Kenda Kinetics 2.35in tyre£15.99

Cheap and hard wearing

BikeRadar score3/5

The Kinetics have been around for years but are still a solid, surefooted hardcore option at a pocket money price.

Options such as Stick-E and DTC dual compound versions might have moved onto more recently moulded designs, but the grip of the rectangular blocked front and rear specific tread is still pretty good.

The Kinetics dig traction out of soft or loose stuff well in winter and are stable in summer. They aren’t extra tough but shrug off sharp edges and pinch flats better than most Kenda tyres.

Unsurprisingly, they aren’t the most light and lively tyres, and you need to be wary of wet rocks and roots, but if you want a tough, long-lasting set of tyres to abuse, they’re cracking value.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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