Welcome to mtbtires.com mtbtires.com THE mountain bike tire information resource. Bicycle tire specs, sizes, weights, reviews, information on mtb tires. shiggy's mountain bike tire site mt bike tires, wheels, trails, opinions http://mtbtires.com/site2/component/content/frontpage Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:55:50 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Just in: Kenda ExCavator 1.95, 2.10 and 2.35 http://mtbtires.com/site2/tire-reviews/75-just-in/122-just-in-kenda-excavator-195-210-and-235 http://mtbtires.com/site2/tire-reviews/75-just-in/122-just-in-kenda-excavator-195-210-and-235 Kenda Excavator I received a pair of the 2.10 versions a couple of years ago and liked the ride. I now have a complete size run--1.95, 2.10, and 2.35--of the folding bead version ExCavators for more extended testing. Eric Carter chose a variation of the long-proven square block tread arranged in the versatile alternating row pattern. The wide center knobs create a paddle for good drive and braking traction with the leading edges slightly ramped to improve the rolling resistance a bit. The row of transition knobs is fully offset (centered between) from the center and edge tread. Better for roll-the-tire-into-the-lean riding styles than the Nevegal, and it works on a wider range of rim widths. It you want the gap-row tread for throw-the-bike riding style the tire can be grooved, and Carter gives his tread modification tips on the Kenda Tech blog.

The large tread blocks do add weight and the Excavators have a claimed weight even higher than the Nevegal. Plus my samples of the smaller tires came in above the published range. I still consider this a small price for the overall grip and tread durability.

In this day and age, why would you want a 1.95 tire? In the case of the ExCavator, weight, except that one of the 2.10 tires is lighter than either of the 1.95s. Surprisingly, the smallest version has basically the same casing volume as the 2.10 tire. The tread blocks are slightly smaller with more space between them. A possible advantage in looser/chunkier conditions. The tires are not mislabeled as the molded in marking are correct. The 2.35 is typically huge in volume and tread width. Future ride reports to follow.

More pics and brief specs below.

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mtbtires.shiggy@gmail.com (shiggy) frontpage Tue, 25 May 2010 18:39:11 +0000
Personal Issue: Soma Lo-Pro 8 / Innovations Flat Stack Tools http://mtbtires.com/site2/personal-issue/84-personal-issue-tools/121-personal-issue-soma-lo-pro-8-innovations-flat-stack-tools http://mtbtires.com/site2/personal-issue/84-personal-issue-tools/121-personal-issue-soma-lo-pro-8-innovations-flat-stack-tools Personal IssueThe Genuine Innovations Flat Stack Mini Tool has had a home in my pocket since last Fall. The Soma Fabrications Lo-Pro 8 Pocket Tool is a even smaller version.

Tools

 Both tools are constructed from a high-quality steel. Each bit is formed on a big square base which makes using these tools very solid, much better than most mini-tools and rivaling the effectiveness of much larger shop wrench sets.

Each tool measures just 7mm thick by 27mm wide, about the same as 4 quarters. The 79g Flat Stack is longer at 72mm vs 55mm for the 57g Lo-Pro 8. The extra length does give the Genuine Innovations version more leverage though both work well for most trail-side repairs and adjustments. Included tools are: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6mm hex wrenches, T25 torx wrench (disc rotor bolts), flat head and #1 philips head screwdrivers. Lacks only the 8 or 10mm hex used by many current crank sets. 

I carry one in my jersey or shorts pocket where I can access it quickly. Weight and size is makes it unnoticeable otherwise. One also lives in my pants pocket where I find myself using it nearly everyday, mostly for non-bike purposes.

 Genuine Innovations Flat Stack Mini Tool sells for $19.99.

MSRP for the Soma Fabrications Lo-Pro 8 Pocket Tool is $14.99.

