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Kenda Nevegal Tire

Average User Rating: (Good)
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    “Not The All Arounder They Claim to Be”

    The Good: rolls downhills well, good drip on softer trails, wears well, good range of tire pressures

    The Bad: lots of rolling resistance, not good going up hill, slippery on hardpack,

    Overall Review:

    I have this in 2.35 Stick-E, but don't find to be all that sticky. Like others have said they are also on the heavy side. On the hardpack this tire doesn't grip the best, but when the ground is a bit soft in the early spring or after a decent rain they dig in quite well. Definitely a good tire for going downhill on softer trails, but a bit to much for peddly trails, going up hill more than slightly or serious hardpack. I have been impressed with how they have worn and I have had no problems with sidewall tears, or knobbs tearing off. I have also been impressed with the range of pressures these tires can take, as low as 26psi and as much as 30psi. Definitely could be a lot worse.

    “Kindof Cheap, Kindof Crappy”

    The Good: Cheap, ok as a rear tire

    The Bad: doesnt climb too well, ive had the cornering knobs rip off.. not get worn out... tare off the sidewall

    Overall Review:

    I bought two pairs of these things back in the day. 2 2.5 DH casing, and 2 2.35 foldable. I never run these guys in the front, as it is pretty sketchy. The foldable ones are ok, but ive had the corning knobs rip right off the sidewall. Additionally the tire really struggles to climb when its remotely damp. The drift is pretty predictable though, but it doesnt corning too great though. The 2.5 i will pretty much as a dick around tire on my dh bike. There would be very, very limited applications of when i would use these when racing.

    “Jack of all trades... sort of.”

    The Good: Decent All Mountain application. Grips roots and slick rocks in slow muddy technical conditions. Good as a rear tire.

    The Bad: Slow. Pinch flat easy with tubes. Rated specifically to NOT be tubeless ready by the manufacture.

    Overall Review:

    The DTC is pretty grippy tire for most conditions. For slow technical muddy conditions I feel the tire really shines.  However, from what I've experienced It's not the most confidence inspiring at high speed cornering in wet or dry conditions.  As others have stated it does feel like it is slow rolling especially the wider tires so getting to those conditions is tough anyhow.  The heavier Stick-E DH models are really slow feeling but nice in the rock garden knar.  Pinch flats are also a problem that I've experienced, more than any other tire I've had before.  All that said, I don't think they're a bad tire.  I do like the tires enough that I didn't throw them away when I took them off my bike.  I put them on my wife's bike as I felt like they suited her needs far better than they did mine.  I'm going to try and run them tubeless so to not have to deal with the pinch flats even though Kenda doesn't recommend it.  I'm still going to use my DH model on my other wheels in the rear for those lift serviced days as I do like how it grips and drifts in the rear.  Just not in the front any more.

    “Poor tire, but inexpensive”

    The Good: cheap frequently on sale durable

    The Bad: grip, cornering, weight, tubeless

    Overall Review:

    Most people who highly rate this tire just haven't tried many others, simply because it's a popular oem or cheap quick replacement.

    They are also relatively long lasting and the knobs don't fall off.

    I know I had them on my first few mountain bikes years ago, and I hope I never see them again.

    Realistically, its overly heavy for its size no matter how big you get it, and has poor traction in corners and braking.

    There is a night and day difference if you ride it side by side with a maxxis DHF in performance.

    “Nevegal tomac”

    The Good: Super gripin certain conditions. Strong sidewalls can run relatively low pressure.

    The Bad: Slow rolling , but this really occurs with most tires, mine are the stick e in 2.7.

    Overall Review:

    Good tire over all, I use mine as a front, not the fastest rolling but grips very well. I would buy it again.

    “Great Tire”

    The Good: Plenty of grip

    The Bad: A bit slow on hard pack

    Overall Review:

    I love using the Nevegal as my rear tire as it has plenty of grip and holds a corner well. Similar to the Kenda Blur Groove, I prefer to use a worn in tire with a shorter center tread depth. I only notice to slowness and roughness of the ride when I'm on hard pack or road to get to the trail, but I'd rather have good corner grip on the trail and fast rolling tire on the road.

    “Grip like a pit bull!!!!”

    The Good: Durable, sticky, great in corners & priced fair. I run 2.1's front & rear on packed freeride trails covered in pine needles & oak leaves or on clay dirt jumps, I have no complaints.

    The Bad: Wish they had a little more profile, but other than that, I enjoy them.

    Overall Review:

    Great, long lasting tires with some good dirt slinging knobs & lots of traction when you need it.

    “In desperate need of a redesign”

    The Good: Not dangerous, OK in the wet but not on wet rock.

