Kenda Telonix 2.2 DTC tyre review£31.00

Tough traction choice

BikeRadar score3/5

Part of the Kenda Signature series, the Telonix is a seriously grippy tyre for those who’ve got some pedalling grunt.

Designed in collaboration with trials and adventure ride legend Hans Rey, it gets H-shaped side blocks to dig into loose dirt. The mix of tall, paddle-style blocks and spikes certainly gives good penetration into soft mud and grass.

The tall knobs also add a very buoyant and well-protected feel when you’re clattering over rocks or rolling over harder surfaces.  The soft shoulders of the dual compound DTC rubber help stick it into corners if you lean it over hard enough, too.

While the tall knobs can flex and slip, particularly if there are damp roots or rocks about, it tends to catch traction on the next row rather than spinning out completely. Even with the sloped face forward you do need a lot of grunt to keep it going though, especially when the tall, close-spaced knobs get clogged with mud.

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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