Kenda Small Block 8 Tire

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    Featured Review

    “Perfect Racing Tire”

    The Good:

    The SB8 has 8 very small knobs running laterally through the tire. These tires are very fast and still quite grippy on hard pack trails and dirt jumps. Low rolling mass and resistance means you can accelerate significantly faster and it can shave a good half pound of your bike. It is also tubeless compatible! The middle knobs are made of a hard rubber compound which enables them to roll fast and wear well. The side knobs are made from a softer compound for better grip.

    The Bad:

    These tires are only ideal for XC use on hard pack to medium trails. For a trail bike its good to have it as a rear tire, but its too slick for use as a front tire. A good combo for good grip and fast acceleration would be a SM8 on the back and a Nevegal on the front.

    Overall Review:

    Overall, these are the ultimate tires for hot summer days riding fast, flowy hardpack trails. Fast acceleration, low weight combined with controlled grip on smooth trails will convert your bike into a singletrack screamer. They are also good value and wear slowly so its a worthwhile investment. Definitely a tire to recommend for those seeking some fast tires to race on or just mess around on the local trails.

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    Vital MTB member Tsetse
    23958 Tsetse /images/default/avatar/c50.png http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/Tsetse,23958/all 04/29/13 32 4

    “Fast Rolling but Slippery”

    The Good:

    These tires roll extremely smooth and efficiently, and have nearly no resistance to steering input. They are agile and fun to snipe tiny transfers and root/rock lips with. On a bike that sees both asphalt and dirt, they are a great balancing act. And after 4 years of use they are holding up great. These tires are perfect for trails coated with pine needles; slide when you want to, track when you need to.

    The Bad:

    They suck for use in the Pacific Northwest. Do you like riding in the early Spring of Fall? Then you don't like these tires and they don't like you. These things shed mud like an air hand-dryer dries your hands. They don't. Even if they did, the front wheel would be retreating from you at every turn. Fishtailing is fun though, maybe pair with a slightly beefier front tire.

    Overall Review:

    These tires are good for what they are; fast rolling cross tires. They get put on 'hybrid" bikes and that's a very good application, but dry xc is a good target too. If you have dry and packed conditions, these tires will be fun and precise, as well as long lasting. Even on pavement.

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    Vital MTB member WhiteBreadGravity
    38187 WhiteBreadGravity http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/38187/avatar/c50_IMG_20150417_230926_1447320345.jpg?1447319984 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/WhiteBreadGravity,38187/all 11/12/15 1 1 8

    “They're like Turbo Tires!”

    The Good:

    Rolls super smooth, therefore fast and flowing. Great for hard pack, fine on road and surprising agile off road.

    The Bad:

    Stay away from mud, not much sidewall for rock gardens.

    Overall Review:

    I bought these for my "loaner" and sometimes "urban assault" Hard Rock 29'er. They are instant ego boost compared to my Nomad with 2.5 Chunders! Easy to squeeze speed out of these when pumping. I learned the next level of pumping Partly Because of these SB8's. I find myself on the 29'er more often just because Rolling is the Best Return on Turning the Cranks...

    Overall Review:

    I bought these for my "loaner" and sometimes "urban assault" Hard Rock 29'er. They are instant ego boost compared to my Nomad with 2.5 Chunders!  Easy to squeeze speed out of these when pumping. I learned the next level of pumping Partly Because of these SB8's. I find myself on the 29'er more often just because Rolling is the Best Return on Turning the Cranks...

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    Vital MTB member joe.bolandrina
    23143 joe.bolandrina http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/23143/avatar/c50_fb_picture_1317482329.jpg?1364441606 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/joe-bolandrina,23143/all 03/27/13 1

    “Kenda Small Block 8”

    The Good:

    Light, Wide (2.3)

    The Bad:

    Nothing!!!!

    Overall Review:

    I'musing this tire on the front of my DJ bike and it is awesome! It has just enough tread to Dirt Jump with and not too much to go hit up the skate park. I love it!

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    Vital MTB member bikingmike333
    19822 bikingmike333 http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/19822/avatar/c50_specialized_logo.jpg?1352910978 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/bikingmike333,19822/all 11/14/12 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/bikingmike333,19822/setup 1 5 1 1

    “Kenda Small Black 8 vary versatile”

    The Good:

    versatile Fast Rolling

    The Bad:

    None so far. Maybe a tad Thin for some of the aggressive ( Sharp Rocky) all mountain riding i do

    Overall Review:

    Great tire For Anything from your Dirt Jump/Street/Park bike to your Cross Country/Trail/All Mountain bike

    id recommend it on any hard or hard pack surfaces.

    Overall Review:

    Great tire For Anything from your Dirt Jump/Street/Park bike to your Cross Country/Trail/All Mountain bike

    id recommend it on any hard or hard pack surfaces.

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    Vital MTB member warganic
    12827 warganic http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/12827/avatar/c50_Eli_bike_1.jpg?1327035281 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/warganic,12827/all 01/19/12 1 1 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/warganic,12827/setup 1 13 6

    “best tire for dirt jumping!!!”

    The Good:

    grips amazingly and is great on street

    The Bad:

    cant think of anything yet

    Overall Review:

    Amazing tire for dirt jump and street, and its not to pricy

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    Vital MTB member giantmtber
    14852 giantmtber http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/14852/avatar/c50_image_1382327321.jpg?1382326604 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/giantmtber,14852/all 04/14/12 9 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/giantmtber,14852/setup 22 5

    Specifications

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    Tubeless Compatible
    Bead
    Durometer
    Sidewall
    Weight
    Miscellaneous 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. Excellent hard pack XC race tire 8 Nevegal shaped but smaller knobs across the tire for better 'bite' DTC - Dual Tread Compound offers cornering grip with faster center line acceleration One of the fastest rolling tires in the Kenda Premium line 26x1.95 UST: 780g+50(give or take) 26x2.1 UST: 805g+60(give or take) TPI: 120 Folding bead Front or Rear useage
    Price $16.99

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