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mtbtires.shiggy@gmail.com (shiggy) frontpage Thu, 06 May 2010 14:27:36 +0000
What is "Personal Issue"? http://mtbtires.com/site2/personal-issue/89-personal-issue-general/120-what-is-qpersonal-issueq http://mtbtires.com/site2/personal-issue/89-personal-issue-general/120-what-is-qpersonal-issueq

 

 In the bicycle industry much is made of a product being "Team Issue," the best available and worthy for use by the top riders. The components, frames, and other parts are indeed top of the line, but the team riders are also required to use them for sponsorship reasons. What would they use given the choice free of contractual obligations may be very different. Team Issue items may also have little relevantly in the real-world for everyday riders.

 

Enter mtbtires.com's Personal Issue: Components, tires, tools and clothing items selected for my continued personal use, simply because they work, and work well.

 

 Many of the products have been purchased at retail (or wholesale) prices. Some (mostly tires) have been supplied to the site at no cost for evaluation. No payment or bribes have been, or will ever be, accepted for inclusion on the Personal Issue roster.

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mtbtires.shiggy@gmail.com (shiggy) frontpage Thu, 06 May 2010 01:20:57 +0000
Ride Report: Kenda El Moco http://mtbtires.com/site2/tire-reviews/72-ride-reports/119-ride-report-kenda-el-moco http://mtbtires.com/site2/tire-reviews/72-ride-reports/119-ride-report-kenda-el-moco Kenda El Moco on the rocksBrian Lopes wanted a tire that was not in the Kenda lineup to work with his riding style. The El Moco is the result. Paddles of round center knobs give good drive and braking grip, and tall tightly packed edge blocks dig in for cornering. A large gap between the two suits Lopes' aggressive toss-the-bike-into-the-turn style. He likes the tire to be able to drift before the outer tread bites hard. Great for him, but how does it work for other riders?

I mounted a set on Bontrager Rhythm Comp wheels (28mm wide) to ride on the Salsa Ala Carte hardtail. On the front, 2.35, Stick-E rubber. Rear, 2.10, Dual Rubber Compound. Both folding bead. Started with 25psi front, 30psi rear with tubes.

Initial rides traversed loose to firm and rocky trails. Many of them dished out horse trails. I found myself bouncing more than I liked on the first small rocky stretches. Was being knocked off line way too easily, often forcing me into the soft edge of the trail where the side tread would struggle. After reducing the tire pressures front and rear, as well as checking the fork (which was OK), control improved. Tracking (directional stability) was good on the soft sandy trails and suffered a bit on the rocks compared to the larger block tires I have been running. Carving the corners was fun with the tall side tread holding well. It was necessary to lean the bike hard to get onto the edges though the soft surfaces mitigated the need some. This "tossing" style is not my preferred riding mode, and the El Moco seems to require it as I found when I changed trails...

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mtbtires.shiggy@gmail.com (shiggy) frontpage Wed, 05 May 2010 21:38:27 +0000
Just In: Kenda KOT 1.80 http://mtbtires.com/site2/tire-specs/48-kenda/118-just-in-kenda-kot-180 http://mtbtires.com/site2/tire-specs/48-kenda/118-just-in-kenda-kot-180 Kenda KOT 1.80The skinniest version of the King of Traction line. Fairly low center knobs to very tall edge "cones" in the very open tread pattern. A mudder for when to going gets very soft and deep.

Full specs on the Kenda page 

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don.person@gmail.com (shiggy) frontpage Tue, 04 May 2010 18:31:13 +0000
Kenda King of Traction 26 x 1.80 Specs Added http://mtbtires.com/site2/news/3-newsflash/117-kenda-king-of-traction-26-x-180-specs-added http://mtbtires.com/site2/news/3-newsflash/117-kenda-king-of-traction-26-x-180-specs-added Kenda page
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don.person@gmail.com (shiggy) frontpage Tue, 04 May 2010 17:59:26 +0000
Just in: IRD Fire 29er and 650B http://mtbtires.com/site2/news/1-latest-news/116-just-in-ird-fire-29er-and-650b http://mtbtires.com/site2/news/1-latest-news/116-just-in-ird-fire-29er-and-650b

 Produced by Panaracer, Interloc Racing Design (IRD) has brought the time-tested Fire XC Pro 2.1 to the 29" and 650B formats. The Fire has long been one the better most conditions tires and wildly popular among riders. Now in both 29 x 2.1 and 650B x 2.1 IRD has brought it to the the bigger wheels. There are no basic changes in the tread design from the 26" versions. You can see a slight difference between the 29er and "B" tires as the former has a higher volume casing while the tread width remains basically the same. The 29er tread spacing is a bit more open laterally than the "B" and does not wrap down the sidewalls as far, which is what makes the "B's" edge tread taller.

