Kenda Nevegal Pro DTC SCT tyre review£40.00

Longstanding tyre gets a welcome toughness upgrade

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Kenda’s evergreen Nevegal has received a welcome upgrade to bring it right up to date. The biggest difference for riders who see Kenda and think ‘pinch puncture’ is the new SCT (Sealant Compatible Technology) carcass. Thicker walls make for a tougher, rock shrugging performance in previous Kenda-killing areas we test in, so you can ride it as hard as you’d hope for a 2.35in tyre.

The relatively shallow depth (50.5mm) means your rims potentially take more of a beating, but it’s generously broad (55.5mm) so stability is good, particularly on similarly wide rims. The higher thread count structure means it rides smoothly at all pressures despite the tougher build and shallow depth. It blows up tubeless easily on tighter rims (Stan’s, Bontrager, WTB, Mavic) though baggy fit can be a sealing issue on SRAM wheels.

The extra strength/sealing brings weight up to 790g but that’s offset on the trail by slightly shallower, more obviously sloped main tread lugs for less mechanical drag, so it doesn’t feel sluggish. A rounder profile with smaller side knobs means it rolls into and out of turns faster. The dual compound rubber is a balanced blend of centre speed and shoulder stick.

As you’d expect that means a little less grip in soggy off-piste conditions but it’s still got predictable, controllable slide that’s well suited to mixed groomed and grotty trail centre work all year round. It’s still well priced, cementing a subtle but significant change from ‘why would you?’ to ‘why would you take it off?’

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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