    The Bad: Super-uber slow rolling, puncture prone, so many better tires out there why bother?

    Overall Review:

    If you compare this tire to a Maxxis Minion it really is a fail. The Minion is better in every other way, better braking action, cornering grip, off camber grip and much faster rolling. Also there are a host of other tires that are in this class that have a better reputation such as Schwalbe Hans Damf, High Roller 2 and Specialized Butcher etc, so why use this slow tire?

    “Corners with confidence, but slow rolling”

    The Good: Cornering performance is awesome

    The Bad: Rolls slower than comparable tires

    Overall Review:

    I love the way this tire corners. I remember the first time I leaned it over, I couldn't believe how far it held. If that's important to you, then rest assured this tire will not let you down in the turns. However, if you're just riding along on hard-packed trails or on the road to the trailhead, you can feel how much resistance this tire creates when rolling. I've talked to some of my riding buddies, and they agree that this tire's strength is its cornering ability, not its speed. Pick your priority.

    “Kenda Nevegal DTC 26x2.35”

    The Good: 1. Grippy knobs 2. Fast rolling 3. Durable middle knobs 4. Good protection from punctures

    The Bad: 1. Somewhat unstable sidewalls 2. Slightly heavy for its class

    Overall Review:

    I have had the Nevegal DTC for a few months now and I can say, it is one of the versatile tires I have ridden. I recently switched from a much lower profile tire and the larger blocks dig into the loose dirt very nicely. Despite having such good dirt penetrating abilities, the Nevegals roll very well on hard-pack dirt due to its L3R (Low Rolling Resistance Rubber) and tightly spaced center knobs. When that dirt becomes sticky mud, it clears it out just fine but not as well as purpose built wet tires. The Stick-E compound provides amazing grip which provides confidence in the corners. It is actually the best cornering grip I have experienced but i have not yet ridden the Maxxis Minion 3c tire.

    Despite being so versatile, the Nevegal does have its flaws. The tire weighs in at around 700 grams so while it isn't necessarily DH heavy, you could go lighter. Also, the sidewalls are very flexible which leads to tire roll. While it is necessary, to much is not a good thing. However, this only occurred while running the tire on my thinner rims at low air pressures. I then slapped them on my friends wider rims and put them at 45 psi and that excessive roll was gone.

    All in all, the tire is extremely versatile and can be run at either end of the bike. The biggest flaw can easily be fixed and at 2.35 width, it holds its own weight wise. If you are looking for a versatile trail/ all-mountain tire, you would be hard pressed to find a better tire.

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    Riding Type
    Tubeless Compatible
    Miscellaneous Tomac Signature Series tire, and it is still as popular as ever! The 1.95 Nevegal was #1 out of 40 tires in the Sep. 2004 Mt. Bike Action tire shootout! The versatile tread pattern features tall knobs designed to penetrate and hold on to loose terrain. Select models use Kenda's Stick-E rubber compound, a slow rebounding rubber that acts as suspension so the tread can conform to the trail, rather than bouncing off of it. On downhill/freeride tires, the Stick-E rubber is applied over the entire tread surface, on XC tires, just the outside knobs get the Stick-E treatment. DTC, Kenda's Dual Tread Compound low resistance rubber used for XC applications shaves grams over traditional tires. DH Casing, also on select models, is a puncture-resistant material designed to prevent pinch flats. Front or rear compatible 26 x 1.95 TPI: 120 PSI: 40-65 Weight(claimed: 547 g 26 x 2.10 Tubeless: TPI: 120 PSI: 30-50 Weight(claimed): 769 g DTC 26 x 2.10 DTC TPI: 120 PSI: 40-65 Weight(claimed): 609 g 26 x 2.10 Stick-E TPI: 120 PSI: 40-65 Weight(claimed): 622 g 29 x 2.2 DTC TPI: 60 PSI: 30-50 Weight(claimed): 827 g 26 x 2.35 DTC TPI: 120 PSI: 30-50 Weight(claimed): 698 g 26 x 2.35 Stick-E TPI: 60 PSI: 30-50 Weight(claimed): 763 g 26 x 2.50 Stick-E Folding TPI: 60 PSI: 30-50 Weight(claimed): 899 g 26 x 2.50 Stick-E Wire TPI: 60 PSI: 30-50 Weight(claimed): 1238 g 26 x 2.35 Stick-E Wire TPI: 60 PSI: 30-50 Weight(claimed): 1190 g 26 x 2.50 Stick-E Wire DH casing TPI: 60 PSI: 30-50 Weight(claimed): 1140 g 26 x 2.70 Stick-E Wire TPI: 60 PSI: 30-50 Weight(claimed): 1431 g
    Price $29.99
    Vital MTB Retail Partners:
    Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry