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The Telonix is a super grippy tire. If you’re looking for a tire that’ll climb well, regardless of the terrain, the Telonix is it. The large block ramped shaped knobs are positioned to provide the greatest amount of traction and control. To see what this tire is famous for take this tire on an off camber descent. The tire will hold its line extremely well even on loose dirt. Then, climb to top of the next mountain. The knobs stick to the terrain and propel you forward.

  • Folding Bead
  • Wheel Size: 26”
  • Weight: 780 +/-40 grams (claimed)

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Kenda Telonix Folding Tire Oe 2011
 
4.2

(based on 18 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great traction (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain biking (5)
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      • No (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Updated review

    Updated review "Too Wide" 08/11/12:

    Well I never got around to returning these tires. Firstly I need to correct my prior statement...my early...Read complete review

    Updated review "Too Wide" 08/11/12:

    Well I never got around to returning these tires. Firstly I need to correct my prior statement...my early 90's bike is a rigid and was originally equipped with 26 x 2.10. 

    Now with that out of the way, I had been running 26 x 1.95 but after changing to a rockier/bumpier trail system I wanted something I could run at lower pressures.

    In my prior review I complained about these 26 x 2.20 tires being wider than specified. I've since purchased a digital caliper; at the the pressures shown below the tires measure:
    2.20" @ 25 psi (below specified)
    2.215" @ 30 psi (min. specified)
    2.25" @ 50 psi (max. specified)

    I've read the other reviews that say these tires measure as indicated, but like most measurements, there are variables between those doing the measuring and this is what I've measured. Also, I've ridden these tires about 12 times, all of these measurements reflect that—not when new. 

    I run the front slightly lower than specified at 25 psi, and the rear at 35 psi, but probably will go up to 40 psi rear. I weigh about 185 lbs.

    As I said before, the rear didn't fit my chainstays. Since I never returned the tires, and didn't want to buy another set, I decided to shave the rear tire to fit. Using a belt sander, I shaved the outermost knobs down to the height of the second outermost knobs. This allowed enough clearance to fit, coupled with my preferred lower pressure it measures:
    2.10" @ 35 psi

    In actuality the sizing issue with these tires is due to the tall knobs; that's what really makes these tires seem oversize. It's the knob height hitting where my chainstays taper which prevented it fitting without shaving. The knob heights measure approximately:
    5.4 mm center knob @ 50 psi
    7.5 mm outer edge knob @ 50 psi

    Whereas for comparison my Panaracer Cinder 26 x 1.95 that I rode about 18 times has knob heights that measure approximately:
    2.65 mm center knob @ 50 psi
    5.7 mm outer edge knob @ 50 psi
    (By the way, the width measures 1.90" at 50 psi.)

    To restate that, the width is basically accurate, but since the knobs are so tall they're placing that width deeper into the chainstay...so due to the overall height they're effectively too wide for narrower/shorter chainstays.

    If anyone should think they want to shave the rear tire down like I did, be forewarned that it leaves no room for a warped rim. If I warp my rear rim on the trail I'm walking out carrying my bike.

    I really like the ride from these tires...plenty of traction on all surfaces (don't know about mud), superb edge grip, and great cushioning for a rigid. The first few rides were an adjustment from the 1.95's since they were less nimble; between the extreme knobbiness and larger width they kept tracking forward making line transitions awkward. Some of the trails I ride are former deer paths that follow horizontally across a grade at approx. 45 degrees...on these unimproved narrow trails the edge knobs sometimes bite into the high side and try to climb the grade. I've mostly adjusted to these differences, but will occasionally still lose my line/flow. At the pressures I run, these tires float over gravelly creekbeds with ease. I've yet to push them to their cornering limit, but am gaining confidence with each ride. They definitely inspire exploring your own self-imposed psychological limits, and I'm glad to say there isn't a scary center to edge transition. As another reviewer said, "they go where you point them"...so be sure you point them accurately and keep them pointed straight when they try climbing at the edge.

    Weight-wise I'm unable to compare them to other tires since I've never run this wide or low pressure before. Adding to the weight, I'm using downhill tubes to help guard against pinch flats.. They're definitely slower than the 1.95's I'm used to, but it's well worth it. I've also never ran a high thread count tire before, but as comfortable as these things are rolling over everything, high tpi is all I'll buy now...it's like the difference between hard and soft-soled shoes. When riding off a rock edge with a 2 foot drop, it feels as if I'm riding the flats...that's significant on a 26" rigid.

    When it's time to replace these tires, I'll likely switch to a 2.10 with tall knobs or stay at 2.20 but with shorter knobs to gain more chainstay clearance.

    Well, that's about it, hopefully this updated review is more helpful.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Too Wide

    Sadly I'm unable to review the tire performance itself. I purchased these tires for a early 90's hardtail (originally equiped with 2.20"), but the knob width is too wide for...Read complete review

    Sadly I'm unable to review the tire performance itself. I purchased these tires for a early 90's hardtail (originally equiped with 2.20"), but the knob width is too wide for the rear chainstays.

