Kenda Knarly 2.1in review

Superbly grippy but a bit of a one-trick pony

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £21.99 RRP

Our review

Lightweight, insane traction, slalom tyre but not happy in mixed terrain
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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.

Product Specifications


Name Knarly 2.1in
Brand Kenda

Weight (g) 740
Tyre Measured Width 2.1