- Kenda Small Block 8's or DMR Moto's. Will I die?
First of all I must congratulate you on your optimism…dry until September…I hope so 🙂
I used Moto Diggers for 2 seasons and rode Lee and Cragg quarry most weeks and raced in the Brown Backs series. They were fantastic tyres for that terrain and very cheap compared to other brands. Very fast tyre and grippy, highly recommended.Posted 4 years ago
Thanks for the words of wisdom folks. As always.
Thats what I wanted to hear cyclewerx. I thought the DMR’s would have the edge on the SB8’s To be honest. The grip looks a bit more substantial. Think I’ll take the plunge and get a set ordered then. What size were you running? I’m looking at the 2.4″. Nice and chunky!Posted 4 years agorichmtbSubscriber
Not tried DMR motos.
I’m currently enjoying SB8’s though.
In proper mud they are crap but in damp conditions they are still very grippy – lots of gripping edges I think is the key, so as long as they don’t clog they are really grippy.
On dry hard pack and tarmac they are very fastPosted 4 years ago
I realise that even starting a thread about…. whisper it… ‘summer’ tyres is a suicidally bad idea, and could curse us all to a biblical deluge, that could last for months, the second I press ‘post’. But I’ve never started a ‘What Tyres’ thread and I feel left out
I have a number of routes home on my commute (for my route in I just do all road). They all tend to be tarmac to start (about 5-6 miles), then its off-road the rest of the way (10+ miles). Everything has dried up nicely at the moment and I feel absolutely confident it will remain so until at least September
I want to get the tarmac out of the way as painlessly as possible then have something with enough grip to play silly buggers for the last 10 miles, which can take in the likes of Cragg Quarry. So I’m considering something nice and fast rolling – Kenda Small Block 8’s or DMR Moto’s.
Is anyone using either? Do you have a preference? What are they like when things get a bit sticky/muddy? Buttock-clenchingly slidey/sketchy? Or not that much worse than ‘normal’ tyres? I’m presently running Nobby Nics or Maxxis Advantages.
Basically… will I die?Posted 4 years ago
Thats what I’m doing at the moment brakes. I whack the pressures up with the track pump in the morning on the Nobby Nics, then let them down when I turn off road in the evening
Actually, being honest… I normally forget. Then I stop to let the pressure out when my front wheel literally bounces off the first rock I hit.
I’m just going to try the DMR’s as another option. I’ve got a spare set of wheels so I can still keep those with the ‘proper’ tyres on for the 363 days when its not sunny and dryPosted 4 years agoalibongo001Subscriber
The larger SB8 is a lot better than the smaller ones, has a bit more meat to it and is less likely to puncture from my experience.
I have just gone tubeless with mine and it is performing well on the front.
Your post has got me thinking about putting one on the back as it is going to be dry until September! 😉Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Good point that- also the 2.35 can roll faster, surprisingly. Not always- it’s draggier in sticky mud obviously.
For whatever it’s worth, I’m not sure I’ll go back to the SBs this year- they’re excellent but I reckon Kenda’s Slant 6 is better, it’s not much slower but it works well in more conditions- surprisingly good in mud as it clears so well. Does wear faster though, lots of pressure on the central “knobs” I think.Posted 4 years ago
Well, having decided to let you lot enjoy the summer, I’ve held back from ordering a pair. Unfortunately it was an itch I had to scratch, given the present conditions. I’ve just ordered a set of Small Block 8’s
So apoligies in advance if you’re presently watching black clouds roll in. It’ll no doubt rain until next May now 😳
Anyone else been provoked by the weather into risking some stupid-fast, non-UK-Freindly, mud-averse, daft tyres on then? And how are you finding them?Posted 4 years agomrmonkfingerMember
Ran a pair of cheap-as slicks on my hardtail a few years ago, when we had the last similarly dry summer (2007?).
Plus points, faster than everyone else I rode with.
Minus points, when the grip ran out, it really ran out.
These days I’d choose ITS System 4. Small block tread, fireroad/dry trail tyre. As a bonus they’re (a) tubeless ready if that’s your thing, and (b) currently £15 at CRC. Tread is a bit more open than the Motos, I guess it depends on how “all season” you want.Posted 4 years agoalibongo001Subscriber
I would echo some of the above about SB8’s
1, Bigger is better – the 2.35 is substantially more robust than the smaller sizes
2, You can run them tubeless (even the normal ones) I have had a front 2.35 as my first foray into tubeless and it has been fine for 2 months now.
Hope this helps!Posted 4 years ago
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