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Kenda Small Block 8 DTC Tire

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The Kenda Tomac Small Block 8 Mountain Tire. Features 120 tpi casing.

Based on the highly successful John Tomac Nevegal tire, The Small Block 8 features 8 smaller Nevegal-shaped knobs running left to right across the tire wheras the Nevegal has only 6 knobs. Designed to give more bite on the ground, better acceleration and speed- the SB8 is quickly becoming a racers favorite.

 

Features and Information

  • 120 tpi
  • DTC ( Dual Tread Compound) - High-density 60A middle with low-density 50A or 55A in cornering knobs
  • PSI: 30-80
  • Folding bead
  • 26X1.95 420g+or-25g
  • 26X2.1 504g+or-25g
  • 26X2.35 590g+or-25g

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Kenda Small Block 8 DTC Tire
 
4.0

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast rolling (5)
  • Fast (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Fast, stable, and grippy going straight

      I've used this in Florida, NY, and Cali.

      In Florida, I had no complaints at all really. It slipped in the open dusty corners that got baked in the sun and...Read complete review

      I've used this in Florida, NY, and Cali.

      In Florida, I had no complaints at all really. It slipped in the open dusty corners that got baked in the sun and loosened, but most tires I've tried lose it there, especially when pushing the pace and going in relatively fast. On short climbs in the moist, where the dirt was a bit more muddier, it slipped and carried the slick greasy mud for a good bit before control was fully restored. I didn't go long distance, but it made the fast and twisty singletrack super fun, except after heavy rainfall.

      In NY, I discovered that the tires grip rock surfaces like none other. I also discovered that even moderate inclines covered with gravel and leaves, that were recently drenched by rain, made pedaling up nearly impossible, due to slipping and spinning out. Such areas were rare to come across, was riding a trail in Mt. Beacon, in the Fall, that was part of a lightly ridden trail system that a newly built trail connected to, but it left a bad impression. I have nothing but praise for the tire in places like Stewart; the soupy mud at Stewart didn't even seem to be enough of prob that warranted switching to slower and grippier tires.

      In SoCal, the trails are really buff and fast. It's fast all the time, and fast tires really shine here. You just can't ride them on trails that have thorns, since you will go home with dozens of thorns sticking through it and pretty much have to spend more than a tube's worth of patches to fix it. The speed this tire generates means you'll need to be on the brakes more and be more skillful; don't hit the brakes in a corner or take a corner so fast that the ground washes out, else you'll be in for a fun/flow killing slip-up or crash.

      Overall, these tires are fast and are well behaved when going straight, providing more grip in climbing that knobbier tires in hardpack, and controlled braking, but they have a personality that you must be acquainted with before you can use the tire to its fullest extent. The speed *really impresses* you at first, but the more familiar you become with it, the more you dislike it. This tire's weakness seems to reveal itself when your inertia is going one way and the tire is turned another way, like in a turn. Looking at the tread pattern, it looks like it's only really good at climbing, braking, and forces 90 degrees to straight (lateral forces), like off camber sections, and bermed corners. Its knob height doesn't allow for getting through deeper loose stuff to the hard surface it can grip and the tight knob spacing doesn't clear mud well.

      That all said, it doesn't lose any stars for not being an all conditions tire, as it's definitely not advertised as one. It's a very specialized tire, designed to excel at hardpack, and it performs much much better than all terrain tires when it's in its element. It loses a star as it's not perfect and that I found that the competition is better, but the competition also costs 1.5x to even 3x as much. Great tire for the racer on a budget.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Fast. Good for XC or fireroads.

      I'm an average SoCal MTB'er and I found this tire didn't have enough traction on all the types of terrain I ride to justify using it. I can't afford to have a different tire depending...Read complete review

      I'm an average SoCal MTB'er and I found this tire didn't have enough traction on all the types of terrain I ride to justify using it. I can't afford to have a different tire depending on the trail I will ride that day.
      Straightline traction is good on asphalt and fire roads.
      I could not use this tire on the front. I'm pretty hard on front tires as I brake hard into turns. I don't coast into them. This comes from riding motorcycles.
      The knobs are TINY so they wear pretty quick.
      If I needed a XC racing tire, this might go on the back depending on the course.
      For general purpose riding, I think it is way too limiting on trails I ride.

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      4.0

      Good value

      By jukords

      from Farmington, NM

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Fast Rolling

      Cons

      • Low Grip

      Best Uses

      • Racing
      • XC

      Comments about Kenda Small Block 8 DTC Tire:

      2.1 width is not accurate, its more like around 1.95 inflated. Nonetheless its is good value for the money as a replacement for my worn down knobby rear tires. I think this is best used on the rear for lower resistance if you want to go fast on hardpack surface.

       
      4.0

      Good roll... descent trail tire

      By MacBiker

      from North Salt Lake, UT

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fast Rolling
      • Good Back Tire

      Cons

      • Need More Corner Bite

      Best Uses

        Comments about Kenda Small Block 8 DTC Tire:

        I have a 2.35" DTC Kenda Small Block 8 as my rear tire on 2010 Stumpjumper FSR Comp, paired with a 2.35" Kenda Nevegal up front. I find the Small Block 8 rolls fast and allows me to climb long hills better than other tires that have more bite. I do feel the back end slide out on occasion when taking corners hard or in loose conditions. I do feel the Small Block 8 and Nevagal pair nicely together.

