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Kenda Excavator DTC Tire Folding

Fast straight line speed with superior cornering due to its 'H' shaped side knobs make the Excavator the 2009 Best Tire Winner at MTBR.com and a great tire all around.

  • Clincher
  • Directional tread, every knob has been designed for optimum performance
  • Front and Rear application
  • Folding bead
  • Uses DTC compound
  • Max PSI: 65
  • TPI: 120
  • Weight: 650g
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Kenda Excavator DTC Tire Folding
 
4.4

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (9)
  • Lightweight (9)
  • Easy to install (8)
  • Attractive (7)
  • Great traction (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain biking (14)
    • Am (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (9), Casual/ recreational (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (14)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    excavator 1.95 dtc

    I have 300 miles on a 1.95 excavator on the rear of a 2013 enduro. It looks like a 2.1. the climbing and braking traction is excellent. Side knobs are stiff and stable,...Read complete review

    I have 300 miles on a 1.95 excavator on the rear of a 2013 enduro. It looks like a 2.1. the climbing and braking traction is excellent. Side knobs are stiff and stable, predictable. Knobs are tall and stout which is rare for a 1.95. Companies usually scale down knobs on a 1.95, but not the excavator. Rubber feels like 70 durometer, so I only run 35psi. to soften the feel. knobs wear very well. I have patched the carcass once. a small branch put a hole that stans wasn't sealing. the price for running 120tpi tires, but they r so light, it's worth it. captain, Larsen, nevegal, purgatory, high roller, all have been used, and the excavator has so far been the best FOR THE REAR. my favorite front is hands down the hans dampf, but way too pricy for me to buy for the rear

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    For me, poor traction

    I wanted to like these tires, as the price was good and I figured if Eric Carter is putting his name on them, they must be good.

    An earlier comment suggested...Read complete review

    I wanted to like these tires, as the price was good and I figured if Eric Carter is putting his name on them, they must be good.

    An earlier comment suggested putting them on the back, and if I needed to, that's where I would use them. Put here in NorCal, where it's pretty dry and dusty most of the season, I just washed my front tire too often. Prior to these I ran Maxxis High Rollers, and afterwards I used some old WTB Timberwolves - all 2.35 (except I went to 2.5 on the front after). No washouts at all on the Maxxis or WTB, before or after. But for some reason, the excavators wouldn't stay hooked up on the corners at speed, at least in my experience, on the east bay trails like Cinderella. Maybe it's my style, like I wasn't weighting the front as much as I should, but I don't have any issue with washing out (especially the front) with the Timberwolves or the High Rollers.

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    4.0

    nice grip

    By Mario

    from Sonora, Mex

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments about Kenda Excavator DTC Tire Folding:

      Got them on rear and front, very good grip, I actually have not tried them on wet muddy terrain but otherwise they perform quite good; not as low rolling resistance as kenda small block or something similar but still rolling easy.
      I struggled a little bit with stan's tubeless setup but I think that was mostly because of my rims
      Other than that, very good tire set.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Great Tire and Great deal on sale!

      By HappyinCA

      from Granite Bay

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Discounted Cost
      • Easy To Install
      • Good Traction

      Cons

      • NONE

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments about Kenda Excavator DTC Tire Folding:

      Bought these to update the tires on my 2001 Santa Cruz Superlight. They were a great deal on sale and were easy to install. Good traction and ok rolling resistance. Have used them on fire trail and loose gravel...no complaints thus far.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Great Tire, Great Price !

      By Juan Carlos

      from Caracas, Venezuela

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Durable
      • Easy To Install

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments about Kenda Excavator DTC Tire Folding:

      Mud sheds fast, Great traction, Works great in muddy conditions. Great tires all the way!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Great on/off road tire

      By BC

      from Red Deer, Alberta

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • East Rolling
      • Easy Rolling
      • Good Mud Traction
      • Great Cornering
      • Great Tire For The Price

      Cons

      • Looks A Bit Cheap

      Best Uses

      • Hard Packed Trails
      • Mountain Biking
      • Paved Trails

      Comments about Kenda Excavator DTC Tire Folding:

      This is a very good tire for cyclists that want a fast tire for use on paved or smoother trails, but can still handle slippery stuff like mud and grass. It's a little too thin for sandy or realy rocky trails.

