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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
 
4.5

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (6)
  • Durable (5)
  • Attractive (4)
  • Easy to install (4)
  • Great traction (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain biking (8)
    • Am (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (6), Casual/ recreational (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (9)

    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

    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.

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        • 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
           
          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!

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              4.0

              Good tire for the price.

              By Crash

              from Easley, SC

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Price
              • Traction

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • Slow Rolling

              Best Uses

              • Mountain Biking

              Comments about Kenda Excavator DTC Tire Folding:

              Tires have good traction in all conditions. A little slippery on the front in SC hard pack. On wet days, drop the pressure to about 45 and they do good on rocks and roots. They are a bit slow rolling. Tires seem a bit bigger than 1.95.

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              • No
               
              5.0

              Best tires for your $

              By Broseph

              from Georgia/SC/Cali

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Durable
              • Easy To Install
              • Great Traction
              • Lightweight
              • Sheds Mud Fast
              • Smooth

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Casual Riding
                • Downhill
                • Mountain Biking
                • Single track

                Comments about Kenda Excavator DTC Tire Folding:

                Instead of buying my beloved Maxxis crossmark.. I purchased this tire for the cheap price... So I went from great to poor tires(Which I assumed)....

                After riding and installing... I'd have to say best tires period for single track! Mud sheds fast! It bites in turns! Great traction at fast speeds! Works great in muddy conditions! They are almost as high rolling as my cross marks but I get way more tration when it comes into burms... Great tires % star all the way!

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                • No
                 
                5.0

                Awesome Wet Conditions Tire

                By Jeff

                from Oregon

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Easy To Install
                • Lightweight
                • Shed Mud

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Mountain Biking

                  Comments about Kenda Excavator DTC Tire Folding:

                  I wanted something for the wet and muddy conditions of the Oregon Coast Range. These shed mud fantastically; so well that by time I got home on my first ride with them there was barely any mud on the tire, but the other tire's tread was packed with mud. They hold on leaves and roots as well.

                  I'm going to air these up and see how heavy they feel on pavement. Whenever I'm on pavement at trail pressures, these are slow and heavy as others have said.

                  Weight weenie nitpick: they were nearly 20% over spec on the weight even though the packaging said +/-5%.

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                  5.0

                  better than Nevegal

                  By Big Jim

                  from Foothills or the ADK's

                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Excellent Grip
                  • Excellent Tread Patteron
                  • Lightweight
                  • Low Rolling Resistance

                  Cons

                  • NONE

                  Best Uses

                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Racing

                  Comments about Kenda Excavator DTC Tire Folding:

                  Replaced a Nevegal DTC 2.1 with the Excavator. This review is for the 2.1 size. The first thing I noticed is that the tire was quiet and rolling resistance was much less. It hooks up just as good as a Nevegal, maybe better. I run a Blue Groove 2.35 (F) and now the Excavator 2.1 (R) both DTC. I might even get a 2.35 for the front when the Blue Groove wears out. Good in wet, rocks, snow, mud. All around great tire!

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                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  finally switched from Fire XCPros

                  By Shawn...

                  from CO

                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Mountain Biking

                    Comments about Kenda Excavator DTC Tire Folding:

                    Great all around tire...took it through some CO snow pack on the first ride and it held up very well

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Confidence inspiring with great grip

                    By Diel

                    from Walnut, CA

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Build
                    • Confidence Inspiring
                    • Grip
                    • Leans Way Over
                    • Rolls Fast
                    • Tracks nicely

                    Cons

                    • Havent Encountered Any

                    Best Uses

                    • Am
                    • Hardpack
                    • Loose over hardpack
                    • Rocky
                    • XC

                    Comments about Kenda Excavator DTC Tire Folding:

                    Used on the front of my xc hard tail. Rolls much faster and leans better than the nevegal I had up there. It has great grip levels and has been great on all the dry conditions ive tried it on, hardpack, loose over hardpack, rocks. Havent tried it in the wet/mud or roots. Allows you to go much faster and deeper into corners with out wondering if the tire will slide out. Pumped up it works as great as a knobbie can work on the streets. Great tire if you dont want to sacrifice grip for speed. Folding tire installed super easy

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