Kenda Honey Badger Pro SCT DTC 27.5×2.2 MTB tyre review

Split personality needs care

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £39.00 RRP
Kenda's Honey Badger Pro SCT DTC 27.5x2.2 MTB tyre can be a tricky customer

Our review

A useful mix of speed and grip – but that can make them treacherous too
Buy if, You're after rear-end rubber and are prepared to get to grips with the badger's split-personality nature
Pros: Light, tough and fast, dual compound aid traction
Cons: Transition from hard central compound to tackier shoulders can be sketchy, not really grippy enough for front-wheel use
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Kenda’s Badger is as tenacious as its namesake in some situations but it’s definitely not the tamest or most friendly tyre around.

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Kenda made a big leap in terms of durability when it switched to its sealant-compatible carcass. It not only inflates very easily with just a slop of sealant but also shrugs off sidewall damage and doesn’t pinch flat as easily if used with an inner tube.

It’s light for a reasonably sized 2.2in tyre too, which combines with the wide spaced, sloped front and relatively low central tread to make it quick off the mark and keen to hold speed. While the centre is hard enough to keep the sparse knobs and rolling speed alive, the DTC dual-compound rubber mixes transitions to a more tacky mix for the raised row of shoulder knobs. That gives the Badger a decent edge for digging traction out of turns in a wide range of loose, firm or even damp intermediate conditions.

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If it’s slightly damp or loose, getting the tyre to transition from the shiny slickness of the centre and over onto the shoulders without a sudden and vicious side slip takes some commitment to a big bar-dipping lunge though. Sudden braking on the front when upright will completely overwhelm available traction too. That makes the Badger better suited to rear wheel use, but even then it’s definitely a character that needs working with carefully.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Honey Badger Pro SCT DTC 27.5x2.2
Brand Kenda

Weight 720