Kenda Small Block 8 review

John Tomac collared us at Interbike last year gabbling on about a new tyre that Kenda had specially flown in still 'hot from the mould', a tyre he'd specifically asked to cope with fast riding XC and DH on hardpack trails that might also have a fine grit, sand or cinder covering. The tyre was the Kenda Small Block 8.

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £26.00 RRP | USD $43.74
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Our review

The tyre has in Tomac's words "about a billion working edges."
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John Tomac collared us at Interbike last year gabbling on about a new tyre that Kenda had specially flown in still ‘hot from the mould’, a tyre he’d specifically asked to cope with fast riding XC and DH on hardpack trails that might also have a fine grit, sand or cinder covering. The tyre was the Kenda Small Block 8.

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The tyre has in Tomac’s words “about a billion working edges.” Although we think that was a mild Las Vegas-induced exaggeration, it does have a lot of very small square blocks each with a chamfered leading edge. The two central rows are a harder compound and are positioned close together for fast rolling while the outer rows are a softer compound, but also have small buttresses to ensure that fast corners don’t feel squirmy.

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Right now in blazing August it’s perfect for the Small Block 8 and they’re hooking up and rolling fast enough in the 530g 2.1in folding bead version to qualify as an XC/marathon race tyre. With no sign of water for a while we’ll keep you posted on how they fare in the damp. There are 1.9in and 2.35in versions also available.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Small Block 8 DTC 2.35In
Brand Kenda

Tyre Tread 8 Nevagal
Bead Folding
Weight (g) 454
Threads Per Inch 120
Max PSI 120
Rubber Compound Dual Tread Compound
Tyre Width Sizes Available 1.96 In 2.1 In 2.35 In
Colour Black