Kenda Small Block 8 Tire

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Perfect Racing Tire

Rating: Featured Member Review
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.

Kenda Small Block Eight Pro Tires

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The Good:

These tires are PERFECT for a 26' dirt jumper because they are good for dirt jumps, bmx, and pump track. The tires wear well. They are also super light and provide unbelievable traction.

The Bad:

The only bad thing I can stay about they tires is that they cake up with mud but that's why they are considered dry condition tires.

Overall Review:

Overall these tires are great! They are great for all types of riding, last a long time, good grip, and are very light weight. I completely recommend you buying these tires!

My go to tire for over 10 years now!

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The Good:

If you're looking for a lightweight fast rolling tire this is it!

The Bad:

This is a great tire for hard pact conditions but that also means there are better options for loose and wet conditions.

Overall Review:

I would highly recommend this tire to anyone that is looking for a lightweight fast rolling tire. I use it mainly for dirtjumping, pumptrack, and slopestyle and have been more than happy with the way it performs.

SB8 - Great all-round tire

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The Good:

The Kenda Small Block 8 is a great all-condition tire for wet and dry conditions on dirt, gravel, rocks and roots. With 8 small treads across the width of the tire there is always good contact with the terrain. The tire compound is tough and these tires last a long time.

The Bad:

In extreme wet or loose conditions this tire would not be the best choice.

Overall Review:

The Kenda Small Block 8 is a great tire for most conditions as long as are you are not riding in extreme mud or extremely loose terrain. It performs well over roots and rocks with good traction thanks to the 8 small knobs across the width of the tire. It is available with a TR and KSCT casing and both perform well. Choose the KSCT casing if you ride in rocky terrain where you need extra sidewall protection.

Fast Rolling but Slippery

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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.

They're like Turbo Tires!

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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...

Kenda Small Block 8

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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!

Kenda Small Black 8 vary versatile

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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.

best tire for dirt jumping!!!

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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

Specifications

Product Kenda Small Block 8 Tire
Riding Type Cross Country, Trail
Wheel Size 26"
Tire Width
  • 1.95 inches
  • 2.1 inches
Tubeless Compatible UST
Bead Folding
Durometer
Sidewall Dual Tread, 120 tpi
Weight
  • 1 lb 11.5 oz (780 g)
  • 1 lb 12.4 oz (805 g)
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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