       
      5.0

      Really happy rear wheel at Skeggs

      By m0arpheus

      from The Thizzay

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Durable
      • Easy To Install
      • Good Sidewall
      • Good value
      • Lightweight
      • Solid

      Cons

      • Would Like A Bit More Tra

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking
      • Upgrade

      Comments about Kenda Excavator DTC Tire Folding:

      I ride at Skeggs here in the Bay Area of California and encounter quite a bit of dry, dusty, loose soil and leaves on my rides. I threw this guy on the back of my Avalanche X and I've been really happy. They replaced some High Rollers I had on before that I wore out and they've held up great.

      So far, I've probably put about 80-100 miles on them in the woods. They look nice still and I can climb pretty well.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Grippy, looks wider than it is

      By Rubberelli

      from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Install
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Not Tubeless

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments about Kenda Excavator DTC Tire Folding:

      You cannot beat this price for a rear tire (also would make a great front if you ride them narrow). They look much wider than they are. I ride Southern California dusty, sandy over hard pack and they grip and roll well. No issues. Wish they would have mounted tubeless, but they didn't. Kenda has scary warning on their package telling you not to anyway, so know this before getting this incredibly affordable, grippy tire.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Great tire, great traction

      By John

      from Nashville

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Durable
      • Easy To Install
      • Great Traction

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Kenda Excavator DTC Tire Folding:

          Great tire, replaced a WTB Velociraptor rear becouse it kept spinning out in the wet and would not shed mud. This tire solved those problems and proved tough. Now if your into speed on hardpack or riding on a bike path this tire will make it seem like your always going uphill, but if you need traction this provides it.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          excavator 1.95 dtc

          By aggro clydesdale

          from laguna, ca.

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Mountain Biking

            Comments about Kenda Excavator DTC Tire Folding:

            I have 300 miles on a 1.95 excavator on the rear of a 2013 enduro. It looks like a 2.1. the climbing and braking traction is excellent. Side knobs are stiff and stable, predictable. Knobs are tall and stout which is rare for a 1.95. Companies usually scale down knobs on a 1.95, but not the excavator. Rubber feels like 70 durometer, so I only run 35psi. to soften the feel. knobs wear very well. I have patched the carcass once. a small branch put a hole that stans wasn't sealing. the price for running 120tpi tires, but they r so light, it's worth it. captain, Larsen, nevegal, purgatory, high roller, all have been used, and the excavator has so far been the best FOR THE REAR. my favorite front is hands down the hans dampf, but way too pricy for me to buy for the rear

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            For me, poor traction

            By Peter

            from Oakland, CA

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Pros

            • Durable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Mountain Biking

              Comments about Kenda Excavator DTC Tire Folding:

              I wanted to like these tires, as the price was good and I figured if Eric Carter is putting his name on them, they must be good.

              An earlier comment suggested putting them on the back, and if I needed to, that's where I would use them. Put here in NorCal, where it's pretty dry and dusty most of the season, I just washed my front tire too often. Prior to these I ran Maxxis High Rollers, and afterwards I used some old WTB Timberwolves - all 2.35 (except I went to 2.5 on the front after). No washouts at all on the Maxxis or WTB, before or after. But for some reason, the excavators wouldn't stay hooked up on the corners at speed, at least in my experience, on the east bay trails like Cinderella. Maybe it's my style, like I wasn't weighting the front as much as I should, but I don't have any issue with washing out (especially the front) with the Timberwolves or the High Rollers.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Great All Rounder that excels off road!

              By K-man

              from Vancouver BC

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Easy To Install
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Mountain Biking

                Comments about Kenda Excavator DTC Tire Folding:

                I cycle a wide variety of terrain - from city streets where I often jump curbs to trails of varying surfaces/conditions- dirt, sand, gravel, rocks - dry/wet - uphill/downhill. These tires handle it all really well - they feel stable and maintain their grip and are still almost as fast as smoother road tires when on road. Awesome!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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