    I don't know what industry standard bicycle tire manufacturers use to classify their tires, but this tire is wider than 2.20. From a consumers perspective when a tire is classified as 2.20 then it's my expectation that is its maximum width. Prior to ordering these tires I contacted Kenda for sizing information on the 2.60 Telonix. I was given both a casing width (2.50") and a knob width (2.72"), apparently the average of these two widths is used to classify that tire as 2.60. I suspect this is similar to how the 2.20 tire is classification is determined.

    It would be helpful to consumers if bicycle tire manufacturers provided tire specifications/dimensions on their websites like many automotive tire manufacturers do. Instead, I now have to pay return shipping charges. I almost didn't order these tires based on an earlier review regarding the tire width, but since it was the only review I found mentioning this issue (and I really wanted to try this tread pattern) I regrettably placed my order despite that advice.

    On another note, this tire was a bear to install/remove. The bead was so tight against the rim it felt as though the tire lever was about to break, possibly sending plastic shards into my eyes. Due to this I now plan to order a set of metal tire levers. While difficult to install/remove, I was okay with that because I planned to run these tires at very low pressures so a 'tight bead' would deter the tire from rolling off the rim.

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    5.0

    Great for climbing

    By Jeff

    from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments about Kenda Telonix Folding Tire Oe 2011:

      Great for climbing rough terrain

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Rolls better than expected

      By Josh

      from La Verne, CA

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Grippy
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking

        Comments about Kenda Telonix Folding Tire Oe 2011:

        This tire is so much better for the trails I do than the mountain kings I had. It does roll a bit worse than those but not as bad as I expected. They do come folded so if you are expecting to go tubeless you will have to have them mounted with tubes for a while to round them out. As soon as mine are good, I will be trying them tubeless.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Love 'em

        By SDrider9

        from San Diego, CA

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Mountain Biking

          Comments about Kenda Telonix Folding Tire Oe 2011:

          Love 'em on the mix of sandy/rocky trails in San Diego. I upgraded from 2.1s and the extra traction in the rear helps me during hill climbs. Coming downhill and cornering is also very good in these tires. Good deal!

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          • No

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Updated review

          By Trailblazer

          from San Antonio, Texas

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Kenda Telonix Folding Tire Oe 2011:

                Updated review "Too Wide" 08/11/12:

                Well I never got around to returning these tires. Firstly I need to correct my prior statement...my early 90's bike is a rigid and was originally equipped with 26 x 2.10. 

                Now with that out of the way, I had been running 26 x 1.95 but after changing to a rockier/bumpier trail system I wanted something I could run at lower pressures.

                In my prior review I complained about these 26 x 2.20 tires being wider than specified. I've since purchased a digital caliper; at the the pressures shown below the tires measure:
                2.20" @ 25 psi (below specified)
                2.215" @ 30 psi (min. specified)
                2.25" @ 50 psi (max. specified)

                I've read the other reviews that say these tires measure as indicated, but like most measurements, there are variables between those doing the measuring and this is what I've measured. Also, I've ridden these tires about 12 times, all of these measurements reflect that—not when new. 

                I run the front slightly lower than specified at 25 psi, and the rear at 35 psi, but probably will go up to 40 psi rear. I weigh about 185 lbs.

                As I said before, the rear didn't fit my chainstays. Since I never returned the tires, and didn't want to buy another set, I decided to shave the rear tire to fit. Using a belt sander, I shaved the outermost knobs down to the height of the second outermost knobs. This allowed enough clearance to fit, coupled with my preferred lower pressure it measures:
                2.10" @ 35 psi

                In actuality the sizing issue with these tires is due to the tall knobs; that's what really makes these tires seem oversize. It's the knob height hitting where my chainstays taper which prevented it fitting without shaving. The knob heights measure approximately:
                5.4 mm center knob @ 50 psi
                7.5 mm outer edge knob @ 50 psi

                Whereas for comparison my Panaracer Cinder 26 x 1.95 that I rode about 18 times has knob heights that measure approximately:
                2.65 mm center knob @ 50 psi
                5.7 mm outer edge knob @ 50 psi
                (By the way, the width measures 1.90" at 50 psi.)

                To restate that, the width is basically accurate, but since the knobs are so tall they're placing that width deeper into the chainstay...so due to the overall height they're effectively too wide for narrower/shorter chainstays.

                If anyone should think they want to shave the rear tire down like I did, be forewarned that it leaves no room for a warped rim. If I warp my rear rim on the trail I'm walking out carrying my bike.

                I really like the ride from these tires...plenty of traction on all surfaces (don't know about mud), superb edge grip, and great cushioning for a rigid. The first few rides were an adjustment from the 1.95's since they were less nimble; between the extreme knobbiness and larger width they kept tracking forward making line transitions awkward. Some of the trails I ride are former deer paths that follow horizontally across a grade at approx. 45 degrees...on these unimproved narrow trails the edge knobs sometimes bite into the high side and try to climb the grade. I've mostly adjusted to these differences, but will occasionally still lose my line/flow. At the pressures I run, these tires float over gravelly creekbeds with ease. I've yet to push them to their cornering limit, but am gaining confidence with each ride. They definitely inspire exploring your own self-imposed psychological limits, and I'm glad to say there isn't a scary center to edge transition. As another reviewer said, "they go where you point them"...so be sure you point them accurately and keep them pointed straight when they try climbing at the edge.