Will be riding these soon. 

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don.person@gmail.com (shiggy) frontpage Mon, 03 May 2010 16:32:06 +0000
Schwalbe 29ers: Nobby Nic / Rocket Ron http://mtbtires.com/site2/news/1-latest-news/114-schwalbe-29ers-nobby-nic--rocket-ron http://mtbtires.com/site2/news/1-latest-news/114-schwalbe-29ers-nobby-nic--rocket-ron

Sea Otter 2010:

They are here, The Nobby Nic 29 x 2.25 Snakeskin and Rocket Ron 29 x 2.25. Both have the usual Evo casing and Triple Nano tread compounds. Good stuff. 

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don.person@gmail.com (shiggy) frontpage Fri, 16 Apr 2010 15:20:39 +0000
Conti news - Sea Otter http://mtbtires.com/site2/news/3-newsflash/113-conti-news-sea-otter http://mtbtires.com/site2/news/3-newsflash/113-conti-news-sea-otter Continental tires has made great progress on the mtb market in the past few seasons with a combination on new, highly effective tread designs and use of their Black Chili rubber compound.

 Black Chili  brings the properties we are all looking for--faster, grippier, longer wearing--to a single compound through the use of nano technology. Carbon black, used to make rubber "tough" and wear well, has been ground to a very fine and consistent size (the nano tech), which allows better distribution in and bond with the rubber. The small size and shape makes the rubber more elastic with less shearing. The elasticity increase the grip while decreasing rolling resistance. Improved shearing extends tread life. Sounds impossible, but you can feel it on the trail and Black Chili has become the rubber of choice among many riders.

 How to know that a Conti tire uses Black Chili is a bigger issue. Nowhere on the tire itself is there a BC label. The rubber looks and feels no different than non-BC tires. According to Brett Hahn, Continental brand manager, there is one sure way to know: the big "Handmade in Germany" label on the sidewall. Black Chili is produced and used only in Conti's own factory in Germany.

 Because of the home factory exclusive of BC expanding its use to other models is limited by the plant's capacity. The long term plan is to bring the popular 29 inch tire production "home" and use Black Chili. The timeline is unclear.

 In the meantime, look for 29er versions of the Trail King (nee Rubber Queen) in 2.2 and 2.4" widths by this fall. These tire may also be, a first for Conti, tubeless ready. No Black Chili yet, though. I am happy to see the Trail King coming as it may be the best  all-round mtb tire ever from Continental.

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don.person@gmail.com (shiggy) frontpage Fri, 16 Apr 2010 14:17:26 +0000
Aggressive 29ers: WTB Kodiak and Dissent http://mtbtires.com/site2/tire-specs/64-wtb/112-aggressive-29ers-wtb-kodiak-and-dissent http://mtbtires.com/site2/tire-specs/64-wtb/112-aggressive-29ers-wtb-kodiak-and-dissent WTB Dissent and Kodiak 29 x 2.5
 Big, tough, aggressive. The WTB Dissent and Kodiak 29 x 2.5 FR/DH tires are the first of a new category of tires for the big wheels. Both produced by WTB, the Kodiak is a Niner Bikes exclusive. These are the largest overall 29er tires yet available, though limitations in manufacturing equipment means the casing volume is not  as great as some other small-tread models.
 
I have mounted and measured both of the new tires on my usual control 24mm wide rim and the 36mm wide Salsa Gordo. The narrower rim gives both tires distinctly rounder profiles, especially noticeable with the Kodiak. Its tread width increased while the Dissent tread measured the same. More telling are the widest point radius increase of both tires. This affects frame clearances as well. The casing width and slight casing height increase of each tire when mounted on the wider Gordo also pushes the air volume. 
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don.person@gmail.com (shiggy) frontpage Tue, 16 Feb 2010 06:39:36 +0000