Kenda Kontender road tyre review

Comfortable but puncture-prone training tyre

Our rating 
2.0 out of 5 star rating 2.0
GBP £21.99 RRP | USD $24.00
Kenda Kontender 26mm training tyre

Our review

Decent pothole protection and comfort but a high puncture rate and flawed performance in the wet
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Kenda’s Kontender has been around for a while. It’s generously sized and wears well but it’s neither the most grippy nor puncture-proof of tyres. 


The 26mm carcass (actual width 25.8mm, height 25.3mm) is only fractionally bigger than a 25 in theory. But the Kontender is very tall, which adds useful pothole impact protection and offsets the stiff carcass to give a reasonably comfortable ride. 

The K Shield protective layer gives very little resistance to sharps though, and we had more frequent punctures on it than any other tyre we were testing. Despite side sipes the hard compound rubber needs treating with caution in wet corners or slippery climbs too.   


This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Product Specifications


Name Kontender
Brand Kenda

Weight (g) 282
Tyre Sizes Available 700x23C