        In addition, I have another bike with Small Block 8 on front and rear that I use to pull the kids bike trailer with. These faster rolling tires allow me to ride longer distances on paved trails than I would be able to with more agressive tires. Overall I feel that the durability of these tires is descent as well.

         
        5.0

        Awesome Tire

        By Nightrainrider

        from NY

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy Install
        • Fast
        • Look nice

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • Dirt Jmper

        Comments about Kenda Small Block 8 DTC Tire:

        Nice tire fast rolling

         
        4.0

        Fast!!!!!

        By NorCal geek

        from penn valley CA

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Smooth Rolling Hookup

        Cons

        • Gives Away On Pine Needle

        Best Uses

        • Fall Hard Pack

        Comments about Kenda Small Block 8 DTC Tire:

        Fast rolling good hard pack hookup tire that uses effective side knobs to keep ur leaning confident. Gives away climbing out of the saddle in softer stuff like pine needles and thick dust. My favorite fall hard pack tire

         
        4.0

        Tougher than you'd think

        By AD

        from Catskills, ny

        Verified Reviewer

        Comments about Kenda Small Block 8 DTC Tire:

        Love this tire for 100 milers when it's dry
        Never lost a tire even on central PA rocks
        And real easy to do Stan's tubeless conversion

         
        4.0

        The Legend lives on.

        By LOCORPH

        from RIVERSIDE, CA.

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Dtc For Durability
        • Fast Rolling
        • Kenda Quality
        • price

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Hardpack
          • Xc racing

          Comments about Kenda Small Block 8 DTC Tire:

          This tire is legendary, and even though long in the teeth, still works very well for intended use. These are NOT mud tires. Plus I think the price is unbeatable. I keep thinking of trying other manufacturers, but when I see the price of their best tires, they are much more expensive then Kenda. Plus, Kenda's are much easier to find. Performance wise, I couldn't be happier. I ride & race x/c. I use SB8 rear, and Slant-6 on frnt. I love these tires for their speed and DTC traction.

           
          3.0

          So So Tire

          By rschroeder714

          from Fullerton,ca

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Fast Rolling
          • Good On Hardpackstreet

          Cons

          • No Good On Dustyloose

          Best Uses

          • Street
          • Very Hardpack

          Comments about Kenda Small Block 8 DTC Tire:

          good tire for hardpack/street riding. if you ride anything that has any kind of loose top cover be prepared to wash out.

           
          2.0

          Fast. Good for XC or fireroads.

          By Teebird

          from Footill Ranch, CA

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Fast Rolling

          Cons

          • Loose Traction
          • Turning
          • Wear

          Best Uses

          • Xc racing

          Comments about Kenda Small Block 8 DTC Tire:

          I'm an average SoCal MTB'er and I found this tire didn't have enough traction on all the types of terrain I ride to justify using it. I can't afford to have a different tire depending on the trail I will ride that day.
          Straightline traction is good on asphalt and fire roads.
          I could not use this tire on the front. I'm pretty hard on front tires as I brake hard into turns. I don't coast into them. This comes from riding motorcycles.
          The knobs are TINY so they wear pretty quick.
          If I needed a XC racing tire, this might go on the back depending on the course.
          For general purpose riding, I think it is way too limiting on trails I ride.

           
          4.0

          Good XC tire for hardpack and dusty cond

          By XC Clyde

          from Palo Alto, CA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good traction on hardpack
          • Low Rolling Resistance

          Cons

          • Poor at mud shedding

          Best Uses

            Comments about Kenda Small Block 8 DTC Tire:

            I use this in 2.1 width both front and back for most XC terrain in the SF Bay and Tahoe areas during the dry months. As long as it is not wet, they have great climbing traction on hardpack and dusty trails and relatively loose fire roads. Very fast on flats and on the way down. Rounded profile gives very predictable downhill performance and cornering.

            If the conditions are rockier or there will be a lot of loose gravel, I'll put something with a more aggressive pattern on the front, but keep the Small Block 8 on the back.

            Not a good choice for our sticky brand of mud out here, and I wouldn't expect them to perform very well in other muddy areas given the small knobs.

            I use them with tubes, and recommend rotating front to back every couple hundred miles to balance out wear.

             
            5.0

            Yep, They really do roll great...

            By theflyrodr

            from Rochester Hills, MI

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast
            • Good climbing tire
            • Good hook up on dry track
            • Quiet on pavement
            • Soft ride
            • Straight line stability

            Cons

            • None yet- I ride dry days

            Best Uses

            • Dry dirt packed trials

            Comments about Kenda Small Block 8 DTC Tire:

            I read EVERYTHING trying to find the perfect tires for my riding in Michigan, at Stoney Creek and Pontiac Lake Metro parks near Detroit. I Called the Jensen Tech guys and they talked me into the Kenda SB8 that really do excel on hard pack single and 2-tracks here. Boy am I impressed! I think what I first noticed was great straight line stability, my WTB Weir Wolfs wanted to wander and were very twitchy and I did not feel confident. The SB8s immediately allowed me to go faster and hold a line downhill, scary fast but they handled the ruts and rocks without me feeling out of control. I run an older Trek 6700 disc hard tail and these tires with the Mavic Crossride wheel set made it a new bike. Thanks Jensen!

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