Kenda Kountach tyre review

Puncture-resistant racing clincher

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
£29.99 RRP

Our review

The Kountach is a good-value racing clincher with reliable puncture protection and durability
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The Kountach from Kenda is a performance-focused clincher road tyre that aims to provide a complete package of low-rolling resistance, low weight, confident cornering grip and reliable puncture protection. All these qualities often don’t go hand in hand, but Kenda – a brand not well known for its road tyres – has done a good job of finding a balance, at a reasonable price.

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The Kountach uses Kenda’s R2C dual compound construction: a softer rubber (featuring a textured surface) is used on the sides for increased cornering traction, while a harder, smoother rubber in the centre aims to provide faster rolling, improved durability and greater cut resistance.

A small ridge between the two compounds takes some getting used to, but this proved to be a non-issue once we learned to trust the tyre. The cornering traction is confident and only on the wettest of roads did we feel the tyre’s limits: compared with the popular Continental GP4000S, the Kountach doesn’t feel quite as secure.

The dual rubber compound, dual tread pattern provides a solid balance of cornering grip and fast rolling with respectable wear life
The dual rubber compound, dual tread pattern provides a solid balance of cornering grip and fast rolling with respectable wear life : the dual rubber compound, dual tread pattern provides a solid balance of cornering grip and fast rolling with respectable wear life
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There is a slight ridge between the two compounds – although in practice it doesn’t create any handling issues

With a 120TPI (threads per inch) casing, the ride quality is reasonably supple and further assists the smooth centre tread to create a fast-rolling tyre.

Sitting beneath the top tread is Kenda’s Iron Cloak Belt – a lightweight puncture protection layer. As with similar race tyres, this puncture protection is kept light by just protecting the treaded part and leaving the sidewall fairly vulnerable. While not exactly a definitive test, we didn’t get any punctures during our testing, even after purposely taking on a few high-speed pothole rollovers and glass-strewn commuting roads.

We tested the 700 x 23c version, which holds true to its claimed size. At 201g (193g claimed), the Kountach is at a respectable weight given the puncture resistant belt.

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While secure, the bead isn’t overly tight and so installing and removing the tyre is done without hassle – this is a positive as replacing a punctured tube in a hurry is kept simple.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Kountach tyre
Brand Kenda

Weight (g) 201
Wheel Type Clincher
Diameter 700
Tyre Measured Width 23.12
Bead Folding Kevlar
Threads Per Inch 120
Max PSI 125