Sea Otter 2012: Kenda Tyres

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Here’s the latest tyre from Kenda’s signature series. It’s the Eric Carter Nexcavator, complete with super soft 42A sticky rubber.

Could they get the hot patch any bigger?


This compound will also be available on the Nevegal, the Happy Medium and the Slant Six in widths mostly of 2.35 and 2.5in for some too.


In case you were wondering about where to get tyres for your new 27.5in bike that you didn’t know you needed until now, then Kenda is one of the companies stepping up and making them in the medium size. This is the Karma in 2.0, but there’ll also be a Slant Six available.



See the next issue of Singletrack for a debate on this new size...


It's the middle way...


KHS has been one of the companies championing the middle way


Kenda also has two new tyres in the works. One is a complete secret, but the other one at least has a name. It’ll come in 26in and 29in and has the great name of ‘Honey Badger’… Stay tuned for that one.


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

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