounting, bead elasticity, high-pressure limits, and the tires ability to remain seated to the rim under low pressure situations. Tubeless tires offer a distinct advantage over conventional tires in ride quality and flat resistance. Because there is no tube, the tire can be run with approximately 10%-15% less air pressure than conventional tires. The result is improved traction in rough conditions and elimination of “pinch flats”. Tires can be repaired in the field with the use of a patch kit or a tube.
Rated 5 out of 5 by DrGMc Great tyre
having read the reviews I was a little worried but actually for my rides in the Austrian alps these tyres are great. Plenty of grip even on high speed hairpin descents - I've had no problems and run both tubeless and tubed versions (just in case)
21 March 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Alex84 Oui, mais non!
Super léger, roulant comme si vous aviez des jambes toutes neuves, un rendement de ouf!....
- Très fragiles (une sortie = une crevaison) sur la bande de roulement.
- Très très très fragile sur les flanc (on dirait du papier)!!!
Pour moi ça a été 4 sorties et 3 crevaison par épines et une par pincement... la cinquième aura été fatale: atterrissage sur un petit saut (30cm) en dévers, déchirure sur 5 centimètres du flanc et déjantage complet du pneu!!!...
Donc non, 5 sortie pour un pneu c'est trop peu.
Pneu idéal pour chemin meuble et lisse, sans saut ni cailloux, sans dévers ni racines...
Heu... Est-ce bien un pneu de VTT???
07 November 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Anonymous Forget it
I run one of these for a few months in the rear, and didn'd recommend them at all. Before , I run non UST Rocket Ron's Evo as tubeless tyres. I liked them, but the low weight comes at the expense of a low puncture resistance, and a suffered several punctures in a short period. Then, I was looking for stuffer tyres, and I came about a Kenda Small Block UST.
It was a very heavy tyve (more than 800g, vs. 400g from Rocket Rons), but they looked pretty stuff to me.
I run it for 600km, and it unexplicably exploded when my bike was on the top of my car, during a trip. It was inflated at 35psi.
Definitively my last experience with Kenda.
27 March 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Anonymous Not as good as normal SB8
Previously I used normal Kenda Small Block Eight (SB8) tyres on Marvic tubless rims. They leak a bit at first but just make sure that you move the tyre around and pump it up occasionally and the leaks heal themselves after a couple of weeks, however only pump them up to pressures for UST tyres not tubed tyres as one of mine catastrophically failed at the bead - quite spectacular! In fact my neighbour came running out of his house to inquire if I was alright so loud was the bang. After this I replaced them with UST tyres which seem much heavier and consequently don't roll as well, not nearly so nice. When I replace them I will go back to conventional SB8 tyres on UST rims as described above but run them with a little less pressure! SB8 generally roll and good for hard pack XC. No punctures but I use tubeless rims so I never get punctures unless I completely tear the tyre open but I do XC not DH so this sort of thing doesn't happen to me and if I did DH of FR I would use an appropriate tyre for the job not SB8s. Grip well on hard pack and good in the wet on lose stuff and roots - rubbish in mud but you can tell by looking at them. Hope this helps.
24 October 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by Anonymous Low rolling resistance, light, low resistance to punctures
I normally stick up for Kenda tyres but I this one is hit and miss. I have mainly used it on road which is a bit silly but I like to have good grip for emergency stops on my commute. They are very light and the rolling resistance is nice and low. Also the wear on them over about 600 miles has been low. I would have preferred if they were a little heavier if this meant that they offered better resistance to punctures. Probably one quarter of off-road trips I use these for ends up with a slow puncture. A really important positive though is that they come off the rim so easily (obviously not when you're riding) making repairs simple. I will give these 4 stars but really they are 3.5 stars
15 November 2010