                Weight-wise I'm unable to compare them to other tires since I've never run this wide or low pressure before. Adding to the weight, I'm using downhill tubes to help guard against pinch flats.. They're definitely slower than the 1.95's I'm used to, but it's well worth it. I've also never ran a high thread count tire before, but as comfortable as these things are rolling over everything, high tpi is all I'll buy now...it's like the difference between hard and soft-soled shoes. When riding off a rock edge with a 2 foot drop, it feels as if I'm riding the flats...that's significant on a 26" rigid.

                When it's time to replace these tires, I'll likely switch to a 2.10 with tall knobs or stay at 2.20 but with shorter knobs to gain more chainstay clearance.

                Well, that's about it, hopefully this updated review is more helpful.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Traction at a Cost

                By tyrebyter

                from New Mexico

                About Me Avid Cyclist

                Pros

                • Grip At Any Angle
                • Value

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • Slow

                Best Uses

                • Mountain Biking

                Comments about Kenda Telonix Folding Tire Oe 2011:

                Mounted tubeless on 23mm inside width rim, 32psi rear, 30psi front. 2.2" tire measured 2.11" at sidewall, 2.21" at knobs, so very much true to size. At 790 grams, a bit heavy but mostly because it has so much tread. Don't think anyone is going to call this a fast tire, but brother does it grip the trail: Loose, rocky, hardpack, uphill, braking, cornering. Can't say how it does in the wet since it hasn't rained here in a couple years, but if it's dry, this tire is hanging on like a scared cat. Excellent directional control, goes where you point it. The 120TPI casing presents something of a paradox since there is so much rubber on the tread but the sidewalls are quite supple. Probably why it does so well on rock. Combined with the squarish footprint, the moment of inertia is pushed further out making it sluggish to get up to speed. That's OK, I'm not in a hurry. Can't testify to durability since I'm just getting started with it.

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                • No
                 
                4.0

                Great Fall or Spring Tire

                By Sumskillz

                from GTA (Greater Toronto Area)

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Bites Through Leaf Fall
                • Climbing Braking Grip
                • Off Camber Grip

                Cons

                • Poor rolling resistance
                • Side Knobs Hold Mud

                Best Uses

                • Leaf Blankets
                • Rocky trails
                • Root Filled Declines
                • Sloppy conditions

                Comments about Kenda Telonix Folding Tire Oe 2011:

                Finding the right tire for transition seasons (Fall and Spring in the Northeast) is tough. One sheds mud well but is horrible on roots or woodwork trail features. The other is good on wood or rocks but terrible under braking or slogging through goop. Telonix is the best rear tire I have used for those transition seasons. The off camber grip is amazing. In my opinion the tread is overkill for the front tire, I prefer a wider tire with much less knobs.

                 
                4.0

                sure footed

                By nomaybes

                from SoCal

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Good On Loose Over Hard
                • Good On Rocks
                • Maintains Traction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Trail

                Comments about Kenda Telonix Folding Tire Oe 2011:

                I use this as a front on my Yeti 575. tacky on the socal terrain, haven't washed yet - even leaning hard into turns.
                It is HEAVY. Don't put this on your XC rig, you'll be disappointed

                 
                5.0

                Nice Tire.

                By gmmm

                from northeast Indiana

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Great traction
                • Supple Bead And Sidewall

                Cons

                • no cons

                Best Uses

                • Rooty Rocky Hilly Trail

                Comments about Kenda Telonix Folding Tire Oe 2011:

                This tire is used as a rear tire on a 2007 hardtail. The supple beads and sidewalls made for easier than usual installation (without tire levers.) The bead hooked up instantly with about 5 psi and required no manual adjustment to make it even all the way around the rim. Traction is superb on our hilly, rooty singletracks. I did NOT experience some of the problems with the tire being wider than advertised as did some other reviewers on this site. This tire is exactly 2.2 inches wide across the widest part, which is outside corner to outside corner of the knobs on the edge. DIG IT!!

                 
                5.0

                Great tire

                By e-runner93

                from bristol, ct

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Large Volume For Size
                • Lots of grip
                • Tread Bites Into Ground

                Cons

                • Slower rolling

                Best Uses

                • all mountain
                • Light freeride
                • XC

                Comments about Kenda Telonix Folding Tire Oe 2011:

                I bought this tire over the summer, to replace the IRC trailbear I was running in the rear. It has tons of grip, and really bites into the ground. My 2.2 probably measures closer to 2.3 (the side knobs are big). It is a bit slow rolling, but not a big deal

                 
                4.0

                Good tire, good price

                By CJ

                from Intermountain West

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Grip
                • Sturdiness

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Mountain biking

                  Comments about Kenda Telonix Folding Tire Oe 2011:

                  I like this tire: affordable, grippy, agressive-looking.

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