Kenda Shows New Treads & 650B Mountain Bike Tires

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Turnbull Canyon is where Tinker Juarez does a lot of his training. It has steep climbs and fast switchbacks, so Kenda’s new namesake tire is designed to handle it all. It’s part of Tinker’s signature series and will be available in 26″ and 29er sizes in 2.0 widths. Should be out by Jan 1. Weights TBD.

The new Honey Badger couldn’t give a you-know-what about trail conditions, it’ll take anything on. It’s meant to be run tubeless with sealant, so even cobra and mongoose bites won’t faze it. Sizes are 29×2.0/2.2 and both 26″ and 650B in a 2.2 width. The fatter 29er will be out Jan 1, others by early spring.

Their popular Karma & Slant Six tread patterns get 650B sizes in 2.0 and 2.1 widths respectively. Available January 1. Pics of those plus news about Road Tubeless models after the break…

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Karma (left) and Slant Six will get 650B sizes.

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The Honey Badger don’t care, it’ll face the wrong way for my pic. Widely spaced knobs should clear quickly, but bigger, closer side knobs should provide good cornering traction. Note the DC (dual compound) and HB (honey badger) letters on the center of the casing. Just so you don’t forget.

In other news, Road Tubeless tires are coming. Kenda’s rep says they’re testing well up to about a thousand miles, but they test their regular road tires to 2,000 miles and want the RT to hit that same milestone. The challenge (at least partially) is that any small cracks in the sidewall can become a leak, and since RT is designed to run without sealant, that’s a fail point. In reality, if you run sealant, you’d likely be fine, but Kenda wants theirs to run 2,000 miles without sealant. Why not just do a SCT version and recommend sealant? The SCT sidewall is a bit thicker and less pliable, so pure roadies may not like the feel, particularly if they’re coming from tubulars.

Comments

Steve M - 09/06/12 - 5:56pm

Been riding UST Nevegals for the past three years. Amazing grip and feel and some of the worst quality possible. I have had two casing failures on relativley new tires- no sealant. Not to mention the treads wobbling around…. Real trade off with performance vs quality.

Alan Stevens - 09/06/12 - 8:29pm

I’ve had similar experiences with Nevegals as Steve. They just don’t last. The Small Block 8 is about the only Kenda tire I rely on any more. Too bad it’s got pretty limited versatility. Good thing I live on the front range I guess.

Aaron - 09/07/12 - 3:08am

Honey Badger kinda looks like a Nobby Nic copy.

Ryan - 09/07/12 - 4:00am

No..Honey badger is Nobby Nic mixed Rocket Ron. lol

MulletRacer - 09/07/12 - 11:12pm

Not too impressed!

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