Kenda Knarly 2.1in review£21.99

Superbly grippy but a bit of a one-trick pony

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Kenda's huge range of tyres means they can get really specific with designs. This soggy slalom specialist is unbeatable if it's wet grass between the gates.

The standard carcass keeps it lightweight for a good launch out of the start gate. The deep spike tread, with massive buttressed edge spikes and huge gaps between, is as grippy as a football boot on wet grass and mud. You need to keep pressures high (40psi-plus) to keep the spikes stable, but if it's soft enough to bite it'll rip corners.
Hard compound, high spike tread makes it lethally skittery on rock and roots, so it's restricted in terms of trail versatility. Pricing is great though, so if you take your slalom seriously then get a pair in your arsenal.

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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